The Board of Directors oversees YWCA San Francisco & Marin’s operations, ensuring that programs and policies are consistent with the mission of the YWCA.

The Board also assumes responsibility for ensuring the fiscal stability of the association by seeking funding to support programs and by governing the efficient and responsible management of resources.




Sherry Geyer has been on the Board of Directors of YWCA of San Francisco and Marin for seven years. She is currently a vice president of lending services of First Republic Bank in San Francisco, providing departmental leadership in connection with the bank’s commercial real estate portfolio. Prior to joining First Republic Bank, she was a real estate and finance lawyer most recently with the international law firm of Reed Smith. While attending law school at night, Sherry was the associate director of a non-profit organization providing services to high-risk youths in Los Angeles. Sherry first became acquainted with YWCA of San Francisco and Marin when she represented the organization on a pro bono real estate transaction. Based on this experience she happily accepted the invitation to join the Board of Directors.



Heather Cameron has held senior executive positions in the publishing industry both in the US and abroad, most recently with Thomson Reuters. She has been deeply engaged in the non-profit sector for many years and has a particular interest in educational equity and women’s empowerment issues. She has served as president and board chair of several organizations in addition to YWCA, including the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation and Friends of Libraries USA. She has been actively involved as a director or committee member at Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, CORO Center for Civic Leadership and Summerbridge San Francisco.



Erica Demster is Chief of Staff for Finance Management Services, an internal consulting group which provides program management, change management, talent development, and equity, inclusion, and diversity programming across Kaiser Permanente’s Finance and Shared Services Organization.
Erica previously held various positions in marketing, communications and program development with Marin County organizations including Bank of Marin and the Marin YMCA. She received a Master of Science in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors in Psychology from San Francisco State University. Erica has been a life-long Marin County resident, where she currently lives with her growing family, and is a longtime volunteer with various local organizations, including Sunny Hills Services, Marin Literacy Program, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Dominican University’s Women Leadership & Philanthropy Council.



Ingrid Ramsey-Plock has over twenty-six years of experience in the financial services industry. She is currently with Carlisle and Gallagher Consulting Group as a Manager in their Wealth Management Practice. Prior to serving as a consultant in the Banking and Wealth Management space, Ingrid was CFO for Genworth Financial Wealth Management here in the Bay Area.



Cong Cao is the Head of Digital Marketing at MemSQL. Cong Cong has over eleven years of experience, driving user acquisition and revenue growth in tech, finance, education, healthcare, and travel industries. Cong is an alumna of Columbia Business School’s Executive Education program and received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Swarthmore College. As an immigrant and the first college-educated member her family, Cong hopes to use her skills to empower other women and people of color, and to increase opportunities to those who are underserved and marginalized.



Laurie Deaton is a Founding Partner of AlphaSignal, LLC, a firm that specializes in working with institutional asset management firms. Ms. Deaton has more than 25 years of experience in the investment management industry and has held senior positions with firms such as Hall Capital Partners, Wellington Management Company and Loomis, Sayles and Company. Laurie is a past board member of the Girls Scouts of Northern California as well as a past member of their investment and finance committees. She holds both a B.S. in Business and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. She is a member of the CFA Institute.


Managing Director and National Private Wealth Management Executive

Lisa Roberts is a Managing Director and National Private Wealth Management Executive for The Private Bank, an exclusive part of Union Bank. In that role, Lisa leads a team of Private Wealth Advisors located across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest region. The team builds consultative client relationships by providing wealth management advice centered around the client’s unique goals and dreams.

Lisa joined Union Bank in 2016 and has over 28 years of banking and wealth management experience. Prior to joining Union Bank, she worked for Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citigroup. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Master of Business Administration from Capital University. She also holds Series 7, 24, and 66 securities licenses. In 2015, Lisa was named one of the Bay Area’s “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and playing tennis.


investment management industry

Kate Swimley has over 6 years in the investment management industry. Currently Kate is a member of the US and Canada Institutional team within BlackRock’s Institutional Client Business (ICB) in San Francisco. She is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with endowments, foundations, family offices and ultra-high net worth investors on the West Coast. Formerly, Kate worked at UBS Investment Bank, Main Management, LLC, and McMorgan and Company. Kate has been very involved in many Bay Area non-profits including: Safe & Sound (formerly SF Child Abuse Prevention Center), Girls Inc., Year Up, Juma, La Casa De Las Madres, La Cocina, Girls Scouts of Northern California, Warriors Foundation, 49er Foundation, and Tipping Point. Kate co-leads the Women’s Initiative Network Philanthropy Committee at BlackRock. Kate earned a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University. She is currently a Level II CFA Candidate.



Victoria has served on the Board for over five years, including overseeing the development of the Association’s advocacy platform to one of the top YWCAs in the country as Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She is a trial lawyer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where her practice focuses on complex civil litigation and government enforcement matters. Previously, she served as a civil prosecutor with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, and as a white collar and litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

Victoria’s volunteer work outside YWCA has included helping victims of domestic abuse obtain temporary restraining orders against their attackers and volunteering with at-risk teens to develop their leadership skills and teach them about the environment. 

Victoria also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera Guild.Victoria received her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, and received degrees in Economics and Political Science with highest honors from the University of California, Los Angeles.





Tanis has served as a YWCA CEO for fifteen years, with a highly successful track record of community-responsive mission impact. As a values-based leader, Tanis is focused on growing mission impact programs and advocacy through strong and empowered teams. Tanis joined YWCA Silicon Valley as CEO in 2014. Under her tenure she has enabled the development of a team that has deepened a quality continuum of programs and services and has grown YWCA Silicon Valley from $3.8M to almost $10M, with increased philanthropic engagement and advocacy. Tanis was recognized as a Silicon Valley Women of Influence, served as Co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Intimate Partner Violence Blue Ribbon Task Force, and serves on the Silicon Valley Council of Non Profits Leadership Team. Prior to taking the helm at YWCA Silicon Valley, Tanis spent 10 years as the Executive Director at YWCA Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she led the transformation of the agency from financial crisis to a flourishing, mission centered organization. The agency grew over 400% to become the largest women’s organization in Atlantic Canada with a budget of $4.2M and four facilities. Her advocacy to change policy and launch innovative housing programs was recognized by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Agency with a Best Practice Award. Tanis is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Award for National service, and the YWCA Canada President’s Award.



Lindsy Carpenter is a passionate social sector professional who is committed to creating programs and services that achieve deep impact for the communities she serves. Lindsy brings over 15 years of experience in economic empowerment, workforce development and women’s issues to her work, always pushing for increased mission impact in each role she holds. Lindsy currently serves as the Chief Program Officer at YWCA San Francisco and Marin. In this role, she is responsible for leading and managing a comprehensive array programs that drive towards the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Other prior roles include serving as Chief of Staff at the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, a national organization that empowers women to achieve self-sufficiency through self-employment, at the City of New York, most recently as an Executive Director for the Department of Small Business Services which helped approximately 12,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses start, operate and expand each year in New York City. Lindsy has a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU and a BA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University, is a proud alumni of the Allstate Foundation’s Greater Good Nonprofit Leadership Program with Northwestern University.



Bette has had a long career in advertising as an Account Executive and Media Buyer and has a strong relationship with non-profits including working closely with local school districts and foundations.

Bette’s primary responsibilities are to drive new clients into the Fifty+ program and develop partnerships with local employers to hire our clients. She is committed to raising awareness of the value of the Fifty+ program throughout Marin County. Bette will work hand in hand with the Client Employment Specialist matching clients with job lead requirements.



Gretchen joined YWCA’s staff in October 2010 and is based at the Marin Center in San Rafael, where she handles all administrative functions including office management and client intake. She has a Masters degree in psychology and enjoys working with and helping people. As a former FiftyPlus participant, her direct experience with the job search process makes her an invaluable member of the Marin team. Her business background includes banking, financial services, publishing and construction.





Nancy joined YWCA in June 2009. Her main focus is ensuring job placement success for YWCA’s FiftyPlus clients. She guides clients through their job searches, providing career coaching and other job-readiness services and activities that lead to job placement. Nancy continues to provide support to clients after finding employment as well.

Nancy brings twenty years of corporate recruiting and human resources experience within various industries, including financial services, high-tech and healthcare. Nancy’s experience from an employer hiring perspective is helpful as she assists job seekers to prepare to successfully find employment. Nancy’s passion is helping women find employment and realize their potential.


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