New Leader Scholarship Advisory Board

Ruth Goldman Jean Burnett
Eric Goldman William Goldman
Laura Mann Felicia Moore-Jordan
Kenneth Monteiro Rita Rodriguez
Gary D. Weatherford (Emeritus) Colin A. Weil
  Debra Wetherby (Emerita)








Ruth Goldman

Ruth Goldman, Chair of the New Leader Scholarship Advisory Board, is a Professor Emerita of Psychology at San Francisco State University and, over the course of her career, has taught at several other public universities. She continues her private practice as a psychotherapist as well as her consultation to social service organizations and the schools. Dr. Goldman has served on numerous mental health-related boards, was on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, was a trustee, and is a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. She has conducted research in the areas of psychotherapy and early childhood intervention, publishing numerous scientific papers on those subjects. Over the course of her career, Dr. Goldman has received many awards, fellowships and grants, acknowledging her contribution to the field of community mental health. She holds a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in Psychology and a B.A. degree from Queens College, City University of New York.
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Jean Burnett

Jean Burnett is a psychotherapist in Marin County specializing in work with pre-school and school-aged children. Her long career has included work in the non-profit sector of mental health services. She served as Clinical Director of the Family Service Agency of Marin for seven years and has also provided consultation to the Marin County Office of Education Child Development Program. In addition to supervising, consulting and mentoring numerous trainees and young mental health professionals, Mrs. Burnett has also taught in the Graduate Counseling Department of San Francisco State University. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Oklahoma University and a Master's Degree from San Francisco State University. She has received numerous awards and commendations for her service to the community.
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Eric Goldman

As a founding board member, Eric Goldman has been central to the growth of the New Leader Scholarship, developing and implementing impact-driven marketing and development initiatives as well as mentoring Scholars. Before committing to a full time career in the non-profit sector, Eric worked in the corporate world. Yet, even when working at Esprit early in his career, he was corporate liaison for the San Francisco AIDSWalk for six years. In 2002 he built a successful consulting practice at Goldman Partners, and worked with clients such as Sesame Workshop, ESPN/XGames, and Good Housekeeping. Prior to founding Goldman Partners, Eric served in multiple roles as a strategic marketing and business development executive. As Vice President of Global Business Development at The Walt Disney Company, he was responsible for developing and executing a global retail strategy for its $11 billion licensing business. His tenure at Disney included the creation and management of the sales and marketing division for the U.S. Previously, at Levi Strauss & Co., he was instrumental in the successful launch of the Dockers brand, and managed the development and implementation of all packaging, product communication, and store environment programs. Eric spent five years at San Francisco State University studying psychology and business administration.

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William Goldman

William Goldman is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Most recently, he was Medical Director and Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health Sciences, United Behavioral Health. Dr. Goldman has directed major public mental health service systems, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the County of San Francisco. Over the course of his career, he has also served as director of several non-profit organizations throughout the Bay Area including the Westside Community Mental Health Center. He is a fellow of four professional organizations and is the author of numerous scientific publications. Dr. Goldman received his M.D. degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and his B.S. degree from Tufts University.
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Laura Mann

Laura Mann is Sales and Marketing Director at Mediatrope, a San Francisco internet studio that designs and builds interactive solutions for clients in education, business and the arts. Previous to this position, Ms. Mann was Vice President of Sales, North America, for Antenna Audio, the world's leading provider of audio guides. She serves on the board of Cultural Connections, an organization of museum professionals in Northern California. In addition to receiving her B.A. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, she was a Ph.D. Mellon Fellow in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Felicia Moore-Jordan

Felicia Moore-Jordan is Director of Reentry Services for the Associated Community Action Program (ACAP). Prior to her recent appointment she was a Program Associate at the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice. Before joining the Center, Moore-Jordan worked as a policy fellow for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, researching and writing proposed legislation to address prisoner reentry issues. She has worked as a legal advocate at the East Bay Community Law Center and has served as a law clerk in the Contra Costa Public Defenders Office. Prior to law school, Moore-Jordan was a legislative policy aide to President Keith Carson of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Felicia is a 2008 graduate of U.C. Hastings College of Law, where she was a member of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, The Black Law Students Association, and the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation. She earned her BA at U.C., Berkeley and is the first alumnus of the New Leader Scholarship to become a Board Member.
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Kenneth Monteiro

Kenneth Monteiro is Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies and Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University. Dr. Monteiro received his B.A. from Dartmouth and Ph.D. from Stanford University and has been a faculty member at public universities for over 20 years. He has published in a wide range of areas including culture and thought; ethnic, gender and sexual identity; and scholastic achievement, particularly as these issues relate to African Americans. Dr. Monteiro is also a member of a number of professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association and the Association of Black Psychologists, and has been a member of numerous civic boards.
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Rita Rodriguez

Rita Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at San Francisco State University. She holds a Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University, receiving MS Degrees in Clinical and School Psychology from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. from Mills College in Developmental Psychology. Dr. Rodriguez is a school psychologist for the San Mateo School District and has taught at San Jose State University as well. Her particular areas of interest in research have included risk and resiliency in migrant high school students and the influences of ethnic discrimination and ethnic identity on Latino Youths' high school adjustment. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, has several research papers in progress and has presented her research at national conferences over the past several years.
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Gary D. Weatherford

Gary D. Weatherford is an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. Previously he had been a partner with a natural resources the law firm in San Francisco. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of the Redlands and a law degree from Yale University. He is a trained mediator. He has been Director of the John Muir Institute, Deputy Secretary for Resources for the State of California, and a Special Assistant both to the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, and to the U.S. Attorney General. He has taught water and natural resources law at the University of Oregon, U.C.L.A., and the University of Santa Clara, and has served on the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council.
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Colin A. Weil

Colin Weil is the Director of Development at JOSEPH SLIFKA CENTER for Jewish Life at Yale, bringing more than 20 years of for-profit and non-profit management, and an extensive history of social activism, to his role. Most recently, Colin was Chief Operating Officer of MZA Events, creators and producers of the world’s oldest and largest AIDS fundraising events, where his leadership helped galvanize more than 100,000 participants to raise over $15 Million dollars annually. Prior to that, Colin spent 6 years as a documentary filmmaker, focusing on health and human interest stories. His early career included management roles in marketing and finance, working in-house and on the agency side with companies including Citibank, Disney, Sony, MTV and others. He holds a BA in The History of Art and Architecture from Yale University, and has served on numerous boards, including The New Leader Scholarship, The Yale Club of Southern California and The Colony Foundation.
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Debra Wetherby

Debra Wetherby is CEO and Portfolio Manager for Wetherby Asset Management, where she works with individuals, families, trusts and endowments on investment management and financial planning. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a Certified Financial Planner. As well as sitting on other non-profit boards, such as the Ronald McDonald House, she is active in several community organizations including the Mill Valley School District and the Marin Community Foundation. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia.
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