“Small Business Commission
Florence Alberts, Ph.D, is a long time lecturer in the College of Business at San Francisco State University and has moved easily through the halls of academia, the corridors of government and the offices of the corporate world. She is owner of Pageant Match, Inc., a company that advertises matches, domestic and imported from Asia, primarily for the hospitality industry. She has served as Small Business Counselor, U.S. Small Business Administration; Technical Director, U.S. Department of State Small Business Program for Russian Entrepreneurs; and National Director/Coordinator, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Women’s Business Ownership.
Norman Ishimoto is the President of Kiyomura-Ishimoto Associates (KI). Mr. Ishimoto formed KI in 1986, growing the company into Northern California’s foremost Asian-qualified marketing and research firm. He is an active member of the Marketing Research Association, and a founding member of the International Mystery Shopping Providers Association. He is a graduate of the RIVA focus group moderating school in Bethesda, Maryland, and works with RIVA on its Asian research program needs. He is an active of the San Francisco community and has served on various boards throughout the Bay Area.
Dr. Raye Richardson, Professor and Former Chair, Department of Black Studies, San Francisco State University. She is the owner and founder of Marcus Books, a bookstore in the Fillmore specializing in African and African American topics, with fiction and literature by black authors and African history throughout the ages. Dr. Raye Richardson has worked with the Museum of the African Diaspora and has been an advocate for the African American community for over 50 years.
Richard Ventura is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In June 1996, Mr. Ventura founded a Consulting Firm with the 4th largest travel company in the U.S. as his first client, Maritz Travel Company. Through his consulting firm, Mr. Ventura has designed strategic planning programs specifically for small business owners and educated employers about the benefits of incorporating social responsibility to business models. Other experience includes, Co-founder of TelUnidos (April 2000), and Chair of the Business Alliance Steering Committee, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (March 1997-July 2000).
Commission on the Status of Women
Andrea Evans has worked as Litigation Associate for Steptoe & Johnson, L.L.P in Washington D.C., and Keker & Van Nest, L.L.P in San Francisco, where practice areas include white-collar criminal defense, employment law, business litigation and securities fraud. Ms. Evans is a Board member for KIPP Bayview Academy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.”