Board of Directors

Freada Kapor Klein, Ph.D.

Founder, Board Chair 

Freada, founder of the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) and co-founder of the SMASH Academy, is a nationally recognized authority on issues of bias, harassment, and diversity. She co-founded the first organization in the US to focus on sexual harassment in 1976. She received her Ph.D. in social policy and research in 1984.


Benjamin Jealous

Board Member

Benjamin Todd Jealous is Partner at Kapor Capital. He is the former president and CEO of the NAACP. The youngest president in its history, he began his career at age 18 opening mail at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people.

Duane Valz, J.D.

Board Member

Duane is presently a VP & General Counsel at Zymergen, Inc., overseeing a variety of matters impacting the company’s business and strategic corporate development. He has counseled a wide variety of emerging growth, public and privately held companies on intellectual property and technology matters. Duane received both his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from U.C. Berkeley. He has advised a number of leading non-profit organizations in a director capacity.

Mitchell Kapor

Board Member

Mitch is, to quote the New York Times, an elder statesman of modern computing. As founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet (the “killer application” for the IBM PC), he helped make the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world. Additionally, Mitch is Partner at Kapor Capital and the Kapor Center for Social Impact.

Ross Fubini

Board Member

Ross Fubini is a Vice President of Engineering at SuccessFactors (NASDAQ: SFSF). He arrived at SuccessFactors after his venture backed company, CubeTree, was acquired in June of 2010. Ross was the Co-Founder and Board Member of Cubetree, an enterprise collaboration suite that integrates social networking features like profiles and microblogging with tools like wikis, blogs etc. Prior to CubeTree, Ross was Senior Director of Engineering at Symantec.

Maria Echaveste, J.D.

Board Member

Maria Echaveste is a co-founder and partner of the Nueva Vista Group (NVG), a government relations firm. Ms. Echaveste is also a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law and Goldman Graduate School of Public Policy. Prior to NVC, she served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for President Clinton from May 1998 through January 2001 and as Director of the Office of Public Liaison at the White House from February 1997 to May 1998. As Deputy Chief of Staff, she managed policy initiatives and developed legislative and communications strategies for the White House regarding various policy issues including immigration, education, civil rights, bankruptcy, trade, Latin America, AIDS and Africa, New Markets (federal effort to attract investment in under served communities) and many other issues. Prior to working in the White House, she served as the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, from June 1993 to early 1997. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.