SOMACC is governed by a committed board of directors comprised of parents, community members, businessmen and women, and individuals who are interested in our organization’s mission. They are actively involved in fundraising and community outreach activities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SUSAN GHANBARPOUR, Chairperson
Susan joined the Board in February 2015. She is the research and evaluation lead at Asisan Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, where she provides training, technical assistance and capacity building to domestic violence advocates serving Asian and Pacific Islander survivors. Dr. Ghanbarpour is a public health professional with two decades of experience in research and evaluation, program design and management, and community outreach and capacity building. Susan is a former parent at the Yerba Buena Gardens CDC Preschool program.
MARK JOHNSON, Vice Chairperson
Mark has served on the Board for over five years. He is an active volunteer in the SOMACC community assisting in special events. Mark is a former parent of the Yerba Buena Gardens Child Development Center.
DAVID MCKENZIE, Secretary
David has been a member of the SOMACC Board since 2012. He is Operational Risk and Compliance Manager in Wells Fargo's Commerical and Investment Banking Group. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and completed the AICPA's Certificate I in not-for-profit accounting and financial reporting. A California native, he has a Bachelor's Degree from UC Davis and a Master's Degree from the University of Wyoming and the University of Colorado. As a resident of SOMA, David believes that it takes a village to raise a child and is committed to "thinking globally and acting locally."
WENDY AITKEN, Treasurer
Wendy works as an Attorney at the Fremont Group in the South of Market community. Her dedication to our children has been evident through coordinating seasonal events and giving, as well as, ongoing Board financial commitee suport. She has been a member of the SOMACC Board for over seven years.
Virginia Grandi became a Board memeber April 2017. She is the Executive Director of the Yerba Buena Alliance, a neighborhood organization where SOMACC is located. Virginia has worked with the area's stakeholders to create a sense of community and partnership since 2011. She previously was the Board Liaison and Executive Assistant to Gabriel Metcalf, the President of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), one of the region's preeminent think tanks. Her experience in non-profit organizations, working with complex boards, and love for children and protecting families makes her a great fit at SOMACC.
Lynn Farzaroli has worked for the San Francisco Travel Association since 2007 where she oversees San Francisco Tourism Improvement District Management Corporation (SFTIDMC). This is a citywide business improvement district that includes all hotels in San Francisco. This group ensures funding for the San Francisco Travel Association for the marketing, selling, and promotion of San Francisco as a visitor destination. In addition, the SFTIDMC, through the Moscone Expansion District Assessment, is funding approximately two-thirds of the current $500 million Moscone Expansion Project. Lynn works day to day managing the Moscone Expansion, working very closely with the City and County of San Francisco to ensure that San Francisco's valuable convention needs are met with the expansion of the Moscone and the building integrates the culture of San Francisco into the design. Part of her duties were to oversee the approval of the environmental impact report, community outreach and mangement of the design and construction teams. Previously Lynn oversaw the Moscone Center $56 million rennovation project that was completed in 2012. Prior to working in San Francisco she worked for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development with a minor in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis obispo. Also a Certificate in Construction Project Management from New York University Profession Studies.
Kilhon joined the SOMACC Board in 2013. Kihlon is a current parent at the Judith Baker Child Development Center. His daughter also graduated from the Preschool program in July 2015. Kihlon appreciates the teaching philosophies and the community suport from the parents, teachers, and the Board. He believes no matter what background, all children deserve access to quality education.
As a nonprofit organization doing business with the City and County of San Francisco, South of Market Child Care, Inc. (SOMACC) complies with the Sunshine Ordinance. The public has access to our board meetings, SOMACC Board of Directors include individuals who represent the community, and SOMACC's financial information is available for public inspection.