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 a Project Specialist, Evidence-based Practice at Asisan Pacific Institute on gender-based violence. She is a public health professional with over 15 years of experience in program planning and management, community outreach, capacity building, and research and evaluation. her experience includes: successfully leading complex multi-site projects, forging collaborations with diverse shareholders, and developing culturally responsive programs for underserved communities. 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. She has been a meember of the SOMACC Board for over five 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.
Judith is a mother and a grandmother. She has lived in California all her life and settled in San Francisco in 1965 to continue her education. She began her early childhood career in 1967 working as a teacher aide in a state preschool program in the Mission District. She found her lifelong passion working in this preschool: to care and educate young children and establish support services for mostly low income families.
Judith has a M.A. in Early Childhood Education, an Early Childhood Teaching Credential, a Child Development Supervision permit and has participated in PITC-program for infant-toddler care training. She worked at SOMACC for 41 years serving as the Executive Director and later, the Director of the SOMA Family Resource Center.
In addition to her work at SOMACC, Judith was also a huge advocate for children, families and child care providers throughout her career. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Child Care Providers Association and led efforts that resulted in the San Francisco Cares Program.
Judith retired in 2011 and spent a year traveling and taking care of her two grandchildren. She is now happily serving on the SOMACC Board and consulting to Early Childhood Programs.
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.