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Regional Board Spotlight: OneGoal in the Bay Area

By OneGoal
August 30, 2023

OneGoal is a national organization with strong regional support from area boards of advisors. With their connections, guidance, and fundraising expertise, we can profoundly impact students’ lives in these regions. In the first of a series of blog entries spotlighting the contributions of our regional boards, we are featuring the mission-driven business leaders behind the OneGoal Regional Advisory Board in the Bay Area.

 

Anne Nemer Dhanda

Consultant and Executive Coach

 

“Increasing access to a college degree for first-generation students will transform not only the lives of students and their families but our communities and country. I hope to support the expansion of OneGoal Bay Area to reach more communities, schools, and students.”

Carol A. Hedgspeth, PhD

Deputy Director, The Education Trust-West

 

“OneGoal’s mission to transform postsecondary advising and support is important to me because many talented and committed students do not complete college due to systemic barriers rooted in oppression and racism, along with gaps in preparation and support. OneGoal’s mission is to ensure that students are given the necessary tools to prepare for and complete college while being reassured that their lived experiences and backgrounds are valued and relevant. Every student deserves this kind of college-going preparation and experience. As a member of the board in the Bay Area, I want to grow as a leader, share what I know, and connect the organization with others who are as fiercely supportive of OneGoal’s mission and vision as I am. Together we will meet and exceed our goals to ensure OneGoal’s continued success.”

Matthew Kinsella

Managing Director, Maverick Ventures

 

“I believe leveling the playing field for great postsecondary education is one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty in the US. By serving on the board, I hope to help One Goal in the Bay Area expand to serve more and more students.”

Kalama M. Lui-Kwan

Partner, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

 

“Education unlocks opportunity. I share OneGoal’s vision and sense of purpose—that every student will have the chance to achieve their greatest postsecondary aspirations. My goal as a board member is to help OneGoal achieve its mission in the Bay Area and beyond by offering input on our strategic vision and assisting with fundraising efforts.”

Ysbrant Marcelis

Development Partner, Commerce Ventures

 

“OneGoal plays a critical role in supporting students as they prepare to apply to college by providing a much-needed bridge to ensure their success once enrolled. Applying my background in entrepreneurship, finance, and strategy, I joined the board to support the organization in exploring and advancing new opportunities. As a first-generation American and Bay Area resident, I am inspired by the aspiration of OneGoal to serve the broader community and help create a positive impact for the next generation.”

Robyn Rogin

Director of Lending, Pacific Community Ventures

 

“OneGoal is leveling the playing field and empowering underrepresented kids to reach their full potential. I want to help OneGoal Bay Area reach as many kids who need the program as possible. We need to change the trajectory of students in the middle by advising them to understand their options and pursue their greatest aspirations.”

Aigerim Shorman

Senior Director of Product Management, Meta

 

“I strongly believe that access to higher education is the most critical solution to the economic divide we are witnessing today. I’m proud to serve on the board of advisors for an organization having a tangible impact on the students we serve in Bay Area classrooms.”

Dr. Mark White

Associate Director, BioPharma Product Marketing, Bio-Rad Laboratories

 

“I believe OneGoal’s mission to transform postsecondary advising and support is one of the most impactful and long-lasting ways to address inequality in the US. I hope to help OneGoal expand and become firmly rooted in the Bay Area with a large and diverse network of supporters.”

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