Directors are volunteers, elected by the board to serve three-year terms.  The board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and directors are invited to participate in a committee and/or lead project(s).  Contact Molly Colten and/or Val Ashford Hal for board nomination at 

Linda Calhoun 
Founder/Executive Producer Career Girls


Linda Calhoun  is Founder and ExecutiveProducer of, a free, noncommercial, online  platform which showcases video clips of diverse women role models  sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to expand their horizons, improve their academic performance, and dream big about their futures.

Her home base is San Francisco, but she has travelled around the United States interviewing dynamic and accomplished women for her site. Linda has filmed over 400 role models from Houston, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Los Angeles - everyone from ballerinas to astronauts to federal judges. 

She began her professional life as a public relations assistant, and went on to plan fine-art events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; develop public databases and policies for the state government of Connecticut; and work as a consultant in foreign affairs for The World Bank.

The idea for Career Girls was born after Linda started working as a database consultant for international development projects for USAID and the World Bank. She has several years experience leading teams in the design of databases to support GIS for public agencies in Kansas, Connecticut and the Kyrgyz Republic. She found this work to be rewarding on many levels and wanted girls coming up behind her to know about exciting careers in tech and beyond.

Linda has traveled around the world, visiting all seven continents by her fortieth birthday and has lived in the Kyrgyz Republic and France. In 1994, she had the honor of being a member of the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) as an election monitor in the KwaZulu Natal Province. 

In addition to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication at Boston University, she also received a certificate in International Marketing from the American University of Paris.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Club of California’s International Relations Member Led Forum. She and her husband Ed live in San Francisco, are co-founders of EL Films production company and established, independent artists.

Iraina Miles
Trade Commissioner for
Life Sciences

Consulate General of Canada


Iraina has focused her career on creating opportunities for people to discuss complex issues, breakdown barriers, and identify common ground from which solutions can be made. With her background in mediation, Iraina has been responsible for implementing community relations efforts around major energy projects, strengthening business development opportunities for tech startups in Silicon Valley, and building relationships for international governments on the West Coast. As an advocate for local community health and wellbeing, Iraina serves as a volunteer mediator in San Francisco and is excited by the opportunity to support Friends initiatives that champion gender equality and violence prevention.

Valerie Ashford Hal 
Senior Human Resources Business Partner

(Communications Co-Chair and Nominations Co-Chair)

Business focused HR leader. Working with public and private organizations to drive alignment,  performance, and engagement.

Molly Colten
Vice President
Lee Hecht Harrison 

(Special Projects and Initiatives Chair and Nominations Co-Chair)

Molly is a Vice President at Lee Hecht Harrison Western Division, focused on serving small to midmarket organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She partners with organizations and is a trusted advisor in talent development strategies and career transition best practices. 

She has quickly grown her LHH career, through dedication to the fundamental principles of listening to and serving her clients. She is known for her ability to think strategically and execute at the tactical level, she is a highly collaborative leader, and is known for driving innovation by bringing creative ideas and solutions to the table with clients and within LHH.

While Molly’s current accounts are primarily global and concentrated in technology and medical device arenas, her background spans the public and private sectors. She has worked across the human capital and education spaces for over 12 years.

She holds a Bachelors degree from University of Minnesota and a Masters degree from Sam Houston State University, is certified in a variety of LHH leadership tools, presents on human capital topics, and volunteers for local charities. 

In her spare time, Molly enjoys hiking, whale watching and empowering women and girls to reach their highest potential.  Molly has been a volunteer with the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women supporting the annual CEDAW luncheon in 2013 and 2014.  Molly is also a Silicon Valley Leadership Group Education Policy Committee member with an emphasis on mentoring and encouraging girls and young women to pursue studies and careers in STEM fields.

Marjan PhilhourMarjan Philhour
President & CEO
Philhour & Associates


Marjan Philhour's career spans over two decades in government, politics, private consulting and community advocacy. As President of Philhour & Associates, she leads the firm's outreach and strategy in serving clients that range from campaigns to nonprofit organizations.

Marjan spent years on Capitol Hill serving as a legislative aide to key Members of Congress. Her areas of expertise included women's issues, health, labor, and the environment, through which she was able to advocate for policies with national impact.

After her time in DC, Marjan returned home to California where she served as Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff in the Administration of Governor Gray Davis. Her background in legislative advocacy and crisis management continues to enrich her perspective and ability to provide strategic advice as a consultant, strategist, and community organizer.

Over the past ten years, Marjan has grown a practice, which takes a holistic approach to client campaigns and projects, offering services ranging from fundraising to strategic advice to effective external relations and outreach.

In 2011, Marjan was selected as one of the Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States, an honor bestowed by the Filipina Women's Network. The award is presented to individuals for exceptional work in the their fields of expertise and for their inspiring leadership and achievements in the American workplace and in their communities. Marjan is committed to "building the bench" of women in politics and business and speaks on topics ranging from women's representation in government to integrating professional goals into daily life.

Marjan graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in political science.

Leah Pimentel

Principal in Charge

Pimentel Strategies

(Communications Chair)

Leah Pimentel was named one of the “Bay Area’s People to Watch in 2014” by the San Francisco Chronicle, describing her as “a young, politically active mother, prominent voice of the local elected Democratic Party and the progressive community at large.” 

A third-generation San Franciscan, Leah has worked extensively to advance policies that help women and children thrive in the city. She has received numerous awards for her work in these areas including Good Morning America’s “Hero Award” and KPIX’s “Jefferson Award for Public Service”.

Leah was elected to the San Francisco Democratic Central Committee in 2012 as the first African American from the Bayview-Hunters Point community. She was then appointed by her peers to serve in a leadership position as Vice Chair of the Party. In this role, Leah has fought for an affordable San Francisco that supports middle- class families. She was a leader in the successful coalition to defeat an out-of-scale, luxury condominium project on the waterfront at 8 Washington Street.

In 2013, Leah joined San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and an extraordinary coalition of parents, advocates for working families, and community organizations to enact the Family Workplace Ordinance. This is one of the most visionary policies in the country for parents and caregivers. It ensures that every employee has a “right to request” a flexible work arrangement when caregiving responsibility arise for a child, family member or parent. As a working parent, Leah knows that we need to do more to help families stay in San Francisco and believes that this groundbreaking legislation is great start.

Leah’s past and current community and civic activities include: Saint Ignatius College Preparatory Alumni Board Member, San Francisco Women’s Political Committee Board Member; San Francisco Young Democrats’ Board Member; California Democratic Party, Voter Services Committee member, and San Francisco Parks Alliance Board Member. 

Katharine Earhart
Alesco Advisors

(Vice President)

Katharine is responsible for client relations and new business development in Alesco’s San Francisco office. Previously, she was Head of the iShares Connect Program where she advised and consulted with iShares institutional clients at BlackRock. Katharine focused on asset managers, insurers, RIAs, and boutique investment managers totaling $350B in ETF assets. Katharine has spent over 20 years in financial services with BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, mPower (robo advisor acquired by Morningstar), and Charles Schwab & Co. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Patricia M. Bovan CampbellPatricia Bovan
Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Commercial


Patricia’s career has focused on negotiating and closing pivotal technology contracts, revenue generating deals and strategic corporate transactions for early stage companies as well as Fortune-500 companies.

She is active in women’s and community issues. Recognizing the importance of gender equity (both from a business success and simple fairness perspective), she collaborated with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women to implement the Gender Equality Principles initiative (GEP). Since 2011, Patricia has served as a Mentor to women in technology from the Middle East, Central Asia, Pakistan and Africa as part of the TechWomen program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. She has participated in the State Department delegations to Jordan, Morocco, Rwanda and Tunisia. She is a member of the San Francisco Public Press, and in 2015 was recognized by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco as a "Woman who could be President." She is a member of the Leadership California Class of 2011, and a past Co-Chair of the Women for Women International San Francisco Circle. 

Patricia was appointed Queen’s Bench Officer and Director in 2007 and also served as Director of the Queen's Bench Foundation in 2007 and 2008. In 2007 the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations granted an Annual Public Service Award for a Mentoring Program she led at Juvenile Hall for five years, and she received the Queen's Bench Annual Merit Award. Patricia received her B.A. from Cornell University, and J.D. from Case Western Reserve.

Karen McMillan

Porfolio Counselor

Osborne Partners Capital Management, LLC

(Membership Programming Chair)

Karen is a Portfolio Counselor at OPCM with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has a broad range of experience that includes working with clients on comprehensive financial planning, wealth management strategies, stock option strategies, tax planning, and insurance.  Over her two decades she has not only become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner (2006), but has accumulated ten additional professional qualifications.  Prior to joining OPCM, she was a Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Faye MellosFaye Mellos
Senior Vice President
The Mellos Group at 
Morgan Stanley

(Membership Chair)

Faye has been working in the financial services industry for over 30 years.  She enjoys helping families to make informed decisions related to their financial health.  The breadth of her knowledge of the investment business is something she enjoys sharing with them on a daily basis.

The Mellos Group is comprised of three investment professionals and one registered service professional. By discussing client’s life goals and showing them how to put their money to work, they help clients achieve their financial aspirations. The Mellos Group strives to provide an active level of service customized for each client.

Over the years Faye has worked with clients and their families with a primary focus of tax efficiency; preservation of wealth and creating a plan to pass assets to the next generation.  It is this holistic approach that has allowed Faye to advise clients in a fashion that helps them understand the intricacies of investing and estate planning.  Many of her clients are women and she enjoys the opportunity to help them address their unique issues to assure security now and in retirement.

 It is her expectation that during market hours client calls are answered personally by one of the group members.   She also believes one of the Mellos Group’s greatest strengths is how effectively they resolve client’s issues when the inevitably arise.

Faye graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree.  In 2001 she attended The Wharton School of Business and completed an executive education program.  In 2011 she completed the curriculum at the College for Financial Planning.  Education is an important component of how the Mellos Group stays current on world events that affect their client’s financial security.

Faye is an active member of the community serving on the Executive Board of That Man May See, the fund raising arm of the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology.   In addition she is a 30+ year member of Zonta International, an international service club with the sole focus of advancing the status of women throughout the world.

Faye and her husband, Michael live in San Francisco.

Dr. Emily Moto MuraseDr. Emily Murase
Executive Director
San Francisco Department
on the Status of Women


After serving on the Commission on the Status of Women, Dr. Emily Moto Murase was appointed Executive Director by Mayor Gavin Newsom in July 2004. Dr. Murase  previously served as a director in the first Clinton White House.

A Founding Sister of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, she currently co-chairs the Parent Teacher Community Council of her daughter's public elementary school, the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program West. She holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College, a master's from the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, and a PhD in communication from Stanford.

Emily resides in San Francisco with her husband Neal Taniguchi, Chief Fiscal Officer at the San Francisco Trial Court, and her two daughters Junko Taniguchi (5), Chief Negotiator, and Erin Murase (2 1/2), Chief Curiosity Officer of the Murase/Taniguchi household.

Debbie Mesloh
San Francisco Commission 
on the Status of Women


Deborah "Debbie" Mesloh has served in the public policy and political arena for the past 15 years. She is currently Senior Director of Global Public and Government Affairs at Gap, Inc. Most recently she was Senior Advisor to Attorney General Kamala Harris during her successful run for statewide office. Commissioner Mesloh's work with AG Harris builds upon her service as a key campaign official during Harris’ successful race for San Francisco District Attorney in 2003, and served as DA Harris’ communications director during her first term. In 2007, Commissioner Mesloh joined the Obama for America campaign as California Communications Director. She then served the next 18 months in various states throughout the country as a spokeswoman and communications advisor to the campaign. In 2008, she was asked to serve as a spokeswoman on the Presidential Inauguration Committee and then as a White House Political Appointee to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She remains active in local, state and national politics. Commissioner Mesloh holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas. She is an avid surfer and runner.


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