Throughout her career, Afia has worked at the intersection of technology and health, and in 2014, she joined Google to advise teams developing medical software and AI technologies. Afia is currently the Head of Legal for Google Health, where she leads a team of lawyers that support Google’s healthcare projects. She is recognized as a leader and digital health innovator — in 2020, Afia was named “one of the 10 most influential minority healthcare executives” by FierceHealthcare.
Prior to Google, Afia worked at Covington & Burling LLP and served as Special Assistant in the FDA Commissioner’s Office, receiving the FDA’s highest award.
Afia received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, her Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and her BA from Harvard University.
Ericka Curls Bartling is the principal of Curls Bartling P.C., a boutique transactional law firm, representing corporate organizations, non-profits and governmental entities. In practice for more than 25 years, Ericka’s practice focuses on strategic advice and leading commercial transactions and business initiatives for its clients, project structuring, procurement and supply, IP-related matters and strategic alliances. Ericka also practices in the area of public finance, serving as co-bond counsel, disclosure counsel or underwriter’s counsel in tax-exempt and taxable municipal finance transactions.
Ericka began her legal career as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and has also served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of an emerging asset management company.
Active in the community, Ericka currently serves on the Board of Girls Inc. of Alameda County and Women in Public Finance (Northern California Chapter). She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Washington University – School of Law in St. Louis.
Daphne Pierre Bishop, J.D., AWI-CH, is a Partner & Chair of the Internal Investigations Practice Group at CDF Labor Law LLP, a California-based labor and employment law firm. Daphne has represented companies with California workforces for nearly two decades. Her experience advising and defending small to Fortune 500 companies in all industries against the gamut of employment-related claims offers her a unique advantage in assisting companies prevent, investigate and resolve employee and institutional misconduct. Her practice focuses on providing internal investigation services as a neutral third-party investigator or a strategic advisor.
Janice Brown is a Principal in Meyers Nave’s Labor and Employment Practice, Workplace Investigations Practice and Commercial Litigation Practice. She has more than 35 years of trial, arbitration and appellate experience in state and federal courts. Janice’s distinguished career began in the U.S. Justice Department where she quickly demonstrated outstanding legal expertise that earned her membership in the Honors Program and the “Outstanding Trial Attorney” and “Trial Lawyer of the Year” awards in under three years.
Janice is recognized as a pioneer in the legal profession and a trusted advisor to clients, an inspirational mentor to colleagues and an influential leader in advancing diversity throughout the legal profession.
Janice is also a speaker and consultant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusions issues.
Diego Cartagena joined Bet Tzedek in 2012 as Director of Pro Bono Programs and was promoted VP of Pro Bono in 2015. Under his leadership, Bet Tzedek increased clinic participation opportunities for both law firms & in-house legal department volunteers. He also guided the building of Bet Tzedek’s Special Immigrant Juvenile Status program, capitalizing Bet Tzedek’s organizational expertise in guardianship law. In 2016, he launched the Small Business Legal Academies. In 2017, Diego became Bet Tzedek’s VP of Legal Programs. Under his leadership, Bet Tzedek launched several of the organization’s exemplary programs which include the Preventing & Ending Homelessness Project, Family Preparedness program, Harbor UCLA Medical-Legal Partnership, and SSI Advocacy Project.
Diego is a “Double Bruin,” having received his BA in American Literature & Culture from UCLA and his J.D. from UCLA’s School of Law, where he concentrated on Critical Race Studies.
Diego currently serves as a board member of the NLADA and is a member of the California Access to Justice Legal Aid Funding Committee.
Gloria Chun is a Director and Managing Attorney at the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco. She manages JDC’s Pro Bono Legal Services Program and oversees representation of low-income people in numerous legal areas, and free business law services for nonprofit organizations that serve low-income communities. The program benefits from thousands of attorneys volunteering in numerous ways, and works with lawyers, firms and in-house departments to find the right pro bono fit. JDC focuses on civil cases that affect basic human rights such as housing, income, family relationships and safety from violence.
Gloria was a child of two immigrant parents who has advocated for fairness for all since law school, including refugees fleeing gender persecution, low-wage workers, and consumers.
Sabiha Chunawala is VP & Deputy General Counsel at Contentful Inc., the global leader in omnichannel content platforms. Sabiha serves as global legal advisor to the Go-to-Market (“GTM”) organizations consisting of Sales, Customer Experience, Partnerships, and Marketing and manages a global team focused on commercial transactions. She also leads development of foundational global policies for Contentful and is a member of Contentful’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee. Prior to Contentful, she held leadership positions at Juniper Networks, Inc. and Portal Software, Inc., later acquired by Oracle Corporation.
Outside of work, Sabiha serves as a mentor for students in the Santa Clara University School of Law: Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Tech JD program, and ChIPs chapter. She also serves as a Vice Chair, Library Commissioner for the Town of Los Gatos Library.
Shedrick (Rick) Davis is the Regional Director of the Western Regional Office for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV. He is responsible for expanding Lambda Legal’s organizational reach in eleven Western states with a focus on strategic planning, financial development, and educational and media efforts.
Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. He then studied law at the University of California, Los Angeles where he holds a Juris Doctor degree.
Jill Dessalines is the founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers, a consulting service providing strategic advice, business development coaching and career counseling for law firm and corporate lawyers.
Ms. Dessalines has been practicing law for over 30 years and is a former Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of a Fortune 7 corporation. As a recognized and respected master litigation strategist and risk mitigation specialist in high stakes litigation, Ms. Dessalines skillfully managed outside counsel and successfully resolved multi-billion-dollar privacy, mass tort, intellectual property, complex commercial litigation and class action matters for 17 years before founding Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers. Active in the community and the recipient of numerous professional awards and distinctions, Ms. Dessalines was named one of California’s Top 10 In-House Counsel by the Daily Journal.
Nicole Diaz is a Harvard Law School graduate and ethics and compliance attorney with over a decade of experience in investigations and civil and criminal litigation. Her passion is helping to foster ethical cultures that support values-based leadership and minimize blind spots. She currently serves as Snap’s Global Head of Integrity & Compliance Legal, where her responsibilities include overseeing the company’s values-based Code of Conduct, managing key risks such as anti-bribery, conflicts of interest, and trade law, and conducting internal investigations. She has been a leader in legal diversity efforts throughout her career, most recently joining the board of California Minority Counsel Program and founding the Los Angeles chapter of the pipeline program Law in Tech Diversity Collaborative.
D’Lonra C. Ellis is the Vice President and General Counsel of the Oakland Athletics. She works on all of the organization’s legal matters, including its intellectual property, real estate, employment, benefits, commercial, and government affairs matters. She is also an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of Law, where she teaches Sports Law and the Corporate Counsel Externship Program. Prior to joining the Oakland Athletics, D’Lonra was the General Counsel of Aspire Public Schools; a Director and Senior Corporate Counsel in the intellectual property, marketing and advertising group at Gap, Inc.; and an associate in the litigation practice of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk and Rabkin (now Arnold & Porter).
D’Lonra currently sits on the board of Bay Area Legal Aid, which provides direct legal services to low income residents in seven Bay Area counties; and she sits on the board of Seven Stories Institute, which runs a non-profit bookstore collective in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. She received her BA in Architecture, Preservation, and Planning from Columbia University and her JD from Stanford Law School.
Shareef Farag represents and advises employers in all types of litigation and employment related matters. As co-leader of BakerHostetler’s Wage and Hour team, much of Shareef’s practice is dedicated to assisting clients with wage and hour compliance and defending class and representative actions. With experience as first- chair in trials and arbitrations, he assists clients in mitigating risk in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
Shareef places a high importance on the client’s business goals and proactively educates employers on new laws and regulations, ensuring they are prepared when new legislation comes into effect. Additionally, he assists clients in business-related commercial litigation matters. With a deep understanding of a client’s business, Shareef provides high level service that is focused on meeting client goals with an eye toward his client’s bottom line.
Marc Fernandez has over 15 years of employment law experience. He is currently Intuit’s Director of HR Legal, where he oversees global employment law compliance, provides strategic advice, and helps build programs to accelerate Intuit’s workforce strategies. This includes being a part of the company’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. He also manages the employment litigation docket. Before working at Intuit, he worked at Davis, Wright, Tremaine and Morrison Foerster. He went to King Hall, UC Davis School of Law.
Willie serves as head of legal and a member of the leadership team for Messenger (Facebook), the heavily regulated social media app used across all geographies. He is a proven leader and strategic advisor to senior management teams of heavily regulated technology companies globally, serving previously in executive roles at HPE, Amazon and IBM. Willie has extensive experience in transforming legal organizations to adapt to fast-changing business environments and evolving regulatory challenges. Willie’s experience spans the globe, including living and working in Shanghai, China leading the legal support for IBM across Asia-Pacific.
He is active in the community with a focus on bridging the gaps in opportunities experienced by underserved communities. He is the Board Chair for both Cristo Rey San Jose and the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League.
Shari Hollis-Ross is a Senior In-house litigator and contract attorney with 20+ years helping organizations across industries respond to high-profile crises, manage organization-wide risk, and design practical solutions to complicated issues.
She supervised over 700+ bankruptcy-related claims—including contract disputes, construction claims, lost profits, non-wildfire fatalities and personal injuries and wildfire claims —with multibillion-dollar allegations.
She is the Co-chair of PG&E’s legal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team.
Won Hur is EVP and Chief Legal Officer of NXCR, an automotive FinTech startup that provides a new, digital way to get a car via a flexible subscription. Won is a technology attorney and senior executive skilled in executing enterprise-wide legal strategies and key business and product initiatives, with extensive experience in navigating highly regulated Fintech environments. Before NXCR, Won served as SVP, Deputy General Counsel at Fair, where he architected the structure of all of Fair’s products. Prior to Fair, Won was in-house with an auto lender, covering technology and regulatory issues in consumer finance. Won was a founding member of the CMCP Ambassador’s Council and is a long time participant and supporter of CMCP.
David Kelly is entering his 10th season with the Warriors, his fourth as Chief Legal Officer, Business and Basketball.
In his current role, Kelly is responsible for all legal matters affecting the company, manages player development, salary cap management and luxury tax planning for the team, oversees the organization’s people operations and public/governmental affairs departments, and oversees many of the company’s key projects and initiatives on both the business and basketball sides of the company.
Kelly joined the Warriors in 2012 vice president and general counsel and was elevated to his current role in 2018.
A native of Chicago, Kelly earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College in 1996 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2004.
Gloria Lee is the Client Relations Partner and Chief Business Development Officer for Rutan & Tucker, LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm and one of the largest full service law firms in California.
Ms. Lee also practiced as a commercial real estate and finance attorney and has received several honors including been named a Super Lawyer and/or Rising Star by the Super Lawyers publication from 2012-2018 and 2021.
In 2018, Gloria was awarded CMCP’s Emerging Diversity Leader Award for her contributions promoting diversity within the legal profession. In 2017, Gloria was selected by the California Diversity Council as one of Southern California’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.
Gloria also serves on several national non-profit boards and is a former CMCP Ambassador. Gloria is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Berkeley School of Law.
General Counsel and Board of Directors call on Aaron Lewis to conduct their most sensitive internal investigations and to defend their businesses and senior executives in their most serious enforcement matters. A founding member of Covington’s Los Angeles office and Vice Chair of the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice, Aaron returned to Covington in 2015 after six years of service in the Department of Justice, first as Counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder and later as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles.
Jenny has over 15 years of recruiting experience in the legal industry, with deep roots in the Bay Area. At Baker Botts, Jenny co-founded the First Generation Professionals Affinity Group and serves as a Staff Liaison to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Prior to Baker Botts, Jenny led recruiting and talent development efforts at Arnold & Porter and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Jenny immigrated from China at the age of eight and is the first person in her family to graduate from college. She is a proud UC Berkeley alumna (Go Bears)!
Jennifer Martinez is Hanson Bridgett’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO). As CDEIO, she provides strategic, programmatic, and operational leadership for initiatives that advance DEI as core values of the firm. Jennifer works with firm leadership and committees to advance such initiatives and leverage resources across the firm to promote an environment of equity and inclusion. This includes creating and implementing DEI trainings and programming, developing hiring, retention, and advancement goals, re-examining the firm’s internal policies and practices with an eye towards rooting out unconscious bias and inequity, re-focusing pro bono work on racial justice and equity, and coordinating the firm’s internal and external efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the legal community and in the local communities where our attorneys and staff work and live.
Krishnan Padmanabhan is an experienced litigator who specializes in high technology disputes. He represents clients across a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, networking, semiconductors, and medical devices.
In particular, KP is regularly involved in patent trials in District Courts around the country, and before the International Trade Commission. Clients have commended KP on his storytelling capability, and remark that he breathes life into even the most dense subject matter.
Prior to practicing law, KP was an engineer focused on commercial and next generation semiconductor technology for a major aerospace corporation. He received his law degree from UC Hastings in 2007, and now serves on Hastings’ Board of Governors.
Outside of the law, KP is a long-suffering Mets fan. He also loves spending time with his wife Anita, and their two children.
Dr.Vijay Pendakur serves as the inaugural Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Zynga, Inc, where he offers diversity strategy and coordination for their global operations, spanning 3 continents. Vijay also leads university relations, corporate social responsibility, and learning & development at Zynga. Prior to this appointment, he led campus-wide crisis management and diversity efforts at Cornell University as the Robert W. and Elizabeth Staley Dean of Students and Presidential Advisor on Diversity and Equity. As a scholar-practitioner, he has an extensive publishing record, including editing a book, and his research areas span leadership pedagogy, student success strategy, and higher education administration. He serves on the institute teaching faculty of the USC Race and Equity Center and as a faculty member for the “High Impact Practices Institute” through the American Association of Colleges and Universities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and East Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master’s in U.S. history from UC, San Diego, and a doctorate in education from DePaul University.
Phuong Phillips is Chief Legal Officer for Zynga, overseeing all legal affairs and government relations for the company. Prior to joining Zynga, Phillips served as Associate General Counsel for Tesla, Inc. and was the lead M&A attorney. Before that, Phillips spent more than six years at SolarCity as its Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Head of Corporate and Securities.
Phillips was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal with a Women of Influence Award (2015), the Recorder with a Women Leaders in Tech Law Award (2018), the Bay Area Corporate Counsel – Diversity Award (2019), the In-House Counsel Diversity Award by the California Minority Counsel Program (2019), the Trailblazer Award from the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (2019) and named one of the Top 100 Legal Influencers by The Business Journal (2019). Most recently, Phillips was honored with the In-House Outstanding Individual Contribution Award at the North American Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards (2020), GC of the Year from the Women, Influence & Power in Law (2020) as well as honored with the Women of Achievement Award from Legal momentum (2021).
Phillips serves as the Executive Chair of Women at Zynga, an employee-led resource group offering a variety of programming for women in gaming, as well as on the Board of the California Minority Counsel Program, The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Project Glimmer and Director of Operations for the Straubel Foundation.
Halimah DeLaine Prado is General Counsel at Google, leading the company’s world-class legal team, advising on some of the most complex and important legal issues of the digital age. Prior to that, Halimah was a Vice President of Legal. In this role, she managed the Products and Agreements Legal team, a global legal team responsible for the product and commercial counsel advising of Google’s products, including Ads, Search, Cloud, Hardware, Platforms & Ecosystems, and YouTube. She has been with Google since 2006.
Prior to joining Google, Halimah practiced media law and products liability law at Dechert LLP and Levine Sullivan Koch and Schulz, which has since merged with Balllard Spahr. She also clerked for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Halimah obtained her J.D. from Georgetown, and her undergraduate degree from Yale.
Devora Navera Reed serves as the General Counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is the first woman of color in the history of LAUSD to serve in this role. Ms. Navera Reed oversees the District’s 145-member legal staff and outside legal firms. She advises the Board of Education, Superintendent, and senior leadership related to matters of major importance to the District. Prior to joining the District in 2006, Ms. Navera Reed served as an attorney for the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, advocating for children in the foster care system. Ms. Navera Reed earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California in 1992 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1996.
Arezoo leads Diversity & Belonging programs at Autodesk, serving as the first Diversity Business Partner, leading the ERG effort and launching the company’s first global mentorship program. More recently, she developed the diversity workforce analytics strategy and revamped Autodesk’s inclusive recruitment effort. She began her career in the non-profit sector, spending 10+ years working on US Government initiatives via the State Department. Despite having lived in San Francisco for nearly 15 years, she will forever cheer on the Cubs from her hometown of Chicago. Outside of work, her little ones keep her busy (2 and 4). She takes self-care and fitness seriously and always makes time for a workout or simply getting fresh air.
Alex Romain is a national trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience representing corporations and individuals in high-stakes litigation and investigations.
Mr. Romain’s relentless advocacy has led to exemplary results for his clients. He was a member of the trial team that exonerated the late Sen. Ted Stevens. Mr. Romain represented the Baltimore Ravens in the independent investigation conducted by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. He served as lead counsel in a petition before the Supreme Court of California requesting the necessary educational services for students with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Romain serves on the boards of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
George K. H. Schell is currently General Counsel of the Presidio Trust in San Francisco where he oversees the provision of legal services for this unique federal corporation. Prior to this role, George was the Chief Attorney of Business Transactions and Compliance for the City of San Francisco and, in 2016, George wrapped up a successful 20-year career as a business manager and a Chief Counsel in the global marketing and legal departments at the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia.
Before joining Coca-Cola, George was Vice President and General Counsel for the Oakland A’s Baseball Company, the Chief of General Litigation for the City of San Francisco, and worked in private practice as a litigation associate for the San Francisco firm of Steinhart & Falconer. He began his legal career as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Debra Sydnor serves as Greenberg Traurig’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. In her role, she works closely with the firm’s Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and members of a cross-functional team dedicated to implementing the firm’s robust diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and initiatives, including client and community collaborations.
Previously, Debra practiced law for more than 18 years at Alston & Bird LLP, including as a Partner in the firm’s Litigation and Products Liability groups. She also served on various firmwide committees focused on the firm’s recruiting, mentoring, and retention efforts.
Debra earned her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Howard University School of Law.
Michael Tang is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Agilent Technologies. He is responsible for leading Agilent’s global legal organization and advising the board of directors and management team on all aspects of the law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities matters.
Michael Tang has served in the Legal and Corporate Development departments of Agilent since joining the company in 2006. In 2013 he was named Agilent Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.
Prior to Agilent, he represented public and private technology companies in a broad range of corporate and securities matters at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a Palo Alto, California, law firm and Fenwick & West LLP, a Mountain View, California, law firm.
He is an active member of the State Bar of California. Tang also serves on the Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).
Elica Vafaie joined the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF) as the Pro Bono Director and currently serves as Interim Executive Director. She works with the LCCRSF team and pro bono law firms, corporate legal departments, and partners to advance economic, immigrant, and racial justice. During the COVID-19pandemic, she led efforts to successfully scale pro bono to meet the 300% increase in demand from small businesses; shifted attorney trainings to be virtual; and harnessed the surge of volunteers to advance voting rights and racial justice. Elica was the Staff Attorney & Program Manager of the National Security & Civil Rights Program at the Asian Law Caucus. She was a rapid response attorney at the SFO airport in the wake of the Muslim Ban and worked with hundreds of pro bono volunteers leading rapid response litigation and Know Your Rights for individuals impacted by the Muslim Ban. Elica serves on the California Access to Justice Commission, the Legal Aid Foundation of California board, and is the 2018-2020 President Emeritus of the Iranian American Bar Association Northern California.
Bernard is a native New Yorker and currently the global head of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Governance and Compliance Training for eBay. In his current role, Bernard is leading the efforts of building out a governance framework around eBay’s newly developed AML compliance program and steering the company’s compliance training program. In addition, Bernard is the president of the Black Employees at eBay (BEE), an employee resource group (ERG), where he focuses on improving eBay’s workforce, workplace and marketplace for Black and African Americans.
Bernard has over 20 years of experience in financial services as both an attorney and as a compliance officer. Prior to joining eBay, Bernard served as a compliance officer for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Securities Division and as the Americas head of global compliance training at Goldman Sachs.
Bernard graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and obtained his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.
Chris has worked as a litigator at the San Francisco-based law firms, Morrison Foerster and Keker, Van Nest & Peters, served as the Deputy Finance Director for Obama for America (2008), spent time in the Sacramento Mayor’s office as Senior Advisor and Counsel, and worked in the Obama Administration as a political appointee in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Before joining Ironclad, Chris spent three years at GoFundMe serving as their General Counsel. While there, he founded GoFundMe.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting individuals impacted by natural and manmade disasters and social movements like TIME’S UP and Equal Pay Day.
Chris received a degree in Philosophy from San Diego State University and his law degree at UC Berkeley School of Law. He served as a law clerk for Judge Susan Illston, a Federal District Court Judge for the Northern District of California.