Team

 

​​​​​David B. Smith​

Managing Director, The Presidio Institute

David believes in the power of the American people to collectively innovate for the greater good. His work at the Insti​tute harnesses his expertise in aligning vision with strategy through the delivery of high impact solutions. David cultivates the partner relationships that are the cornerstone to the Institute's mission and the source of its essential, collaborative programming. David’s career reflects his ability to inspire people about what is possible and then finding ways to make it happen. He helped draft and pass the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act and launch The Civic 50 with Bloomberg Businessweek as the Executive Director of the Congressionally-chartered National Conference on Citizenship. He founded and led Mobilize.org, a national nonprofit that equips and invests in young people to participate in being the solution to various community problems. David has shared his insights on service, political engagement and corporate citizenship as a consultant to California Forward, Causes.com and the Points of Light Foundation. David’s work has received multiple awards, including the Independent Sector’s American Express NGEN Fellowship and the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet Fellowship. He has spoken about social entrepreneurship and activism to a wide array of audiences, including civic leaders in Colombia, Peru, Bahrain and Israel, the White House, and the National Academy of Sciences. A tireless advocate for ideas that exist to make people’s lives better, David serves in advisory and board roles for numerous organizations, including Reimagining Service, The Corps Network and the Davenport Institute. He holds a degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Inspired by travel as a source of insight, David explores the world at every opportunity. He lives in Lafayette with his wife Maya Enista Smith, and his “lil mobilizers” Hunter and Logan.

Lenny T. Mendonca

Senior Fellow

Lenny Mendonca is a director emeritus (retired senior partner) from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. Lenny founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. For many years Lenny led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm's communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly, and served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). His client work focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Lenny is the Chair of Children Now, co-Chair of California Forward, and founder and Chair of Fusecorps. He is the Chair Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for Junior Statesmen of America. He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College. Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

David Styers

Manager of Program and Business Development

David Styers has an extensive background working on the forefront of nonprofit and civic engagement in volunteer and leadership development. Bringing more than two decades of organizational effectiveness experience, David is responsible for developing, marketing, and implementing programs that further the Institute’s mission. A Certified Governance Trainer, Civic Change Leadership Trainer, and Youth Leadership Trainer, he has spent the past 7 years directing education and consulting programs and serving as a Senior Board Governance Consultant for BoardSource and, from 2012-2014, for the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. From 2000-2007, David served as Senior Director in a number of capacities at the Points of Light Foundation, providing technical assistance and network building to strengthen national and international partnerships and local affiliate Volunteer Centers and Corporate Volunteer Councils. He has trained and consulted throughout the United States and internationally in Australia, Canada, England, India, Mexico, Oman, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. David began his career in symphony orchestra management and oversaw training and educational programs for the American Symphony Orchestra League from 1992-1999, and he continues his passion for the arts as a singer in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Active on boards, David is secretary of Discovery Community, immediate past treasurer of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), immediate past chair of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), and past president of Volunteer Alexandria. He holds a degree in English and religion from Wake Forest University.

Jeanine Becker

Manager of Networks & Learning

Jeanine sees the striking challenges of our time as potent opportunities – and recognizes that the transformation needed can only be created and sustained by leveraging the resources and perspectives of diverse collaborations. At the Institute, Jeanine is focused on R&D as well as building a movement for cross sector leadership. Her R&D work is grounded in her personal experience working in multiple sectors and in her expertise in collaboration. Jeanine has been teaching negotiation and collaboration at Stanford for a decade, led teams to close thousands of transactions on four continents, and has had deep engagement with multiple cross-sector impact projects. In addition, as Founder/CEO of Collaborative Leadership Consulting, Jeanine provides coaching and consulting to mission-driven leaders who are committed to scaling their impact through strong relationships, both inside and outside of their organizations. Jeanine has provided coaching, training and consulting to leaders in non-profits and corporations, including the World Bank, the Agha Khan Foundation, Encore.org, Lean Startup Productions, O’Reilly Media, and Motorola. Previously she spent 20+ years as a mission driven leader, engaged in non-profit, government, social enterprise, and corporate CSR/philanthropy, and a decade over a decade as a corporate attorney leading teams to close thousands of transactions for start ups to Fortune 500 companies, ending her legal practice at Motorola, then a Google company. Passionate about using collaboration for impact, as a Board Member of WorldPulse, Jeanine is collaborating with 5 women’s organizations, multiple corporations and McKinsey Global Institute to launch women’s economic empowerment pilots in Kenya and India. She has spoken about Collaborative Leadership to many audiences, including Wisdom 2.0 and Emerging Women, and to leaders in Liberia, Ecuador and Israel. Jeanine received a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA from Tufts University, with a focus on social movements and peace & justice studies.

Rob Gordon

Project Manager

Rob's passions lie at the cross section of leadership development and technology. He leads the development and defines the product strategy & roadmap of the Institute's online leadership education platform for social impact leaders at the Presidio Institute. Prior, Rob served as the inaugural Chief Digital Office for America's Promise Alliance in Washington, D.C. where he oversaw all external digital communications strategy and led APA Digital, the digital communications division of America's Promise Alliance. He led, evaluated and enhanced the development, branding/design and implementation of award winning Fortune 500 funded projects. Previously, Rob started his own digital communications consulting company where he led, directed and created digital and social media products for corporate and nonprofit clients including: Black Entertainment Television, NBCUniversal, Oxygen and City Year. He also served as Director of Information Technology for the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia where he managed all digital information systems for the 100+ year-old organization. Rob has bachelor's degrees in Political Science& Communications from the college of Arts & Sciences at Villanova University. He is an Aspen Institute Fellow, American Express Leadership Academy Fellow, Web of Change Leadership & Technology alum, and a member of the International Chief Digital Officer Club. In 2014, he was recognized as one of the top 10 influential global Chief Digital Officers by the International Chief Digital Officer Club.

Anna Sanders

Project Coordinator

Anna Sanders has been a member of the Presidio Institute team since August 2014. She brings a strong background of project management, overseeing logistics, coordination and organizational skills, in addition to successfully working with people from different cultures and perspectives. Anna enjoys finding the links and connections between people and projects and discovering the best way to utilize them.

Anna lived in the Basque Country in Spain for fifteen years where she was passionately involved in education. She worked with the unemployment office to develop an English training course aimed at assisting woman to be better prepared to reenter the work force. Anna was also an International Student Advisor at the University of Basque Country where she acted as the primary liaison for foreign students and the university and government.

Anna lives in Marin with her husband and her teenage children. She spends her free time hiking on the mountain, writing poetry, whipping up some amazing fare in the kitchen and schlepping her two teenagers to various activities. A​nna holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and completed a Spanish language program at the University of Basque Country.​

Cres Van Keulen

Executive Assistant

Joining the team in January 2017, Cres provides administrative and operational support for the department, coordinating team meetings, and tracking Institute goals and metrics. She also assists with events, and manages the department budget and purchasing.

Prior to joining the Presidio Institute, Cres was an executive assistant at RSF Social Finance, also located in the Presidio. At RSF, she worked closely with both the client development and business development teams, focusing on social enterprises in the food & agriculture space. Serving as an executive assistant is Cres’s third career; her second was managing trade and membership associations for over 20 years; and her first career was in criminal justice where she lead a national resource center assisting local governments in implementing, operating and evaluating alternative sentencing programs.

Cres serves on the board of Cornerstone Community Homes, a Marin County CA nonprofit operating group homes for adults with autism and intellectual challenges. She is also President of her homeowners association in Tiburon, CA. Cres graduated with a BS in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.