Category Archives: Board of Directors

Elmy Bermejo

Board Director

Elmy Bermejo has been a senior government official with more than 25 years of experience in executive level management, strategic planning, policy development and advocacy.  She has an established successful record of collaboration with public and private stakeholders on a range of issues including workforce development, immigration, paid leave, minimum wage, discrimination in pay, disaster relief, small business and healthcare. She has deep relationships with Congress, the Executive Branch, federal, state and local government. Elmy has a passion for building and strengthening relationships while assisting people and organizations attain their goals.


Kriss Deiglmeier

Kriss Deiglmeier Board Director

Kriss Deiglmeier, currently the CEO of Tides, has more than 20 years of senior executive experience that spans the business, social enterprise, nonprofit, academic and philanthropic sectors.  She is recognized as a pioneer in the field of social innovation and has presented nationally and internationally on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking and public-private partnerships as well as guest-lectured at myriad universities around the world.


Michael Kieschnick

Michael KieschnickBoard Director

Michael Kieschnick is CEO, President and Co-Founder of CREDO/Working Assets, Inc., a progressive mobile phone company, built from an activism community of over three million members.

Prior to co-founding Working Assets, Mr. Kieschnick served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as an economic adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown of California (way back in time from 1980-1982), and helped create several socially responsible investment funds.


Cynthia A. Parker

Cynthia ParkerBoard Director

Cynthia A. Parker is the President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing Corporation. She is responsible for the overall direction of BRIDGE, as well as its major affiliates such as BUILD, an investment advisor to CalPERS under the California Urban Real Estate Program, and BASS, a licensed life care provider. She joined BRIDGE Housing as President and CEO in February 2010.


Tom Steyer

Tom SteyerBoard of Directors, Beneficial State Co-founder

Tom Steyer is an investor, philanthropist and advanced energy advocate. He is also the President of NextGen Climate, an organization that acts politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Before retiring from the private sector, Tom founded and was the Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management. He also was a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Hellman & Friedman.


Kat Taylor

Board of Directors, Beneficial State Co-founder

Kat Taylor is active in a variety of public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1986, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, a nonprofit entity that helps new immigrant families in San Francisco access needed services, stabilize in the country, develop self-sufficiency and participate in the community.


Robert Wilkins

Robert WilkinsBoard Director

Robert A. Wilkins has led the YMCA of the East Bay since 1997. He has served the YMCA for 20 years, including leadership roles at YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles before joining the YMCA of the East Bay. Wilkins is an ordained minister and was previously Assistant Chaplain of American Baptists at the University of Southern California. He currently serves as an Associate Minister at Allen Temple Baptist Church and educator in contemporary religion and biblical literature.