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Tarrell Gamble

Tarrell Gamble has over 10 years of experience specializing in the placement of corporate and municipal securities as well as trading government securities for institutional accounts. Additionally, Tarrell is responsible for relationship management and business development with corporations across all areas of the firm. Tarrell completed the Tuck Executive Education program.

James Taylor

Vice President 
James Lance Taylor is author of the book Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama, which earned 2011 “Outstanding Academic Title” -Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (January 2012). He is currently serving as associate professor and Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco.


Moreover, he is a member of the USFFA Policy Board, and current Chair of the Arts Council (committee of College Chairs). Taylor has also served as a policy consultant for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and San Francisco Board of Supervisors. James earned his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University and his graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC).


Jacqueline Young

Jackie Young has served on several Nonprofit Boards where she exercised her leadership talents. She served as the Board President/Chair  The Foundation for San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage from 1983-1986.


She also functioned as the President for the Alumnae Resources from 1986-1989;  the San Francisco Ministry to Nursing Homes, President, 1988- 1991; Bay Area Health Ministries, 1992-1997; Member of the Board San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Vice Chair, 2000 – March 2005; Meritus College Fund, 2006 to 2012; VP for two years Community Service San Francisco Grand Jury, 1988-1989 Golden Gate National Recreation Area Advisory Commission, Commissioner, 1995-2001; Charitable Contributions Services, Partner, 1991 – 12/31/05; Education: Masters of Public Administration – Nonprofit Organization Management,University of San Francisco, 1986.


Phyllis Culp

Phyllis Culp is a member of the Ohio and California Bars. She retired from the State Bar of California where she was employed for many years. She is a former member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Specialization, former member of the California Supreme Court’s Judicial Council’s Access and Fairness Committee and past chair of its Education and Gender Fairness subcommittees, past president of Black Women Lawyers of Northern California, and a current member Board of Directors of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Margaret Chiu

Margaret Chiu is Assistant Superintendent Emeritus of SFUSD (San Francisco Unified School District). She has a bilingual and multicultural background. She was born in Macau, grew up in Hong Kong, and after immigrating to the U.S., she received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco respectively.


She has over two decades of experiences working in public schools in San Francisco. During her tenure, she served in positions as:Assistant Superintendent (Pre K and K-12), High School Principal, Middle and High School Assistant Principal, Elementary School Principal, and Teacher (Immersion Education and English Language Development Specialist) She has been a longtime community supporter and social justice advocate for youth and children in San Francisco.


Stephanie Gee

Stephanie Gee is a San Francisco native who has witnessed the city change and grow. While she embraces many of the developments, she also cares about preserving San Francisco’s identity and advocating for those who are marginalized. She first joined the SF Achiever family through the mentorship program and loves it.


Stephanie graduated from the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in German Studies. After ten years working in online advertising at Google, she left to travel the world and volunteer at local and international communities. She’s excited to be a part of the board and for the future of SF Achievers.


Aklil Ibssa

Aklil Ibssa is a first generation Ethiopian-American working at LinkedIn in corporate development (M&A), responsible for acquisitions and corporate strategy.


He was previously an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and received his B.S.C. in finance from Santa Clara University. Aklil is passionate about equality of opportunity and, in his spare time, fancies himself a would-be tech historian and stand-up comedy enthusiast.


Aakar Vachhani


Mr. Vachhani is a Partner at Fairview Capital where has been a member of the Investment Team since 2008. Fairview Capital is a leading investment management firm focused on top-tier venture capital and next generation investment opportunities. Mr. Vachhani  is involved in research, due diligence, investment monitoring, and business development for Fairview’s venture capital and private equity partnership and direct co-investment portfolios. He established and leads Fairview’s San Francisco office.

Prior to joining Fairview, Mr. Vachhani was at Cambridge Associates, a leading investment advisor to foundations, endowments and corporate and government entities. Mr. Vachhani also spent time with MK Capital, a multi-stage growth equity and venture capital firm.

Mr. Vachhani holds a B.S. in Economics-Finance from Bentley University and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Achievers and serves as Board Treasurer.

Amy Ovalle

Amy Ovalle heads the Global Communications team and sits on the senior leadership team of The Asia Foundation, the premier international development organization working in Asia. Ovalle’s portfolio includes strategic communications, reputational risk, crisis management, editorial, electronic, publications, digital, design, film, photography, media relations, social media, events and advertising. Previously she worked at National Public Radio in Washington, DC, on All Things Considered and Weekend Edition where she worked for Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr and Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg. She also worked for National Geographic, and later started up a non-profit broadcast production company in the Bay Area, ACF Newsource, producing stories for over a decade with partners in top newsrooms across the globe, including Charles Osgood of The Osgood File and CBS Sunday Morning. Ovalle is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors, and co-heads their Risk and Crisis Working Group, is a member of The Pacific Council, World Affairs Council, and served as Vice President of The Commonwealth Club’s Inforum Board. She is on the board of San Francisco Achievers, which is based in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and two children. Ovalle has a Masters from Georgetown University; completed Wharton Fellows at The Conference Board Master Class in Shanghai, China; attended the Iowa Writers Workshop; and received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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