Leadership Team

  • Lori Nelson, Executive Director

    Lori’s background is an unusual combination of nonprofit management and entertainment. A graduate of UCLA, she began her career in the Los Angeles film industry, then traveled the world as a magazine journalist.

    Her travels brought her to New York, where for 10 years she served as the Executive Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre. The international organization recreated Shakespeare’s original theater in London. She later served for several years as Executive Director of the Birmingham Pledge Foundation, a grassroots effort to end racism. One of the first women admitted to the Explorers Club, she has been very active in supporting women in exploration and science and is currently Co-Chair of the West Coast Chapter.

    Lori’s background in media led her to form her own production company, N Vision Productions. The company has developed and produced non-fiction TV series for most of the cable networks, while also running marketing campaigns for diverse media clients.

  • Sophia Yen, MD MPH, Co-Founder and Board Chair

    Sophia Yen is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine. Along with two sorority sisters (Sue Nagle and Cynthia Closkey) Sophia founded Sheheroes. She received her BS from MIT, and her medical degree from UCSF. She also received her masters in public health in maternal and child health from UC Berkeley. Passionate about family planning, Sophia is a reproductive rights advocate and has served on the executive board at the Center for Reproductive Rights and is the founder of the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women. Sophia also works in at Stanford in the Department of Pediatrics as a clinical instructor.

  • Amanda Guo, Treasurer

    Amanda is a CPA and she works with a local CPA firm, Weber and Company, Inc. in San Jose. She has more than eight years experiences in tax services for privately held business, technology companies, individual, partnership, estate and trusts. She also have experiences in audit and accounting services for both privately held companies and non-profit organizations. She received her MBA from Concordia University in Canada. She also had her BS in Economics from China.

  • Dr. Michelle Kraus, Board Member

    Dr. Michelle Kraus is a veteran of the political blogging community writing on regulatory and political issues concerning the economy, environment, social change, innovation and technology. She pioneered the earliest social network and platform for politics, and is often referred to as a “Ninja” working behind the scenes to build communities, craft messaging and reach out to activists with new and innovative technologies. Covering the Clinton Global Initiative in 2007, Dr. Michelle started the “quiet voices” series illuminating the monumental work of many of the participants across the globe who are quietly affecting change in health care and poverty alleviation. Invited to help with the grassroots outreach for the Dali Lama and the human rights community, she has covered the initiatives at www.humanitariandream.com. 

    She holds a doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University, a MA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Rutgers University (Douglass College). Michelle was the curator of all things Allen Ginsberg, has published two books, and written for many news outlets and publications. She speaks nationally on politics, technology and innovation.

  • Blamoh Twegbe

    Blamoh Twegbe is a pharmacist with over ten years experience in long-term care, retail, and hospital pharmacy. She competed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, majoring in Women’s Studies with a specialty in Representations of Women of Color in Film and TV, while also completing her pre-pharmacy requirements. She attained her Doctor of Pharmacy at  Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and received her Executive MBA from St Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. She currently works for Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek as the Outpatient Pharmacy Manager.

    Passionate about music, Blamoh remains an active member of of the San Francisco Girls Chorus Alumnae Association. She is also a member of the California Pharmacist’s Association (CPhA).


  • Raven Jada Walker

    Born in Palo Alto, California Raven Jada Walker, is an actress and model. She began appearing in print ads and commercials as early as the age of five. Raven Jada, is best known for rapping and playing an adorable kid engineer for Goldie Blox, in one of the top viral commercial ads of 2013. Raven Jada’s work with Goldie Blox helped them become the first small business to ever air a commercial during the Super Bowl. She will be making her film debut this summer in an indie feature film called America is Still the Place.

  • Lauren Greenberg, Board Member

    A graduate of Dartmouth College, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lauren Greenberg earned her medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School. Afterward, she completed both her general surgery residency and her plastic surgery residency at Stanford University. In addition to completing additional fellowship training that focused specifically on breast and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Greenberg delivers national medical presentations and has published chapters in several surgical textbooks.

  • Dina Yuen, Board Member

    Dina Yuen is an entrepreneur, author and CEO of multimedia company AsianFusion. At 12 years-old Dina was the youngest person to graduate from the Nila Chandra Culinary Academy before going on to study Industrial Engineering and Classical Piano. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia rescuing young girls forced into prostitution. She is currently developing several product lines under the AsianFusionGirl brand, creating her first TV series and writing her third and fourth books. A frequent contributor to Asian and women’s publications including AsianFusion and The Next Women Magazine, Dina is widely respected for her expertise in entrepreneurship, food and travel. Dina is based in San Francisco and her websites are Asian-Fusion.com and DinaYuen.com.

Consultants and Volunteers

  • Meghan Harvey, Social Media Expert

    Meghan Harvey is a new media expert and writer. She has worked with WomenCount and Momcrats. She also does new media and online community management for local small businesses as well as for a congressional campaign in a 2009 special election. She is also a weekly columnist for the online magazine, Politics Unlocked and has her own blog, Meg’s Idle Chatter You can find Meghan on Twitter at @meghan1018.