BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Award-winning journalist Sandra Maas is a 35-year veteran of television and radio, recognized nationally for her insightful interviews with top newsmakers in business, government and academia. Her past work at KFMB-TV, KSBY-TV and KUSI-TV has earned her more than a dozen Emmy nominations. Sandra is now on a new mission to help women achieve equal pay in the workplace. She joined the WMC board in January 2020.
Skilled, insightful and ethical nonprofit professional with expertise in capacity building, fund development and nonprofit business operations who brings 20 years of experience working with organizations ranging from design studios to universities to aircraft carrier museums. Early career included extensive experience in arts administration and art exhibit production
Murugi Kenyatta has dedicated her life to being an advocate for underserved women—enterprising individuals whose voices and stories too often go unheard. Murugi works to amplify their narratives—connecting the women and their work to the socially conscious consumer. After serving in the non-profit management arena for over a decade, and as a former executive director of a global non-profit providing micro-loans to women, Murugi founded a community-driven social enterprise aimed at linking entrepreneurial East African women to local, regional and international markets.
Griselda is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of California State University Fullerton, where she earned a degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations. Before joining the Office of Supervisor Vargas, Griselda led the civic engagement work for Mid-City Community Advocacy Network in City Heights, as the Director of Civic Engagement she built a successful grassroots civic engagement program that successfully increased voter turnout in City Heights. Griselda also served as a Commissioner for the Leon L. Williams San Diego County Human Relations Commission. She is an alumnus of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Institute, LEAD Advance, RISE San Diego, MANA de San Diego LSLP, and Movement School.
Her mission in life is to bring resources to those who need them and help build a culture of voters in her community. Griselda serves on several non-profit boards including, Mid-City Community Advocacy Network, Womens Museum of California, Peoples Legal Services and is the President of Run Women Run and the Latina Democratic Club. Griselda's inspiration comes from her family and friends, life experiences, and traveling.
Prior to her current sales career in education, Cori was a teacher for over 13 years, she then worked with in and out of school time educators, state agencies and businesses to promote growth in global citizenship, STEM education, social emotional learning, and 21st Century Skills, among other topics related to individual needs assessments.
She is a huge proponent of getting quality educational tools and resources into the hands of educators to help support learning for all students.
Ally Keegan is a trial attorney whose practice is focused on criminal defense in state and federal courts. She also serves as a legal analyst for television and radio networks, and is involved in several legal and political organizations throughout the San Diego community that are geared towards elevating the status of women in society and the law.
Barbara "Bar" earned her Certified Paralegal accreditation in July of 2012. She has proudly worked for the Legal Aid Society of San Diego since May of 2013, where she has tirelessly educated and advocated for her clients to access their rights to disability / healthcare benefits and, currently, fair housing.
A proud Chicana raised in Tijuana by strong, amazing women, she moved to San Diego and has lived in the community since the age of 15, where she continues to empower women and young girls to defend our bodily autonomy, make our voices heard, and uplift each other.
Sue Gonda earned her Ph.D. in U.S. and Women's History from UCLA. She taught at Grossmont College, serving as chair of both the History and Cross-Cultural Studies Departments and as Academic Senate President. She also taught women's history in SDSU’s Women’s Studies for 24 years. She still teaches multi-cultural U.S. and women’s history part-time at Grossmont and has numerous articles, grants, and awards to her credit.
Dr. Angela Coker
Dr. Coker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Director of Inclusive SDSU at San Diego State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who specializes in working with women. For over twenty years her research has focused on the intersections of race, gender and social class. Her publication record includes a critical analysis of African American women’s personal, career, and academic development. She has held academic appointments at Johns Hopkins University, The University of Missouri – St. Louis, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dany Kitishian is managing director at Kitishian and Associates which since 2009 has worked to provide innovation management support and solutions to businesses around the globe. His practice focuses on three pillars: Innovation, Philanthropy and Civic Duty.
Dany earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA in Innovation Management from the University of California San Diego – Rady School of Management. Dany is currently Chair of the Advisory Board and Head of Global Bus. Integration at AI Squared-top 10 globally ranked AI startup of 2022.