Board of Directors

GWYNETH GALBRAITH

Co-President

Gwyneth Galbraith is a strategic development consultant with more than 25 years of experience creating successful strategies to develop, fund, and implement high-impact programs focused on financial inclusion, economic development, and education. Her consulting practice offers expert research, analysis, strategy development, and thought partnership to non-profit organizations and leaders looking for new ideas and a fresh perspective. Previously, Gwyneth served as Chief Development Officer at Opportunity Fund, a leading Community Development Financial Institution providing responsible financial products to underserved entrepreneurs and communities. During her 15+ year tenure, she helped build Opportunity Fund into the nation’s largest nonprofit lender to small businesses. She has also served as Development Director at UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Gwyneth holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

JANET TAM

Co-President

Janet Tam is a licensed architect and a founding partner and CEO of Noll & Tam Architects. Noll & Tam is a 40-person firm that has been in practice for 25 years in Berkeley and focuses on the design of public and institutional projects that strive to make a visible and positive difference within their communities. Her local architectural work includes the YMCA teen center, the renovation of the North Berkeley Senior Center, and multiple projects on the UC Berkeley campus. She grew up in Richmond and received degrees from UC Berkeley, Janet has been a Berkeley resident for 30 years, is married to Kit Ratcliff, a third-generation Berkeleyite and BCF mentor, and their daughters are proud alumni of Berkeley High. Janet joined the BCS Board in 2012 and is also chair of the Development Committee.

ROSA LUEVANO

Vice President

Rosa Luevano joined the BCS board in early 2020; she has been an active volunteer in the Berkeley public schools since 1996 when her first child entered elementary school. Having three children go through the BUSD has kept her busy for the last 23 years. Her involvement took her from a PTA member to President of the PTA at both the elementary and middle schools. At BHS she joined and led the Berkeley High School Development Group for 6 years. Rosa’s interest in the Berkeley Community Scholars stems from her experience as an immigrant and first-generation college-educated person that benefited from scholarships and support systems. Being in a position to have an impact on the next generation has been an important goal that her family is intent on achieving. Rosa and her husband Charles have been Berkeley residents since 1980 and supporters of the Berkeley Community Scholars since 2016. In June 2020 she became Board Secretary.

LILA BECKFORD, CPA

Treasurer

Lila is a CPA and CFO with about 30 years of broad and deep experience with public and private companies, ranging from start-ups to multinational ventures in various industries. She is a leader in promoting strong corporate financial and operational risk management and in optimizing opportunities within a framework of good governance and business ethics. Lila joined the board in 2022 and serves on the Financial and Racial Equity Committees.

As an immigrant from a financially challenged family, Lila understands that education is a “way up.”  Determination and a little help from the community make a big difference in a student’s future.

Lila’s own path through higher education started at Diablo Valley College. She transferred to and earned a BS in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley. She later earned an MBA from California State University, Hayward. In addition to her work with BCS, Lila serves on the board of the Concord Shiva Murugan Temple and on the Finance Committee of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, another non-profit.

ERIC JUNG

Board Secretary

Eric Jung is an alumnus of the Berkeley Community Scholars High Hopes Scholarship program. Eric is a passionate advocate about education and social equity. He has experience in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors and has worked in sustainability, policy, IT, and risk management. Eric previously served on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Community Advisory Group and is also a proud founding member of the BCS Alumni Council. He received his BA from UC Berkeley and MA from Columbia University.

INA BENDICH

Ina Bendich directed the Law and Government Academy at McClymonds High School, a public college preparatory school located in West Oakland from 2001-2011. As Academy Director, she incorporated Restorative Justice processes in 2007 to provide her students with viable alternatives to the traditional justice system. Her “youth court” students became circle keepers, resolving disputes among peers and those referred by teachers and staff. Students learned to take on leadership roles at school and in the community. Since 2014, Ina has taken the lessons learned at McClymonds and shifted her focus from the classroom toward training adults and youth in Restorative practices. She has coordinated training, coaching, and professional development in using Restorative Justice to build community and repair harm with Los Angeles Unified School District, Piedmont Unified School District, Phillips Academy in Alameda, Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT, and Legacy Preparatory Academy in Santa Ana, CA. She is a graduate of the New College School of Law, holds a single-subject social science credential, and MA in Education from University of San Francisco.

CAROL BROSGART, M.D.

Carol L. Brosgart, M.D. serves on the boards of privately held companies and public, not-for-profit, domestic and global health organizations. She has served as a member of the faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco for the past four decades, where she is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Division of Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Brosgart received a B.S. in Community Medicine from the University of California, Berkeley and received an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a long-time Berkeley resident where she was the founder and Medical Director of the East Bay AIDS Center at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, California, from 1987 until 1998. Dr. Brosgart joined the BCS board in 2018 but has been a supporter and mentor for many years.

RASHIDA HANIF

Rashida Hanif is the founder and CEO of RepresentED, a 501(c)3 that “prepares high potential non-traditional students for leadership roles in the public and private sector.” Her passion for inspiring young adults to reach for their dreams has led her to serve as a facilitator, instructor, and mentor in both academia and impact-focused organizations. Rashida received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley where she was a transfer student from Los Angeles Valley College. Rashida was introduced to the Berkeley Community Scholars through the mentorship program. She is currently a mentor to Jayden Rose, a 2018 High Hopes Scholar.

ADENA ISHII

Adena Ishii is a proud alumna of Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and Santa Clara University School of Law. She has been involved in the Berkeley community through work in education and local politics for thirteen years and is honored to join the Berkeley Community Scholars Board. Adena sits on the League of Women Voters (LWV) Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville Board, where she previously served as the youngest and first woman of color to be elected President. She is also a director on the California state LWV board and the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley Boards.  

MARCUS ISON

Marcus Ison joined the BCS Board in 2020; he has over 15 years of experience in IT Risk and Compliance in banking and Fintech startups. A bay area native, Marcus grew up in Oakland, attended St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004. He is passionate about martial arts, video games, and technology.

MARTÍN DE MUCHA FLORES

MartÍn has well over fifteen years of experience working in K-12 and Higher Education. He currently works at Berkeley City College as the Associate Dean of Educational Success. His unique experience as a classroom teacher, university adjunct faculty, community college program analyst, Early Academic Outreach Program Director and early admission/college outreach professional provides him a unique perspective into the kinder to college/career pipeline-pathway. He leads with attention to Equity first then Access, and a praxis grounded in Social Justice. MartÍn is known for his over the top stories and humorous motivational speeches. He has a unique ability to connect with students and adults from the rural communities of Madera to the metro communities of the Bay Area.

URSULA RODRIGUEZ

Ursula Rodriguez joins the Berkeley Community Scholars with over 15 years of experience in educational settings in underserved communities. She has served as an Art Educator, Lead Teacher, and Dean of Students with the Knowledge is Power Program and Aspire Public Schools.  Her career in education grew from a desire to understand diverse learning styles and a conviction that all students can learn.  After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology, she obtained an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  With two elementary age children, Ursula has volunteered in Berkeley and West Contra Costa public schools as a member of School Governance Councils, English Learner Advisory Committees, and as a school volunteer.  She has also become an expert in navigating the rights of and accommodations available to students with special needs.  She continues to insist on raising a bilingual family and loves nothing more than watching children get lost in their own creativity.

ILSE DANIELA RUEDA

Ilse Daniela Rueda Hernandez is an alum of the organization, as she was awarded the Berkeley Community Scholars High Hopes Scholarship in 2011. She is a proud indigenous, first-generation college graduate receiving her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University. Ilse is also a former Education Specialist, serving middle and high school students and their families in the Berkeley and Oakland communities. As the recent Chair of the school’s Special Education Department, Ilse had the opportunity to coach other educators and participated in multiple district-wide forums regarding mental health and academic programs. In collaboration with a few other educators, Ilse’s grassroots fundraising efforts during the recent pandemic financially supported over 200 immigrant families.  Ilse now works for a biotechnological pharmaceutical company assisting the Research & Development Operations senior leadership. Her personal connection to cancer fuels her work with the operational activities of oncology clinical trials. Ilse’s passion for program development, scholar advocacy, and social justice allows her to be an essential community leader who can bridge her many experiences and network across industries.

TINA SELF

Tina Self is Vice President of Quality at Bayer, Berkeley, California. She is the proud leader of a fantastic team focused on ensuring product quality and patient safety of recombinant human factor VIII products which serve the hemophilic community. Tina has over 20 years of experience with diverse product platforms including small molecule, autologous drug therapy, enzyme replacement, tMABs and recombinant proteins in both clinical and commercial environments. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia Southwestern State University, a Master in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Master in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing Scrabble.

ANN SMULKA

Ann is an optimist who believes a college education is a key driver of social and economic mobility. She joined the board in 2012 because she enjoys working with people committed to building a more equitable future and providing greater opportunities for Berkeley youth. Ann brings a broad range of business, civic, and nonprofit experience to BCS. After years of working for international trading firms in the aerospace and construction industries, Ann set down roots in Berkeley, where she founded a research consultancy and finally had time to connect with her local community. Diving in, she served on Berkeley’s Transportation Commission for nine years, including two years as chair. She also served as president and education programs director of a multimedia trade association. She co-founded and chairs an environmental coalition that won important mitigations for public schools, pedestrians, and cyclists along a major transportation corridor.