WHO WE ARE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bonnie Mace
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President

Bonnie brings a passion for public education and nonpartisan public service to WIRE. She is the Executive Director of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association and recently served two terms as an elected school board member for the Evergreen School District in San Jose. She also served for several years as a delegate to the California School Boards Association's Delegate Assembly, working to bring together school board leaders from across California. In addition to her elected office, she has held several appointed positions in the City of San Jose on the Redistricting Commission, Housing and Community Development Commission, and Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Task Force.

 

Bonnie holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also an Education Fellow of the American Leadership Forum  Silicon Valley. She believes strongly in the leadership potential and value of all women, and she is deeply inspired by WIRE's mission of creating a strong pipeline of female appointed and elected leaders in California. 

 

Bonnie lives in San Jose.

Linda Prieto, PhD
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Vice President

As the daughter of immigrants who left México to give their children a better life, Dr. Linda Prieto grew up working in the agricultural fields of the central San Joaquin Valley in California, but her heart was in the classroom. In second grade, her teacher was the first person she ever heard say the word college – until that point in her life, Dr. Prieto didn't know anyone who had more than a sixth-grade level education. But like her parents, she too believed that education could break the cycle of poverty. A belief in education drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Stanford, a Master’s degree in education from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in education from UT Austin. She began her work in the nonprofit sector as vice-president of programs at ALearn, a Santa Clara-based math and college readiness program for underserved students. In addition to serving as Executive Director of Upward Scholars and promoting educational opportunities for adult immigrants, she is also passionate about recruiting more female candidates for public leadership positions, both appointed and elected roles. Linda also has a son she is raising to be just as excited about learning and service as she has always been.

Linda lives in Mountain View. 

Chelsea Bonini
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Secretary

Chelsea Bonini was elected to serve as the San Mateo County Board of Education’s Area 4 Trustee in November of 2020, following a term on the San Mateo-Foster City School District Board of Trustees (2013-2017) and service on the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Personnel Commission (2018-2020). 

 

Chelsea also serves on the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, where she chairs the Youth and Family Committee and serves as a liaison to the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC), and she is a Commissioner for the San Mateo County Mental Health and Recovery Services Commission (MHSARC). Chelsea is on the Board of Directors for NAMI San Mateo County, and she is also the Founder of Not Without Us and the California Education Association, nonprofits dedicated to raising awareness and changing policies & practices locally and statewide to ensure that all children have equitable opportunities be successful in school and in life. Through her public service and nonprofit work, Chelsea is an advocate for education, housing, mental health awareness, disability rights and inclusive communities.

Chelsea is an alumna of Russell Sage College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1994 and holds a dual B.S. in Elementary Education and Psychology. She is also a former kindergarten and first grade teacher for South San Francisco Unified School District.

 

Chelsea became a member of the State Bar of California in 2001 following her graduation from U.C. Hastings College of Law, where she was elected to serve as Editor in Chief of her law journal and had the honor of serving in judicial externships at the U.S. District Court and the California Court of Appeals. 

 

Chelsea founded Kiski Law, P.C. in 2010 after working with McQuaid, Bedford & Van Zandt and HiTech Law, P.C. (2001-2008) and with Hanson Bridgett LLP (2008-2010). At Kiski Law, Chelsea counsels businesses, entrepreneurs, consultants, engineers and investors on wide array of business and transactional matters. Chelsea is also the current Chief Legal Officer for Conscious Inclusion Company, and she previously served as In House Corporate Counsel for Lundberg Family Farms.

 

Chelsea was licensed as a Real Estate Broker with the California Department of Real Estate in 2011, and she is currently an Adjunct Law Professor at Santa Clara University.


Chelsea lives in San Mateo with her husband and their two teenage boys.

Katherine Loarie
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Treasurer & Technology Lead

Katherine was inspired to join WIRE as a Bay Area native and as a woman who has spent too much of her largely finance and technology career as the only woman in the room. She has been involved with various efforts for women in business or technology; WIRE is her first foray into working to advance women in government. Katherine believes that constituents in any sphere are better served if leadership represents all their varied voices and interests.  

 

Katherine lives in Palo Alto. 

Emily Lo
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Board Member

Emily served two terms on the Saratoga City Council, and as mayor in 2014 and 2017. As a council member, she also took on regional roles such as Chair of the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority and President of the Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities, collaborating with other elected officials. After concluding her second term in December 2018, Emily was elected Board Vice-Chair of the Hakone Foundation. Before elected office, Emily was President of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, and PTSA Co-President of Saratoga High School where her two children attended. Emily recently retired from her 20 year old business in promotional products to focus on community service. 

Emily supports diversity, and strongly believes it is essential to include and engage women in both the public and private sectors. She is passionate about supporting women to run for elected and appointed positions, especially women who are qualified but lack the resources and political machine to back them up.

Emily lives in Saratoga.

Virginia Chang Kiraly
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Board Member

Virginia has the privilege of serving on both the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors. She is the first Asian-American woman to serve on both boards and is the second woman in the 100+-year history to serve on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board. In 2015, Virginia was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence.”


Virginia was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Economic Development, serving on the Commission from 2007-2014. As a Commissioner, she was appointed by Lt. Governor John Garamendi to chair the Commission’s Biotech Advisory Committee. Professionally, Virginia has fifteen years of experience in corporate financial analysis, planning, and investments. She is a former Senior Director of the Nasdaq Stock Market and has worked at some of the country's leading financial institutions.


Virginia earned her B.A. in Government with a minor in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently in her last semester studying for her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.


Virginia lives in unincorporated West Menlo Park.

Christina Laskowski
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Board Member

Christina brings more than 20 years of transformation leadership having served as a senior strategy and corporate finance professional, an entrepreneur and change leader. Her client list include leaders the Biotech, Consumer, Technology and Utilities sectors. She believes in hands-on engagement to make a difference in all areas and selectively extends pro-bono advisory services and mentorship to non-profit organizations focused on empowerment, education and entrepreneurship.


Christina lives in San Carlos.

Vicki Veenker
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Board Member

Vicki is the Managing Director, West Coast, of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a national non-profit working to bridge policy divides. Vicki ran Convergence’s California Health Reform Initiative whose March 2020 recommendation was advanced by the Governor and the Assembly Health Committee. Vicki was a candidate for the State Assembly in 2016, after being recruited by Close the Gap and trained by Emerge. Vicki currently serves on the Advisory Board of Fund Her. She helped found, and served as the first General Counsel of, Women’s Professional Soccer. Vicki is a professional mediator and was appointed by the International Trade Commission and the Federal Court to their mediation panels.

 

A practicing attorney, Vicki was a partner at international law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP and at Fish & Neave (now Ropes & Gray) before founding Veenker Law Offices in 2013. She is a Board Member and former President of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which provides legal services to under-served communities. Vicki served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law and at Santa Clara University Law School. She earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and degrees in Biochemistry and Political Science from Indiana University where she was mentored by Professor Elinor Ostrom, the first woman and first political scientist to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Vicki lives in Palo Alto.

Karen Schwarz
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Board Member

Karen Schwarz was elected to the San Mateo County Community College Board of Trustees in November 1995. She has served five terms as President of the Board and completed her 25 year tenure as Board President. She is the Past President of the San Mateo County Colleges Educational Housing Corporation Board which oversees the operations of the College Vista and Cañada Vista residential communities for faculty and staff. She previously served as an elected member of the San Mateo County Board of Education (1988-1994), including two terms as Board President. She has been elected and appointed to several educational and community associations, including the San Mateo County School Boards Association (President, 2001-02), California State School Boards Association, California County Boards of Education.  She has extensive PTA executive leadership experience as past President of South San Francisco PTA Council.

 Honors include: 2011 inductee into San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame, Soroptimists Distinguished Woman of the Year Award, and numerous South San Francisco Honorary Service Awards.

Karen has been a resident of San Mateo County for more than 40 years. She currently resides in Redwood City. She is a long time member of the League of Women Voters, was appointed member of the Redwood City Library Board; is currently a  Board member of Broadway by the Bay Theatre Company, and President of the Peninsula Hills Women's Club. 

Karen believes in WIRE and hopes to share her experience of being an elected and appointed woman to help all women in their quest to also serve their communities.

Karen lives in Redwood City.

Diane Papan
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Board Member

Diane Papan was first elected to the San Mateo City Council in November, 2015, and is serving her second term after being re-elected in 2020. Diane brings a broad perspective to the Council based upon her unique background of working and serving in the non-profit, public and private sectors. Diane is the Co-Director of a non-profit benefiting school-aged kids and a scholarship program that provides special scholarships to high school seniors. Diane's public service within the San Mateo community includes having served as President of the Baywood Owners Improvement Association, Second Vice-president of the San Mateo United Homeowners Association, and Chair of the Baywood School Site Council. She worked on San Mateo's Downtown Master Plan and Parking Plan. Diane is an attorney who began her legal career litigating public works projects. Today she has her own commercial law practice, representing small businesses. Diane was selected to serve on several County boards, including the Flood & Sea Level Rise Resiliency District (established to combat the effects of climate change), as Vice-Chair of the 101 Express Lanes Joint Powers Authority and the JPA's Finance Subcommittee. She is also a past-president of the San Mateo County Council Cities.

Diane grew up in San Mateo County and has lived with her family in the City of San Mateo for over fourteen years.

Carol Mayer Marshall
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WIRE Founder and President Emeritus

Carol began her career in public service as a Congressional Intern on Capitol Hill. Later, she served as a Legislative Assistant to three Congressmen and two Senators. In 1969, she became the first woman ever to serve as an Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations in any Administration. She was later appointed by the President and confirmed by the US Senate as the first female Director of VISTA (the Domestic Peace Corps). In 1989, President Bush Sr. appointed and the Senate confirmed her as the first woman Director of the San Francisco Mint.

 

Carol has run her own consulting business, practiced law, and been active in commercial real estate development. She has run for the California State Senate and has served on many local community and political boards. She founded a salon of women, now in its eleventh year, which meets monthly to discuss issues of national and international importance. She serves on the board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, is the Chair Emeritus of the NARAL Leadership Council, has served on the national NARAL board, and on both the local and state boards of Planned Parenthood. She is the founder of WIRE for Women.

Carol lives in Menlo Park.

Advisory Council

Denise Brosseau

Wynne Segal Dubovoy

Linda Koelling

Jessica Moore

Laura Parmer-Lohan

Storm Russell

Susan Shankle

Kathy Anderson

Donna Colson

Yoriko Kishimoto

Shelly Masur

Reid Myers

Nancy Reyering

Diane Sheardown