Board Members


Doug Edwards was the first marketing director at Google, where he oversaw consumer marketing and brand management from 1999 to 2005. Prior to that, he managed marketing communications for the San Jose Mercury News, directed communications for KQED FM in San Francisco, and was the Novosibirsk correspondent for the public radio program "Marketplace." He holds an honors degree in English from Brown University and was a Rotary Fellow at Nanzan Daigaku in Nagoya, Japan.


Melanie Sloan is a founding partner at Triumph Strategy, a public affairs and crisis communications firm. Formerly the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, she is a nationally recognized expert on congressional ethics. Prior to starting CREW, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. Melanie received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago and has published in publications including The Yale Law and Policy Review. She has appeared on shows including NPR's “All Things Considered” and CNN's “The Situation Room,” and has been profiled in publications including Ms. Magazine, Time Magazine, and Mother Jones. Melanie has also been named one of Washington, D.C.’s Top Grassroots Lobbyists by The Hill for three years running and was profiled in the September 2009 issue of O Magazine as part of the O Power List.

SHEL KAPHAN, Board Member

Shel Kaphan is President of the Kaphan Foundation and was formerly Vice President and CTO of, where he did much of the original software design and programming. Prior to joining, he held senior engineering positions at Kaleida Labs, Frox, and Lucid, designing hardware and software systems and services. Shel holds a B.A. in Mathematics, cum laude, from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

JAN MASAOKA, Board Member

Jan Masaoka is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with decades of experience consulting to nonprofits on boards, finance, and strategy. She is the CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide "chamber of commerce" that works with government, philanthropy, and nonprofits to "bring the full power of California nonprofits to strengthening communities." She is the founder and publisher of the nonprofit online magazine Blue Avocado, which reaches 64,000 subscribers. Her books include "The Best of the Board Cafe," "All Hands on Board: The Board of Directors in All-Volunteer Organizations," "Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Sustainability" (with Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman), and "The Nonprofit’s Guide to Human Resources." Previously, Jan spent 14 years as the executive director of CompassPoint, a consulting and training firm for nonprofits. She is a nine-time designee as one of the nonprofit nation’s "Fifty Most Influential People" and in 2003 was named "Nonprofit Executive of the Year" by Nonprofit Times. In 2005, she was named “California Community Leader of the Year” by Leadership California.

JOHN O'FARRELL, Board Member

John O’Farrell is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Before joining the firm, John served as Executive Vice President, Business Development at the smart-grid start-up Silver Spring Networks and the data center software company Opsware Inc. Between 1997 and 2001, he founded and ran the international business for @Home Network, a company that pioneered modern broadband internet. John holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin.


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