Four new leaders have been elected to serve on Opportunity Fund’s Board of Directors: Jeff Donnelly, Peter Hero, James (Jim) Koshland, and Sara Gaviser Leslie.
“We are thrilled to have such talented and dedicated individuals join Opportunity Fund’s leadership team” said Board Chair David Krimm. “Jeff, Peter, Jim and Sara bring deep organizational experience from their professional careers along with extensive philanthropic leadership - important assets for Opportunity Fund as we grow this high-impact non-profit. Opportunity Fund is expanding our financial services for entrepreneurs and students to reach thousands more deserving Californians, each of whom are building their own pathways up the economic ladder, and adding individuals like these to our Board is key to achieving our long-term vision.”
Jeff Donnelly is a seasoned senior executive and entrepreneur. He currently serves as the chief operating officer of Zeta Instruments, a rapidly growing optical profiling and inspection company providing solutions for high-tech manufacturing. Prior to joining Zeta, Jeff led a multi-divisional business with revenues up to $300M as Group Vice President at KLA-Tencor, a leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer. He was the founding CEO of a venture-backed software company and a nuclear engineering officer in the U.S. Navy.
"I am excited to join Opportunity Fund's Board of directors. The organization has done so much to help people make permanent and lasting change to improve their own lives. Work like this improves our communities and our economy, and I am honored to have a chance to help,” said Jeff Donnelly.
Peter Hero brings internationally recognized skills in philanthropy, strategic planning, donor engagement, Board recruitment and development, Social Impact Investing, fundraising, and innovative management strategies for organizations in transition. He has spent over 30-years in non-profit, for profit, higher education, and foundation management positions. Following a successful business career as an entrepreneur, Peter then spent 17 years as CEO of Community Foundation Silicon Valley.
Peter has also served on numerous corporate, public, and family foundation Boards, including The Skoll Foundation, PBS, Pax-Vax, Mobile Accord, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Ebay Foundation, Sesame Workshop, Kirsch Foundation, Sobrato Foundation, The Entrepreneurs’ Foundation and the Council on Foundations.
“I have admired Opportunity Fund since its very earliest years. In that time it has grown steadily and well with measurable impact on the economic life of the Valley. With increasing success it is restoring rungs to the economic ladder for those most on the margins. We are fortunate to have Opportunity Fund in our region,” said Peter Hero.
James (Jim) Koshland
Jim Koshland has been a partner at DLA Piper US LLP law firm (formerly Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich) for over 30 years, focusing primarily on corporate and securities law matters with extensive experience handling formations of companies and venture capital funding as well as merger and acquisition transactions.
He currently sits on the Boards of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, American Jewish World Service, Jewish Senior Living Group, Jewish Vocational Services of San Francisco and the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life (has been President since 2005) and is a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation (currently on the Executive Committee). He also has served on private and public companies including Launch Media, Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Paraform Inc., and Storm Technology Inc.
“I am excited to join the Board of the Opportunity Fund and to assist the organization to maintain and grow its leadership role in the microfinance movement,” said Jim Koshland.
Sara Gaviser Leslie
Sara Gaviser Leslie is the founder of In Other Words, a content strategy and communications consultancy. She recently co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, Transform, which describes how enterprises use social technology to drive business value. Previously, Sara worked as an investment analyst, researching both private and public equities.
A former development director, Sara recently served as the editorial chair for a Menlo Park school bond measure, has been involved in grant making at the Jewish Community Foundation, chaired the Special Gifts Committee for her class at Wellesley College, and is an active community volunteer. She currently serves as Board member at the Leslie Family Foundation and will soon join the Board of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and are many families' path to economic self-sufficiency--and wealth. But how do you start a business if you have no family support or savings?
Opportunity Fund makes upward mobility possible, and that’s why I am moved to serve on this distinguished Board. When Opportunity Fund lends money, it not only enables an individual or team to start a business, but it also has a cascading impact through families and communities. I am proud to join Opportunity Fund's Board and plan to help raise the profile of this powerful organization, both in the Bay Area and beyond,” said Sara Gaviser Leslie.
To see a full list of Opportunity Fund’s Board of Directors, please visit www.opportunityfund.org/about/boards