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San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors
Pamela Sogge (Chair) has held executive positions in education, consumer and SAAS software companies. Pam’s work in the non-profit community has focused on education and social services. She is very excited to direct her energy to the Festival and advance its mission of promoting the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare through its youth programs and public performances. (Back to 'Board List')
Eleanor Jacobs (Vice-Chair) has loved Shakespeare since she was a high school freshman. She's been active with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival since 2000, as a member of the Development Committee and Board of Directors. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Eleanor has a masters degree in Social Work from St. Louis University. She was Executive Director of Catholic Social Services/San Mateo; of the YWCA of San Francisco/Marin/San Mateo; of Westside Community Mental Health Center, Inc. in San Francisco; and she was President and CEO of the United Way of Santa Clara County. Working in San Francisco's city hall, Eleanor served as Homeless Coordinator in the administration of Mayor Frank Jordan. She enjoys theater, movies and books." (Back to 'Board List')
Robert Chansle, Board member Robert Chansler (Chief Financial Officer) brought his enthusiasm for Shakespeare to the South Bay from Pittsburgh where he did graduate work at Carnegie-Mellon University. Rob and his wife Kim attended Free Shakespeare in the Park on their first date. Their daughter Katie is a 4-year veteran of Bay Area Shakespeare Camps and was an acting intern in the 2006 Free Shakespeare. During the day, Rob manages software development for LinkedIn. (Back to 'Board List')

Michael Li-Ming Wong (Secretary) has drawn wisdom and inspiration from Shakespeare’s works for more than two decades, and he believes strongly that Shakespeare can and should be enjoyed by everybody, irrespective of education or background. Michael served as Shakespeare coach to his former boss, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in preparation for her cameo appearance in Henry V at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC; he also wrote his own wedding vows in the form of a Shakespearean sonnet. By day, Michael is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, serving as Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Enforcement Group and is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Group, a leading global law firm. Michael received a B.A. in English literature from Pomona College, and a law degree from Harvard University.
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Raymond Kutz, Board member

Raymond Kutz (Prior Chair) is a manager of pricing strategy at Oracle and has worked in various capacities of marketing, product and services management for the past 20 years at Oracle and Sun Microsystems. He has a BS in Biology and Secondary Education from the University of Missouri and an MBA from San Jose State.

Ray has made San Francisco home for 30 plus years after growing up on a farm in Missouri where access to theater and performing arts was extremely limited. That limited access to the arts influences his passion today for making the arts accessible to everyone. This passion was awakened after studying and performing in improvisational theater and volunteering as a photography docent at the Ansel Adams Gallery in the late 90's. More recently Ray has been singing with the San Francisco City College chorus.

His involvement with the Festival began by attending performances and "paying to get out" after each performance. After learning more about the mission and observing the impact of the Festival on multiple communities, Ray joined the board in 2006 and began work as the Board Advancement Chair. He looks forward to seeing the Festival celebrate the next generation of thespians and arts supporters in the Bay Area through its outreach into the Bay Area and communities beyond. (Back to 'Board List')

James A. Babcock Headshot and bio coming soon.(Back to 'Board List')

Thad A. Davis is a partner in in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Previously with Ropes & Gray, he is now Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation Practice Group. He's tried more than two dozen cases, including two trials in 2012, to date.  He has substantial experience in a broad range of complex business disputes, including those involving securities, white collar, class action, corporate governance and control, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, unfair competition, trade secret, employment, data privacy, and regulatory issues. He regularly represents public companies, venture capital and private equity firms, hedge funds and directors and officers, among others. His client roster has included Altamont Capital, Bare Escentuals, HCA, Tang Capital, Becton Dickinson, Merz Aesthetics, Benchmark Capital, 5i Sciences, EMAK Worldwide, Virgin Atlantic, Seton Medical Center, Zynga and Prosper.com.  His cases, speeches and articles have appeared in national publications. Thad graduated magna cum laude in 1994 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of Harvard Law Review. (Back to 'Board List')

Cynthia Francisis the COO of Audioboo, an audio social media platform based in London.  Audioboo partners with major media companies such as the BBC, Wall Street Journal and others to reinvent digital spoken word content in a social/mobile context. For the previous nine years, Cynthia was the CEO and co-founder of Reality Digital Inc, a social media platform provider here in San Francisco. She is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience building and leading pioneering companies in digital media management and social media technologies. Prior to working in technology, Cynthia earned a BA in Theater and Dance from UC Berkeley, and worked throughout the Bay Area for non-profit theater and arts organizations including four years at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has been a two-decade long supporter of SF Shakes as an audience member, patron and enthusiastic Shakespeare Camp mom. Seeing the value of Shakespeare camp for her three daughters was a catalyst to join the Board and look to further leverage her shared passions of theater, kids and technology.
Lauren-Paul Kozlenko is Wells Fargo’s Membership Banking Manager for the San Francisco Bay Region. He is also the Vice-Chair for the Stonestown YMCA, Board Member for the Chinese Cultural Healing and Martial Arts Association as well as an Ambassador for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Lauren has a passion for theater and has studied Shakespeare throughout his adolescence and at the University of Arizona. Due to budget cuts for education and a slow economy, Lauren fully advocates SF Shakes’ mission to provide free Shakespeare to the community. His wife, Livia Demarchi has participated in countless Shakespeare shows and readings including some with SF Shakes! He is looking forward to watching his two children, Luciano and Giovanna, fall in love with the Bard just as their parents have!
John Loll Headshot and bio coming soon. (Back to 'Board List')

Linda Merriweather has been a co-writer/producer/performer with The Shlepperellas: Mothers Gone Mad! A native of Southern California, she studied drama at UCLA before moving to the Bay Area. She also studied improvisational comedy at Stanford University under the direction of Patricia Ryan and Dan Goldstein. Linda worked at Hewlett-Packard in marketing and customer relations, eventually becoming a manager. She serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, a regional theater company and education provider that sponsors annual Free Shakespeare in the Park productions as well as innovative programs for kids such as Shakespeare On Tour, Shakespeare Camps, and Midnight Shakespeare.
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Deborah Styles holds a BFA and an MFA in classical theatre/dramatic literature, an MA in psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  In her clinical work, Deborah integrates the aesthetic with the therapeutic, enriching the clinical process. As a graduate school educator, she brings this same integration to her teaching. Deborah has also worked with K-8 schools as a parent volunteer, teaching theatre and Shakespeare for curricular enrichment, psychosocial development, learning support and just plain fun. Recognizing the benefit of exposure to classical literature, with Shakespeare as her springboard, Deborah has since pursued her passion for the integration of theatre arts in education, psychological well-being and literacy.  Deborah’s fervent belief is that theatre in general, and Shakespeare in particular, makes a profound contribution to both educational and psychological processes, fostering imagination, resourcefulness and awareness of the world in which we live.  (Back to 'Board List')

Jeff Wutzke, SF Shakes Board member Jeff Wutzke values the works of Shakespeare as vehicles for both artistic and educational expression, stemming in part from his own high school experiences with Shakespeare in rural West Virginia. He believes the original Shakespeare can and should be accessible to all, but also values modern interpretations and adaptations. Jeff is Of Counsel at the law firm of Goodwin Proctor LLP, where he specializes in real estate and finance, and also serves on the board of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. He holds a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College, an M.S. in environmental policy from U.C. Berkeley, and a law degree from the University of Virginia.
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