JSAF Board of Directors


Shayna van Hoften


Shayna (Mittler) van Hoften counsels primarily local governments on ethics and governance laws, public procurements and contracting, civil rights law compliance, administrative procedures, constitutional matters and more. A partner at the law firm Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco, Shayna serves as General Counsel for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and the five retirement boards for employees and retirees of the Sacramento Regional Transit District. She also sits as the primary deputy to the General Counsel of the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.
Shayna credits JSA with providing the foundation upon which she has built her entire career advising public agencies and public officials, as well as private entities with government-related interests. Shayna enjoyed four active years in JSA including terms as Chapter President, Golden Gate Region Vice Mayor and Northern State Chief of Staff, as well as recognition as Northern State Statesperson of the Year in 1993. She attended and then worked at the JSA Summer Schools at Yale and Georgetown. Shayna earned her B.A. in Public Policy/Politics from Pomona College and then worked in political and policy communications in Washington D.C. before returning home to California to attend U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and Boalt Hall School of Law, where she earned an M.P.P. and J.D.

Gabriel Stempinski

Vice President

Gabriel Stempinski is the Founder and CEO of New Leaf, an IT and Management Consulting firm which specializes in managing large enterprise IT projects and tactical alignment post M&A. He is additionally an authority on the Sharing Economy and the Co-Author of a leading book on the topic “It’s a Shareable Life”. He additionally invests in and advises startups in the Collaborative Consumption / Sharing Economy space. Prior to founding New Leaf, Gabriel served in the US Navy on board the USS Enterprise working in the Reactor Laboratories department.
Gabriel is an alumnus (Class of 99’) of the Claremont JSA chapter from Claremont California and re-engaged with the Junior State in 2012 as a volunteer teaching debate workshops at the Northern California Fall State. Shortly before being asked to join the board in 2015 he lead a group of JSA students in the design, building, and launch of JSA’s first ever mobile application for conferences. He is passionate about fostering a spirit of activism and volunteerism within the community.

Gabriel currently lives in Orange County with his wife and three children.

Beth Freeman


Beth Freeman was appointed a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California in February 2014.

She was previously a Superior Court Judge in California’s San Mateo County for 13 years, handling family law, law and motion and general trial assignments. Freeman is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of California at Berkeley and was admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar in 1979 and the California Bar in 1981.
Freeman served as an associate at the Washington law firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Kampelman and as an associate at the San Francisco law firm Lasky Haas, Cohler and Munter. She was a deputy county counsel in San Mateo from 1983-2000. Beth Freeman previously served as a JSA Director. She was the first woman to hold the position of JSA Board President. She is currently a JSA Trustee.

Freeman attended Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto, Calif., and was a member of the Junior State chapter there.

Doug Wertheimer


Doug Wertheimer has been a partner at Industry Capital since 2004. Industry Capital is a San Francisco based private equity firm focused on real assets globally. Prior the Industry Capital, Doug spent 10+ years as an entrepreneur, instrumental in starting several companies in industries ranging from new media technology to television production, and electronic payments to consumer wellness products. Notably, Doug was a member of the founding management team of pioneering electronic payments company, Size Technologies, acquired by First Data Corporation in 2006. Doug was also a Principal with Mark Burnett Productions, creators and producers of the original reality TV franchises "Survivor" and "Eco-Challenge".
Doug has an AB from Princeton University and a JD from UCLA School of Law. In high school, Doug was an active member of the JSA Chapter at Palisades High School in Los Angeles, serving on a number of regional cabinet positions. He attended JSA’s UC Davis summer program in 1981. Doug resides in San Francisco with his wife, Beth Mitchner. They have three sons, Nathan, Samuel and Benny.


Laura Ansell

Laura is the President and CEO of Brand Alloy, a boutique brand strategy and market research agency based in New York City. Brand Alloy helps clients grow revenue, create a stronger bond with customers, and beat the competition. Her expertise includes brand strategy and positioning, bringing the brand to life at each touch point, creating brand sparks, portfolio optimization, channel planning, and market segmentation.

Previously, Laura was Head of Brand Strategy in the New York office of PSB, a WPP-owned market research agency. She also worked as a brand strategy consultant at the Zyman Group. Before joining the consultant side of the business, Laura spent 17 years at AT&T Corporation in a wide variety of branding, marketing and management roles.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. She lives in New York.

Niraj J Antani

State Representative Niraj Antani is serving his first term in the Ohio House. He represents the 42nd District, which covers most of southern Montgomery County. At age 24, he is the youngest currently serving member of the House. In addition, he is the second Indian-American state elected official in Ohio history, and the first Indian-American Republican.

During the Romney campaign in 2012, Antani worked for the Ohio State Director & Senior Adviser to the campaign. In 2010, he worked for U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Washington, DC. In Ohio, Antani worked for then State Representative – now State Senator – Peggy Lehner in 2009, as well as U.S. Congressman Mike Turner in his Dayton office in 2007.

A strong conservative, Antani is a member of the NRA and volunteers for Dayton Right to Life. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Miamisburg, serves on the executive board of the non-profit Dayton International Festival, Inc., and he chairs the Ohio Republican Party Asian Pacific American Advisory Council. Antani has appeared on Fox News, PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff, C-SPAN, CNBC, and Chuck Todd’s radio show. In addition, he has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, and Newsmax.

Letitia Clark

Mayor Pro Tem Letitia Clark was elected to the Tustin City Council in November of
2016 with a platform of fostering economic development, government, transparency
supporting local education and protecting quality of life. In the four years since her
election, Mayor Pro Tem Clark has been an effective and instrumental in the City’s
financial stability and growth. She has also been a leading voice for government
accountability, diversity, and transparency through the creation of term limits for
City Commissioners, passing a balanced city budget each year, and the creation of
Girls in Government, an annual program dedicated to empowering young women to
become civic leaders.

As an Orange County native and graduate of Tustin High School, Mayor Pro Tem
has used her educational success throughout her professional career. Her first
position out of college was with the New Orleans City Council which led her to be a
part of the essential recovery team in response to Hurricane Katrina and propelled
her in the realm for leadership at the local level. Clark currently serves as the
District Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the South Orange
County Community College District. In this role she promotes educational
opportunities and the success of students at Saddleback College and Irvine Valley

Letitia is active in her Tustin community and the proud mom to her 12 year old

Bonnie Goldberg Germain

Bonnie Germain is a Certified Public Accountant with over 27 years of experience providing personalized tax compliance, accounting, and business management services to individuals and small businesses. Her clients include writers, directors, producers, composers, lawyers, tech industry executives and other high net-worth individuals and their closely held businesses.

After graduating from the University of Southern California, Bonnie began her career with Peat Marwick & Mitchell (KPMG) in the Los Angeles office and later joined the local firm of Parks, Palmer, Turner & Yemenidjian as a tax manager prior to starting her own tax and business management practice in 1991. Bonnie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for accounting and financial professionals.

Bonnie was a member of JSA from 1978 to 1981, serving as Angeles Region State Council Representative in 1980-1981. She attended Summer School in 1980 at U.C. Davis and Symposium in 1979 at the University of Southern California where set met her husband, Daniel Germain (Davis ’80, DC ‘81). Bonnie and Dan have two daughters, Michelle (Stanford ‘08) and Kayla (Georgetown ‘11).

Vishal Goradia

Vishal is an alumni of the JSA program and attended a JSA summer school session at Georgetown University. Vishal serves as a director of Indrani's Light Foundation, his mother's nonprofit dedicated to ending gender based violence. He has experience in reviewing budget and strategy for ILF and advising on hiring and organizational structure. Vishal also helped negotiate a $5,000,000 grant contract and steward the partnership between his mother and Population Services International, a Washington DC based NGO. This grant created start-up interventions towards ending gender based violence in India and Trinidad over a 5 year period.

Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Junior State of America Foundation, an organization that he was involved in for more than 25 years – as a high school student leader, program director, civic educator and mentor to students. Career highlights include creating the Junior State’s popular student-run Congressional simulation format, rebranding the organization and establishing evaluation systems for JSA’s programs to measure
their impact against strategic mission-related goals. For more than a decade, Jeff worked directly with students in Southern California to create high quality political awareness and involvement programs. Jeff spearheaded JSA’s outreach efforts to low-income minority students in Los Angeles and expanded that pilot program nationwide. Jeff attended University High School in Los Angeles and majored in Political Science at U.C. Berkeley where he served as founder and president of the Cal Democrats and as a Senator in student government. Currently, Jeff serves as the Director of School and Community Partnerships for the revitalized Compton Unified School District. He is a member
of the Board of Directors of Future is Now Schools and is a former board member of ProCon.org.

Kellie Hawkins

Kellie is an innovative and strategic health policy professional with over ten years of diverse experience in legislative affairs, community relations, policy development, and program management . Experienced in organizational leadership, she is currently the Senior Vice President of Englander Knabe & Allen (EKA), a strategic communications firm specializing in government affairs, political campaigns, reputation and crisis communications, association management and litigation support.

Kellie prides herself on being a visionary and strategic thinker with strong interpersonal and communication skills. In previous work, she has managed a national grantee program for the US Department of Health, as well as mid-sized city agencies in Los Angeles. During her time in these roles, she developed strategic plans, and created a stakeholder engagement strategy for local and national government programs. She is experienced in recruitment and engagement of volunteers, and successful in building relationships with philanthropy and corporations as well as securing financial support. Over the years, she has served on various non-profit and political boards.

Larry Klane

Larry Klane brings broad leadership experience in financial services across an array of wholesale and retail businesses around the world. He has developed and executed transformative business strategies with a focus on delivering tangible results.

Prior to co-founding Pivot Investment Partners, Larry was the Global Financial Institutions Group Leader for Cerberus Capital Management. In this capacity, Larry worked to maximize the value of the firm’s financial services activities, including new transactions as well as the existing portfolio of companies. He served on Board of Directors of Aozora
Bank, a publicly-traded bank in Japan in which Cerberus held a controlling interest.

Larry joined Cerberus after serving as the Chairman and CEO of Korea Exchange Bank, a leading Korean commercial and retail bank of approximately $100 billion of assets with an international presence. He led the bank through the global financial crisis to the landmark sale by the Bank’s majority private equity shareholder—the largest transaction in Korean banking history.

Prior to leading Korea Exchange Bank, Larry served as President of the Global Financial Services division of Capital One Financial Corporation. Larry joined Capital One in 2000 to help lead the company’s transformation to a diversified financial services business. His responsibilities during his tenure at Capital One included a broad range of consumer and business finance activities in the United States, Europe and Canada. He also oversaw all
merger and acquisition activities.

Prior to Capital One, Larry was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and ran the Corporate Trust and Agency Services business acquired from Bankers Trust. Earlier in his career, Larry spent a decade in a variety of US and overseas consulting and strategy roles.

Larry received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. In 2007, he was nominated by the President of the United States to sit on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

James Lintott

Before co-founding and becoming chairman of Washington, D.C.’s Sterling Foundation Management LLC, James Lintott was head of one of the nation’s largest private foundations. Prior to turning his full focus to private foundation management, Lintott was the chief financial officer of a division of a $35 billion privately held company, where he worked closely with the principals and played a critical role in a variety of important philanthropic endeavors.

Lintott received his J.D. (with distinction) from Stanford Law School, as well as an M.A. in applied economics and B.A. degrees (Phi Beta Kappa) in economics and political science from Stanford University. He was a senior editor of Stanford Law Review. Lintott was also instrumental in developing the non-profit Stanford Law School Asian Trade Consortium and was a founding member of the non-profit Stanford Law and Business Society.

A member of the White House Fellows Selection Panel, Lintott also serves on the boards of a number of nationally known charities, including the Tax Foundation and is an advisory board member of the American Festival of the Arts. Lintott was also a vice chair of the Asia Society’s Annual Benefit and was named a US-Japan Fellow. He is a founder and director, along with his wife, of their family foundation.

Lintott first got involved with JSA by attending the Junior Statesmen Washington, D.C. Summer School in 1981. He was an active member of the W.F. West High School JSA chapter in Chehalis, Wash. and served as Pacific Northwest director of debate in 1981/1982.

Cecille Pardo

Cecille joined JSA her freshman year, absolutely fell in love with the organization and has been heavily involved since. Cecille joined the Northern California cabinet her freshman year as a debate agent, her sophomore year as a CIA agent, and her junior year serving as the Lieutenant Governor’s Chief of Staff where she oversaw the CIA, Expansion, and regional officials departments. She loves the JSA community and talking to the delegates is her favorite part of the organization. Her experience in JSA has taught her personal organization, debate skills, and molded her into a civically engaged student that deeply believes in the positive change an individual can have over the world around them.

Outside of JSA, Cecille is an avid Disney and anime fan. She loves all types of art and dance as she has been a part of her school’s dance ensemble for two years now. She also has her own keychain store where she sells her handmade keychains. You can always find her singing a song she’s known for years or one she learned a few minutes ago. Singing is one of her favorite things in the world. She enjoys spending time with her family and two cats especially in the garden on a sunny day.

Vivian Tsai

A senior leader in TIAA’s Education Savings business, Vivian leads the business unit’s Relationship Management team and is responsible for State and institutional relationship management. Her responsibilities include contract negotiations and oversight, ensuring client satisfaction, and driving plan growth and strategy across our State partners’ 529 college savings plans which represent more than $31 billion in college savings managed by TIAA.

Prior to joining TIAA in 2014, Vivian spent nearly a decade with BlackRock in institutional product management and sales roles, leading the firm’s entry into the education savings and 529 plan marketplace in 2008. Vivian began her career in financial services in the wealth management businesses of Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, and has worked in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Taipei, Los Angeles and New York. Vivian has been on the Board of the College Savings Foundation since 2011 and is currently the CSF Board Chair.

Vivian’s relationship with JSA began as a member of the Notre Dame High School JSA chapter in Belmont, California. An alumnus of JSA’s Stanford Symposium in 1983 and Washington DC Summer School in 1984, Vivian continued to support JSA through her own college years working as an office staffer and counselor for JSA’s summer programs, and has long attributed those experiences with creating the foundation for her own leadership and engagement skills. Vivian received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Tom Warden

Tom is the President of Bridgevine Strategy Partners, LLC where he advises senior management teams in the development and execution of data and analytics strategies. He also is an advisor to startup and early-stage ventures in the insurance and financial services industries.

Prior to founding Bridgevine, Tom was the chief data officer for AIG’s Life and Retirement businesses where he led the evolution of their data management and business analytics capabilities and the implementation of data governance processes. He also led various initiatives that demonstrated the value of using “big data” in managing consumer insurance markets.

Prior to joining AIG in 2012, Tom led Allstate Insurance Company’s corporate research center in Menlo Park, CA. There he led teams of data scientists and developers to mine predictive insights from Allstate’s vast data archives that could be applied to current business problems. He also directed the company’s forward-thinking basic research efforts that led Allstate to develop (among other things) its initial e-commerce strategies and telematics-based insurance products. Before beginning his twenty-five years at Allstate, Tom was the co-manager of a hedge fund and participated in buyout transactions of public and private companies.
Tom earned his MBA at Harvard University in 1984 and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Accounting in 1982. He is a non-practicing Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tom’s relationship with JSA began in 2011 as a member of a volunteer consulting team from Harvard Business School Community Partners, an HBS alumni group that donates time to Bay Area non-profits. The team was engaged to help JSA develop a new strategic plan that would guide the organization through the next five years. At the end of this engagement, Tom was asked to join the board of directors.

Tom lives in The Woodlands, Texas with his partner Becky. His daughter Elizabeth is a communications specialist at Change For Kids, a New York City-based non-profit.