Daniel Vasquez, Chair
Daniel Vasquez is a calm and confident leader who cares. Daniel has over 15 years experience in management within the business and nonprofit sectors. After 11 years in banking, Daniel shifted his energies to the finance and operations side of the social sector, holding leadership positions within Latino Issues Forum, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Legal Assistance for Seniors. Daniel has a great passion for youth work, expressed through his time as the Operations Manager at Beyond Emancipation, and through his volunteer service with Running for a Better Oakland and Puente. Daniel is currently the Executive Director of Brothers on the Rise, an Oakland based non-profit working with boys and young men of color, which he joined in 2016. A proud Oakland resident, Daniel holds his B.A. in Business Administration from San Jose State.
Tod Vedock, Board Vice Chair and co-Founder
Tod Vedock is the Founder of Running for a Better Oakland. He is also involved with several other Oakland non-profits which include Operation Hope, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity, among others. Life after selling two telecommunications businesses includes running his property business GIV LLC, local politics including a Mayoral Transition Council role, and recreation which resulted in assisting with the introduction of the Oakland Running Festival. Tod enjoys sharing his appreciation for volunteering, running and business with his two young daughters.
Martha Sellers, Treasurer
Martha Sellers teaches Finance at the Lokey Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College. She has an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley’s Haas School and earned her BA in Economics at Mills College. Before returning to her alma mater to teach, Martha was the Managing Director of Credit Strategies for the Americas at Moody’s Analytics, an acquired subsidiary (formerly KMV), that focuses on quantitative credit portfolio management. Prior to working in credit, Martha worked with large endowments and corporate pension funds as a Portfolio Engineer at quantitative equity investment manager Rosenberg Institutional Equity Management.
Martha has been a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster youth for 5 years, working with children from age 6 to 21. The CASA program pairs trained adults with foster youth for long term mentoring and advocacy, including reports and recommendations to support the family court as it makes determinations on placement, sibling visitation and financial support. Her most recent work has been helping young adults plan for and begin college studies through the new California program AB 12, designed to support foster youth from age 18-21.
For 9 years, Martha served as a Trustee on the Head-Royce Board, finishing her tenure June 2017. In her years on the Board, she ran a task force on Financial Sustainability, headed a review of the Finance and Operations office, served as Treasurer and Secretary, served on the Head Search committee, the Trustee Committee, the Investments Committee, the Strategic Plan Committee and headed the Facilities Committee.
Martha is married to Luigi Semenzato and they have two daughters, a sophomore in high school and a college senior. Together they enjoy hiking and backpacking.
Sarah Lavender Smith
Sarah Lavender Smith is a running coach, writer and mother of two teens who has lived in the East Bay for two decades. Her nonprofit board experience includes nine years as a trustee for an independent high school in Southern California, where she led the Development Committee and oversaw annual giving, capital campaigns and constituent relations. A competitive long-distance runner who has finished more than 75 marathons and ultramarathons, she is the author of the book, The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras. For several years in the mid 2000s, Sarah volunteered for the group Students Run Oakland, and she also has been an assistant coach for the Piedmont Middle School cross country team.
Peter is a returning RBO Board Member, and served on the initial Board during RBO’s first year and was the Board Chair for the past 2 years. Peter is a 25 year resident Oakland and has run its streets and trails almost every week of those years. He has trained with RBO in several seasons and ran the Oakland Half Marathon with amazing groups of students in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Peter is Director, Global Consulting for Autodesk and travels the world but always enjoys coming home to run in his favorite city of Oakland. In addition to running, you can also find Peter kayaking in the Oakland Estuary or riding his bike in and around Oakland.
Christine Chapon is a former molecular biologist who was born and raised in France where she had an aversion to running as a child. Since then, Christine has formed a great love of running and is now devoted to contributing to the community and coaching youth. She is a certified USA-TF Level 2 and RRCA marathon coach and has coached Piedmont Middle School Track & Cross-Country since 2010 and Piedmont HS track since 2011; currently, she is also the coach for Run 365. Christine was previously the volunteer coordinator for Students Run Oakland from 2003 – 2010, and she now also serves as volunteer coordinator for the SF North Face Endurance Trail Challenge and Oakland Running Festival.
Nancy Philippine, Executive Director and Secretary
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Interested in Joining the RBO Board?
Becoming a RBO Board member is the ultimate volunteer position. Our board members have a passion for RBO ’s mission and its work, and they regularly attend monthly board meetings as well as participate in RBO fall and spring programs and annual events. Board members participate on at least one board committee and help with the fundraising for the organization, as well as making a monetary contribution each fiscal year. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact Executive Director Nancy Philippine or Board Chair Daniel Vasquez to learn more.
All members of the Board of Directors are independent, voting members.
No Board Director receives compensation for work performed solely as a Board member, or as payment to serve on the Board.
All organizing documents and financial statements are available to the public upon request.