Sonali Kothari, President
Sonali Kothari is responsible for running Kiva’s strategic planning, product management and people functions. She has previously work in product and operations at Say Media, Google and Autobytel. She is currently serving her 5th year on the Board of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF). Sonali graduated with a BA from UC Berkeley and completed her MBA at UCLA Anderson.
Jennifer Simon, JD, LCSW, Vice-President
Psychotherapist, Kaiser Permanente
Jennifer Simon is a psychotherapist in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. She is also a recovering lawyer, having practiced corporate transactional law for five years prior to seeking her Masters of Social Work. Ms. Simon identifies as both a person with lived experience of mental health issues and a family member of such persons. When Ms. Simon is not practicing psychotherapy or working with MHASF, she can be found hanging out with her husband, daughter, and pit bull.
Mason S. Turner, MD, Secretary
Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Mason Turner is the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Medical Center and the Assistant Director (for Outpatient Services) for Regional Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Services for Kaiser Permanente, Northern California. In the past, Dr. Turner has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. Dr. Turner earned his AB degree in psychology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and completed his MD degree at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center/ Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School through Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, in Boston, MA.
John L. Cooper, JD, MBA, Treasurer
Partner, Farella Braun + Martel, LLP
John Cooper is the senior member and founder of Farella’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group where he has personally trained and mentored many leading trial lawyers. He regularly represents technology companies in complex patent actions and in cases addressing the confluence of intellectual property and antitrust issues. Mr. Cooper received his MBA from University of Chicago and JD from University of Colorado.
Maga Kisriev, Member
Tax Director, Hood & Strong, LLP
Maga Kisriev is tax director at Hood & Strong LLP, a San Francisco-based accounting firm. Maga has 15 years of public accounting experience at various exempt organizations. Prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, Maga worked for national accounting firms in the Washington, DC area. Mr. Kisriev also has first-hand experience working directly for a nonprofit, serving as a field officer for the International Red Cross during the war in Chechnya. Mr. Kisriev holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from East Tennessee State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from King College. He is CPA licensed in California and Virginia.
Kevin Hines, Member
Kevin Hines is a mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. In 2012, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work as a suicide prevention advocate and speaker by the National Council of Behavioral Health. In the summer of 2013, Kevin released his memoir titled Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After A Suicide Attempt. His story was featured in the film “The Bridge” by the film director and producer Eric Steel.
David Schwister, JD, MBA, Member
Business Development, Google
David is currently on Google’s Android Pay Business Development team, where he is helping to drive adoption of Android Pay both in the US and internationally. Before joining Google, David spent four years at YouTube with the New Business Development Team, where he worked with YouTube’s Product, Engineering, and Sales teams on new product incubation and exploratory efforts, technology and meta-data licensing, international strategic partnerships, urgent special projects, and alternative distribution for existing and new business initiatives. He holds a BS from the University of Minnesota and a JD / MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.