Board of Directors


Michael Gause, President

Homeless Programs Coordinator, Sonoma County;

More about Michael coming soon!


John L. Cooper, JD, MBA, Secretary

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.


Nadiv Rahman, Treasurer

Associate, Global Corporate Strategy;

“Mental health challenges impact everyone. Not only is it relevant for the 6% of Americans afflicted with severe conditions or the nearly 25% that suffer from some type of mental illness, but mental illnesses affect friends, family, and the greater community. It is my passion to understand and appreciate the extent to which mental health issues are pervasive in our community, and harness the capabilities of incredible organizations such as the MHASF to fight stigma and increase access to mental health resources for all.”

Leah Kaufman, Member

Director of Operations and Human Resources, Doximity;

More about Leah coming soon!


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.


Pat Saxman, Member

Director of Health Systems, Zocdoc,

After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1997, Pat served five years in the US Army as a military officer and an Apache Helicopter pilot prior to entering the corporate world with GE Healthcare. Pat attended the University of San Francisco to complete an Executive MBA program. He transitioned to a mental health company ( based in San Francisco as their head of sales and marketing focused on business model development and product distribution. Recently, Pat made a transition to Zocdoc to help lead their hospital enterprise sales business. During his time at, Pat learned a lot about mental health and he really enjoyed being part of a company that is helping so many people managing a behavioral health condition. He is extremely excited to be part of MHASF who shares that mission.

Alicia Wang, Member

Independent Consultant;

More about Alicia coming soon!


What does being a Board Member entail?
The Board of Directors is empowered by the state to govern the Mental Health Association of San Francisco as a non-profit public benefit corporation on behalf of the people of California.

Board Members share a commitment to promote mental health and wellness within the community, advance supports and resources to counter mental illness and public stigma, and to support the values and mission of MHASF in all its efforts both public and private.

There are 9-15 Members on the Board of Directors. The term of office is two years, with a limit of three terms/six consecutive years. Board Members are expected to attend no less than two-thirds (66%) of relevant Board Meetings, currently recurring every other month, and to fulfill committee or Officer responsibilities as relevant. The MHASF Board is developed to include a diversity of professional and personal skills relevant to the organization’s success and encourages interest from individuals with personal lived experience of mental health conditions and consumers of mental health services in San Francisco.

Interested in being a Board Member?
For the full description and application instructions, click here.

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