Board of Directors
Alicia Esterkamp Allbin
A Space Development
Alicia Esterkamp Allbin is the founder and Principal of A Space Development, a Bay Area focused real estate development firm focused on lifestyle projects in the areas of hospitality, restaurants, retail and historic rehabilitation.
Prior to A Space Development, Alicia served for 14 years as a Principal and Partner at Pacific Waterfront Partners, a local development firm specializing in real estate investment, entitlements and development. Alicia managed a team of development professionals, including project managers, property managers, architects and consultants. Her responsibilities include acquisitions, investment management, asset management, entitlements, marketing, leasing, public relations and community outreach.
Alicia has her M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco and serves on the Board of Directors for SFMade, PlaceMade, Greenbelt Alliance and the San Francisco Heritage. She also served as the Co-Chair for the Embarcadero Business Improvement District. Alicia was named one of the Business Time’s Forever Influential Women of the Bay Area.
Lighthouse Public Affairs
Veronica Bell is a Partner with Lighthouse Public Affairs, the preeminent public affairs consultancy in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this role, she provides strategic guidance to clients facing regulatory, community, governmental and communications challenges in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prior to joining Lighthouse Public Affairs, Veronica led Google’s Community and Public Policy efforts in the Bay Area from August 2009 to April 2014 through a period of enormous growth. While at Google, Veronica worked with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, community groups, environmentalists, and elected officials on a variety of efforts, including public-private partnerships, transportation planning, land use, and corporate philanthropy.
In addition to Veronica’s experience in a broad array of business areas, she has also been involved in many philanthropic and civic projects. She was a board member with the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID) and spent four years as a Director on the board of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research). She currently serves as a Board Member of the San Francisco Zoo.
Veronica Bell is a native San Franciscan and is raising her three children in San Francisco.
Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment
Tracy Burton is a Vice President and the West Region Deal Team Manager for the Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment (CLI) group where she originates, underwrites, and manages a portfolio of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investments. Tracy joined Wells Fargo in 2000, since that time has held positions in a range of departments including Capital Markets, Commercial Banking, and several positions within CLI including Low Income Housing Tax Credits investments, private equity, and equity-equivalent investments to non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Banking Credit Management Training Program and a recipient of the Wells Fargo Golden Spoke award.
Tracy holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley. She received a Bachelor of Science in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Denver. Tracy is actively involved in her local community on the Board of Directors of Compass Family Services and Black Rock Arts Foundation. She is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership San Francisco program. She lives in San Francisco where she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and friends.
New Resource Bank
In addition to having more than 12 years of banking experience, Gary has a commitment to socially responsible banking and community service. Gary believes a diverse community and economy is the key to keeping San Francisco an amazing place. He currently serves as Board Chair of SFMade and also serves on the board of directors for San Francisco Baykeeper, and he is an advisor for Pacific Community Ventures and Sustainable Surf. An active outdoorsman, Gary enjoys surfing the cold waters of Northern California. Gary lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
San Francisco Giants
Jon Knorpp currently serves as the Managing Director of Giants Development Services where he oversees entitlement and development of Seawall Lot 337/Pier 48 (Mission Rock), a 27 acre mixed-use master plan at the northern end of Mission Bay as well the San Francisco Giants South American facility improvements. Jon has over 35 years of real estate investment and development experience with urban residential, mixed-use and master plan properties nationwide. Prior to joining the Giants, Jon was a founding/senior partner with Wilson Meany Sullivan (WMS) where he oversaw design, development and construction for several of the firm’s signature assets as well as third party asset repositioning for some of the Nation’s foremost banking institutions and private equity clients.
A full member of the Urban Land Institute, SPUR, Lambda Alpha, and active board member for SFMade, Place Made, Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy and Larkspur Heritage Preservation Board, Jon contributes much time to bettering the San Francisco and Larkspur communities. Knorpp attended University of Nevada, Reno and resides in Larkspur with his wife Carol and two sons Jack and Griffin.
Rosemarie Ovian – Board Co-Chair
Rosemarie Ovian is Co-Owner of Cut Loose, a women’s clothing company based in San Francisco. Her interest in apparel and textiles started at an early age from both a family background and as a native New Englander. Three of her grandparents worked in the apparel trades when they immigrated to the US; both grandmothers as seamstresses and a grandfather as a Master Tailor. They instilled a love of sewing, handwork and a sense of pride in making a tangible product. Growing up in New England gave her exposure to the old mills and traditions of domestic manufacturing. Fortunately her parents nurtured these interests and helped her to find a school that specialized in educating students for the textile and apparel industries: Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, currently known as Philadelphia University. She received a B.S, in Textile Technology and minored in Apparel Production. An opportunity with Koret of California brought her to San Francisco and after a brief training period was promoted to the former manufacturing facility at 375 Alabama Street. At that time, there was close to 500 employees in the building; cutting, sewing, and pressing clothing. Her responsibilities included formulating piece work wages for the Union employees, setting up the floor plan for 100+ sewing machines and establishing an efficient flow through the factory. In 1989, she began her 25+ year tenure at Cut Loose as General Manager, overseeing the day to day running of the business. As the company grew, her involvement expanded to include overseeing an independent sales force and design. In her role as a business owner, the responsibilities have further diversified her skills by getting into the real nuts and bolts of maintaining and growing a viable business.
Cut Loose remains committed to manufacturing in the Bay Area, selling primarily to specialty/independent stores throughout the US, Canada and UK, and maintaining a niche product of very diverse garment-dyed clothing.
Nana Joes Granola
Michelle Pusateri is the owner of Nana Joes, a granola company that she launched in 2010 after years working as a pastry chef at the Four Seasons, the Fairmont and Nopalito. She starting selling her granola at three stores; now her line of seven granolas and three granola bars is stocked at more than 170 stores throughout the Bay Area.
Ulrich Conrad Simpson
Ulrich Conrad Simpson, or Ubi as he is known in the industry, is a creative powerhouse with over 25 years of experience working with global brands such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Diane Von Furstenberg, Nike, Theory and Coach. While fashion is his passion – especially denim, Ulrich’s vast experience covers creative, strategy, branding, marketing, management, trendspotting, R & D, and maximizing ROI and profits for the brands who engage his expertise and vision. In 1999 Ulrich founded Ubiquitous Industries(UBi-IND). UBi-IND was a strategic consulting firm whose goal was to provide clients with access to a higher concentration of global trends and key product ideas, promoting aesthetic appeal and financial success. Ulrich initially came to San Francisco via a job opportunity as a Creative Director and Partner with INDi Custom, a brand that fuses fashion and technology, allowing him to explore working with denim in new and unique ways. He is very excited about bringing his creative mindset and innovative thinking to the SFMade mission and vision, and supporting and empowering the up and coming small business and manufacturing community and their products – supercharging the local economy.
Wenli Wang – Board Co-Chair
Wenli Wang is the partner in charge of the San Francisco and Walnut Creek locations of Moss Adams. As partner in charge, she is responsible for the locations’ brand building, culture, and the team’s growth and development.
Wenli was born and raised in China and immigrated to the United States after college. She leads the China team at Moss Adams and has built a vibrant practice in the cross-border space. Wenli serves as the cultural ambassador and business advisor for inbound China investors, and has built many long-term relationships over the years.
Since starting her public accounting career at Moss Adams over 20 years ago, Wenli has grown from a traditional tax advisor to a seasoned business consultant. She has taken various leadership positions within the firm and in the community. Wenli has served on the firm’s Tax Committee and Forum W Advisory Board, and currently sits on the firm’s Partner Admission Committee.
Wenli has been recognized on the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women (2015 and 2016), Working Mother’s Working Mother of the Year (2013), the Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching (2011) lists. Wenli currently serves on the boards for Bay Area Council, Peking University Education Foundation – North America, and SFMade. She received her bachelor degree in English Language and Literature from Peking University, China and MBA in Taxation from California State University.
Rickshaw Bagworks – Board Chair Emeritus and Founder
SFMade was conceived by Mark Dwight, a San Francisco entrepreneur, business owner and resident. Mark is the founder and owner of Rickshaw Bagworks, which he started in 2007. The company designs and manufactures its own branded products in its own San Francisco factory located in the historic Dogpatch neighborhood. Rickshaw sells directly to consumers via its own web site, and select specialty retailers. Prior to founding Rickshaw, Dwight was CEO of Timbuk2 Designs, another San Francisco-based bag manufacturing company.
Dwight is a Bay Area native, with 20 years experience in high-technology and consumer marketing, product development, and manufacturing operations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Small Business Commission. Dwight has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (’82) and an MBA (’89), both from Stanford University.