Board of Directors
Swinerton Builders, Director of Preconstruction
Cheryl Johnson is Director of Preconstruction for the Silicon Valley region for Swinerton Builders and has been with the company for over 20 years. Cheryl works closely with the project team and interfaces with Swinerton operations, estimating, and scheduling resources to ensure that the project is continually exceeding financial and schedule considerations. She is a graduate of California State University-Fresno with a BS in Industrial Technology, Construction Management. Cheryl has served on the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board since 2016.
Emily Ransone is Co-Owner and Principal at SideMark, a leading office furniture dealer in the Bay Area. Emily has supported organizations as a speaker and facilitator including CoreNet, CREW, Lean In Circle and RED. Emily brings people together, as she fosters conversations to drive results for clients, industry partners, the SideMark team, and Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley. She is heading up the Paint the Town committee, RTSV’s annual fundraising event which brought in over $100,000 in 2018.
Avison Young, Associate
As an Associate at Avison Young, Derek Cuschieri specializes in Office and R&D landlord/tenant representation and investment sales. Derek previously worked as an Associate Broker at Transwestern and was a Superintendent with Built With Principle. He is a credentialled Real Estate Salesperson and speaks Italian. Derek has served on the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board since 2018.
Mellon Consulting, Principal
As a Consultant at Mellon Consulting, Maureen Mellon helps teams define their vision, mission and strategy, creates business plans, and more. Previously, she was Sr. Director of Product Management with Neato Robotics and held the same position at Plastic Logic. Maureen worked on a PhD in Computer Networks and Systems at UCLA and holds a MSEE in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. She joined the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board in 2018.
Gallegos Consulting, Principal
As a consultant/executive at Gallegos Consulting, Renee assesses businesses to improve the capability and performance of their people. Renee previously held executive positions in Fortune 500 company’s talent, training, organizational development, change management and performance management functions. Renee holds a MS in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University in Hawaii and a Bachelors in Special Education from Illinois State. She joined the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board in 2019.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP, Associate Attorney
Christopher Long is an Associate Attorney at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP where he is a member of the private wealth and fiduciary litigation practice with more than eight years of combined experience in law firm, municipal, in-house, and judicial settings. Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Christopher was an Associate with Hopkins & Carley’s Trust and Estate Litigation practice, and with Burke, Williams & Sorensen, where he represented public agencies in both federal and state courts in all stages of litigation, including trial. He also served as Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Pacifica and St. Helena and has extensive experience with the California Public Records Act. Christopher holds a B.A. with dual majors in Political Science and History from New York University, and a J.D. with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law from Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University.
Bank of the West, SVP, Business Banking Regional Manager
Steven Martinez is Senior Vice President and Business Banking Regional Manager with Bank of the West. In his role as Regional Manager, his team of Relationship Managers is responsible for meeting the financial needs of business clients in the San Francisco Bay area. He has worked for U.S. Bank as District Manager in the Silicon Valley and for Citibank in their Commercial Banking and Business Banking groups, both in New York and California. Steve also serves on the Board of Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and the Advisory Board of Working Solutions. Additional volunteer activities have included working with Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, Second Harvest, TeenForce, Habitat for Humanity, and Pride Parade. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Southern California.
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Director of Development & Marketing
Patricia Narciso is the Director of Development & Marketing at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. She previously served as Director of Fund Development at The Health Trust. Patricia holds a MA in Latin American History and Politics from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Communications & Political Science from Syracuse University. Patricia joined the Board in 2018.
MarketRise, Inc., President
Paula Pineda is president and founder of MarketRise, Inc., specializing in marketing and communications consulting. Previous to starting MarketRise, Paula held several leadership positions including Catasys, VP of Marketing, SAP, Director of Channel Marketing, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Director of Business Development. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Santa Clara University and joined the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board in 2018.
Heritage Bank of Commerce, Vice President/ Relationship Manager HOA Specialty Banking
Leonel Soto’s banking career began 20 years ago with Heritage Bank of Commerce as a Cash Management Officer. Since then, he has managed client portfolios with two other community banks in the San Jose area, including Focus Business Bank. Currently Leonel is VP of HOA Specialty Banking. Leonel and his wife Kristina have been married for 11 years and are raising their 3 kids in San Jose. They enjoy their free time taking the kids to their sports and activities. Leonel has served on the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board since 2017.
RTSV – Executive Director