Board of Directors

Mark Orr

Mark Orr became the 18th Director of Athletics at Sacramento State on March 27, 2017. A native of Sacramento, Orr was the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Saint Mary’s from March 28, 2006 until taking the position at Sacramento State. With the Gaels, he has overseen 17 intercollegiate athletics programs as well as the …

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Jasper James

  Recognized for their unwavering dedication to improving community by Assembly member Kevin McCarty, Jasper James is a multifaceted diversity trained entrepreneur who leads through service. From their past as a Billboard Recording Artist, multi-instrumentalist/ writer and event producer to becoming the Co-founder of Activism Articulated, an advocacy communications firm located in Sacramento; Mx. James …

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Azizza Davis Goines

Azizza Davis Goines has over 30 years experience in Association Management.  Her experience includes expertise in fund development, program development, community relations, event planning, board development, public policy, strategic planning, collaboration building and strong facilitation skills.  She has headed nonprofit agencies in the capacities of Executive Director and President/CEO.   She is now President/CEO of the …

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Lorrie Clark

Lorrie Clark is a Project Manager for the City of Sacramento Economic Development Department, specializing in Entrepreneurship, Business Retention and Expansion and Small Business Development. She has been instrumental in planning and organizing business forums, seminars, business walks and training to assist businesses in understanding the city’s incentives, partnership programs, services and opportunities. Prior to …

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Nicole Howard

Nicole Howard was appointed Chief Customer Officer in February 2015. Reporting to the chief executive officer and general manager, Ms. Howard runs SMUD’s $1.5 billion retail electric business, including customer operations, services and programs such as energy efficiency and advanced energy solutions. Her role includes corporate strategy, brand, marketing, communications, and economic and community development. …

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Michelle M. Picard

Michelle Picard is a finance professional with more than 20 years in the Transportation Industry currently performing the role of Director, Business Governance and Risk Management and DBE Liaison Officer for Siemens Mobility Inc. – Rolling Stock headquartered in Sacramento, CA. Michelle graduated cum laude from the California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration …

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Margaret Fortune

Margaret Fortune is changing what’s possible when you create excellent educational options for Black children. As the President/CEO of nine K-12 public charter schools in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties with a combined enrollment of more than 2,200 students, Fortune’s work is pointed towards one North Star – to close the African American achievement gap. …

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Ira Williams

Ira Williams is President of Bulletproof Tax & Accounting Firm Inc. a company he founded in 2005.  He is one of only 500 tax professionals across the US, who has earned the prestigious Certified Tax Coach™ designation after completing the  rigorous American Institute for Certified Tax Coaches’ training academy. As a Certified Tax Coach™, he …

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Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is evening anchor at ABC10. You can catch him weeknights at 5p.m., 6 p.m. and at 11 on Late News Tonight. He is an Emmy award-winning journalist who reported from Washington, DC for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. He chronicled the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray …

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