Our Team and Board

Meet our Team and Board of Directors!

Our staff and Board are dedicated, hardworking individuals who strive to keep their communities resilient. 

The Team:

Jim Turner- Executive Director and Board President 

Jim has over 15 years working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors tackling important issues in emergency management, climate change, information technology, and corporate social responsibility.  As Executive Director of the California Resiliency Alliance, Jim leads the efforts to connect statewide government emergency management and health agencies with business communities to increase overall community resilience and recovery capacity. For the last seven years, Jim has led cross-sector work groups in critical infrastructure and disaster recovery planning to benefit Bay Area resilience. He has worked as Program Manager for Fritz Institute’s BayPrep Project that created preparedness standards and training protocols for non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to vulnerable populations as well as Private Sector Liaison for the City and County of San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.He is a presenter and dialogue facilitator and briefly served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Communications at the University of San Francisco’s Graduate School of Business where he received his MBA.

The Board:

Peter Ohtaki – Chairman, California Resiliency Alliance & Council Member, City of Menlo Park

Prior to assuming the role of Chairman for the California Resiliency Alliance in March 2014, Peter had served as CRA’s Executive Director since the organization’s inception. He was elected to the Menlo Park City Council in November 2010 and served as Mayor of Menlo Park in 2013. From 2007 to 2010, Peter served on the Board of Directors for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which oversees the California Task Force 3 Urban Search & Rescue Team. Prior to 2005, Peter was the Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of a technology company that served the education and interactive media markets. He worked in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and C.E. Unterberg Towbin, where he financed technology companies and in 1990 helped take Cisco Systems public while with Morgan Stanley. Peter has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Raelene Anderson – Director, Global Emergency Response & Business Continuity, Applied Materials

Raelene Anderson is the Director of Global Emergency Response and Business Continuity for Applied Materials. Prior to moving to Applied Materials, she was the Disaster Recovery Manager at Solectron Corporation and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the City of Sunnyvale. Raelene is Past-Chair of the Sungard International Users Group and is a certified Emergency Manager through IAEM the International Association of Emergency Managers and a Master Business Continuity Planner through the Disaster Recovery Institute International.


Charnel Benner – Management Officer / COO, Consulate General of Canada

Charnel Benner brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the Agency, including, marketing and new product/business development experience with two Fortune 50 firms, a solid career as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and small business owner, CEO of two public pension plans, and an Investment Officer for a third. Charnel currently works as the Management Officer (COO) for the Consulate General of Canada responsible for the San Francisco and Palo Alto missions. She has also provided consulting services to a number of small business owners and moonlighted as a personal chef for several discerning NYC clients.  Charnel holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Michael Cummings - Private Sector Liaison, Office of the Regional Administrator, External Affairs Division, FEMA Region IX.

In his role at FEMA Region IX, Mr. Cummings works closely with the private sector liaisons in the other nine FEMA regions and FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC to unify the agency’s growing partnerships with the many facets of the private sector. His primary role within Region IX is to promote Collaboration, Communication and Coordination in support of local and state public/private sector integration before, during and after a disaster. Region IX includes Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, as well the American territories of Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia.

Michael has served as Senior Planner and Private Sector Liaison Officer with San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management. For over two decades prior he led his own consulting firm providing business continuity and disaster recovery services to global clients. Michael has been recognized for his continued achievements in Emergency Management as the 2012 Public Sector Manager of the Year by Business Continuity International.

Jeff Dell - Senior Vice President, Global Technology and Operational Risk, Operational Risk Management, Bank of America

Jeff Dell has been with Bank of America Merrill Lynch for over 11 years. As Senior Vice-President, Operational Risk Manager in the Global Risk Organization, he is part of a team responsible for coordination of planning, response and recovery from domestic and global threats that may impact operations, production and clients. Jeff began his work in risk management and security while still in school working for NASA - Ames Research Center, first in Facilities Engineering, developing and managing NASA security programs for visiting Military, Boeing, Lockheed, and various NASA Divisions. He moved to NASA Science and Applications Aircraft Division, Medium Altitude Missions Branch to provide various engineering services to Flight Operations, with continuing support to security programs. Carrying forward a family tradition, Jeff worked for 8 years with the San Jose Police Department where he earned 35 letters of commendation as well as the Medal of Valor. He resigned from the Police Department to start a safety and security business which he grew to 148 employees before selling and returning to the private sector.

Stephen Jordan – Co-Founder, IO Sustainability Consulting

Stephen Jordan is co-founder of IO Sustainability a research and management consulting firm.  Previously, he founded and directed the Business Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in building relations between the private sector and FEMA, HUD and NOAA and other government agencies to support resilience, sustainability, economic development, and critical infrastructure protection.

  Justin Oberman – President, Measure & Supply Chain Technology Principal, 32 Advisors

 Justin serves as President of Measure, a 32 Advisors Company, and is Supply Chain Technology Principal at 32 Advisors. Justin has more than 18 years’ experience in aviation, finance, and public policy. He has served as an executive at the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Homeland Security (DHS). He is a Truman National Security Fellow and recently completed the Emerging Leaders Program of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Measure provides turnkey Drone as a ServiceSM for industrial customers.  Justin’s other clients/projects include icix, supplier risk management in the cloud; SpiderOak, high-encryption backup and sync software; PushTime, empty leg optimization in the air charter industry, and Till, mobile-first supply chain mapping. Justin joined then-Transportation Secretary Mineta’s staff in July 2001. After 9/11, he co-founded the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), helping the agency deploy 65,000 employees to 450 airports. At DHS, Justin created and ran an office of more than 150 employees and 400 contractors.

 Cecile Pinto - Manager, ICS & Emergency Management, Emergency Management PMO, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Cecile Pinto has over 30 years’ experience in emergency response and emergency management. As an Emergency Management Professional with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, she currently manages the ICS and Emergency Management work stream for the company’s Emergency Management Advancement Program.  Cecile was part of the team that designed and implemented the new gas emergency preparedness department in 2011. Cecile joined PG&E after serving for more than 25 years in State service.

Since 1980, Cecile has held key leadership positions, ranging from responsibilities as Incident Commander at local emergencies while employed as a fire apparatus engineer with Cal Fire to Regional Administrator at the California State Office of Emergency Services, Coastal Region. In addition to her responsibilities as EOC Director at the State during regional & statewide disasters, Cecile developed vital relationships with private sector businesses and agencies. Cecile is a proven collaborator, successful at establishing cross-functional emergency management networks that work well together during emergencies. 

James F. Rooney, MD – Vice President, Medical Affairs, Gilead Sciences

Dr. James F. Rooney joined Gilead Sciences in 1996 as Vice President of Clinical Research and in 2004 became Vice President of Medical Affairs.  He has been instrumental in the clinical development of the company's antiviral therapies, including treatments for HIV, hepatitis B and influenza.  Dr. Rooney also leads many of the company's clinical research activities in the developing world.  Jim Rooney is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Cody Wright – Senior Analyst, Global Business Continuity and Crisis Management, Salesforce.com

In his role at Salesforce.com, Cody is responsible for all Global and Americas based business continuity plans and the critical communications program. He also assists in the development and leadership of all Crisis Management Teams globally. Cody has spent time in the non-profit sector with the American Red Cross, the public sector with the City and County of San Francisco, and in the private sector with Salesforce.com. He holds a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Public University and has spent the majority of his research and thesis on Pre-event Capacity Building, Collective Impact, and the Whole Community Approach as it applies to the development of resilient programs and communities. He received his BS in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. Cody, a native of the Chicago-land area is now transplanted in San Francisco.

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