Willa Seldon Joins the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council

April 28, 2016

San Francisco, California – The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco announced that Willa Seldon, partner, the Bridgespan Group, was appointed a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council (EAC), effective May 1, 2016.

Willa Seldon

Willa Seldon

Ms. Seldon advises nonprofits, social enterprises and foundations – collaborating with leaders on refining their strategies and improving their operating and economic models. Building on her for-profit experience in joint ventures and mergers, she is a leader in Bridgespan’s work in cross-sector, nonprofit, and funder collaborations. Her clients have included Family Independence Initiative, the Rockefeller Foundation, and StriveTogether. She has also led engagements to support mobilization efforts, such as the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and the White House Council for Community Solutions.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of College Futures Foundation, former vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College, and former chair of KQED. She also was awarded the Most Influential Women in Business award by the San Francisco Business Times. Her for-profit experience includes seven years at Milepost, a venture capital firm she co-founded and seven years as the executive director of AirTouch Communications, a wireless communications company.

Ms. Seldon holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, a JD from Yale Law School, and an AB in Economics from Bryn Mawr College.

EAC members provide the Bank’s senior management with information on current and pending developments in the regional and national economies. All members serve three year terms.

The balance of the San Francisco Fed’s Economic Advisory Council includes:

George Zinn (chairman), corporate vice president and treasurer, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA.
John E. (Jack) Pelo (vice chairman), president and CEO, Swire Coca-Cola USA, Draper, UT.
James Beer, executive vice president and CFO, McKesson Corporation, San Francisco, CA.
Jake Boyer, president and CEO, The Boyer Company, Salt Lake City, UT.
Ian T. Clark, CEO, Genentech, San Francisco, CA.
Theodore (Ted) F. Craver, Jr., chairman, president and CEO, Edison International, Rosemead, CA.
Philip L. Francis, retired executive chairman, PetSmart, Inc., Phoenix, AZ.
Kathryn A. Hall, CEO and co-chief investment officer, Hall Capital Partners, LLC, San Francisco, CA.
Donald R. Knauss, retired executive chairman, The Clorox Company, Oakland, CA.
Kevin C. Leader, principal vice president and treasurer, Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco, CA.
Jacqueline D. Reses, Square Capital Lead, Square, Inc., San Francisco, CA.
Mary Pat B. Thompson, CFO and senior vice president, MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc., Boise, ID.
Rosemary Turner, president, UPS Northern California District, Oakland, CA.


Matthew Schiffgens
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
(415) 974-3246


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