New Chair and Membership Appointments Announced for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Advisory Council

January 14, 2021

San Francisco, California – The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco announced a new chair and the newest members of the Twelfth District’s Community Advisory Council (CAC), whose two-year terms are effective January 1, 2021. José Quiñonez, chief executive officer of Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco, California, a current member of the Twelfth District’s CAC, has been appointed chair of the council for 2021.

New CAC members include: Debra Gore-Mann, president of The Greenlining Institute in Oakland, California; Diane Kaplan, president and chief executive officer of the Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska; Alando Simpson, chief executive officer of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling, Portland, Oregon; and Nichol Whiteman, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.

Debra Gore-Mann

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Debra Gore-Mann

Ms. Gore-Mann joined The Greenlining Institute in 2019 and serves as president and chief executive officer. Previously, she was the executive director of the San Francisco Conservation Corps, a nonprofit for youth workforce and leadership development. Her prior roles also include chief development officer of the Cal Alumni Association and executive director of athletics, University of San Francisco. Ms. Gore-Mann holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Stanford University.

Diane Kaplan

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Diane Kaplan

Ms. Kaplan was named president and chief executive officer of Rasmuson Foundation in 2001. Previously, Kaplan provided consulting services for philanthropic organizations, Native corporations and tribes, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, she served as chief executive officer of Alaska’s 28-station public radio network. Ms. Kaplan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alando Simpson

Alando Simpson

Mr. Simpson joined City of Roses Disposal & Recycling in 2007 and serves as chief executive officer. He has also served as a member of the Oregon Transportation Commission, and chair of the Oregon Sports Authority Advisory Council. Mr. Simpson holds degrees from Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and Babson College.

Nicole Whiteman

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Nicole Whiteman

Mrs. Whiteman joined the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation in 2013 and serves as chief executive officer. She previously served in philanthropic roles at LA’s Promise and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The New York native holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College.

The remaining CAC members include:

Fred Blackwell, president, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, California

Daisy Gordon Crompton, manager, San Diego Housing Commission, City-County Reinvestment Taskforce, San Diego, California

Cyndy Gustafson, chief executive officer, Strategic Progress LLC, and executive director, Applied Research and Policy Institute, Reno, Nevada

Michelle Kauhane, senior vice president, Hawaii Community Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii

Irma Morin, chief executive officer, Community Council of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho

Cecil Plummer, president, Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council, Oakland, California

Carmen Rojas, president and chief executive officer, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Seattle, Washington

Tony To, director emeritus, HomeSight, and project director, Othello Square, Seattle, Washington

Luz Urrutia chief executive officer, Accion Opportunity Fund, San Jose, California

Established in 2017, the Twelfth District Community Advisory Council (CAC) serves as an important source of information on current and pending developments in the Twelfth District with an emphasis on underserved and lower-income communities. The members provide observations, opinions and advice to the management of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on the present state of the economy and on developments in the respective members’ communities and areas of interest. The Council will also provide input to the Bank’s community development activities. The Twelfth District Community Advisory Council members reside within the nine-state District of this Reserve Bank.


Marshall Eckblad
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
(415) 977-3843


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