Vital Voices Council of the Bay Area

Building an Active Supporter Base

in San Francisco and its surrounds to establish partnership opportunities and educational opportunities to the local community.


Heather King, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLPJanet LamkinCalifornia State President at Bank of America/Corporate Social Responsibility | Roselyne SwigCommunity Activist

Council Members

Julie Castro AbramsBoard Chair, Bay Area Women Leaders’ Network | 

Michelle AlberdaFinancial Advisor, CFP®, CLU®, PWA®

Susie Tompkins Buell, Entrepreneur

Lisa CarmelCOO, Advisor and Board Member

Vanessa Hartigan, Director Relationship Management, Merrill Lynch

Stacey Kelly EgideCEO, Andalou Naturals

Julia Jackson, Family Spokesperson and Vinter, Jackson Family Wines

Danielle Kraaijvanger, Doctoral Student, University of San Francisco

Jill KramerPresident and CEO, The Kramer Family Foundation

Alexandra MosesVice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mills College

Belinda Munoz, Executive Director, the Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation

Michelle Swenson, Independent Consultant

Betsy Rate, Bay Area Director, Vital Voices

Sue TenFounder and Creative Director, Firehorse Group

Sherri Tull, Principal, Sherri Tull Consulting

Elisabeth WaymirePrincipal, Graceland Designs

Carly WebsterCorporate Credit Analyst, Bank of America

Victoria Zitrin, Owner, VBoutique

Recent Events

10/12/2017 - Vital Voices San Francisco Annual Gala Luncheon

On Thursday, October 12th 2017, Vital Voices Council of the Bay Area will hold their Annual Gala Luncheon. The…

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09/07/2017 - VBoutique Advocacy Event

On September 7th, Bay Area council member, Victoria Zitrin, hosted the Bay Area council at her social enterprise boutique- VBoutique…

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08/02/2017 - Airbnb HQ Hosts Human Rights Team for Interactive Training

Airbnb hosted the Vital Voices Council of the Bay Area at their San Francisco headquarters for an interactive activity led…

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06/14/2017 - Council of the Bay Area Meeting

Council of the Bay Area Meeting hosted by Roselyne Swig

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01/30/2017 - Council of the Bay Area Meeting hosted by Noni Allwood

The Vital Voices Council of the Bay Area came together at the home of Noni Allwood to discuss upcoming Council…

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10/14/2016 - 2nd Annual San Francisco Event

On October 14th, Vital Voices Council of the Bay Area hosted its second annual Vital Voices San Francisco Event at the SFJAZZ Center.

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06/21/2016 - Vital Voices Reception

On June 21, Jill Kramer hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Club of San Francisco featuring Malini Patel, VP for Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship and three VV GROW Fellows, Wafa Alobaidat from Bahrain, Habiba Ali from Nigeria, and Gabriela Lemoine from Argentina.

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06/20/2016 - Vital Voices Dinner

On June 20, Michelle Swenson, Sue Ten, and Elisabeth Waymire hosted a dinner at MacArthur Park restaurant in Palo Alto featuring Vital Voices leader Elsa D’Silva from India.

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06/15/2016 - Vital Voices Reception

In June 2015, Michelle Swenson hosted a Vital Voices reception featuring Karla Ruiz Cofiño, a Guatemalan entrepreneur who helps people connect with the world and use their influence to improve it.

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03/24/2016 - Vital Voices Dinner

In March 2016, Vital Voices hosted a dinner featuring Mu Sochua, a champion of anti-trafficking efforts from Cambodia.

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10/23/2015 - Vital Voices Luncheon

On October 23, Roselyne Swig hosted an intimate luncheon and discussion at the Villa Taverna featuring the Honorable Madeleine Albright.

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09/30/2015 - 1st Annual San Francisco Event

On September 30, 2015 Vital Voices Council of the Bay Area hosted the 1st Vital Voices San Francisco event featuring Yin Myo Su of Myanmar, Kah Walla of Cameroon, and Samar Minallah Khan of Pakistan.

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03/08/2015 - Vital Voices Dinner

In May 2015, Roselyne Swig hosted a Vital Voices Dinner featuring Paula Ledesma of Argentina.

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03/01/2015 - Vital Voices Dinner

In March 2015, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Vital Voices hosted a dinner featuring Dr. Victoria Kisyombe of Tanzania.

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11/19/2014 - Council of the Bay Area Launch

In November 2014, Roselyne Swig hosted the launch of the Bay Area Council featuring Dr. Victoria Kisyombe.

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