Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversees the YWCA San Francisco & Marin’s operations, ensuring that programs and policies are consistent with the mission of the YWCA. The Board also assumes responsibility for ensuring the fiscal stability of the association by seeking funding to support programs and by governing the efficient and responsible management of resources.
Sherry Geyer has been on the Board of Directors of YWCA of San Francisco and Marin for seven years. She is currently a vice president of lending services of First Republic Bank in San Francisco, providing departmental leadership in connection with the bank’s commercial real estate portfolio. Prior to joining First Republic Bank, she was a real estate and finance lawyer most recently with the international law firm of Reed Smith. While attending law school at night, Sherry was the associate director of a non-profit organization providing services to high-risk youths in Los Angeles. Sherry first became acquainted with YWCA of San Francisco and Marin when she represented the organization on a pro bono real estate transaction. Based on this experience she happily accepted the invitation to join the Board of Directors.
Heather Cameron has held senior executive positions in the publishing industry both in the US and abroad, most recently with Thomson Reuters. She has been deeply engaged in the non-profit sector for many years and has a particular interest in educational equity and women’s empowerment issues. She has served as president and board chair of several organizations in addition to YWCA, including the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation and Friends of Libraries USA. She has been actively involved as a director or committee member at Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, CORO Center for Civic Leadership and Summerbridge San Francisco.
Erica Demster is Chief of Staff to the Finance & Administration Department within Kaiser Permanente’s, where she develops programs supporting communications, operations, change management and talent development.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Erica held various positions in Marketing, Communications and Program Development with companies including Bank of Marin and the Marin YMCA. She received a Master of Science in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a undergraduate degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University.
Erica has been a long-time volunteer with local community organizations, including Sunny Hills Services, Marin Literacy Program, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Dominican University’s Women Leadership & Philanthropy Council.
Ingrid Ramsey-Plock has over twenty-six years of experience in the financial services industry. She is currently with Carlisle and Gallagher Consulting Group as a Manager in their Wealth Management Practice. Prior to serving as a consultant in the Banking and Wealth Management space, Ingrid was CFO for Genworth Financial Wealth Management here in the Bay Area.
Cong Cao is the Director of Demand Generation and Digital Marketing at Personal Capital. Cong Cong has over 10 years of experience, driving user acquisition and revenue growth in tech, education, healthcare, finance, and travel industries.
Cong is an alumna of Columbia Business School’s Executive Education program and received a undergraduate degree in Economics from Swarthmore College.
As an immigrant and the first college-educated member her family, Cong hopes to use her skills to empower other women and people of color, and to promote opportunities to those who are underserved and marginalized.
Laurie E. Deaton, CFA
Laurie Deaton is a Principal at Hall Capital Partners LLC focusing on Business Development.
Ms. Deaton has more than twenty years of experience working in the investment management industry. Prior to joining Hall Capital in 2011, Ms. Deaton was Vice President of Institutional Services with Loomis, Sayles & Company in San Francisco. Her role involved working with investors to determine how Loomis, Sayles could aid in the implementation of their investment agenda. Previously, she spent eight years with Wellington Management Company as a Vice President and Associate Partner, representing traditional and alternative investment strategies to institutions and family offices. She also worked with institutional investors and their investment consultants at Oppenheimer Capital and Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney and Strauss. Ms. Deaton began her investment career at Pacific Enterprises in Los Angeles where she oversaw the management of a $2 billion pension fund and also invested a large portfolio of operating assets.
Ms. Deaton is a board member of the Girl Scouts of Northern California as well as a member of the Investment and Finance Committees. She also serves on the board and Investment Committee for YWCA of San Francisco and Marin. She holds both a B.S. in Business and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. She is a member of the CFA Institute.
Lisa Roberts is a Managing Director and National Private Wealth Management Executive for The Private Bank, an exclusive part of Union Bank. In that role, Lisa leads a team of Private Wealth Advisors located across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest region. The team builds consultative client relationships by providing wealth management advice centered around the client’s unique goals and dreams.
Lisa joined Union Bank in 2016 and has over 28 years of banking and wealth management experience. Prior to joining Union Bank, she worked for Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citigroup. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Master of Business Administration from Capital University. She also holds Series 7, 24, and 66 securities licenses. In 2015, Lisa was named one of the Bay Area’s “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and playing tennis.
Kate Swimley has over 6 years in the investment management industry. Currently Kate is a member of the US and Canada Institutional team within BlackRock’s Institutional Client Business (ICB) in San Francisco. She is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with endowments, foundations, family offices and ultra-high net worth investors on the West Coast. Formerly, Kate worked at UBS Investment Bank, Main Management, LLC, and McMorgan and Company. Kate has been very involved in many Bay Area non-profits including: Safe & Sound (formerly SF Child Abuse Prevention Center), Girls Inc., Year Up, Juma, La Casa De Las Madres, La Cocina, Girls Scouts of Northern California, Warriors Foundation, 49er Foundation, and Tipping Point. Kate co-leads the Women’s Initiative Network Philanthropy Committee at BlackRock. Kate earned a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University. She is currently a Level II CFA Candidate.
Victoria Weatherford is a Deputy City Attorney in the Neighborhood and Resident Safety Division of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where she enforces California consumer protection laws and coordinates the efforts of the Building, Health, Planning, Public Works, Fire, and Police Departments to identify and respond effectively to health and safety threats and other public nuisance issues in San Francisco’s neighborhoods. As part of her civil law enforcement practice, Victoria combats criminal nuisance activity such as illegal gambling and entertainment venues, drug dealing, and gang violence. Before joining the City Attorney’s Office, Victoria was a litigation associate with O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where she worked on matters in areas including white collar defense, corporate investigations, antitrust, and consumer class actions, and maintained a robust pro bono practice representing indigent victims of civil rights abuses. In addition, Victoria clerked for the Honorable William B. Shubb of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and for the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Victoria’s volunteer work outside YWCA has included helping victims of domestic abuse obtain temporary restraining orders against their attackers and volunteering with at-risk teens to develop their leadership skills and teach them about the environment. Victoria currently also serves on the Board of the San Francisco Opera Bravo! Club.
Victoria received her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, and received degrees in Economics and Political Science with highest honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is proud to come from a family of strong, empowered women, and deeply believes in YWCA’s mission and commitment to empowering women of all ages.