Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversees 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 for Finance Management Services, an internal consulting group which provides program management, change management, talent development, and equity, inclusion, and diversity programming across Kaiser Permanente’s Finance and Shared Services Organization.
Erica previously held various positions in marketing, communications and program development with Marin County organizations 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 Bachelors in Psychology from San Francisco State University. Erica has been a life-long Marin County resident, where she currently lives with her growing family, and is a longtime volunteer with various local 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 Head of Digital Marketing at MemSQL. Cong Cong has over eleven years of experience, driving user acquisition and revenue growth in tech, finance, education, healthcare, and travel industries. Cong is an alumna of Columbia Business School’s Executive Education program and received an 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 increase opportunities to those who are underserved and marginalized.
Laurie E. Deaton, CFA
Laurie Deaton is a Founding Partner of AlphaSignal, LLC, a firm that specializes in working with institutional asset management firms. Ms. Deaton has more than 25 years of experience in the investment management industry and has held senior positions with firms such as Hall Capital Partners, Wellington Management Company and Loomis, Sayles and Company. Laurie is a past board member of the Girls Scouts of Northern California as well as a past member of their investment and finance committees. 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 has served on the Board for over five years, including overseeing the development of the Association’s advocacy platform to one of the top YWCAs in the country as Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She is a trial lawyer at Durie Tangri LLP, where her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar defense, and government enforcement matters. Previously, she served as a civil prosecutor with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, and as a white collar and litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
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 also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera Guild.
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.