Staff & Board
Reed Connell - President and Executive Director
Through over 15 years working in foster care, mental health, housing, and special education settings, Reed Connell has developed a sophisticated knowledge of children's policy development at all levels of government. For the past several years, Reed has worked with statewide and national coalitions to design, pass, and implement a range of important children's legislation, including AB12, California's implementation of the federal Fostering Connections to Success Act. From 2009 to 2013, Reed served as the Executive Director of the Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, an effective and highly visible local advocacy agency. Reed has worked with advocates, providers, and coalitions around the state on issues related to local control and flexible financing in child welfare, the impacts of Realignment and Health Care Reform on child and adolescent mental health systems, and the development of accountability infrastructure. Reed holds an MSW degree from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Management and Planning.
Linda Fitzpatrick, Secretary - Chief People and Communications Officer, Sutro Biopharma, Inc.
Linda Fitzpatrick is a senior advisor to biotechnology companies in the areas of Human Resources and Corporate Communications. Equipped with a BA in Sociology and Psychology, she has graciously served on several boards benefiting youth development, including the Northern California Boys and Girls Club. Linda spent her career as a leading national figure in biotechnology while sharpening her expertise in additional areas of investor and corporate relations for several firms such as Nuvelo and Gilead Sciences.
Richard Hill - Retired Counsel, Littler Mendelson
Rich is a management-side labor and employment lawyer in the San Francisco office of Littler Mendelson, where he has spent his entire 32-year career after 7 years on the Farm. He served as the Managing Partner of the firm's San Francisco office from 2006 through 2008. Rich previously served on the Board of Directors of Alternative Family Services, a foster care agency serving San Francisco, the North Bay, and the East Bay. He has been legal counsel to Guide Dogs for the Blind for over 20 years. Rich is an avid Giants fan and a (self-described) pedestrian golfer.
Donna Hitchens - Retired Judge, San Francisco Superior Court
Donna Hitchens is a retired judge of the San Francisco Superior Court. During her tenure on the court, she spent 10 years overseeing the divisions that included dependency cases. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling & Psychological Services from Springfield College and her Law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught judicial education programs on a variety of issues related to children in foster care and how to better address their physical and emotional needs. Judge Hitchens established a SafeStart Program in San Francisco to educate the community and serve children exposed to community and domestic violence. She also established an Infant and Toddler Court to monitor and serve the emotional wellbeing of the youngest foster children. Among other publications, Judge Hitchens has coauthored, with Patricia Van Horn, “The Court’s Role in Supporting and Protecting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence”, 5 Journal of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts (2005) and “Partnerships for Young Children in Court: How Judges Shape Collaborations Serving Traumatized Children,” Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment, Osofsky, ed, (2004).
Suha Jhaveri, Treasurer - Chief Operating Officer, OBmedical company
Suha Jhaveri is a Harvard Business School graduate who has held many leadership roles in the corporate world, including Global Marketing Director at Chiron Corporation, Director of Business Development and Strategy at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, and Vice President at Vertical Markets Operations Pty Limited. For the past three years, she has been the Chief Operating Officer at OBmedical Company. In her free time, Suha participates in triathlons.
Anthony Pico -Consultant/Advocate; Former Client
Barker Carlock - Senior Technical Program Manager, Tesla
Barker currently works for Tesla’s Energy Engineering team and helps lead their Energy Storage Program. He was led to his current role at Tesla because of his passion to better leverage and scale technology that improves people’s lives and prioritizes the communities that need it most. In following this passion, he’s dedicated to seeing A Home Within’s mission flourish in providing a critical anchor to the beautiful lives in foster care. When not working, you might find Barker spending quality time with friends in the great outdoors, working with his hands to create something new, or enjoying a meal with his patient, loving partner.
Karen Moon - Venture Advisor, Springboard Growth Capital, Venture Partner, Elizabeth Street Ventures
Karen is an investor and entrepreneur with a data-driven approach to analyzing consumer insights and shifts in market trends. She is a Venture Advisor at Springboard Growth Capital and Venture Partner at Elizabeth Street Ventures. She is an active advisor to mission-driven technology start ups. Previously, Karen co-founded and scaled a predictive analytics software startup with industry-leading clients, which was a Google Machine Learning Competition Finalist. She started her career at Goldman Sachs TMT investment banking. Karen holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from UCLA.