Who We Are

Three Valleys Community Foundation is lead and managed by a team of dedicated volunteers. We have an active Board of Directors, and engaged Advisory Council, and Committees. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our team.

Board of Directors

John Sensiba

JOHN SENSIBA, Chair

Sensiba San Filippo LLP
John Sensiba is a CPA and 30 year Tri-Valley resident. He’s had the privilege of serving as Managing Partner of Sensiba San Filippo, LLP since 2008. He currently chairs the board of Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare and serves on the board of a number of other community organizations in leadership and board roles. In addition to volunteering in health care, he has worked with local educational institutions, faith based organizations, low income housing organizations and youth organizations. He is a graduate of San Jose State University. Contact at jsensiba@3vcf.org.

Susan Houghton

SUSAN HOUGHTON, SECRETARY

Three Valleys Community Foundation
Susan Houghton is the Secretary of Three Valleys Community Foundation. Now retired, she works in philanthropy, communications and community engagement. A former television journalist, she served in senior public affairs and communications positions at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and UC Berkeley and at several major corporations. As the mother of a son with moderate autism, she’s dedicated her life to creating programs and organizations that support individuals with developmental delays/special needs. She is the founder of three vibrant nonprofit 501c3 organizations doing just that – including Sunflower Hill, an affordable residential community in Pleasanton. She has a BS degree in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, an MS degree in Nonprofit Management from Louisiana State University and is both a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and CANDID Expert Trainer. Contact Susan at shoughton@3vcf.org.

Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O’Brien, TREASURER

Leisure Sports, Inc.
Pat O’Brien serves as board member and treasurer of the Three Valleys Community Foundation. He brings over 50 years of accounting and finance experience to the Foundation, including serving as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Leisure Sports Inc since 1994 — where he is responsible for equity and debt placement, investor relations, tax planning, and legal affairs. He also serves on the board of various local organizations, including the Alameda County Fair Foundation and Tri-Valley REACH, and is also active professionally in the California Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a graduate of University of Santa Clara and a licensed CPA.

Kenneth Cooper

KENNETH G. COOPER

Las Positas College Foundation
Kenneth Cooper has served as the Executive Director of the Las Positas College Foundation since 2015, which provides funding and innovative education programs to support student success and prepare them for the future. He has also served as the Director of College Advancement & Foundation Executive Director at Cosumnes River College and on the Board of Directors of the Network of California Community College Foundations, He currently serves on the Network of California Community College Foundation Board of Directors and was appointed to the CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Center for Community College Advancement Advisory Committee. Kenneth is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with a bachelor’s degree in African American and African studies, and a minor in Education.

Margaret Liang

MARGARET LIANG

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA)
Margaret Liang is deeply involved in the community with a passion for positive and inclusive change in the region.  She serves as Board President for the Tri-Valley Chapter of APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association), a national organization whose mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander Americans through education, leadership and active participation in civic and public affairs. She serves as Heritage and Cultural Art Commissioner as well as on the Economic Development Advisor Committee for the  City of Dublin, CA. Margaret is Sales and Marketing Director for WiN Foods Corporation and previously served as  R&D Project Manager with the ConAgra Corporation. She has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley and has a BS in the Field of Food Science and Nutrition.

Steve McCoy-Thompson

STEVE McCOY-THOMPSON

Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation
Steve McCoy-Thompson is the Co-Founder of Three Valleys Community Foundation and served as initial interim director. He is also the Executive Director of the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE). He has worked for over 25 years at the nexus of business, government and the nonprofit sector and has served in senior positions with Bechtel Corporation and Deloitte Consulting, providing management consulting to large companies and governments around the world.  He also served as Executive Director of Urban Solutions, delivering economic development services to challenged neighborhoods, and as head of global operations for BSR, providing consulting to major corporations in Corporate Social Responsibility. He has published four books on a range of topics and is actively involved in the community, including on the Economic Vitality Committee for the City of Pleasanton.  He has a Masters degree from Tufts University and graduated from Duke University, where he also studied at Beijing and Nanjing University.

Tim Sbranti

TIM SBRANTI

Innovation Tri Valley
Tim Sbranti is an East Bay native and statewide leader in public service and education. He is an elected Board Trustee to the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and is a leader with Innovation Tri-Valley. He is a founding Board Member of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) and worked with former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to build the capacity of the California Department of Education. Tim also served over 10 years on the Dublin City Council, including three elected terms as Mayor, and also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director for Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15). He is the Co-Chair of SupplyBank.Org and is actively involved with youth development throughout the state. He is a graduate of Sacramento State University.

Christine Wente

CHRISTINE WENTE

Wente Family Estates
Christine Wente is part of the fifth generation of her family to help lead Wente Family Estates. Christine serves on the company’s Board of Directors and also runs the Wente Foundation for Arts Education, raising money for local arts education programs. She is actively involved in the community, including as President of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation, which fundraises for under-served local children, and as member of the Board of Trustees of the Oakland Museum of California. Christine has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University, as well as a Level 3 Certificate in Wines and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Nelson Fialho

Interim Chief Executive Officer
As interim Chief Executive Officer of the Three Valleys Community Foundation, Nelson Fialho is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the organization in partnership with the Board of Directors and Advisors. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Renne Public Management Group (RPMG), a division of the Renne Public Law Group based in San Francisco, where he leads the firm’s Financial Management, Human Resource, Executive Search and Complex Project Management practice areas for local government, special district, and non-profit clients. Prior to RPMG,  Nelson served the Cities of Pleasanton, Campbell, San Dimas and Hayward in various leadership and  management capacities, including 17 years as City Manager of Pleasanton. He has a bachelor’s degree in  Political Science and master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, East Bay.  He is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School-Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.

Karen Diaz

Karen Diaz

Clerk to the Board
Karen Diaz serves as the Board Clerk to the Three Valleys Community Foundation. Karen is responsible for preparing monthly board agenda packets and minutes, managing the organization’s official records, and supporting the technology efforts of the organization. Karen has extensive experience coordinating board governance activities, managing public records, providing administrative support, and implementing web-based technologies. She is a certified California Master Municipal Clerk and served as the City Clerk for the cities of Pleasanton, Union City, Brentwood, and Indio as well as clerk and treasurer for various organizations and non-profits. After serving the City of Pleasanton for 15 years, she retired in 2021 to pursue other volunteer and public service interests.

Advisory Council

catharine

Catharine Baker
Hoge Fenton

Chris Carter

Chris Carter
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Joe Cristiano

Joe Cristiano
Bank of San Francisco

John Freeman

John Freeman
California Water Service

Wendy

Wendy Fukamaki
Ross Stores

Reena Gupta

Reena Gupta
Mom Relaunch

James Paxon

James Paxson
Hacienda

Scott Roberts
MassMutual

Melanie Sadek

Melanie Sadek
Valley Humane Society

Photos courtesy of Brittni Kiick Photography