Board of Directors
Steven N. Machtinger, Chair
As Chair, Steven N. Machtinger has been instrumental in building a coalition of Board members and supporters dedicated to growing bay.org as the most trusted voice for water in Northern California. Machtinger is general counsel at Code Advisors LLC. Previous positions include a partnership in the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP, senior vice president and associate general counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co., and general counsel and corporate secretary of Hambrecht & Quist. He began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange commission, and later served as chief enforcement of its office in San Francisco. Machtinger received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1971, a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1974, and is a member of the Bar of the State of California. An accomplished violist and Mozart scholar, Machtinger serves as president of the board of directors of the Marin Symphony Association.
Ben Bleiman, First Vice Chair
Ben Bleiman is Founder and Managing Partner at Tonic Nightlife Group (TNG), which owns seven bars/restaurants in San Francisco as well as an events company, commercial real estate, and a music festival fairgrounds/ranch in Humboldt County. He is Former general Manager of Harry’s Bar on Fillmore St. and worked for Clyde’s Restaurant Group in Washington D.C. He and his brother, Andrew Bleiman founded www.zooillogix.com, a website devoted to the world of weird and wonderful animal news.
William Wolcott, Second Vice Chair
William Wolcott is Vice President at JP Morgan Private Bank. Prior to joining The Private Bank in 2010, he worked in institutional equity sales for Lazard, Montgomery, and J.P. Morgan Securities. From 1993-2001, he worked at Hambrecht & Quist on the Equity Syndicate Desk. He received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and attended The Cate School.
Derith Wisnom, Secretary
Derith Wisnom is a private insurance consultant for Sweet and Baker Insurance Brokers (now MacCorkle Insurance Service, A Risk Strategies Company). Currently on the board of the Hillsborough Garden Club as Conservation Chair and Executive board member of the San Mateo High School Parent Teacher Organization. Formerly owner of @YourOwnSpeed, a computer consulting company and many years of sales and marketing in financial services. Bachelor of Arts from University of California at Davis.
Kay Carney is Former Vice President of Communications for the San Francisco Theological Seminary (graduate school of Theology). Previously, she was Vice President of Communications for the American Lung Association of California, National Vice President of Communications for Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund, Statewide Vice President of Communications for SEIU United Healthcare Workers – West, Director of Public Information & Public Affairs for the City of Oakland, and Director of Communications for the South County Community College District. She also served as a Vice President with Porter Novelli, an international public relations firm. Her tenure of experience also includes working as a producer/writer for ABC, NBC and PBS television stations in San Francisco. Kay holds a BA from UC Berkeley, MPA from California State University East Bay, and a PhD (abd) from Golden Gate University. She is a member of the San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; and is a past president of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.
Harrison “Hap” C. Dunning
Harrison "Hap" C. Dunning is Professor of Law Emeritus, UC Davis School of Law. He has served as Water law specialist, and top expert in public trust law in California, Former Member California Water Commission, Former Staff Director of the Governor's Commission to Review California Water Rights Law. Dunning was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 by The Bay Institute. He received the Defender of the Trust award in 2014 from the Mono Lake Committee.
Captain Zack Kellerman is a Bar Pilot with the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association since 2011 and has been a professional in the maritime industry since 1994. The San Francisco Bar Pilots navigate commercial ships to and from the ports within San Francisco Bay, Monterey, and its tributaries. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bar Pilots. Kellerman is a native San Franciscan and lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
Dean Morehous is an experienced trial and litigation attorney at the San Francisco office of Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP with over thirty years of experience representing clients in a wide range of technology, business and other complex matters. Dean has an accomplished record as an advocate before juries in state and federal courts across the country. He has been consistently recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” during his career. In addition to his successes as a trial attorney, he has broad experience representing established and emerging companies in a wide range of intellectual property (i.e., patent, copyright and trade secret), business litigation, licensing and insurance coverage disputes. He is also the former President and long time board member of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco.
For the past fifteen years Bethany Patten has built a career in real estate, specializing in sales of residential and investment properties in San Francisco. She is currently a top producing agent with Pacific Union International. Patten started her career in corporate finance and worked in investment banking and equity research for Dillon Read in New York City. She specialized in the Entertainment and Telecommunications industries. While in New York, Patten realized that she wanted to follow a more entrepreneurial career path so she went to the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia) and earned an MBA in 1999. At that point she shifted her focus from finance to real estate and moved from the East Coast to the Bay Area. A strong theme in Patten’s life has been environmental awareness. She grew up on a tree farm in north Georgia and her family has been instrumental in preserving large tracts of land by donating conservation easements and building greenways for public use. Patten manage these projects. Patten graduated from Trinity College with a degree in psychology and economics in 1994. She is a member of the Edgewood Children’s Home Auxiliary and co-chairman of the Groton School Women’s Network. Patten is married to Ken Neal who co-founded the non-profit Call of the Sea and currently works for Naturener, a multi-national wind energy company. They live in the Presidio with their three children, Lily, Will, and Annabel.
Scooter is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area restaurateur from an entrepreneurial family that conceived and created San Francisco’s well-known landmark, PIER 39. Today, Simmons runs his family’s several successful restaurants on PIER 39: Fog Harbor Fish House, Pier Market, Wipeout Bar & Grill and Biscoff Coffee Corner. He is also an investor and board member in the Bay Area based concepts, Left Bank, a five-unit French brasserie concept, Pacific Catch, a six-unit Pacific Rim fusion seafood restaurant, and Roots for Peace.
In 1986 Simmons co-founded a pioneering restaurant concept that hung its hat on making fresh Mexican food from scratch, Chevys Fresh Mex. He was CEO of Chevys and grew the company to 37 restaurants before selling it to PepsiCo in 1993. After selling Chevys, Simmons took his four kids out of school and travelled around the world for 10 months. Upon their return, Simmons continued to create and develop successful restaurant concepts and companies like San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co. and University Coffee Café (1996), Village Bistro (2000), acquired Chic’s Seafood (2002) then remodeled and rebranded Chic’s into Fog Harbor Fish House (2007), created Wipeout Bar & Grill opening two units (2005 and 2008), then the Biscoff Coffee Corner (2010). Simmons has created and developed over a dozen different restaurant concepts in his life, and has built and opened more than 50 restaurants to date.
Morgan Tarr is a Vice President at Delegate Advisors, a multi-family office in San Francisco. Previously she was a partner at Fort Point Capital Partners, a wealth and asset management company. Prior to Fort Point, she was an associate at Presidio Financial Partners LLC. She began her wealth management career at Merrill Lynch.Tarr graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and attended UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Base Program.
Angelique Tompkins is a Project and Program Manager with expertise in healthcare, non-profit, financial and IT services. Tomkins is also a passionate community and non-profit leader, driven to develop and deliver mission focused strategies for local non-profits. Her volunteer efforts include contributing to strategic planning, fund development, and programming.