Janet Standen, Board of Directors Chairwoman
Janet is a brand development and consumer insights specialist, with over 25 years experience in consumer marketing, innovation and brand strategy. She brings a breadth of experience gained working with big and small companies, as well as charities, in the UK/Europe and in the US. She loves the challenge of identifying and harnessing potential market opportunities facing consumer-interfacing brands, and is a firm believer in each of us doing our part to create a better future for our children, leaving the planet stronger and more enduring than when we arrived. Janet is currently Director of Insights at Instant Insights Lab a consumer research company based in San Francisco, as well as working independently for companies to help identify stronger futures for their consumer brands.
Lisa Craig Gautier, Board-Treasurer Matter of Trust-President
In 1998, Lisa co-founded Matter of Trust, Inc. (MofT) with her husband, Patrice Gautier (see below). As MofT President for the last 15 years, she brings 30 years of managerial, organizational and networking experience. Lisa cultivates dedicated, enthusiastic teams and trustworthy project ownership. An advocate for the modern, flexible work environment with split-shifts, home offices, she often hires student interns, wise seniors and wicked-smart, multi-tasking moms. In 1994-1996 she was Executive Assistant Director of International Development and promoted to Assistant Treasurer, at Valeo – Paris (50,000 employees worldwide, equipment partner of Renault). Previously, she was Executive Assistant to FedEx Logistics Director Paris. From 1985-1993 she was the Executive Assistant for the legal / accounting firm Cecchi, Marlow & Massoni CPAs in San Francisco. After high school she moved to the UK, Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust in the Channel Islands to study breeding of endangered species and zoo management (surprisingly useful in running a charity). Lisa works pro-bono and is the mother of 3 daughters.
Patrice Olivier Gautier, Board of Directors Member
Patrice is Vice President of Internet Software & Services at Apple, Inc. for the iTunes (2002), Apps, and iBooks Stores; iCloud (2010) and Maps (2013). Previously he worked for NeXT (1996) and was absorbed into Apple. He left to become CTO of the start-up Netstruxr.com then returned to Apple to design the iTunes Store. Before NeXT he was R & D engineer for Thomson-CSF Paris, France, in charge of NATO’s Data Fusion Demonstrator. Earlier still, as Research Assistant in the Knowledge Systems Lab at Stanford University, he was modeling the Reaction Control System for NASA’s space shuttle. Patrice holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, France and a Masters Degree in computer science from Stanford.
Maria Surricchio, Board of Directors Member
Maria Surricchio is VP Brand Strategy & Innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment America.
She has held senior brand and innovation leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies spanning consumer goods, financial services and consumer technology. She has spearheaded the turnaround of famous brands both in the US and Europe and has a proven track record of building inspiring brands that turn customers into passionate advocates. She was formerly Director of Innovation at Kraft Foods where she led the transformation of the company’s Coffee Sustainability strategy in Europe working in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance. She lives and works in the SF Bay Area.
Peter de Vries, Board of Directors Member
Peter is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. For over 17 years Peter was in the computer business. As Director of Operations for FTP Software’s West Coast Office, he managed the initial set-up of FTP’s first remote office, and was in charge of administrative operations on the West Coast. Peter, a patron of the arts, also serves on the Board of Directors of the Endowment Fund for San Francisco’s Lamplighters / Opera West Foundation.
Travis Cripps, Vice Chairman of the Board
Travis is a software engineer in the iTunes department at Apple Inc. After moving here from Arizona, he worked for PGP Corporation, MediaRing, NetStruxr, and Quetzal Consulting. Travis has been advising Matter of Trust for its online database, Excess Access, since 2000. Together with Patrice (see below) he was responsible for the design improvements and implementation of the dynamic database 2000-2009. And is continually instrumental as an advisor for testing and improving the Excess Access and Matter of Trust websites.
Michelle Phin Yong, Board of Directors Secretary
Being a young entrepreneur, Michelle was the owner of a small business,”Downtown San Francisco,” before the age of 21 until she sold it in 2009. Very active in various community service activities, Michelle is a master organizer and excellent implementor. She then became Director of Operations 2009-2013 at Matter of Trust and is currently Director of Marketing at Copa Fina Wine Exports.