MEMBER Born in Guangzhou, China, Jim served as an enlisted U.S. Marine later becoming a presidentially decorated Marine officer. Educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jim’s corporate experience includes GM’s Packard Electric Division and PepsiCo. Since 1988, Jim has worked in entrepreneurial ventures in management consulting and technology exploration and application. Jim and his…

MEMBER Tiffany Short is an experienced human resources professional with a strong history of working in the healthcare industry.  As HR Business Partner at Kaiser Permanente, Tiffany manages HR client relations and consults on employee relations, workforce planning, performance management, organizational development, and more.  Before joining Kaiser’s team in 2008, Tiffany worked with Robert Half…

Jacob Singer, PhD

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jacob joined Main Street Launch after a career in real estate development, venture finance, and economic development, and is responsible for developing the organization to achieve greater impact. He started his career in real estate development, first as a project manager for Peter Buck, a leading land use attorney and developer in Seattle, followed by…

Wendell W. Jones II

Chair

Wendell is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CerMed Corporation. He is an accomplished Finance and Accounting executive with over thirty years of financial management and accounting experience in multiple technology-related industries, including: biotechnology, medical device, software, and internet companies. Wendell received an MBA from Washington University’s Olin School of Business.

Gladys Green

Vice-Chair

Gladys is a long-time resident and community activist in Oakland. Gladys is the Chair of the Life Enrichment Committee of the Community Action Committee and board member of the Oakland Economic Development Corporation. She is an active member of Saint Benedict’s Church, where she is an electoral and Eucharistic minister.

Mark Alan Lindquist

Secretary

Mark directs the marketing and product development of M.A. Lindquist Co., which he started in 1984. Mark has 27 years of project experience, which includes: large industrial, retail and commercial complexes; historic renovations; architectural review; and code enforcement. Mark is a member of the Associated General Contractors of California.

Stephanie Jones

Treasurer

Stephanie has worked at Wells Fargo for over 35 years and is responsible for the management of three business sales teams: Relationship Managers, Commercial Loan Officers, and Business Acquisition Consultants. She manages the San Leandro BBG Office dedicated to serving the East Bay Market Area, including creating a strong partnership through servicing the business banking…

LaSandra Hunt

Member

LaSandra Hunt has been a Relationship Manager for JP Morgan Chase since 2008, when the bank initially launched in the Bay Area.  She works to identify and win new business relationships that support the bank’s goals and the clients’ needs.  LaSandra has 15 years of experience in the financial industry, working with clients and organizations…

Eric Nelson

Member

Eric, Vice President and Relationship Manager for the East Bay Commercial Banking Office, manages a $45 million commercial portfolio. His primary responsibility is to develop and manage client banking relationships and serve as the primary contact officer. Directly responsible for structuring credit products, his extensive banking experience lends guidance and perspective to a client’s overall…

Arthur Washington

Member

Arthur a small business advisor with experience in small business financing and strategic business planning. Arthur’s finance background includes serving as a loan officer for the Small Business Administration and currently as CEO for Nor-Cal FDC, a California Small Business Financial Development Corporation that serves the Bay Area counties. Arthur is the author of Finding Money…