Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation at Home

January 22, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Featuring Rabbi Michael Lezak, Judy Young, Isoke Femi, Mayor London Breed, and Tina Sharkey

What do our communities look like today? Who are most affected by the current economic, social, racial, and health issues? Join Rabbi Michael Lezak of Glide in a conversation with Judy Young, Executive Director, UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health,  Isoke Femi, GLIDE’s Maven of Transformative Learning in the Center for Social Justice, and special guest Mayor London Breed, in a thoughtful discussion moderated by Festival Co-Chair Tina Sharkey on how to confront, expose, and act on these pressing communal challenges.

For more information and to register, please visit the Day of Philanthropy Festival page.

Interests: Virtual
Organized By: 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Rachel Kaber
Rabbi Michael Lezak
Michael Lezak is the Rabbi at GLIDE in San Francisco, a radically inclusive, just, and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. He works in GLIDE’S Center for Social Justice, aiming to magnify the impact of GLIDE’s justice machinery and to forge covenantal bonds between GLIDE and communities throughout the Bay Area.

Rabbi Lezak brings 100+ civic, tech, and health care leaders on Glide’s annual Alabama Justice Pilgrimage. He spearheads groundbreaking work with law enforcement and district attorneys from around the country to help them understand the challenges faced by people living in extreme poverty.

In his previous position as a congregational rabbi in Marin County, he founded programs to love and support families and inmates at Pelican Bay, San Quentin, and Vacaville State Prisons. Rabbi Lezak is on the national board of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. He is married to Rabbi Noa Kushner and is the proud father of three daughters.
Judy Young
Judy Young, MPH is the Executive Director at the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

Judy joined UCSF in 2006 to be the Program Director for Fostering Excellence in Women’s Health, a multi-year, multi-million dollar national program that enhanced academic-community partnerships in women’s health across the national network of Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health. Beginning in 2009, she assumed responsibility for our Young Women’s Health and Leadership Programs. With her expertise and experience in education and community work, Judy re-envisioned the goals and curriculum of these youth programs and deepened our partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and other community organizations. Under her leadership, the program received a commendation from San Francisco Unified School District and the UCSF University Community Partnerships Annual Excellence in Partnership Award. Most importantly over 3500 young women have been inspired and expanded their vision of their own possibilities.

Judy brings deep insight and expertise to the CoE mission of enhancing diversity, inclusion and equity in all our work. She has been the co-chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences’ Diversity Committee for since its inception in 2013 and a valuable resource to faculty, staff and learners. She was invited to be an inaugural member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Differences Matter Initiative of the School of Medicine. For her contributions to UCSF and beyond, Judy has been recognized with the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women and the 2017 Chancellor’s Award Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award.

Judy has over 30 years of experience in women’s health in both academic institutions and community organizations. She has directed peer health educators, conducted national community outreach and trainings, and led women’s health programs. Judy has taught sexuality, women’s health and HIV/AIDS at several Bay Area universities including U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco and San Jose State Universities. She has chaired the board of directors for two non-profit organizations: Planned Parenthood Golden Gate and Rafiki Coalition (formerly the Black Coalition on AIDS). In addition Judy has served as an active member on the boards of Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo and Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride.

Judy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare from U.C Berkeley and her Master’s Degree in Public Health from San Jose State University
Isoke Femi
Isoke Femi is the Maven of Transformative Learning in GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice. A co-founder and director of the Todos Institute, Isoke co-authored No Boundaries, a manual for intercultural alliance-building, and developed Leading With Soul, a curriculum for cultural leadership. For over 25 years, Isoke has worked with hundreds of groups throughout the United States, supporting them to appreciate and engage difference. In her work, Isoke draws on indigenous African concepts such as soul force, personalism, and vitalism, as ways of engaging and integrating learning.
Mayor London Breed
Mayor London Breed is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition neighborhood. In June 2018, Mayor Breed was elected to be the first African American woman and second woman in San Francisco history to serve as Mayor. She was re-elected for her first full four-year term in November 2019.

She led San Francisco’s emergency response to COVID-19 and is currently guiding the City’s phased reopening and economic recovery. Recently, Mayor Breed announced her vision to fundamentally change the nature of policing in San Francisco and issued a set of policies to address structural inequities. Since becoming Mayor, she has focused on helping the City’s homeless population into care and shelter; adding more housing for residents of all income levels; helping those suffering from mental health and substance use disorder on San Francisco’s streets; ensuring that all San Franciscans have access to a thriving economy; making San Francisco a cleaner and safer city; and furthering San Francisco’s leadership in combating climate change.

Prior to public service, Mayor Breed served as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition for over a decade. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner and in 2010 was appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors.

In 2013, Mayor Breed was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 5 for six years, including three years as President of the Board.
Tina Sharkey
Tina Sharkey has driven innovation in media, commerce, and community for more than two decades, pioneering the development and adoption of pivotal consumer brands and platforms that bring data and technology together. A C-suite executive, entrepreneur, investor, board member, and change agent, she has created, led, and scaled global brands and businesses transforming the way we communicate, shop, and share.

As its co-founder and CEO, Tina built and operated the consumer products company Brandless, assembling and leading the team that developed from scratch a direct-to-consumer power-house named one of Fast Company’s most innovative retailers two years in a row. She scaled Johnson & Johnson’s BabyCenter to become the largest platform in the world for new and expectant mothers; oversaw AOL’s defining transition from a closed network to the open web; served as President of the renowned Sesame Street Digital Group, and co-founded iVillage, a pioneering online destination for women that became one of the most popular sites on the internet.

Her success in creating relatable brands and vibrant, engaged communities has been a throughline in her otherwise diverse career. Tina advises C-suite executives of Fortune 500 companies on investments, M&A, strategic partnerships and incubation, and mentors founders and business leaders. She is also an investor focused on disruptive companies – and their founders – and has worked extensively with technology-enabled consumer and enterprise startups, including Conde Nast, eBay Target, and Salesforce.

Recognized as one of the top 100 People Transforming Business by Business Insider, named by Fast Company as one of the Top Women in Technology, and chosen as one of Entrepreneur’s Most Daring Entrepreneurs, Tina delivered keynote and mainstage speeches on brands that scale, harnessing the power of community, entrepreneurship, purpose-driven disruption, and digital transformation at events including Milken Global Conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, NRF, Wall Street Journal D Live, and TEDx. She lectures at universities including Harvard Business School, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, The Marshall School at USC, and Stanford. A Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Tina currently serves on the national board of the Public Broadcasting Network (PBS) and IPSY. Previously she served on the Board of Directors of HomeAway, (NASDAQ: AWAY) through the successful sale to Expedia.

Tina emphatically believes in building brands with soul, purpose as an imperative, and that taking the high road will always deliver a better view.