San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board

The Little Kids Rock San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board is a body of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about bringing the lifelong gift of music education to public school children in low-income communities. Their purpose is to build a supportive community of donors and volunteers who attract the financial and human capital needed to ensure the stability and growth of the Little Kids Rock San Francisco Bay Area chapter. The Advisory Board achieves this purpose through their own personal financial donations as well as their fundraising, relationship-building, and advisory efforts. The San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board does not bear the burden of governance, but is rather an organizing entity. Please direct membership inquiries to

Mike Barash

Mike is the founder and CEO of Knock Twice, a hybrid PR, content and advertising agency that helps to put start-ups on the map, and tells stories on behalf of some of the biggest brands in the world. Companies trust us with behind the scenes work that falls into the category of “I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you.” Knock Twice employs 40 talented and weird people who are passionate about doing great work that matters. We’re headquartered in San Francisco and New York, with offices in Salt Lake City as well. FULL BIO 

Kristy Cook

Kristy originally from Toronto, currently works with Yahoo in the SF Bay area. In this role at Yahoo, she and her team manage the end-to-end partner relationships for some of Yahoo’s leading North American Partnerships. At present they include social media partner portfolio (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Zynga; our channel partnerships (i.e.;, Price Grabber; and local partnerships (Starbucks, GroupOn, etc). Previously her portfolio included partnerships such as Comcast, Verizon, Rogers, Turner Sports and eBay. Her expertise lies in bringing products & services to market – first half of her career was marketing communications – the second half has been product and partner focused. FULL BIO

Raquel DiSabatino

Raquel brings deep experience in creative marketing, entertainment partnerships and social media to Little Kids Rock. Most recently, Raquel headed Entertainment & Media at Zynga where she was responsible for driving pop culture strategy and partnerships in Zynga games. She led the company’s collaboration with Lady Gaga and helped turn Gagaville into a worldwide sensation. FULL BIO

Shelley Lazar

Shelley Lazar is the President of SLO VIP Ticket Services, a company she founded in 2002. For nearly four decades, Lazar has been the seminal force behind the creation and execution of VIP ticket services for some of the most successful music tour and events in the world. Her lifelong passion has helped bridge the relationship between artists and their fans — delivering an unprecedented amount of once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the process. FULL BIO

Jon Luini

Jon is the founder of Chime Interactive, a full service digital agency that provides digital strategy services, web site technologies and design, and video and multimedia production. Specializing in the music industry, Chime has a client list that ranges from Bob Dylan, Madonna and U2 to the Beastie Boys, Los Lobos and Joe Satriani, as well as Korg, world leader of musical instruments. Jon has been in the trenches exploring and helping define the Internet music space since its inception. FULL BIO

Scott Mathews

Scott is a Multi-Platinum selling Music Producer, Composer, Vocalist, Multi–instrumentalist and Entrepreneur whose work has sold in excess of 40 million units. Now in his fifth decade of Billboard #1s and GRAMMY Award winning credits, he shows no signs of slowing down his creative output while ramping up his entrepreneurial and nonprofit work. Beginning in his teens, Scott has worked on recordings and/or performed with such musical icons as: Keith Richards, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young, David Bowie, Zac Brown, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, B. B. King, John Lee Hooker, Kid Rock, Huey Lewis and the News, Steve Miller, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Eric Church, Etta James…as well as more than 80 other Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. A devoted champion of the potential of new music and it’s ecosystem, today he is primarily focused on emerging artists who show extroridinary talent while developing new media companies to help monetize artists’ careers in fair and transparent ways. FULL BIO

Jillian McNerney

Jillian McNerney is the Operations Manager for the Robotics Group at SRI International and co-founder of Progressive Women Silicon Valley. Prior to these positions, she managed several technological portfolios at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Washington, DC. Jillian is also a veteran US Air Force officer and former convoy commander during the conflict in Iraq. She now enjoys numerous outdoor activities, including skiiing, snowboarding, and surfing. Originally from Ohio, she received her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green University.

Mike McNerney

Mike McNerney is a cybersecurity strategist and startup consultant based in Palo Alto, CA. In this capacity, he provides services to both government agencies and private sector companies in the information technology industry. Prior to this position, Mike served as a cyber policy advisor and attorney in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Before joining the Pentagon, Mike worked as a diplomat at the State Department in the offices of the Middle East Partnership Initiative and the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. His portfolios there included democratic reform and the rule of law. Mike is a veteran officer of the U.S. Air Force and Truman Security Fellow. A California native, Mike received his BA in Economics and Political Science from UC Davis in 2001 and his law degree from American University in 2009. He has written several publications and made numerous public appearances on the topic of cybersecurity.

Geoff Piper

Geoff Piper is a San Francisco based professional touring and recording artist, founder of Soniq Laboratories, Inc. (Soniq Labs) and attorney working in-house for Mozilla Corporation (Firefox). Geoff is an accomplished professional musician on the bass, guitar, piano and as a singer and songwriter. Geoff has extensive experience in all aspects of the music industry including as a performer with professional touring experience and as a recording artist on many albums whether his own or those of others. Geoff has also represented other fellow artists and labels, publishers, producers, engineers, studios, agents and promoters and negotiated deals of all kinds in the music business. Soniq Labs is a hardware and software company that Geoff founded to build products to help anyone recording sound to do so more quickly, efficiently, cheaply and without wires. For Mozilla, Geoff works as a Product/Commercial Counsel and provides guidance in all aspects of the worldwide business.

Gary Selick, Ph.D.

With a career spanning clinical psychology, engineering management and business strategy, Gary brings practicality to managing complex processes. He is well known for removing the “psycho-babble” from managing change. His processes enable people to create and sustain unprecedented success. It is all about turning principles into practice. Gary’s approach comes from 30 years of working closely with thousands of leaders of Fortune 50, Inc 500 and start-up companies across four continents. He held senior HR and Operations leadership positions at Ford during its turnaround in the 1980s and at Raychem, known as one of the “50 Best Places to Work”. FULL BIO

Chris Skarakis (Chair)

Chris was the Director of Business Development for Google and also the founder of In addition to Little Kids Rock’s San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board, Chris sits on the boards of the Kanye West Foundation, and the Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo.

Joan Soekotjo

Joni is Senior Partner at Provident Financial Management-San Francisco managing a boutique staff of 20, with headquarters in Los Angeles. Joni packed her bags and drove to San Francisco in 1978 after one horrible winter in Cleveland Ohio. She loved rock music and as fate would have it, she landed a position at a San Francisco business management firm that specialized in entertainment accounting and tax and has made this a career she is very passionate about. FULL BIO

Dave Steer

Dave Steer is the manager of Facebook’s policy programs, where he develops global programs in a variety of areas including teen safety, education, digital citizenship, jobs and economy, and veterans affairs. Dave joined Facebook in 2011 from Common Sense Media, where he ran marketing. Previously, Steer ran Trust & Safety marketing at eBay and PayPal and served on the leadership team at Steer started his career as part of the initial team at TRUSTe, where he ran marketing and public relations for the privacy program. FULL BIO

Jeremy Wagner

Jeremy currently serves as the President of The Renaissance Fund, a private foundation, as a volleyball coach for middle school and high school girls, and as the manager of Stargazer Ranch, a tree farm and vacation property in the Sierra Foothills. Jeremy is a rocker from way back. At 7 years old, he was forbidden to listen to the Beatles in the house; at 12, he was the front man and lead singer for a garage band that covered the popular songs of the day; at 40, he learned 4 chords on the acoustic guitar; and at 45, he taught his 3 year-old daughter all the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody. FULL BIO

Bret Waters

Bret Waters has been immersed in the innovation culture of Silicon Valley for his entire career. He’s founded and run three successful software companies. He has also run two educational non-profit organizations, helping to bring their fundraising and impact to record new levels, and spent six years on the board of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education.Today his academic work is at Stanford University, teaching entrepreneurship and innovation and his volunteer work is at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, helping social entrepreneurs to develop, refine, and scale successful ventures that can have a positive impact in the developing world. Bret has served as Chief Mentor with the European Innovation Academy, teaching Silicon Valley innovation methodology to engineering students from around the world. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Molly West