David Wallach, Board Chair
David Wallach is FVLC’s Board Chair. He is a partner at Jones Day, where his practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, international civil litigation and complex civil litigation. Dave has represented clients in many pro bono matters, including cases involving domestic violence and federal civil right violations. He has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and a B.A. from Colorado College.
Christina Hamilton, Secretary
Christina Hamilton is FVLC’s Board Secretary. She is a partner in Shartsis Friese LLP’s Corporate Department. She specializes in representing investment advisers, including advisers to hedge funds and other private investment funds, and traditional advisers to separately-managed accounts. Christina also provides advice on general business matters. She has a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College.
Janelle Smith, Finance Committee Chair
Janelle M. Smith is FVLC’s Finance Committee Chair and has served on the board since 2015. She is an attorney in the Natural Resources Law Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Smith worked in private practice and assisted pro bono clients with obtaining asylum on domestic violence grounds. Ms. Smith has a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Mark Danis is Vice President – Associate General Counsel at The Clorox Company. His responsibilities include the oversight of U.S. litigation, regulatory, marketing, privacy, and cyber security. Prior to joining Clorox, Mark practiced for 25 years as a civil litigator with Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he also worked on pro bono cases involving foster care, tenants’ rights, and sexual orientation discrimination. Mark received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, and his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley.
Molly A. Jones
Molly A. Jones is a counsel in the San Francisco office of Crowell & Moring. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation spanning across various industries, including internet and networking technology, software, biotechnology, higher education and academic research, health care, and real estate. In addition, Molly has an active pro bono practice with special emphasis on immigration issues. A long-time resident of Oakland, Molly received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Stephen Knight brings three decades of experience as an advocate for social justice, both in law and policy advocacy. Stephen currently is the Policy & Partnerships Director with Alameda County Community Food Bank. His professional career includes work on the intersection of women’s rights, refugee law and immigration law as Deputy Director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies. He has also worked in affordable housing and the environment with the National Housing Law Project and Save the Bay, A native San Franciscan, Stephen is a graduate of Yale University and U.C. Hastings College of the Law
Charlene Wang is currently a Special Advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Biden Administration, where she was a founding member of the agency’s Gender Justice Council. Her career has been dedicated to working on social justice and social policy, including gender-based violence, environmental justice, healthcare, education, and homelessness. Charlene is a native of the East Bay and a survivor of family violence. She received her Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and her B.S. from Columbia University.
Leo Bialis-White is a Senior Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, and he focuses on sourcing, funding, and supporting organizations that help redesign K12 schools. Prior to joining NewSchools, Leo served as Vice President of Customer Success and Chief of Staff for Schoolzilla, an education technology company. In addition, he has experience as a school psychologist, teacher, and research consultant spanning charters, traditional districts, and nonpublic schools. He has a PhD in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley in addition to Psychology and Sociology degrees from the University of Georgia. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two boys.
L. Autumn King
L. Autumn King currently serves as Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Visitor Experience at Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) where she leads a dynamic, multifaceted team to effectively tell the many stories of OMCA through marketing, communications, visitor experience and retail efforts. King focuses on forging strategic relationships to generate earned and contributed revenue and develop key community partnerships. She is a member of the Senior Directors Council where she collaborates with colleagues on organizational goals, budgeting, and strategic planning for the organization. King received her BA from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and her Masters in Art in Museums Studies from JFK University. Autumn is a native New Yorker who is equally proud to call Oakland home for over 15 years.