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Board of Directors

The Bank’s Board consists of a select group of successful and highly experienced community leaders and business owners with strong ties to the Bay Area.

Joseph P. Cristiano
Director – Chairman of the Board

Mr. Cristiano currently serves as Chairman of the MCM Group, an international business advisory company specializing in strategic planning, operations, sales and marketing, executive coaching, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. Mr. Cristiano served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kelly-Moore Paint Company from 1984 to 2003 and prior to that was Division President of the Sherwin-Williams Paint Company. He serves on the Board of Directors of a number of organizations including the Dunn-Edwards Paint Corporation; Diatron, a global medical device company located in Hungary; Metrolab, an Argentinian medical device company; and Medisiss, a U.S. medical device reprocessing company. Mr. Cristiano is co-owner of Better Homes and Gardens Tri-Valley Realty (formerly the Prudential California Realty Company) and is the founder and current CEO of the Northern California Mentoring Group.

Roberta Achtenberg
Director – Vice Chair of the Board

Ms. Achtenberg is the past Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees and is currently a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She serves as a corporate advisor in community development to the Lennar Corporation and is a Director of the privately-held software company AJWI, Inc. Ms. Achtenberg was an elected member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and served in the Clinton Administration as HUD Assistant Secretary and as Senior Advisor to Secretary Henry G. Cisneros.  In 2008, she headed the HUD Transition Team for the in-coming Obama Administration. Ms. Achtenberg also served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. Trained as a lawyer, she was a Teaching Fellow at the Stanford Law School, Dean of New College of California School of Law, Staff Attorney at Equal Rights Advocates and founder of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Daniel H. Edelman

Mr. Edelman has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the retail industry. In 2009, he retired as President of International Retail Development for Macy’s Inc . He also has served as President of Macy’s West, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Macy's Northwest, and Vice Chairman of Finance and Operations of Macy's West. Mr. Edelman is active with the American Heart Association where he was the Bay Area Volunteer of the Year in 2007 and 2008. He has served on the Board of Directors of organizations such as the Seattle Symphony and Business Opportunity for Leadership Diversity (BOLD).

Arthur F. Evans

Mr. Evans is the founder of AF Evans Company, Inc., a real estate development and property management company specializing in multifamily housing in the Western United States. Prior to forming AF Evans Company, Mr. Evans was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. An attorney and licensed civil engineer, Mr. Evans serves on the Board of Directors of both the Development Fund and the North of Market Neighborhood Improvement Corporation in San Francisco.

William Mandel

A partner in the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP and resident in the firm's San Francisco office, Mr. Mandel specializes in succession planning and mergers and acquisitions for professional service firms, including architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firms. He has helped develop ownership transition programs for a number of leading professional service firms in California and across the country and has assisted a large number of firms in merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Mandel earned his J.D. from the University of California's Berkeley School of Law and his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Southern California. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a CPA, first on the audit staff of Ernst & Young and then in the tax department at Deloitte. Mr. Mandel was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Head Royce School, an independent school located in the East Bay, for nine years and served as chairman of its Finance Committee.

Kelly M. McCown

Ms. McCown is a Partner of McCown & Evans LLP, a San Francisco-based corporate immigration law firm that she co-founded in 2003. Since 2004, Ms. McCown has been honored each year as a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Magazine and was recognized in 2007 and 2009 as one of the “Top 50 Female Super Lawyers” in Northern California. In 2008, Ms. McCown was honored by Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom with its Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award. She currently serves and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of community and professional organizations including the American Immigration Council, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Northern California Chapter. Ms. McCown is a volunteer attorney with the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and a mentor attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Asylum Program.

Jay D. Shaffer

Mr. Shaffer co-founded Colton Commercial & Partners, a full-service commercial real estate company headquartered in San Francisco. He began his career in commercial real estate in 2004 with Arroyo & Coates and was recruited to the Charles Dunn Company in 2005. In 2005, Mr. Shaffer earned the title of Rookie of the Year for Charles Dunn Company and in 2006 he was named Broker of the Year. In 2009, he was recognized by CoStar, the nation’s preeminent commercial MLS service, as a “Power Broker.” Prior to working in commercial real estate, Mr. Shaffer was the General Manager of Heartwell Golf Course for American Golf Corporation.

George J. Vukasin
Jr., Director

Mr. Vukasin is currently President and CEO of Peerless Coffee and Tea, an 89-year old family-owned and operated company based in Oakland, California. Mr. Vukasin is the Past President of Pacific Coast Coffee Association and currently sits on several committees for the National Coffee Association. He is a former Board Member of The Seven Hills School and in 2003 was named one of the top “40 Under 40” by the East Bay Business Times.

Edward C. Obuchowski
Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Obuchowski is a 30-year career banker, having worked his entire career in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to forming Bank of San Francisco, he was Senior Vice President/Team Leader at City National Bank where he managed commercial banking for the San Francisco and West Bay markets. Prior to joining City National Bank, Mr. Obuchowski held leadership positions at CivicBank of Commerce and First Interstate Bank. A graduate of Leadership San Francisco in 1990, he is past Chairman and a current Board Member of RAMS, Inc., a nonprofit mental health agency with an emphasis on serving Asian & Pacific Islander Americans. He was previously on the Board of Junior Achievement of the Northern California. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.