Board of Directors


President & Founder
John Sequeira

One of the original founders of the American Institute of Ethics, John graduate of USF with 40 years of leadership in the insurance business, most recently as Director of Risk Management for Fritz Companies, Inc, in San Francisco. John is also an ordained Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Chairman & Secretary
John Griffin

John holds a BA from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Education from the University of Nevada Reno. Throughout his career he has held various leadership positions in public service and education at the local, State and Federal levels.

Chairman & Accounting
Paul Herrerias

Paul Herrerias is Managing Director and Founder of the Northern California office of Stanton Chase, a global retained executive search firm. Prior to becoming director of Stanton Chase San Francisco in 2006, Paul co-founded three search firms. Previous professional career affiliations also include KPMG Peat Marwick’s Executive Search team and Deloitte & Touche, where he obtained his CPA license.

Paul serves on the Financial Services and the Consumer Practice Groups for Stanton Chase. He has earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organization Development (MHROD) and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, both from the University of San Francisco.

Paul has served as president of various professional, trade, and community organizations. This includes serving on the California Society of CPA’s Executive Board and State Council, as past president of the San Francisco Chapter, and recipient of the San Francisco Chapter’s Golden Quill Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Christina L. Bowman-Jones

Christina is the ARM Director, Renewable Energy Practice at Welsh Carter & Associates Insurance Services Company. Her diverse background of more than 20 years in the insurance industry, focused primarily in commercial property and casualty insurance. Prior to joining Welsh Carter , Christina was a senior account executive at March Insurance Company, servicing accounts for Fortune 100 companies and large Public Entity Pools for a number of the Alpha insurance houses in San Francisco. She was also responsible for negotiating policy coverage for the largest mining company in the world and has experience is the Loss Control aspect of the industry through the Hartford and AIG.
Christina received her undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She holds an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and is a CPCU candidate. In addition to being seated on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Ethics, she is an active member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, the Northern California Solar Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Solar Energy Association.

Michael DeNunzio

President of the San Francisco State Building Authority, Mr. DeNunzio, is Chairman of Development Services Group Inc. He has guided community leaders in funding non profit projects for healthcare, educational, social, cultural, civic and religious causes domestic and international.

Mr. Denunzio has been appointed by former S.F. mayor’s to serve on the: Council to End Chronic Homelessness and Commission on Aging. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mike to the state Commission on Aging. He was was elected Chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party in 2002. His memberships and affiliations include: The San Francisco Host Committee, The International Diplomacy Counsel, The Columbus Day Committee, The Handicapables of Northern California, a Foundation for Developmentally Disabled, a Charitable Trust for Seniors, The Republican Veterans of California, The U.S.F. Hospitality Management Program, The Sacramento Seminar, The San Francisco Forum, The Sacramento Seminar, The Olympic Club, and The Lincoln Cub of Northern California.

Mike DeNunzio is a graduate of St. John’s University, N.Y. He taught law and economics at McClancy Prep in Queens N.Y. and served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Personnel Specialist. Mike has been an Adjunct Instructor at the University of San Francisco’s Institute of Public Policy, and an instructor at the Archdiocese of San Francisco School for Pastoral Leadership.

John Frawley

John Frawley was appointed President and CEO of The Bay Institute in September of 2009. John will also continue his leadership role at Aquarium of Bay, where he played a major role in its 13-year transition from a failing commercial business to a fully accredited, successful marine nature center. Prior to joining Aquarium of the Bay in 1996, he was a park manager and a grand opening team member of Knott’s Camp Snoopy at Mall of America in Minneapolis. Previously, he worked at other AZA accredited facilities, including the Minnesota Zoo and the Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas. Frawley is president of the Fisherman’s Wharf Merchants Association, sits on the executive board of California Association of Zoos and Aquariums, serves as chairman of the Zoo and Aquarium committee of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and is a board member of the American Institute of Ethics. He holds a B.S. degree from Minnesota State University in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Wildlife and Resources Management / Biology.

Fmr. Mayor Frank Jordon

Frank holds a degree in government and political science from the University of San Francisco. He joined the S.F. Police Dept. in 1957 and rose through the ranks to be named Chief of Police in 1986. He served as Mayor of S.F. from 1992 to 1996. His administration marked successes in programs focusing on family, youth & children’s services, public safety, health care and quality of life issues. As Mayor, he played a major role in converting the Presidio Army Base to a National Park; bringing BART to SFO and keeping the S.F. Giants baseball team in S. F. Currently Frank is with the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.

Harry Kim

Curtis F. Mitchell

Curt has 28 years experience in the construction industry specializing in heavy civil engineering construction. He is a principal executive of Mitchell Engineering which owns and operates three construction companies in northern California. Curt, who is a third generation San Francisco native and 4th generation contractor, has grown up in the business of building. Curt founded Mitchell Engineering in 1998, to provide a structured and ethical approach to private and public sectors on construction projects. Curt has distinguished himself in an industry that requires intense focus on credibility, safety compliance and efficient operations.

Jim Murray

Jim is the former Director of Government and Legal Affairs at Habitat for Humanity San Francisco. Jim’s professional experience includes the Supreme Court of California and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, Jim has been involved with issues surrounding affordable housing, family law, and juvenile justice. His interests include assisting in the creation of leadership and ethics programs for high school and college students. Jim is also a member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco and volunteers with the YMCA Point Bonita.

Chief Council
Steve Wilson ESQ, Tobin & Tobin

Mr. Wilson is a corporate law and real estate law partner at Tobin & Tobin Law Firm. He is a member of the Business Law and Real Estate Sections of the California Bar Association. Mr. Wilson has also served as a State Bar-appointed member of the CEB Advisory Board, and has lectured for that organization for many years. His appellate cases in the real estate area include Easton v. Strassburger (1984) 152 Cal.App.3d 90, which established the modern disclosure standard for residential real estate brokers.

In the corporate area, Mr. Wilson has developed a specialty practice in the area of emerging technologies, representing software, electronics and internet companies in almost all aspects of their businesses. Mr. Wilson has founded and/or served as a director of a number of nonprofit organizations, including several serving the needs of at-risk children. He is an active advocate for the adoption of children from the former Soviet Union. Education: Stanford University B.A. University of California at Berkeley and Boalt Hall School of Law.

Advisory Board

Alessandro Baccari

Alessandro Baccari was born and raised in San Francisco. He attended the University of Santa Clara and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Political Science.

He is an educator, businessman, museum curator and photographer. In 1965 he established Alessandro Baccari and Associates, a multi-faceted public affairs research organization specializing in socioeconomic studies and association management. Baccari is the founder of the Fisherman’s Wharf Historical Society, executive secretary of the Fisherman’s Wharf Merchants Association, president of the Fisherman’s and Seamen’s Memorial Chapel and former chairman of the Mayor’s Committee for the Preservation and Beautification of Fisherman’s Wharf. As an educator, Baccari served as an asociate dean of the College of Business and associate director of the Center for the Study of Enterprise at San Francisco State University.

As photographer, Baccari has had his work published in numerous art books and exhibited in museums throughout the world. He is the 2002 recipient of the American Society of Photographers International Award. As an author of several books including Fisherman’s Warf and upcoming book, North Beach. He has performed many services on behalf of the state of California and his native city of San Francisco, including service as an ambassador of goodwill in visits to France, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Japan.

In June 2001, Baccari received the prestigious Silver Cable Car Award from the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau for his significant contributions to the San Francisco visitor industry.

Lora Bermani

Virgil Casselli

He is a Principal in CPVentures, a Real Estate Development and Consulting practice located in San Francisco, with an emphasis on resort and commercial properties, both domestic and off-shore. Virgil is a native of San Francisco and was raised in North Beach. He studied Architecture and Business at UC Berkeley where he obtained his Bachelors degree, and later obtained his MBA from the University of San Francisco. He joined Kaiser/Aetna, a joint venture operation and a national real estate development organization, where he worked on properties from Oregon to Puerto Rico and throughout the US. Subsequently, he was hired to become the CEO of Ghirardelli Square, which returned him to his native city and neighborhood. During his decade with Ghirardelli he became deeply involved in historic preservation efforts and non-profit volunteer work. Among the favored causes he served, and related capacities:

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Congresswoman Jackie Speier represents California’s 12th Congressional District, encompassing the southwest quarter of San Francisco and most of adjacent San Mateo County. She was first elected in April of 2008 after eighteen years in the California Legislature, where she authored more than 300 bills that were signed into law by both Democratic and Republican governors. She serves on three influential committees in the House of Representatives: the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Previously, Speier served 6 years on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and gained national attention in 1978 as legal counsel to Congressman Leo Ryan, accompanying him on an ill-fated trip to Guyana to investigate Jim Jones and the People’s Temple. Jackie is a co-author of the recent bestselling book; This is Not the Life I Ordered.

Jim Meyers

Hermann Novak

Hermann has extensive experience as an effective liaison for factions within multicultural environments. He has over 25 years of experience in the architectural, engineering, and construction world. He is a California licensed General Contractor and a certified mediator.

Margaret Sequeira

Margaret holds Masters in Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School. Margaret has over 15 years experience in the non-profit arena including Catholic Charities of San Mateo County, the Washington National Cathedral and Stanford University. Margaret was just named as the Director of Religious Education for the Unitarian Universal Church in Williamsburg.