Lee West, Chairman & CEO

Lee West is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the San Francisco Carbon Collaborative (“SFCC”), an initiative on behalf of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development to develop technologies and market-based responses to climate change and make San Francisco the west coast hub for carbon markets. Lee has applied his almost 30-year career in financial markets and private investing into advisory roles and board appointments in various technology, financial services, and non-profit related businesses. He began his career in money management in 1982 working for Wall Street firms and heading advisory services. Today Lee is President of Defensive Portfolio Management (“DPM”), where he continues to manage capital for institutional clients.


Barry Hoffner, Treasurer

Barry has lived and worked in many locales around the world.  After completing his B.A. in Economics at the University of California, Irvine and his MBA in Finance at Columbia University, Barry began his career with JP Morgan and worked in global postings such as New York, Buenos Aires, Paris, Zurich, Singapore, Tokyo, and Moscow. His community involvement is varied and includes service as the President of the board at Slide Ranch, Founder and Executive Director of Caravan to Class (started in 2010), Board member of Brandeis Hillel Day School and president of the Pine Mountain –Cloverdale Peak Grape Growers Association.   He is also an enthusiastic supporter of Free the Children and Beyond Differences. Barry is married to Jackie Hoffner and they are parents to two BHDS alumni – Benjamin (BHDS alum class of 2012) and Daniel (grade 8) on the Marin Campus.  In his spare time, he enjoys wine-grape growing at his ranch, his children, travel and the outdoors.


Tamara Pulsts, Secretary & Interim Executive Director

Tamara Pulsts is part-time interim Executive Director for JulietteSpeaks.  She brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit and business administration. She was most recently President & Co-Founder of ecoReserve, an environmental nonprofit.  She also served as Business Manager for Philanthropix, a nonprofit that created metrics for rating nonprofit performance, and Manager of Corporate Partnerships for the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a nonprofit that engages Silicon Valley venture capitalists and startup companies in philanthropy and volunteerism. Prior to moving west, Tamara resided in New York, where she was Director of Individual Giving for the Phoenix House Foundation, the nation’s largest private drug treatment program. In this capacity, she raised funds to help troubled youth turn their lives around and become positive role models for others.  On the business side of her career, Tamara has worked with startup companies, investors, and lawyers in marketing, sales and administration roles. Tamara holds a B.S. in Rural Sociology from Cornell University.

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