Board of Directors

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors

Mary Kate Bacalao – Board President

Mary Kate is the Director of Public Funding at Larkin Street Youth Services, where she develops public funding proposals, supports program design and implementation, oversees performance management, and leads other special initiatives. Previously, she consulted for Bay-Area-based Continuums of Care funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, facilitating county-level strategic planning efforts to end homelessness.

Mary Kate started her career practicing mergers and acquisitions in the New York and Silicon Valley offices of two national law firms. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is licensed to practice in California and New York, and she holds a Mediation Skills Certificate from the San Francisco Bar Association.

Mary Kate lives in San Francisco with her Husbo and a cat.


Kathy Jeffery

Kathy Jeffery has unique experience where she held leadership positions as Vice President of Human Resources at three early stage businesses and two Fortune 500 companies. She has worked and consulted in a variety of industries such as international marketing research, advertising, marketing promotions, consulting, broadcast sports technology, digital agencies, renewable energy, entertainment and non-profit companies.

With over 15 years of experience in human resources and executive coaching, Kathy’s knowledge includes change and talent management, career and corporate culture development, and employee communication.

Kathy received her Masters of Science in Managerial Communication from Northwestern University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Human Resource Management from DePaul University. She studied improvisation through Players Workshop of Second City. She completed over 160 hours of coaching classes through Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

As a life-long learner, Kathy lives her life on purpose by helping others and balancing her work-life as an experience junkie.

Read more about Kathy’s work on our board.


Sara Matlock –  Board Treasurer

Sara is a longtime advocate for programs supporting the empowerment of women and children and is inspired by the service W.O.M.A.N., Inc provides to the community.  She has worked with the leadership team since 2013 and joined the board in 2014.

Sara has over 10 years of corporate strategy and finance experience with both Fortune 100 companies and early stage start-ups.  Throughout her career, she has led a wide variety of company-wide strategic projects focused on issues including strategic planning, process re-engineering, organizational transformation, and performance measurement.

Along with programs that empower women and children, Sara is also passionate about environmental sustainability.  She is the co-owner of Pac Solar, a PV solar design, engineering, and installation company based in Marin County, where she leads marketing and finance, and is currently taking courses at Stanford in energy innovation and emerging technologies for environmental sustainability.

Sara earned her MBA at Duke University and her BA from the University of Puget Sound.  She and her husband current live in Mill Valley, CA.


Juliette-Marie Somerset

Juliette-Marie is a transformational independent leadership executive and consultant dedicated to accelerating social impact with philanthropy, innovation, insight and compassion. She has a wide knowledge of and professional experience in targeted fundraising campaigns, effective strategic development, public-private community partnerships and change processes in not-for-profit and volunteer leadership management organizations.

She completed the Fall 2015 Domestic Violence training program and has been a trained volunteer peer counselor/advocate on the Support Line W.O.M.A.N., Inc. As a Board member, she hopes to broaden the perspective and deepen the understanding of the community we serve. She can help with diversity and inclusiveness in its own leadership. She welcomes the opportunity to share her nonprofit industry experience, volunteer leadership management expertise.

Juliette-Marie is a mentor and leader in her community as a mentor empowering women with the local San Francisco Dress for Success cohort programs: Going Places Network. She was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors at the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center which is fostering a new era in health, wellness and equality and the future of LGBTQ health in San Francisco. She is dedicated to social entrepreneurship and economic empowerment and weekly volunteer at SCORE mentors supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Juliette-Marie was educated at Yale University and Columbia University with a graduate program in Fundraising and Nonprofit Management.  She currently lives in San Francisco, California.

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