Board of Directors

Joyce L. Stupski

James G.B. DeMartini, III

Thomas C. Layton

Kelvin H. Taketa


Board of Directors Bios

Joyce L. Stupski
Joyce is the co-founder and Board Chairman of the Stupski Foundation, which started in 1996. The Stupski Foundation began as an operating foundation with the intention of improving the way K-12 education services in the US were delivered to the 15 million poor and minority students residing in the largest districts serving that population. The Foundation worked with over 30 districts nationwide—providing expertise and guidance primarily for superintendents, cabinet level employees and principals. As the years went by, the foundation also moved into the areas of teacher development and student agency and ownership. The operating foundation closed its doors in 2012. Currently, at Joyce’s direction and leadership, the Foundation is reemerging as a grant-making foundation with the particular areas of focus still under development.

Prior to starting the Foundation, Joyce was founder and president of Pringle and Associates, a management communications firm specializing in the production of meetings for large corporations, with an emphasis on internal communications. Joyce was awarded the Business Achievement Award from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Joyce began her career in public education as a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District. She devoted seven years to teaching students with learning disabilities in schools serving primarily low-income children. She followed her classroom experience with seven years at the district level, designing, developing and implementing newly created resource specialist programs, teacher training programs, compliance with new regulations and working with state, federal, state and public agency partners.

Joyce has been an active volunteer and board member in the San Francisco nonprofit community. Joyce holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Indiana University.

 

James G.B. DeMartini, III
Jim DeMartini is the Managing Partner of Seiler LLP, a leading accounting firm serving affluent families and individuals, closely held businesses and non-profit organizations throughout California and the United States. In his role as a trusted advisor, Jim provides professional counsel and sophisticated solutions in the areas of income, estate and gift tax planning, wealth management, all facets of real estate and charitable gift planning.

Jim is a member of the board of directors of the Skoll Foundation. He was the founder and board member of Sports Association for Youth, a non-competitive baseball league that benefits more than 1,000 Bay Area youths annually. Past board and community activities also include Board Member, Mid-Peninsula Bank; Trustee, Executive Committee Member and Audit Committee Chairman, Notre Dame de Namur University; Advisory Board Member, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur of California; Board Member, Santa Clara University English Advisory Committee; Capital Campaign Committee Member, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital; Friends of Orthopedics, Stanford University Medical Center; and Chair, Santa Clara University Men’s Golf Committee.

Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants and is an internationally recognized speaker on issues of tax, estate and wealth planning and philanthropic giving.

Jim attended the University of California at Los Angeles and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University.

 

Thomas C. Layton
Tom is the president emeritus of the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation which he led for more than 35 years. The foundation’s wide interests included broad civic engagement and inclusion (including youth engagement and participation), civil rights and liberties, conservation and the environment, population and reproductive rights and the arts.

Tom is currently serving as a trustee/ director of the van Loben Sels/Rembe Rock Foundation, the Stewart R. Mott Foundation and Cow Hollow Foundation. In recent years, he has served as a trustee or director of a variety of organizations including the Ploughshares Fund, The Council on Foundations, Northern California Grantmakers (founding Chair), Interaction associates, Inc., the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Rights and Health, Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Non Profit Policy Council of California, Women and Philanthropy, Tides Foundation, the Center for Citizen Initiatives and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Tom has been active in a number of “philanthropic infrastructure” organizations such as Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers in the Arts, Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and the Council on Foundations Associates. He serves as an advisor to a fund at the San Francisco Foundation.

Tom has received numerous awards including the Council on Foundations’ Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, the National Society of Fundraising Executives’ Outstanding Grantmaker’s Award, The California Women’s Foundation Ground Breaker-Dream Maker Award, Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Banyan Tree Award and SPUR’s Silver Spur Award. He has published occasional articles dealing with the philanthropic process and the nonprofit sector.

Tom was born in San Francisco and raised in Carmel. He holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a graduate degree in Urban Studies, both from Occidental College.

 

Kelvin H. Taketa
Kelvin H. Taketa is president and chief executive officer of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, a statewide charitable services and grant making institution endowed with contributions from many donors.

Since his appointment in 1998, the Foundation has become the leader in facilitating charitable investments in Hawai’i and has earned distinction as a trusted community resource on charitable trends and best practices in Hawai’i. Under his leadership, the Foundation has launched several major initiatives with a coalition of local and national funders and government agencies and developed grant programs that have proven results and led to national recognition for the Foundation. In 2014, the Foundation administered more than $43 million in grants and contracts for programs and initiatives in Hawai’i. A national leader and commentator about philanthropy and non-profit organizations, Kelvin has been recognized by The Non-Profit Times as one of the “50 most powerful and influential people” in the sector and featured in the GiveSmart.org website on philanthropy.

Kelvin has dedicated 34 years of his professional career to the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, he served as the vice president and executive director for the Asia/Pacific Region of The Nature Conservancy, the largest conservation nonprofit organization in the United States.

Kelvin has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards including past service on the boards of Sustainable Conservation and Civic Ventures (now encore) in San Francisco as well as several private company boards. His current service includes the boards of Hawaiian Electric Industries and as its Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, Hawaiian Electric Company, the Hawaii Leadership Forum, the Stupski Foundation and in various leadership positions on the Board of the Independent Sector, a leadership coalition of charities, foundations and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in the country and around the world.