women’s leadership council

For over 30 years, Renaissance has helped 27,000+ entrepreneurs, 76% of which are women, by providing critical business training, guidance and support.  On average, Renaissance’s women business owners create jobs for 2-3 people in their neighborhoods, increase their income by an average of 20% each year, and buy products and services locally.

Success Stories

April Spears, Auntie April’s Chicken and Waffles

April Spears grew up in public housing in San Francisco, and was passionate about cooking.  She dreamed of being self-sufficient and owning a restaurant in her community.

April turned to Renaissance and began taking classes to help her build her award-winning Auntie April’s Chicken and Waffles Soul Food Restaurant.

April now employs over 10 Bayview residents and is building her brand.



Cristina Rosario, ACI Construction

Cristina is a Latina single mom with 3 children. She worked at a local construction company where she helped with administration, compliance, marketing, purchasing and client services.

She started Renaissance’s Simple Steps/Paso a Paso classes, where she learned critical business skills.  Cristina is financially self-sufficient, has been winning larger commercial projects and employs four local residents.

“I learned to be confident from Renaissance, especially as a woman. I like being a role model for other women in construction and to my children.”


Women Leadership Council

Individual Members

Charmaine Detweiler (Co-Chair) / Chief Financial Officer,
New Resource Bank (Retired) 
Theresa Noriega-Lum (Co-Chair) / Mathews Asia
Stephanie Hill / Mellon
Nancy Sheppard / Women2Boards
Felicia Vallera / SCBLC
Fatimah Aure / Okta for Good
Lena Robinson / First Republic Bank
Meghan Butler / Recology
Barabara Morrison
Stacey Paytner
Susan Wang

Corporate Members


Salesforce for Small Business


Council Member Annual Giving Levels

$1,000 – $10,000 and above

Get Involved

Contact Ingrid Marielos Marthy, WBC Director for more information:  imarthy@rencenter.org.