Leadership Team

Sharon Miller

   

Sharon has served as CEO of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center for 23 years. Under her leadership, Renaissance has grown into a renowned Bay Area regional organization, establishing five Centers in South of Market and Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco, Richmond, South San Francisco, and East Palo Alto. Sharon has been pivotal in introducing vital new programming, including Spanish-language, women-focused, and industry-specific training initiatives. Her guidance has been instrumental in assisting clients in securing substantial capital exceeding $75 million. She serves on the Steering Committee of the CA Network of Women’s Business Center.

CEO

Amanda Anthony

   

Amanda Anthony moved to California to join Renaissance as a Program Manager in June 2021 and launched the South San Francisco site. As San Mateo County Program Director, she currently oversees all county programming, including the Economic Advancement Center (South San Francisco), the Economic and Employment Center (North Fair Oaks), the San Mateo County Business Certification program, and the Business of Childcare program. Prior to joining Renaissance, she was a small business owner in Wroclaw, Poland, where she lived for 10 years. She considers herself a Chicagoan but has become an integral part of the South San Francisco community, where she also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Education.

SMC Program Director

Douglas House

   

Doug, a South Bay native, joined Renaissance in 2021 as an experienced leader in accounting and finance. With over 30 years of industry experience, including 15 years in the nonprofit sector, he possesses a deep understanding of the financial intricacies that drive organizational success. In his role, Doug is responsible for overseeing all aspects of accounting, reporting, budgeting, and finance. His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management, as well as a master’s degree in finance and accounting.

Finance Director

Lisa Kirvin

   

Lisahas overseen and managed Renaissance’s finance, operations, and human resources since 2000, where she has cultivated collaborations with board members, architects, attorneys, and local experts. She previously served as Renaissance’s Development Director. Beyond her work at Renaissance, Lisa  is also the Board Chair of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD).

Managing Director of Finance, Operations, and HR

Lucero De Leon

   

Lucero is the Director of the Renaissance Women’s Business Center, where she has been a valuable member of the organization for over 10 years. Previously, she served as the Program Manager for Renaissance East Bay, focusing on serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Lucero has developed expertise in designing and implementing programs for women and underserved communities, leveraging her bilingual and bicultural background to provide unique perspectives and support to Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs.

Center Director (Women’s Business Center)

Nicole Levine

   

Nicole is an experienced leader in the nonprofit sector, currently serving as the interim Program Director for the East Bay since February 2023. She joined Renaissance in 2020, where she has been instrumental in fundraising efforts and strategic planning. With over 25 years of leadership experience in nonprofit organizations, Nicole has successfully raised millions of dollars, guided boards of directors in understanding their unique roles, and motivated individuals and teams to reach their full potential. She has served as both interim and long-term Executive Director at various organizations, specializing in economic development. Notable positions include Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, Oakland Ballet, Urban Solutions, and Wardrobe for Opportunity.

Interim Center Director (East Bay)

Nora Razón

   

Originally from a rural community in Mexico, Razón has spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nora graduated from San Francisco State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Sociology and is a proud alumnus of the Ravenswood City School District, located in East Palo Alto. Nora Razón has worked in philanthropic, education, health, economic development, and community-organizing roles. Throughout her career, Nora has sought opportunities to develop practices and programs that deeply and authentically engage adults and young people in the change they envision for their schools, organizations, families, and their community.

Center Director (SBDC)

Tim Russell

   

Since joining Renaissance in 2013, Tim has played a substantial role in overseeing the organization’s services and growth across the Peninsula, South Bay, and Unincorporated Alameda County. His vision and leadership have been instrumental in establishing East Palo Alto’s inaugural small business incubator and the successful expansion of Renaissance’s operations into new locales such as San Jose and Hayward. Drawing from his personal background growing up in East Palo Alto, Tim actively contributes his expertise to multiple boards, including the Downtown Street, Leadership CORPS San Mateo County, and Working Solutions Advisory Boards. Tim is also the Lead Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship Church in Hayward, CA.

Regional Director

Dan Schmid

   

Dan is a dynamic leader deeply committed to social equity. His career spans impactful roles in both the non-profit and government sectors. As Development Director at First Graduate and Daly City Youth Health Center, and a Grant Writer at LifeMoves, he has been a pivotal advocate for the underserved. In the government sector, he served as the Director of the Treasure Island Job Corps, transforming the lives of low-income youth through education and job skills training. Beyond these roles, Daniel’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish and successfully run a small business in San Francisco for over five years.

In the San Francisco community, Daniel’s influence is palpable. He has served on the boards of Hospitality House and SteppingStone Health, volunteered with Inner City Youth, and nurtured young minds as a basketball coach at Live Oak School. He holds a BA from the University of California at San Diego and an MPA from the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship.

Development Director

Marcus Tartt

   

Marcus has served as the San Francisco Bayview Director since 2011. He has successfully launched and led impactful initiatives such as Bayview Women entrepreneurship and empowerment program and Biz Fit, which supports merchants along the 3rd Street Corridor. Furthermore, Marcus’s leadership was pivotal in establishing the Business Assistance Center– a dynamic workspace for 16 thriving construction, distribution, and repair businesses.  Marcus was born and raised in the Bayview and draws on his deep roots in the community to provide invaluable local guidance and drive the Center’s success. He serves on the Board of the Bayview Merchants Association.

Center Director (Bayview)

San Francisco SoMa/WBC

Lucero De Leon

Center Director (Women’s Business Center)

Susana Cardenas

Program Lead Specialist

Isla Covarrubias

Client Success Coordinator

Xhensila Jenny Manoku

Project Associate

Jonathan Calero Sanchez

Program Assistant

Nancy Aguilar

Front Desk Associate

Yolanda Sturgis

Data Entry Assistant

San Francisco Bayview

Marcus Tartt

Center Director (Bayview)

Jenny Wong

Program Manager

Karina Bucciarelli

Client Services Manager

Jazzlyn Morton

Program Coordinator

Peninsula, South San Francisco

Amanda Anthony

SMC Program Director

Carlos Reyes, Jr

Program Manager, North San Mateo County

Alexia Huerta

Program Assistant, North San Mateo County

Peninsula, San Mateo SBDC

Nora Razón

Center Director (SBDC)

Luz Chavarin

Program Coordinator

Peninsula, San Jose

Janet Viana

Program Manager, Santa Clara County

Elvie Rojas

Program Coordinator, Santa Clara County

Aljayne Carmesis – Copy

Program Assistant, Santa Clara County

Peninsula, East Palo Alto

Amanda Anthony

SMC Program Director

Teresa Perez

Program Manager, South San Mateo County

Beatriz Orozco

Program Coordinator, South San Mateo County

Laura Rubio

Program Assistant, North San Mateo County

Jerry Mathis

Program Specialist

Marketing, Operations & Data

Damien Chacona

Facilities and Operations Manager

Derek Goldstone

Data and Evaluation Manager

Claudia McClure

HR Generalist

Itzel Abrego

Office Systems Coordinator

Chris Bailey

Marketing Coordinator

Claudia Enriquez

Development Associate

Half Moon Bay Coastside

Amanda Anthony

SMC Program Director

Sara Hall

Program Manager

Celeste Hernandez

Program Assistant

Finance Team

Direll Venable

Accountant

Joe Sigman

Accounting Manager

Aracely Barrios

Accountant

East Bay

Nicole Levine

Interim Center Director (East Bay)

Tatiana Hermeston

Program Manager

Yuli Solis

Data & Client Success Coordinator

Christian Hills

Contra Costa Client Data & Success Coordinator