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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

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

   

Lisa has overseen the management and strategic direction of Renaissance’s finance, operations, and human resources since 2004, and served as Renaissance’s Development Director from 2000 – 2004. Lisa brings passion and expertise to her leadership, cultivating collaborations with board members, community partners and experts, to support Renaissance’s growth and expansion. Beyond her work at Renaissance, Lisa sits on the Board of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD), having chaired the board from 2021-2024. Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in small business management and a master’s in international economic development.

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

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

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.

SM SBDC and San Mateo County 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 a Director at 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)

East Bay

Nicole Levine

Interim Center Director, East Bay

Tatiana Hermeston

Program Manager, East Bay

Yuli Solis

Program Coordinator, East Bay (Spanish)

Peninsula, South San Francisco

Tim Russell

Regional Director

Nora Razón

SM SBDC and San Mateo County Director

Carlos Reyes, Jr

Program Manager, North San Mateo County

Alexia Huerta

Program Coordinator, North San Mateo County

Kamilah Arteaga

Program Assistant, North San Mateo County

Half Moon Bay Coastside

Tim Russell

Regional Director

Nora Razón

SM SBDC and San Mateo County Director

Celeste Hernandez

Program Assistant

Peninsula, East Palo Alto

Tim Russell

Regional Director

Nora Razón

SM SBDC and San Mateo County 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

Peninsula, San Mateo SBDC

Tim Russell

Regional Director

Nora Razón

SM SBDC and San Mateo County Director

Luz Chavarin

Program Coordinator

Peninsula, San Jose

Tim Russell

Regional Director

Nora Razón

SM SBDC and San Mateo County Director

Janet Viana

Program Manager, Santa Clara County

Elvie Rojas

Program Coordinator, Santa Clara County

Aljayne Carmesis

Program Assistant, Santa Clara County

San Francisco Bayview

Marcus Tartt

Center Director (Bayview)

Jenny Wong

Program Manager

Jazzlyn Morton

Program Coordinator

San Francisco SoMa/WBC

Lucero De Leon

Center Director (Women’s Business Center)

Susana Cardenas

Client Success Manager

Isla Covarrubias

Program Specialist

Xhensila Jenny Manoku

Project Associate

Jonathan Calero Sanchez

Program Assistant

Nancy Aguilar

Program Associate

Yolanda Sturgis

Data Entry Assistant

Finance Team

Douglas House

Finance Director

Direll Venable

Accountant

Joe Sigman

Accounting Manager

Aracely Barrios

Accountant

Marketing, Operations & Data

Damien Chacona

Facilities and Operations Manager

Derek Goldstone

Data and Evaluation Manager

Claudia McClure

HR Manager

Itzel Abrego

Office Systems Coordinator

Chris Bailey

Marketing Coordinator

Claudia Enriquez

Development Coordinator