University of Southern California

Advisory Board

Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff is regarded as the leader of what he has termed "The End of Software," the now-proven belief that multitenant, cloud computing applications democratize information by delivering immediate benefits at reduced risks and costs.

Under Benioff's direction, salesforce.com has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly traded company that is the leader in enterprise cloud computing. For its revolutionary approach, salesforce.com has received a Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, been lauded as one of BusinessWeek's Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, named No. 7 on The Wired 40, and selected for the past two years as a Top Ten Disrupter by Forbes. The product has won the Software & Information Industry Association Codie Award for Best CRM for the past six years, and the Codie Award for Best On-Demand Platform in 2007, as well as multiple "Editor's Choice" designations from PC Magazine.

Benioff has been widely recognized for pioneering innovation with honors such as the San Francisco Business Times Executive of the Year, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the SDForum Visionary Award, and the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Additionally, he has been named No. 7 on the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT survey by eWEEK, one of the Top 10 Greatest IT Chief Executives by VNU, and among the top 10 most visionary CEOs in the technology industry by InternetNews.com.

He was appointed by President George W. Bush as the co-chairman of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee and served from 2003-2005, overseeing the publishing of critical reports on health care information technology, cybersecurity, and computational sciences. Benioff is also the author of three books, most recently the national best seller Behind the Cloud.

Throughout his career, Benioff has been committed to using information technology to produce positive social change. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce.com Foundation—now a multimillion-dollar global organization—which established the "1-1-1 model," whereby the company contributes one percent of profits, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. Acknowledging his commitment to building partnerships between business and society to improve the state of the world, the members of the World Economic Forum named Benioff as one of its Young Global Leaders. In 2007 the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy presented Benioff with the coveted Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award and a year later welcomed Benioff to its distinguished board of directors. In 2008, for his thought and action leadership in corporate responsibility, CRO Magazine named Benioff CEO of the Year.

Prior to launching salesforce.com, Benioff, a 30-year veteran of the software industry, spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation from 1986-1999. In 1984, he worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer's Macintosh Division. He founded entertainment software company Liberty Software in 1979 when he was 15 years old. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1986.



David Bohnett is a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur committed to effecting positive change through community building and social activism. In addition to serving as Chair of the David Bohnett Foundation, he is Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Board Member of the California Community Foundation and Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Since 1999, the David Bohnett Foundation has provided funding, state-of-the-art technology and technical support to hundreds of innovative organizations and institutions in several primary funding areas: The Fund for Los Angeles, supporting a broad spectrum of arts, educational and civic programs including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LACMA and the Venice Family Clinic; LGBT-related causes; graduate school leadership programs at the University of Michigan, UCLA, NYU and Harvard; voting rights and registration initiatives; supporting research and public policies to reduce the toll of firearm violence; and animal research and rights.

Grants totaling over $47 million to date have supported the work of a wide range of organizations including the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, The Wildlife Alliance, the ACLU Foundation, Equality California, and the David Bohnett Gay & Lesbian Leadership Fellows program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. The David Bohnett CyberCenters are another major undertaking — currently at 63 LGBT centers nationwide, they offer business, educational, research, and recreational opportunities to the local gay and lesbian community via access to the Internet.

In his professional career, Mr. Bohnett has long been a leader in the technology and information services industry, and he is founder and managing member of the early stage technology fund, Baroda Ventures. He is also Chairman of OVGuide.com, the Internet's most comprehensive guide to online video, including TV shows, movies, user-generated content and video games. The site currently draws over 1 million users a day and upwards of 16 million unique users monthly.

In keeping with his approach to philanthropy, Mr. Bohnett has always been involved with businesses that empower individuals, improve lives and build viable communities by connecting like-minded people. In 1994, he founded GeoCities.com, a media and e-commerce company that was once ranked one of the four most trafficked sites on the Web. GeoCities became publicly traded on NASDAQ and was acquired by Yahoo! Inc. in 1999. In a 2007 article, the Wall Street Journal described it as a Facebook prototype and noted, "Back then, entries were known as home pages, not profiles. But the basic, expressive elements of today's Facebook and competitor MySpace … were all right there."

Previously, David Bohnett has been an active partner in Xdrive.com, Wireimage.com, Stamps.com and LowerMyBills.com, and held various positions in the software industry for Legent and Goal Systems. He started his career as a staff consultant with Accenture (then Anderson Consulting) in Los Angeles. His academic credentials include an M.B.A in Finance from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

David Bohnett's many awards and distinctions include Los Angeles Business Journal's Technology Leader of the Year, Time Digital's Top 50 Cyber Elite, and Entrepreneur of the Year for Southern California.



Scott Brittingham is a private investor and philanthropist. He is a principal with Harbour Realty, a real estate investment group specializing in multi-family communities and President of the Brittingham Family Foundation, which he founded in 1997. A resident of Santa Barbara since 1996, he advises numerous non-profits. As director and campaign chair of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, he spearheaded a successful $40 million drive to renovate the amphitheater's aging facilities and infrastructure, first built in 1936. He is a trustee of Cate School and Crane Country Day School, he is also the Director of the KCRW Foundation.

At USC, Scott has served as an advisor at The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, as a commissioner in the Athletic Department, and as a member of the USC President's Leadership Council. Scott is an alumnus of Williams College (BA), USC (MBA), and Antioch University-Santa Barbara (MACP).



Glenn Llopis is a workplace innovator. Founder of the Center for Hispanic Leadership and the Center for Innovation and Humanity. Author of Earning Serendipity: 4 Skills for Creating and Sustaining Good Fortune in Your Work. Fast-rising corporate executive. Highly sought-after keynote speaker by Fortune 500 companies. He has vision, drive, and a passion to help create a global workplace that will give employees new purpose, put a premium on innovation, and maintain ethical leadership.

The son of Cuban immigrants who were victims of Castro's revolution, Glenn combines an immigrant's perspective, and a UCLA education, with fast-tracked years at the Gallo Wine Company and Sunkist where he became the youngest senior manager in the company's 100-year history. Leading the successful turnaround of Sunkist's juice beverage division opened the door for his next endeavor, as the vice president of the $1 billion Norway Seafood Co. at only 30 years old. The result was a transformation of that company, as Glenn brought the voices of all its employees into the company debate about its future for the first time in its history.

In the decade since, Glenn has parlayed his executive experience into innovative ventures that have been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The Financial Times, Advertising Age, Brandweek, MSNBC, and Yahoo! News. He has made appearances on local and national TV, including Telemundo, CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, Univision and was featured on Al Punto with Jorge Ramos. He has published numerous articles in business publications around the world and has successfully launched several new business ventures. Glenn is the former Chairman of the Executive-2-Executive Mentoring Program Committee at the University of California at Irvine, and he is a lecturer at universities across the country and serves as a mentor for Junior Achievement. He is an active member of the Kellogg Innovation Network and serves on the advisory board of the Society and Business Lab at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.



Kevin J. Mintie is President /CEO of Mintie Corporation, a 70 year old family owned and operated business, headquartered in Los Angeles.

His company is an Indoor Environmental Solutions Provider with an emphasis on infection material control and containment within healthcare facilities worldwide.



Paul Polizzotto has expanded and honed his vision during his decades-long career as a social entrepreneur: to transform advertising into an engine for positive social change. As president of EcoMedia, the company he founded in 2002, Paul created and oversees the patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd, and EducationAd programs, which are making his vision a reality. Through this innovative business model, advertisers help to fund tangible, meaningful solutions to some of our nation's most urgent social problems.

Paul is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Environmental Protection Agency's "Environmental Hero" recognition (1999), the Santa Monica Baykeeper's and the Waterkeeper Alliance's prestigious "Keeper Award" (2002), and Coastal Living Magazine's Leadership Award (2003). In 2006, he was named a Public/Private Visionary by Vanity Fair Magazine and in 2009, EcoMedia received the United States Conference of Mayors' Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships Award. In 2012, the EcoAd program was an Edison Award winner in the area of social innovation.

Paul serves on the Board of Advisors of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s Waterkeeper Alliance and is a Grades of Green Board Member. In addition, his groundbreaking work has made him a sought-after speaker. He has represented the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in the UK, Sweden, Turkey, and Greece and is a frequent guest lecturer at business schools throughout the country, including at USC's Marshall School of Business, where he is a Senior Fellow as well as an inaugural member of the Board of Advisors for the Society and Business Lab.



Mark E. Van Ness is an investor and catalyst for sustainable social enterprise in both the business and not-for-profit sectors. He is Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Sperry Van Ness, commercial real estate advisors.  Since its founding in 1987, Sperry Van Ness has grown to provide exceptional opportunities for a staff of over 1,400 in 37 states with several billion dollars in annual sales.  

Van Ness has led the creation of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility Programs including the Core Covenant since 1991, and established the Sperry Van Ness Legacy Foundation that finances social enterprises throughout the US and abroad.  

Van Ness is a leader within the Young Presidents Organization, the largest organization of presidents in the world, with over 17,000 members in 100 countries whose mission is to create better leaders through education and idea exchange. 

Within YPO, Van Ness founded the Corporate Social Responsibility Network, co-founded the Strategic Philanthropy Network and the Economic Development Network, and was a charter member of the Micro-Finance Action Forum and the Peace Action Network.  He also served as Vice-Chair of all YPO-WPO Social Enterprise Networks internationally.

He was the Co-founder and Chairman of the not-for-profit Social Enterprise Institute, which created peer to peer leadership forums from San Francisco to New York.  SEI has been a catalyst of the Social Entrepreneur Academies and the annual Social Entrepreneur Fast Pitch along with USC and Social Venture Partners LA.

Van Ness is the Founder of the Social Enterprise Loan Fund (SELFund), a syndicate of donor advised funds within the Orange County Community Foundation providing credit enhancement and financing to social enterprises. SELFund has participated in over $30 million in financing for charitable organizations since 2006. 

He is a socially responsible investor and serves on the founding Advisory Board for Good Capital, an investment firm that accelerates the flow of capital to innovative ventures and initiatives that harness the power of the market to create sustainable solutions. He also serves on the founding Board of Directors of Giving Assets, a donor advised fund originated by Calvert Foundation with a mission to demonstrate the enhanced power of achieving social aims through BOTH investing and granting mechanisms.

He has been a featured speaker for the Alliance for Non-profit Management, Building Industry Association (BIA), Pepperdine University, USC, YPO-European Leadership Conference, Hong Kong Council of Social Service and has been featured in recent articles in Business Week, USA Today and Forbes magazines. He is an Orange County Community Foundation Ambassador, a member of the Los Angeles Social Venture Partners, and The HUB.



Peter Thorrington has donated his time, talent and treasure to Opportunity International since 1990. He joined the Opportunity International-US Board in 2004 and is now Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Peter's interest in Africa has added value to Opportunity's operations in Mozambique and South Africa. He serves on the board of Banco Oportunidade de Mozambique and Opportunity Finance in South Africa, and is a member of the Opportunity International President's Council.

Prior to working with Opportunity International, Peter served as President and Chief Operating Officer at UTi Worldwide Inc (UTIW) where he had been a director since its formation. The company went public on NASDAQ in 2000. He has held previously many other positions including joint chief executive of BAX Global Inc, president of WTC International Inc, co founder and managing director of Rand Freight Ltd in South Africa.

Peter received a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, both in South Africa.

Peter is a member of Life Covenant Church and serves as a Trustee of Westmont College. Peter and his wife, Monique, have four children and two grandchildren.