Board of Directors

Robin Richards Donohoe

Board Chair, Director

Robin Richards Donohoe is a General Partner at Draper Richards, a venture capital fund that invests in early stage information technology investments. She has over twenty years of experience in domestic and international venture capital. She and her business partner, Bill Draper, launched the first western venture capital fund to invest in India in 1994, Draper International India LP. She has served as a board director of many portfolio companies. Ms. Donohoe has also worked in venture capital in Atlanta, Georgia and in Prague, Czech Republic and in investment banking in Paris, France. She is a Director and Founder of the Draper Richards Foundation which provides funding and business mentoring to social entrepreneurs as they begin their non profits. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina and has a M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is married to Chris Donohoe and they have four young children.

Bill Bradford, M.D., Ph.D.


Bill Bradford, M.D., Ph.D. was previously a Senior Fellow, Senior Vice President of Clinical Science and Biometrics, and Vice President of Clinical Research at Bay Area-headquartered InterMune. His clinical development efforts led to pirfenidone as a treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Prior positions include Director of Clinical Science at IntraBiotics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Clinical Scientist at Genentech, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Bradford, who received an M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, is board certified in infectious diseases.

Chris Donohoe

Secretary, Treasurer, Director

Chris Donohoe is a singer/songwriter. He released the albums "What Drives You" in 2009,  "Hermosilla" in 2010, "March" in 2011, "Endings & Beginnings" in 2012,  "Build a Bridge" in 2013, and "Time and Truth" in 2015. Before embarking on a music career he spent 12 years as a television weather anchor and reporter. Chris also serves on the San Francisco Bay Area board of Little Kids Rock which brings free musical instruments and music instruction to public school children. He is originally from Sunnyvale, California and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Davis. Chris and his wife Robin have 4 young children.

Nancy Richards Farese


Nancy Richards Farese is originally from Carrollton, Georgia and now lives in Boston, MA with her husband, Bob Farese, and 5 children. She is a social documentary photographer ( and Founder of PhotoPhilanthropy (, which promotes and connects photographers with non-profit organizations around the world to tell the stories that drive action for social change. Her Board service includes Katherine Delmar Burke School, The Friends of The San Francisco Public Library (Board Chair), Envisions School, Southwire Corporation, The World Affairs Council and The Photo Accessions Committee of SFMOMA.

Robert V. Farese Jr., M.D.


Robert V Farese, Jr., M.D. is a Professor of Genetics and Complex Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he trained at Vanderbilt Medical School and The University of Colorado Heath Sciences Center. Before moving to Harvard, he was a Senior Investigator in cardiovascular disease at The J. David Gladstone Institutes and a Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Biophysics the University of California, San Francisco. 

Ian Massey, Ph.D.


Ian Massey, Ph.D. is President and Chief Operating Officer at StemCells, Inc., a Bay Area company pioneering the development of stem cells as therapeutics in the brain, spinal cord and eye. Most recently, Dr. Massey cofounded and served as President and CEO of Synosia Therapeutics, which developed novel therapeutics for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases. Previously, he served as Head of Research and Preclinical Development at Syntex Research & Development and Roche Bioscience. Dr. Massey has contributed to the discovery, preclinical, and early clinical development of approximately 40 new chemical entities that have entered clinical studies, over 20 of which progressed to phase II/clinical proof of concept studies.

Roy Richards


Roy Richards, Jr. is Chairman of Southwire Company, North America’s largest producer of electrical power cable. He is an outstanding Engineering Alumnus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has served as past President of the International Cablemakers Federation, past Chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and was elected Georgia’s Most Respected CEO in 1999. He currently devotes about half of his time as a volunteer for environmental advocacy and land conservation organizations protecting American natural lands.