Bill Godwin, founder and board president of The Student Mentor Project, retired from a successful career in the building products industry, culminating in 2011 with the selling of his 20 year old business in Utah. During that time, he sat on many industry boards, won numerous industry achievement awards, and was selected in 2003 as The Manufacturers Rep of the Year by the leading industry publication. Bill has a BA from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Bill, with his wife Kathy, retired to Berkeley California in 2013, where Bill started to conceptualize that the financial needs of UC Berkeley students, and the mentoring needs of at-risk youth, could be tackled concurrently with the founding of The Student mentor Project, a California 501c3 corporation.
Board of Directors
Bryan Watson is a retired technology executive. Bryan spent 20 years in management and international operations positions at different software and hardware companies. At Microsoft Corporation Bryan headed the company’s Worldwide Education Marketing Group and ran Microsoft’s Mexico subsidiary, among other positions. As GM of Education Marketing, Bryan worked with K-12 and Higher Education institutions around the world to understand the unique technology needs of students and teachers and better deliver Microsoft products and services. Bryan lives in San Diego with his wife Lisa, has three children, and enjoys weekly tutoring at local after-school programs and low income housing communities in the area.
Kathy Godwin has been an active PFLAG member and volunteer since 2004. Currently Kathy is a VP on the PFLAG National Board, and the Regional Directors Chair. She began this work in Salt Lake City, Utah and then expanded to the regional director for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. She has worked with schools, educators, government officials, physicians, therapists, youth and families. Kathy graduated UCLA in1978 with a degree in Economics.
Dan Grigsby, Esq.
Dan Grigsby is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Los Angeles Lakers and its subsidiaries and affiliates, including the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation. Prior to moving in-house with the Lakers, Dan was in private practice for over 32 years practicing business law with several major, national and international law firms, most recently in the Los Angeles office of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell where he served as Chairman of the firm’s National Sports & Entertainment Law Group. Dan received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and his JD from Whittier College School of Law. Dan serves on the Advisory Board of several companies in the sports, entertainment and other industries.
Richard Green, PhD.
Dr. Richard Green began his career in education as a Research and School Psychologist in school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area while completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Educational Psychology at UC Berkeley. His Masters thesis in children's learning was published in the American Educational Research Journal, and his doctoral dissertation explored social class and ethnic differences in cognition and classroom learning. After nine years as a School Psychologist, Green went into school administration as Director of Special Education and eventually Assistant Superintendent of the Piedmont Unified School District. In 2002 he was awarded the Lois Blair Rawlings Educational Inspiration Award for his contributions to the field. Although Green retired from education in 2006, he has continued to offer pro bono special education consultation to parents in need in the East Bay Area.
Advisory Board Member
Cruz Grimaldo helps make dreams come true in her role as Associate Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UC Berkeley, where she leads a team of 50+ professionals that are responsible for awarding over $725 million to over 25,000 students. Originally hailing from Huntington Park, CA, Cruz has spent the last 15+years of her career advocating for students and working to keep Berkeley as accessible and affordable as possible for all students. Cruz was the grateful recipient of financial aid as a low-income first generation college student, and truly treasures her Berkeley education.
Advisory Board Member
Mark Kliszewski has spent his life dedicated to children and youth. After graduating from law school, he has acted as a judicial officer in Alameda County Juvenile Court for 30 years, presiding over cases involving children who have been neglected and abused by their parents and others, and also those who have committed serious crimes. Additionally, Mark has coached hundreds of high school and middle school kids for over 20 years, in basketball, football, baseball, and soccer. He has also served on a Board of Directors for the Goodwill, and has been a volunteer at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, as well as at many local events. Mark holds several awards for his services to his court and community.
Advisory Board Member
Dan Mogulof is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Executive Communications in the Office of Public Affairs at the UC Berkeley. In that capacity he provides to the Chancellor, Provost and other senior campus leaders strategic counsel and support in the realms of communications, media relations, stakeholder engagement and issue management. Prior to that, Dan was Public Affairs' Executive Director, serving as lead spokesperson for the campus and responsible for development and execution of communications strategies designed to support the campus's priorities and protect its reputation. Before coming to Cal, Dan spent 20 years in broadcast journalism, in the U.S. and abroad, as a producer for CBS News, National Geographic Television, New York Times Television and PBS. During that period he was the recipient of four Emmy awards for his news and documentary work.