Our Advisors

Ethics in Technology believes in diversity of views, backgrounds and demographics to enrich our community. Each of our advisers is committed to consulting with us in regards to the decisions that we make as an organization. We look for advisers that are representative of our community. We hope they can balance our organization and bring passion, combined with empathy and knowledge that can benefit Ethics in Tech as a nonprofit. If you would like to become an advisor or learn more contact us and we will be happy to discuss. 

Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake

Advisor

Rev. Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake, Faculty Associate, Leadership and Social Transformation, was officially installed as Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples in October, 1994. During Dr. Blake’s installation service, Mrs. Sue Bailey Thurman presented Dr. Howard Thurman’s robe — which had not been worn since his death – to Dr. Blake as a symbol of her trust in his leading the congregation “so that there will be no past greater than our future.”

Dr. Blake served as Dean of Faculty and Visiting Professor of Spirituality and Prophetic Justice at Starr King School for the Ministry for six years. He continued to serve on the Core Faculty until his resignation January of 2015. He currently serves as Faculty Associate, Leadership and Social Transformation at Pacific School of Religion.

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Rev. Martin Todd Allen

Advisor

Rev. Martin Todd Allen is an Associate Minister at the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples.  

He is scheduled to graduate with a Doctor of Ministry(DMin) at the Pacific School of Religion May 2020. His DMin project trains congregations to demand and demonstrate eco-socialist alternatives to global capitalism.  

Previously, Rev. Allen worked as a prison, hospital and military Chaplain and currently works as a hospice chaplain in the South Bay. 

In addition, he serves on the board of directors of The Human Agenda. 

DEBI DURST

Advisor

Forged in the crucible of improvisational theater at a young age, Debi has performed with every improv group known to Humanity in the Bay Area, beginning with The Committee, Spaghetti Jam, Femprov, The Comedy Underground, The National Theater of the Deranged, Papaya Juice, The Dinosaurs of Improv, The Marsh Jam and currently The Bad Aunties.

Blessed with a background in legitimate theater, Debi has been able to straddle both worlds, spending the last 40 years improvising in clubs all over this Blue Ball. She recently began trodding the boards again. Summer of 2015 found her playing Dr. Cornelius in Marin Shakespeare Company’s production of “Cymbeline,” for which she won the BATCC Award for Featured Actress. She also directs, having helmed productions of “Bullshot Crummond,”  “Noises Off,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “It Can’t Happen Here,” “Father of the Bride” and “The Savannah Sipping Society” for Pacifica Spindrift Theater. Debi has directed and performed in several plays for Left Coast Theatre, the Bay Area’s foremost LBGTQ theater company. She was preparing to direct “An Act of God” for the Palo Alto Players when the pandemic hit. It may still be streamed online in late Summer 2020.

She produces San Francisco’s Comedy Celebration Day and The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show.

She is the official emcee of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest and her heart pumps orange and black for her San Francisco Giants.

Will Durst

Advisor

Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a comedy quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voice overs and most especially, stand up comedy, into a hilarious patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense. His abiding motto is “You can’t make stuff up like this.” The New York Times calls him “possibly the best political comic in the country.” Fox News agrees “he’s a great political satirist,” while the Oregonian hails him as a “hilarious stand-up journalist.” This former radio talk host, oyster shucker, and margarine smuggler currently writes a nationally syndicated humor column, and his scribblings have appeared in Esquire, George, the San Francisco Chronicle, National Lampoon, The New York Times and scads of other periodicals.

He is a 5 time Emmy nominee; has been fired by PBS three times; told jokes in 14 countries; racked up 7 nominations for Stand-Up of the Year; and his 800+ television appearances include Letterman, HBO, Showtime, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, the BBC and many more. The critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run of his one man show: “The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing” was subsequently turned into a book of the same name by Ulysses Press. His hobbies include pinball, the never-ending quest for the perfect cheeseburger and his heroes remain the same as when he was 12… Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny. Not necessarily in that order. Durst’s performances are made possible by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. (Photo Credit: Pat Johnson)

Mike Rufo

Advisor

Mike is a Bay Area activist, singer/songwriter, and sustainable energy consultant. Mike is a board member of Defending Rights and Dissent, a civil liberties organization and was previously a board member with the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology (CEERT). Mike has directed several national sustainable energy consultancies and is a Lifetime Achievement Award (IEPEC) winner for his work on energy program evaluation and policy.  He has a Master’s degree in Technology and Human Affairs and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies.

Mike’s passions for civil liberties, social justice, the environment, and music come together in songs like “Spyin’ Eyes” that promote activism and transformation. Mike shares his songs at peace, civil liberties, and other activist events, including, of course, Ethics in Tech.  

Tara Dawn Guillot Abrams

Advisor

Tara Dawn Guillot Abrams has spent several years working with and for technology companies in Silicon Valley. A self-proclaimed humanitarian, poet, and tech ambassador, Abrams is currently conducting research on the relationship between technology and environmental sustainability, while finishing her Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management.

Liosbel (Lio) Guillot Ramon

Advisor

Liosbel (Lio) Guillot Ramon is a DP (Director of Photography), Videographer, and Producer, working and living in the Bay Area. Lio spent the first 25 years of his life living In Santiago, Cuba where he was eventually signed as a recording artist with Urban Latin Records (after being discovered for his talents while attending medical school.) Lio has cultivated his experience in front of the camera to help direct his clients from behind the camera, creating and directing short films, documentaries and movies to bring about desired change in the coming world.

Wakako Uritani

Advisor

Wakako Uritani is the managing partner at the San Francisco office of Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, LLP. 

A native of Tokyo, Wakako grew up amid the Japanese tech boom. She believes that technology, when properly regulated by the law, can serve humanity, but always under the vigilant eyes of a well-informed society. 

When she’s not working to defend her clients, Wakako enjoys Peloton, drawing, birding, plant-based eating and playing with her Havanese dog Ponyo. She is an avid San Francisco Giants and Grand Sumo fan.

Reza Kazemipour

Advisor

Reza is a seasoned senior health-tech executive with over 20 years of global experience, has deep understanding and experience working on business strategy ranging from startup, investments to the boardroom. His determination and focus on process definition, sales & team management, business development, operations, and corporate vision has proven to be a viable environment to raise venture capital funds as well as to negotiate multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions. Kazempiour’s US Naval training cultivated his drive, intensity and strategic foresight which propels his career to stay ahead of the pack.

Instinctively at the forefront of technology, Kazemipour was most recently the Chief Revenue Officer at Inui-Health, an AI/ML health platform focusing on a smartphone-based in-home consumer urine diagnostic platform.

He has proven the value of leading by example and is a board & advisor to many startups from Silicon Valley to around the globe. He also enjoys mentoring teams from various accelerators on recruitment, enablement, go-to-market, and execution of growth opportunities to get to funding or revenue.

Being an avid runner and health enthusiast, Reza Kazemipour puts the same amount of energy into his advisory roles and business endeavors becoming an essential part of the team.

Janet Weil

Advisor

Janet Weil is a longtime peace and environmental activist. After a career teaching English to immigrants, Janet served on CodePink’s national staff for several years. She helped organize the first CodePink action against killer drones at Creech Air Force Base in 2009, and has participated in 5 “Creech Shutdowns” from 2009 – 2015. 

In 2011, she co-founded the SF99% Coalition, to provide support to the Occupy Movement and to work collaboratively with representatives of the peace, labor, faith and environmental organizations of San Francisco. The SF99% Coalition was successful in getting the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to pass a resolution opposing the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. In summer 2013, Janet was a lead organizer of a well-attended workshop using revelations exposed by Edward Snowden and published on Wikileaks. For 4 years, Janet served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the annual awards dinner for local activists (once with Vahid as co-MC.)

Janet’s writing, both prose and poetry, has been published on the CodePink blog Pink Tank, Common Dreams, Women’s Older Wisdom blog, Oregon Poetry Association, and other outlets. Her college degrees include a BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in Education from San Francisco State University. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon after many years in California. The development and use of technology in balance with human needs and environmental limits, in a world at peace, is her lifelong aspiration.

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