Seven high achievers on our radar, from Bay Area heavyweights to the next generation shaking things up
Kudos to the San Francisco 49ers general manager for successfully navigating the NFL Draft on his first try. Lynch—a former strong safety who retired from the league in 2008—joined the Niners without any prior front-office experience, yet he managed to wrangle three extra draft picks away from the Chicago Bears and landed an impressive new defensive end in Stanford University star Solomon Thomas. Lynch, a former Stanford standout himself, earned a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. (Let’s hope he has another one in him.)
As CEO of OneJustice, a nonprofit providing legal assistance to thousands of low-income Californians, Wilson oversees a wide network of legal organizations, law schools and law firms that participate in her social-justice mission. Memo to all you Atticus Finches: The Stanford Law grad and soccer fanatic, who won California Lawyer of the Year honors from California Lawyer magazine, will be in the Julia Morgan Ballroom on June 22 for OneJustice’s festive fundraiser honoring Cooley LLP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Office of the General Counsel.
A favorite of San Franciscans who SoulCycle, McAndrew leads classes from the Castro to Marin—and there’s always a waitlist! With McAndrew on a well-curated, high-energy lineup of Northern California instructors, the cult spin studio that began in the Big Apple before going national has unveiled three more Bay Area outposts in Berkeley, Los Gatos and San Mateo. “The people that come into these rooms are some of the most loving, generous, strong and uplifting people,” McAndrew says. “It’s like, no matter what, we all have each other’s back.”
Congrats, Mary! Last month at the Opera Conference in Dallas, Opera Volunteers International bestowed the SF Opera Guild VP of Development with its “Partners in Excellence Award” for her outstanding contributions to our city. She’s been an active member of the Guild’s board of directors since 1983, twice co-chaired the Opera Ball and served as Treasurer, too. Says Guild Managing Director Susan Malott: “Mary is a role model in volunteerism for our Directors … inspires those around her and exemplifies [our] mission… .”
Mark Rhoades and Brandon Hernandez
On June 2, PR guru Rhoades will host the 10th Annual Pride Party, sponsored by PG&E, to kick off San Francisco Pride festivities. He calls the popular event “a thank-you to the many people who spend their time, sweat and resources making our community a better place.” PG&E’s Hernandez, who helps run the company’s advocacy efforts: “Diversity and inclusion are two of our core values, which helps us in fostering an environment where everyone can bring their whole selves to work and work safely.”
This Bay Area talent started her namesake business, Jennifer Nagle Interior Design, 13 years ago, and has since grown it into one of the most distinguished design brands around. Her aesthetic: classic with a modern twist. Luxury with vintage trimmings. Practical elegance. She’s dreamed up design for the Decorator Showcase, created the ultimate little boy’s playhouse for The Playgroup’s annual fundraiser and collaborated with clients across wine country. Says Nagle: “The result is always an enriched and luxurious living experience, even for superheroes.”