High achievers on our radar this month, from Bay Area heavyweights to the next generation of power players
Mary Gonsalves Kinney
A chic shopping experience that’s both eco- and wallet-friendly? Hail, Mary! The coveted stylist, who dresses everyone from Ayesha Curry to first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom through her wildly successful company MGK Style, has launched an online consignment boutique called MGK Edit. The new service recycles specialty pieces, one-off items and couture from the wardrobes that Gonsalves Kinney styled herself — think a deconstructed Alexander Wang moto skirt, hard-to-find Off-White sneakers and more — for a fraction of the original price. An ingenious business move for the former political lobbyist turned sartorial boss? Obviously, but it’s also her way of giving back— to the environment, to the fashion community. “I’m most excited about the opportunity it presents to people who want to shop designer but maybe can’t afford to buy those pieces hot off the presses,” she tells the Gazette. “I also like the idea of helping my clients go back to the three R’s [reduce, reuse, recycle].”
Last month, the longtime NFL quarterback and the Fam 1st Family Foundation teamed up with international sporting goods giant Decathlon (which just opened a new flagship store in Emeryville) for its Have a Ball campaign donating swaths of sports equipment for Bay Area kids. Fam 1st, the youth-focused Oakland organization established by Johnson along with fellow Oakland-native NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Marcus Peters, received more than 150 balls for its cause. “Fam 1st is thankful to partner with Decathlon and provide new equipment to these kids and teams who deserve to have new gear,” says Johnson. “This is an example of a business, like Decathlon, coming in to the community and taking social responsibility seriously.” Decathlon, meanwhile, is hatching more plans to donate thousands of balls to Bay Area communities in need.
In May, Lehnertz worked her first official day as the new president and CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Succeeding Greg Moore, who has now graduated to CEO emeritus and special adviser, Lehnertz brings years of experience to the position — many tree rings worth, in fact. Her 17-year tenure with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency preceded a decorated career in the National Parks Service, where she’s done transformative work, from the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone. And with previous posts in San Francisco (the Pacific West Region, Golden Gate National Recreation Area), she’s no stranger to the natural wonders in our backyard.“The unparalleled access the public has to these Bay Area national park sites is extraordinary,” she muses. Tell us something we don’t know, Chris!
Kellie Abreu and Susie Franklin
At Dress for Success SF’s gala, Success: You Wear It Well, Abreu and Franklin will be honored for their efforts to advance the nonprofit’s mission to inspire and empower women, and to help them succeed. Their collective contributions to the Bay Area are impossible to ignore: Abreu, deputy chief banking officer and regional managing director at First Republic Bank, sits on the boards of Meals on Wheels San Francisco as well as the girl-power group Glimmer. Her driving passion? Nurturing economic independence in women. Meanwhile, Franklin is a champion both in the nonprofit world, where she had along, varied career, and in her personal life, where she’s been managing Parkinson’s disease since the age of 47. She founded the Franklin Legacy Fund in 2014 to support small to medium-sized nonprofits. The 14th annual You Wear It Well soiree, a staple on the SF social calendar, takes place June 6 at August Hall.
The man replacing John Keker as the chair of the Presidio Trust board of directors boasts quite the resume: San Francisco native, private wealth manager, attorney, public servant. He previously played an important role at the Pentagon as the principal deputy general counsel of the Army, where he supervised the Army’s 2,700 civilian and military lawyers with a partial focus on Army base realignments, including the Presidio. “I am honored to assume leadership of the Presidio Trust board of directors,” he says. “It is an exciting time for the Trust as we continue to steward this incredible national park and bring to life important projects like the opening of the Presidio Theatre and create new parklands at the Tunnel Tops.”