Board of Directors
Rosie the Riveter Trust and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park represent a tribute to the human spirit, a recognition that we can move beyond obstacles and build a different future. It is never easy and will not always show us at our best, but our capacity, when we work together, can change the world. As a community and as a country, we need to know and remember all that we are capable of and that we can accomplish great things together. Letitia Moore is a San Francisco attorney with more than 25 years of experience addressing complex environmental, regulatory and land use decisions, currently a partner at Holland & Knight. Prior to joining H&K, she was Senior Counsel with the U.S. EPA. Letitia is also a former mayor of the City of El Cerrito, California. Other community leadership includes serving as first vice president of the El Cerrito Branch of the NAACP, as a member of the Board of the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, and with the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) of Contra Costa County. Letitia has worked with the American Bar Association and the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California to promote diversity in the field of environmental law. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University (1986) and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (1989).
The women in Kyle’s family achieved leadership roles traditionally held by men, thanks to the early encouragement that they could do whatever they set out to do. The We Can Do It! message of Rosie the Riveter Trust and Park resonates with him for this reason. He believes that the Trust’s mission can inspire us today in facing obstacles similar to the WWII home front workers. Kyle joined the Trust Finance Committee in 2017 and the Board in 2018. Kyle is CFO at Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare. He came to Rosie the Riveter Trust when he worked with Kaiser in Richmond and learned of their great programs. He applies his finance and planning education and experience to help support the Trust through his Board and Committee roles.
Mark strongly believes in the mission of Rosie the Riveter Trust and the power of the WWII home front history to inspire good works in current and future generations. Mark is an attorney in Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek office. He has over 30 years of experience in California as a litigator, strategist, and negotiator of complex multi-party disputes in commercial lending, construction, insurance, environmental rights and obligations, general business, and real estate. Over the past 12 years Mark has updated and authored two chapters, Defective Construction and Receivers, in the respected legal treatise, Miller & Starr California Real Estate, 3rd, published by Thomson West. Mark received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received his M.A. and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Nicholas' grandmother, Dr. Regina Pustan, an immigrant, was a welder in the San Juan (Washington) shipyards during World War II. He grew up understanding the critical importance of industry, labor, and perseverance. This perspective inspires his work with Rosie the Riveter Trust. Nicholas practices environmental and land use law with the San Francisco office of the international law firm, Holland and Knight LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s National Environmental Law Team. He previously served in leadership positions with the U.S. EPA and as Counsel and Associate Director to the Office of Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C. Nicholas also served in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior where he worked with National Park Service Director, Roger Kennedy, and Judy Hart, who managed the legislation establishing the Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home Front National Historical Park and who later served as the Park's first superintendent. Nicholas has published more than two dozen scholarly and professional articles and book chapters. He lives on the San Francisco Peninsula with his wife, Elise and their son.
Michelle’s mother was a “Rosie” during World War II, working for the Department of Agriculture in Kansas while her father went to war in Europe. Her mother-in-law was also a Rosie who worked in a parachute factory and her father-in-law worked on the home front in poultry production during the war. Michelle joined the Board of Directors for the Rosie the Riveter Trust in 2019. She chairs the Development Committee and the Gala Committee. She is committed to using her background in public education and outreach to support the Trust and further the goals of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Michelle is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara and is a lifelong student of American history.
Jane’s work with the Trust is animated by memories of her mother as a warden during WWII. Jane remembers the rationing and coupons used to buy basic essentials and loves sharing stories of how families made do with less. Jane is one of the Trust’s founding board members serving as president in the early years. She currently heads the Trust’s speakers bureau with a mission to engage the larger community in supporting the National Park and the mission of the Trust. Jane served on the El Cerrito City Council, including two terms as mayor. She has also served as chair of the Contra Costa Mayors Conference and represented Contra Costa cities on the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments. She has served on the board of the YWCA and as President of the county-wide National Women’s Political Caucus. In 2001, Jane developed and is the President of the El Cerrito Community Foundation, Inc., a fiscal agent that currently has 8 local small non-profits under its umbrella. In 2012 she was inducted into El Cerrito’s Wall of Fame in honor of her many civic leadership roles, including serving as mayor. Jane taught in local public schools for more than 30 years and her innovative classroom ideas won her the “Teaching Excellence Award” from the West Contra Costa Education Fund.
Diane M. Hedler
Diane’s interest in World War II history was sparked by her family’s service on the home front and in the military. Two of her dad’s Merchant Marines ships were Liberty Ships. The USS Julien Poydras (1048) did the Murmansk Runs carrying supplies to Russia that was one of the deadliest WWII runs in the North Atlantic.
Diane was pivotal to the creation of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park and the Trust to support it. She secured Kaiser Permanente’s support for legislation to establish the Park, participated in meetings to design the Park’s themes and exhibits, and secured financial support from KP for the Trust. She helped build public support for the Park as president of Richmond’s Marina Bay Neighborhood Council (MBNC) during the planning and building of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial.
On the Board of Rosie the Riveter Trust since 2011, she has served as president for seven years and previously as vice president and secretary, and she has led the growth of the Trust into a thriving nonprofit support partner for the Park.
Diane is retired National Permanente Quality Director for Kaiser Permanente where she developed the National Clinical Quality Oversight Program and its quality data management systems that are used in all Kaiser Permanente regions. She has a B.S. in nursing from the University of North Dakota and an M.S. from the University of Hawaii in Nursing and Administration. Her career included consulting, collegiate teaching, clinical nursing and hospital administration.
When learning about the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park, Ebony was fascinated by the rich history and its connection with the healthcare company she has worked for since graduating college, Kaiser Permanente. Ebony believes it is important to keep the dynamic stories of the women, the integration of Black workers and their overall contributions to the WWII Home Front alive. Professionally, Ebony is a Principal Consultant in Leadership Development and an active member in her community. She is currently serving as a Governor Appointed Public Board Member for the California Architect Board and a leader with the Junior League of Oakland East Bay. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Being involved with the Rosie the Riveter Trust allows Warren a small part of preserving the rich and important history of the Richmond community and the monumental effort made by all during World War II. Most important to Warren is honoring the legacy of those who took chances, challenged the cultural norms, and made the history that affects each of our lives today. Warren Harber is the Vice President of Finance and leads the technology strategy for National Financial Systems for Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and Health Plan. In this capacity, Warren is responsible for leading Kaiser’s IT systems roadmap in finance, supply chain, and enterprise shared services. Warren holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is the Executive Advisor to HIUG, a healthcare technology advocacy organization.
Thomas K. Butt
Tom helped bring Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home Front National Historical Park to life. He led the effort in lobbying Congress and authored much of the local legislation related to Richmond’s partnership position. Tom then served as the Trust’s founding Board president. He has served as mayor of Richmond since 2015 and on the Richmond City Council since 1995, including a year as vice-mayor in 2002. Tom is an architect and president of Interactive Resources, a Richmond, California, architecture, engineering and planning firm. In addition to providing a wide range of consulting services, Interactive Resources is a developer of urban infill real estate projects. Tom is active in many organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Scott’s interest in the Trust mission is both personal and professional.
His mother was hired by Clay Bedford, General Manager of the Kaiser Shipyards in 1942. She worked there until 1945 when his father returned home from the South Pacific having served in the Navy “Seabees.” His grandmother, a Swedish immigrant from Finland, was a sheet metal worker in Yard 3.
The two original Kaiser child care centers, Maritime and Pullman (later to be renamed the Ruth Powers Center) were owned by Contra Costa County and operated as federal Head Start programs. When the county applied for funding for a replacement facility in 2000, Scott worked with the Rosie the Riveter National Park Superintendent at the time, Judy Hart, to preserve the historical Maritime and Powers Centers.
Scott held top positions in 3 Northern California counties over a 33 year career. His experience in solving difficult budget, personnel, and management problems in Butte and Stanislaus Counties led to 20 years as the Chief Assistant County Administrator for Contra Costa County. After retiring in 2006 he became a management consultant; his assignments included assisting the City of Vallejo as it emerged from bankruptcy in 2011.
He holds degrees in Political Science from University of California, Davis, and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Chico. Born in Oakland, he grew up in Richmond, Kensington, and Oroville.
Sarah is committed to safeguarding the history of unsung heroes and believes that giving opportunities to learn the stories of the home front is a positive and powerful way to teach lessons of resiliency, equality and the tremendous benefits of unified efforts.
Sarah holds a master’s degree in planning from Cornell University and a bachelor of fine arts in photography and cultural anthropology from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia and Guatemala and has dedicated her career to working with local and international non-profit organizations.
Program and Community Engagement Manager
Sarah "Jo" James
Jo joins the team bringing with her a history of volunteerism and marketing. She holds two bachelor's degrees from University of California Santa Cruz in Business Management and Film & Digital Media. Jo is motivated to expand upon the Trust's events, client base, and social media presence because she believes it is more important now than ever to preserve the many sides of history from the home front to ensure continued growth towards equality.
Product Marketing Manager
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Newsletter and Appeals
Special Projects and Publicity
Philip B. Young
Pro Bono Legal Counsel