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Featuring District Attorney Nancy O'Malley
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley is a nationally recognized expert in human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She is known for her many innovative programs, including those to fight real estate fraud, elder and child abuse, prescription drug fraud, chronic absenteeism, sexual assault, domestic violence, ID Theft and environmental violations, as well as creating a project to eliminate the backlog of rape kits in Alameda County and beyond.
DA O’Malley has led the charge for stronger legislative protections and increased rights for victims through her legislative work in Sacramento. Over the last ten years, her Office has obtained restitution orders of over $126 million for victims of crime in Alameda County. DA O’Malley created the Family Justice Center, pioneered an electronic notification system for victims, as well as developed H.E.A.T. Watch – an anti-human-trafficking initiative that has become a national model.
Recently, she was the first District Attorney in the nation to receive the 2016 American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for professional excellence and for advancing opportunities for women the legal profession. In 2015, DA O’Malley received the 2015 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and used the prize to launch the H.E.A.T. Institute, a research-based think-tank committed to ending all forms of human trafficking in California.
The Walt Disney Company consists of much more than just “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and Marjorie Randolph’s 15 years there revolved around Walt Disney Studios, where she was senior vice president of human resources and administration. That’s a lot of happiness to manage: live action and animated movies (including much-loved Pixar and Miramax films), music associated with the movies, the home entertainment division, and live stage shows like Disney on Ice. Prior to her work at Disney, Randolph, who is now retired, served as senior vice president and general counsel of the department store chain Mervyn’s.
Just like Disneyland on a hot day with long lines and tired children, human resources work isn’t always all smiles. But Randolph knows the value of one, even when the job gets tough. “During intense legal negotiations, I realized how important it is to read a room, understand how critically important nonverbal communication is, and understand how humor can help bridge an adversaria…
Renne is a lawyer, former
Supervisor and one-time City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco,
California. She is
a graduate of both Michigan State University and Columbia Law School (1961). Ms.
Renne was appointed Supervisor by
Mayor Dianne Feinstein in 1978. She acted as member of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors for 8 years from 1978 to 1986, where she was chair of the
Finance Committee. She
was then appointed by Feinstein as City Attorney in 1986 and became the first
female City Attorney in San Francisco history. She served in the position until
2001. In this role, she argued on behalf of the state before the California and
United States Supreme Courts. She
had her own private practice for 2 years and was a staff attorney in the
general counsel’s office at the Federal Communications Commission for 3 years. Ms.
Renne served as General Counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District
where she led the effort to combat corruption existing at the time and