SGI-USA Board of Directors

The SGI-USA Board of Directors oversees the corporate functions of the SGI-USA, which include managing the finances and assets of the organization. There are currently ten directors. Directors serve a three-year staggered term and are eligible for reelection.

Marylou Berk
Currently Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate at the Lefrak Organization in New York, NY. Ms. Berk has many years of experience in real estate and project development and management in the U.S. and globally.

Daniel Habuki
President of Soka University of America. Dr. Habuki is also a university professor with an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics.

Tariq Hasan
Tariq Hasan is Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer of SGI-USA. Mr. Hasan joined the staff of SGI-USA in a professional capacity in 2008 after many years in senior management with a major telecommunications company.

Clothilde Hewlett
Ms. Hewlett is an attorney and partner at the law firm of Nossaman, LLP, with a focus on assisting private sector companies and tax-exempt organizations. Ms. Hewlett was previously a partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, LLP. Prior to joining K&L/Gates, she served as the California undersecretary of state and consumer services agency and interim director of the department of general services.

Danny Nagashima
Danny Nagashima is President of the SGI-USA corporation and General Director of the SGI-USA organization. Since joining the SGI-USA staff in 1983, Mr. Nagashima has worked in various offices around the country.

Luis Nieves
Mr. Nieves is founder and CEO of the automobile service contract insurance company AUL Corp, giving birth to an industry that previously did not exist. AUL is the largest provider of used car service contracts in the United States. Starting from the ground up, Mr. Nieves has accumulated almost 40 years of corporate experience and success. Treating people well and providing great customer service reflect Mr. Nieves' personal sense of mission and provide the foundation of his business as well.

Gene Marie O'Connell
Ms. O'Connell was Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center from 1998-2009, and served in a variety of capacities at the hospital prior to that since joining the hospital staff in 1984. She was chair of the National Association of Public Hospitals and a member of both the San Francisco Hospital Council and the San Francisco Health Plan Board and its finance committee.

Jean Rosenberg
Currently Director of Meetings, Marketing and Membership at the American Society of Plant Biologists, Ms. Rosenberg has done extensive consulting and work in the fields of human resource development, membership development, and global event management. Ms. Rosenberg was also appointed to a 4 year term on the board of Tourisme Montreal, where she will serve as an advisor on customer-focused programs and services.

David Welch
Mr. Welch is an attorney with extensive experience in California State Courts and in diverse areas of law, including civil and business litigation, personal injury, criminal and bankruptcy.

Gregg Wolpert
A New York City real estate industry executive for the past 25 years, Mr. Wolpert is co-president of The Stahl Organization, a New York-based conglomerate with extensive real estate, banking, construction and other equity interests. Prior to joining Stahl, he pioneered the development of analytical computer software used in real estate analysis and building management.