Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is one of the most influential committees of the board. The committee not only maintains and updates the bylaws and policies, but creates the nominating committee which has the task of making recommendations annually to the board of directors, including recommendations for At-large Directors. Further, the governance committee recruits new board members and is tasked with ensuring that each board member is equipped with the proper tools and motivation to carry out his or her responsibilities.

Members of the Governance Committee


Eduardo Juarez


Eduardo Juarez is a Senior Trial Attorney with the San Antonio Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he litigates individual, class and systemic lawsuits under the federal civil rights statutes prohibiting employment discrim

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Brian Esser


Brian Esser Brian Esser is a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Brian Esser. His practice focuses on family law and LGBT couples. Previously, he was a member of the Litigation group in the New York office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. His practice

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Kim Byrd

O. Kim Byrd


O. Kim Byrd is a native of Florida and currently resides in Palm Harbor, Florida. Kim received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Florida. In 2001, Kim established Byrd Legal Counsel, PA, as a general

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Nicole Dogwill


Nicole Dogwill is an established litigation partner at Joseph & Cohen, P.C. in San Francisco. She advises and defends leading established and start-up companies, as well as their directors and officers, in complex and class action litigation involving breach of fiduciary duty, securities, fraud, antitrust, unfair competition/business practices,

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Jason Gibson

Jason S. Gibson


Jason S. Gibson is an Associate General Counsel with Equity One, Inc. in North Miami Beach, Florida. Equity One is a leading shopping center developer and owner focused on urban communities, concentrated in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and South Florida. Mr. Gibson joined Equity One in July 2013. His main responsibility at Equity One is ove

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