Welcome, New AHP CAB Members!

Dominique DeGuzman

AHP Welcomes Two Impressive Newcomers

The AHP CAB helps shape the vision of the programs at AHP. The CAB is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and identities, who reflect the communities, providers, clients, and donors of AHP. CAB members are volunteers who advocate for clients and services, and are sounding boards for fundraising, marketing, and strategic planning. The CAB raises money on behalf of AHP clients. CAB members also bring AHP’s services visibility to the community.

We want to extend a warm welcome to Dominique (Dom) DeGuzman and Mahsa Hakimi, the newest members of our Community Advisory Board.

Dom DeGuzman is a self-taught software engineer, now a cloud services engineer at Twilio, a cloud communications company. DeGuzman is also one of the founding members of the diversity and inclusion initiative at Twilio and the San Francisco City Director for Lesbians Who Tech. She battles “brogrammer” culture, using humor and story telling to advocate for diversity and inclusion, and helps women, LGBTQ people, and people from other underrepresented minority groups to overcome “impostor syndrome,” the feeling that they are not qualified even when they are as they seek futures in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. DeGuzman is a contributor to Elissa Shevinsky’s new feminist anthology, Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-Up Culture, forthcoming from OR Books.

Mahsa Hakimi

Mahsa Hakimi is the founder of Hakimi Law, PC, a boutique business and intellectual property law firm in San Francisco. Hakimi Law focuses on protecting the creative talent and legal interest of artists and entrepreneurs. In addition to her practice, Hakimi has also served since 2003 as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law teaching intellectual property courses. From 2003 to 2010, Hakimi was general counsel for the Amidi Group, an international conglomerate with operations in over 10 countries. From 2003 to 2014, she served as the general counsel for Amizad/Plug & Play Venture Group, a leading Silicon Valley startup technology incubator and early-stage investment firm focused on emerging growth technology companies.

We are thrilled to welcome these two brilliant community members, whose range of experience and expertise complements our already sterling CAB.