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February 2020 | Our 2020 Board Election Results

Across the Board: 2020 Board Election Results



Your voice has been heard! Your vote has been counted. 

The Board of Directors is proud to announce the final results of the 2020 Board Election that closed on January 24, 2020. This sets up new leadership for the Chapter in the new decade this spring. The new Board members term will begin on April 1, 2020. The new Board Officers and Members are as follows:

  • President 2020 - 2021 - Dina Tasiou, PMP, CSM
  • Treasurer 2020 - 2021 - Zenaida Alejandrino, PMP


  • Members at Large 2020 - 2023
    • Tim Bombosch, PMP, CSM, PhD
    • Cynthia Maria Estalilla, CAPM
    • Isabelle Lescent-Giles, PhD


These new board members were on a ballot of highly qualified strong leaders who were willing to step up in serving as a leader in the next new set of Board members at large and new officers to lead the 2020 team of the Board of Directors. This vote and the expression of your voice was again heard as members exercised the right as an owner of the PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

We are proud to have had a slate of diverse candidates. I want to thank all who applied and showed interest in getting involved in leading the chapter into a new era for the chapter and for global headquarter’s PMI 2.0.

I’d like to extend much gratitude to the Nominations and Election Committee for conducting such a successful election process. The election process was chaired by our leader Nathan Mellin for which without his expertise and evaluation, we would have had a difficult time acquiring such a talented set of member leaders! I am looking forward to the strategic leadership from the new team of Board leaders in 2020-2021!

The new Board will take the reins of continuous assessment of the needs of our chapter members in the new climate of the PMBOK 6 exam, Disciplined Agile, PMI 2.0, and the state of Project Management today.  I think it is important to note to you as a Member and a Chapter Owner that the Board will take on the strategy execution of the results from the AGM survey in August 2019 and Ends Retreat in September 2019 to meet and help us all scale up and bring the chapter into the next level of organizational excellence.

There’s much more in store in the year ahead with the new leadership so stay tuned or join us in person at any regularly scheduled Board meeting to get updates on Board activities or to get involved with upcoming projects.

Board meetings are held the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Golden Gate University. For specific information or questions of the Board, email President@pmisfbac.org.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the current outgoing Board members leaders Anup Deshpande and Nathan Mellin for their service and commitment to the chapter. As an all-volunteer organization, their dedication and all that they have done have made significant contributions to the Chapter and positively affects its many, many members.

On behalf of the PMI-SFBAC Board of Directors, we’ll look forward to seeing you at upcoming chapter meetings and events in this the first year of the new decade!


Best regards,

Tyrone Navarro

Chief Governance Officer, PMI-SFBAC Board of Directors


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The PMI-SFBAC's Logo Is Uniquely Its Own


Last year, the PMI celebrated its 50th anniversary milestone by introducing a new brand identity and logo. In tune with this new positioning for the future of work, former Marketing Director of the PMI San Francisco Bay Area chapter (and new Director at Large of the Board) Lorena De Benedittis saw an opportunity to take things a step further. Though now a passionate project manager, Lorena drew inspiration from her education in Design at the ISIA Urbino in Italy to draw up a customized version of the PMI logo just for our chapter. Having studied at one of the best universities of editorial design and typography in Europe, working on taking the brand identity a step more “was really fun,” she said.

PMI_Logo_Elements.pngStarting with the new brand identity logo from PMI Global, it took a total of two months to design the five alternative options, put them through the Board’s voting process, and get the chosen option sanctioned by PMI Global for official use. The result? A PMI-SFBAC logo with our Golden Gate Bridge as an icon in the bottom right square, where the original purple slanted lines symbolized change.


“Design is a universal language and needs to be readable in a few seconds by everyone. Less is more,” Lorena explains. The chapter will be using this special PMI-SFBAC logo on its website, social media pages, and other collateral into the future as part of our chapter’s continuing push into the future Project Economy.


Lorena De Benedittis is a Director at Large of the PMI-SFBAC Board.


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Recognize This!



Every month, the PMI-SFBAC chapter recognizes volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the chapter with the STAR award. Introducing this past month's STAR winners...


Dhruti Joshi, for leading the 2019 Membership Appreciation Event and monthly onsite strategy conversation.


Jay Ashford, for helping and supporting various chapter-sponsored PMP bootcamps.


Magda Bryzek, for her outstanding contributions so far as a finance director for the PMI-SFBAC chapter.

All STAR award winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Thank you for your nominations and please keep them coming!


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It's the PMI-SFBAC Monthly Word Game!



Going forward in 2020, we are featuring a monthly word game that relates to project management. The first 3 who correctly respond to all the problems get a small prize! Send your responses to newslettereditor@pmisfbac.org.

This month, correctly guess the 8 anagrams below. All are project management terms that can be found in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

1. Herold steak

2. imitator skiing

3. diplomatic thatcher

4. Ade unreveal

5. dingo watermark

6. antiquary clauses

7. assist Waylon

8. ethernet optimisation


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Calendar of Events


February 11

Belmont Roundtable

February 12

February 2020 - Military Roundtable

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

February 17

President's Day

February 22

Planting at Robertson Park with Living Arroyos

February 25

San Francisco Roundtable

San Franciso Job Search Roundtable

Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday


Upcoming Highlighted Event: February 26

PMI SFBAC & PMI SV - Joint Dinner Meeting with Two Featured Speakers

Come enjoy a collaborative evening dinner event, hosted jointly by the PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and the PMI Silicon Valley Chapter! Network with chapter associates, enjoy a tasty buffet dinner, and hear from two engaging speakers on the all-important topics of salary negotiation and leading with integrity. In addition to all this you also earn 2 PDUs toward your certification renewal.



February 28

February 2020 - Dublin Roundtable

February 29

Scrum Fundamentals Workshop

Leap Day



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A Big Thank You to Our Sponsors!


The PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors for the upcoming Joint Dinner Meeting with PMI Silicon Valley chapter on February 26: UC Berkeley Extension and Northeastern University!

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