Guest Speakers

Below you will find descriptions of some of the guest speakers for the Urban Studies and Practicum Seminar courses at WSF.

David Batstone is the President of Not for Sale. A professor of Business at the University of San Francisco, he is also the president of Right Reality, an international social venture firm. Batstone has authored five books, the two most recent being Not for Sale (HarperOne) and Saving the Corporate Soul (Jossey-Bass). He was a member of the founding team of Business 2.0 magazine and served six years as executive editor of Sojourners magazine and founder of the SojoMail e-zine. He has contributed articles to the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and SPIN. He is the recipient of two national journalist awards and was named National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at the University of San Francisco for his work in technology and ethics. David is a Westmont alum and has spoken at WSF for the past 40 semesters!,

Barry Brown has lived in San Francisco for 25 years – prior to that – three years in Time Square NYC. He married his wife Teri and completed graduate school in Kansas City. Father of two, Barry enjoys people, bikes, bbq, and a really good tomato. Currently, he teaches and facilitates retreats, consults and mentors various non-profits in San Francisco. Barry hopes to spend the rest of his life in San Francisco helping it live up to the name of its patron Saint, St. Francis – as a city on a hill.

Sung Cho is an orphanage maker developing self-sustaining business enterprises in Haiti and beyond. He is a serial social entrepreneur focused on "Profit-for-Purpose" businesses that will pour into giving hope and a future to the 147 million Orphans--one life at a time. He is the co-founder of LifeGivingForce, providing clean water where it's needed most.

Chuck DeGroat is the Vice President of Newbigin House of Studies, author of "Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places," and a Teaching Pastor at City Church San Francisco. Chuck holds a PhD in Psychology with a special emphasis in the psychology and theology of soul care and spiritual formation.

Lynne Gerber is a lecturer in the religious studies department and research fellow in the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Her latest book, "Seeking the Straight and Narrow" is an account of the world of evangelical efforts to alter our strongest bodily desires.

Roy Goble is the founder of PathLight International. Although he started his career in real estate in 1981, he always felt called to ministry and, inspired by a course he took at Westmont College, started a non-profit to serve the poor in regions of the world threatened by environmental problems. The organization sent short-term mission teams to over twenty five countries, but much of their focus was on Belize, Central America. Roy started PathLight in hopes of transforming Belize and other nations by breaking the cycle of poverty and offering hope through faith and learning. Roy splits his work day between real estate and PathLight, but in his spare time, Roy enjoys golf, jazz, and good wine. He also serves on a variety of boards including Westmont College, Goble Family Foundation, and Emerging Ministries.

Teresa Goines is a Westmont alum and started her professional career working as a probation officer in Santa Barbara. Through her work she realized that much of the violence and acts of crime committed by young people stem from being in a desperate economic situation. She came to understand that without addressing the issue of poverty first, it made many other efforts fruitless.  Upon moving to the Bay Area she continued to work with incarcerated youth.  When she decided to leave work as a probation officer, she recognized the importance of the trust she had built with the youth and decided to continue to mentor and support ten youth on her own time. She is the founder of The Old Skool Café, which offers sustainable employment to at-risk youth.  The Old Skool Café focuses on teaching youth essential life skills in a supportive environment, while at the same time providing excellent food and entertainment.

Cindy Liou is a staff attorney at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. Cindy currently practices law in the areas of human trafficking, immigration law, family law, and domestic violence. She is the coordinator for the Human Trafficking Project at the agency. Before working at API Legal Outreach, Cindy practiced intellectual property litigation and handled a variety of pro bono cases at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Cindy graduated from Stanford Law School and received her double degree in Political Science and Business Administration with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington. Before becoming an attorney, Cindy consulted for the Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Starbucks Coffee Company.

Marilyn McEntryre is on faculty with UC Berkeley, and formerly with the English department at Westmont College. Marilyn is the author of several books. Most recently she published "Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies." Marilyn taught Urban Studies in Spring 2010 at WSF, and continues to share vocational journey with each semester's group.

Tim Otto co-authored "Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for the New Monasticism." He lives at Church of the Sojourners, a church community in San Francisco. He is also a part-time nurse at San Francisco General Hospital, working with AIDS and cancer patients. Tim is a primary teacher/preacher at Sojourners.

Mark Scandrette is Co-Founder and present Director of ReImagine!, a San Francisco based Emergent Church group, a interacts with SF Urban as a guest speaker at the SF Urban Program and through his book, “Soul Graffiti” (Jossey-Bass, 2007). Mark's most recent book is "Practicing the Way of Jesus" (IVP, 2011). Mark, his wife Lisa and their two daughters, live in the Mission District, where they use their home as a base for ReImagine!, and for welcoming and teaching in the name of Jesus. Students are invited to attend regular seminars led by Mark and his team including the “Sugarlump Theology Salon” and the “Jesus Dojo”, all contemporary dialogues on following Jesus in a post-Christian culture.

Laura Stivers is Associate Professor of Ethics and the Chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department at Dominican University of California. She coedited Justice in a Global Economy (2007). She has worked with the nonprofit Just Economics and as theological ethicist for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.'s taskforce publication, "From Homelessness to Hope." Her most recent book, "Disrupting Homelessness: Alternative Christian Approaches," unmasks the futile assumptions of our present approaches to homelessness and suggests ways in which Christians and Christian communities can create a prophetic social movement to end poverty and homelessness.

Pamela Wilhelms is a social architect, organizational consultant and executive coach. Her work in social architecture focuses on the invisible systems and structures in organizations that ignite creativity, innovation, design, and tap the collective intelligence and soul of the organization. This transformational work drives a shift in culture from mechanistic, hierarchical frameworks to models based on complex adaptive living systems and higher performance on multiple dimensions. Her latest endeavor is the Soul of the Next Economy Initiative, which connects global thought leaders and action leaders for innovation and profound deep change in individual, organizational and societal systems for the flourishing of life on the planet. With undergraduate studies in environmental engineering, landscape architecture and urban design, and graduate work in psychology, theology, leadership and organizational behavior, she is positioned to see the systems intersections and passionate about radical collaboration across traditional boundaries.

Craig Wong is the Director of Grace Urban Ministries, a congregation-based nonprofit corporation serving children, youth and families in San Francisco through academic assistance, job training, and other community services.