The Young Professionals Council (YPC) is a group of diverse and passionate professionals in the Bay Area dedicated to Okizu’s mission to help all members of families affected by childhood cancer to heal. Members of the YPC support and raise awareness of Okizu and its mission by fundraising and by building a network of current and future volunteers and donors.

YPC is a professional group with three main areas of focus: membership, fundraising, and volunteering.


  • Commitment to 1 year term & located in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Available to attend monthly in person/virtual meetings 
  • Annual Dues of $120/year or $10/month (dues are a tax deductible donation to Okizu)

Click here to learn more.

Applications for 2024 membership are now open and due November 30th! Click here to apply.

2023 Young Professionals Council Members

Sowmya Kuwahara (President)
Sr. Associate Clinical Development Director, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Dan Bruggebrew (Vice President)
Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Jamie Kim (Secretary)
Director of Global Publications & Scientific Communications, BeiGene

Robert Putnam (Fundraising Chair)
Owner, Gymrate

Nindhana Paranthaman (Partnerships Chair)
Executive Medical Director, Exelixis

Anh-ton Dang (Partnerships Chair)
Senior Manager, Scientific Education & Training, Exelixis, Inc.

Francis Acott (Marketing Chair)
Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP

Kristopher Jolly (Volunteer Chair)
Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General

Alyssa Bland (Events Chair)
Marketing and Partner Relations, AEIS, Inc.

Sarah Troutman (Events Chair)
Senior Clinical Scientist, Genentech

Ashley Yu (Events Chair)
Acute Care Registered Nurse, John Muir Health

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