About - San Francisco Bay Area | NAWBO


Welcome to NAWBO-SFBA. We are a powerful and influential organization representing and supporting the needs of more than 117,00Jackie Speier Dinner0 women business owners of the Bay Area. NAWBO-SFBA is the go-to resource for community, education, inspiration, political advocacy, partnerships, and networking for women who want to grow their businesses, be more successful and empower others.

Formed in 1987, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NAWBO has nearly 100 members from San Francisco, Marin, Oakland/East Bay, and the Peninsula. Our members own diverse companies, including manufacturing, construction, agribusiness, energy, retail, technology, high tech, life sciences, biotechnology, transportation, health and professional services. They represent the healthy and diverse economy of women business owners with business incomes varying from less than $100K to over $30M.

Our Mission

We are women business owners working on behalf of other women business owners. In that capacity, we strive to:

Provide access for our members to decision makers, people of influence, business opportunities, and connections with other organizations.

Open doors for each other to help strengthen our wealth-creating capacity.

Educate and inform members on topics, trends, and issues that are essential to growing a successful business.

Empower women as leaders that influence a new positive culture of business.

Support the collective power of women while embracing and celebrating our diversity to create powerful change both personally and professionally.

Our Leadership

2020-2021 Board of Directors


     President: Nooshin Behroyan






     President-Elect: Charlotta Carter




     Board Member: Robin Allen





     Board Member: Hilda J. Kennedy




     Board Member: Laura Russell-Jones





     Board Member: Syndi Seid





     Board Member: Anne Staines



Chapter Leadership

NAWBO Connects Oakland Coordinator: OPEN

NAWBO Connects Marin Coordinator: OPEN

NAWBO Connects North Bay Coordinator: OPEN

NAWBO Connects Tri Valley Coordinator: OPEN

NAWBO Connects San Francisco Coordinator: OPEN

Awards & Accomplishments

  • One of the fastest growing chapters.
  • Winners National Membership Drive: 2013, 2014, 2017