Board of Directors

Jill Klinge – Board Chair

Jill Klinge began her prosecutorial career in 1987 as a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County, where she has served for 22 years, and is currently head of the Parole Revocation Unit. During her tenure with the Alameda County DAs office, Ms. Klinge worked on cases involving sexual assault, homicides, career criminals, drug prosecutions and all other felony and misdemeanor crimes. She has also been a charging deputy and has handled felony arraignment and probation revocation assignments. In addition, Ms. Klinge is a seasoned educator, providing trainings on a variety of topics.  Most recently she developed and presented seminars on conducting Life Parole Hearings and the implementation of Marsy’s Law in the life hearing process to members of the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA).

Dan Felizzatto – Treasurer

Kate Killeen – Secretary

Bismarck Obando – Executive Board Member

Bismarck Obando is the Director of Public Affairs for the League of California Cities (League). Prior to being with the League, Mr. Obando served as the Director of Community Affairs for the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) for the month of January 2011. From July 2007 to January 2011, Mr. Obando served as Director of External Affairs for the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger where he was responsible for directing major outreach initiatives of the Governor, the external affairs activities of the Governor’s five field offices as well as provided strategic day-to-day assistance to the Governor’s legislative, communications, press, constituent affairs and advance operations. He was also appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2011 to serve as a Public Member on the New Motor Vehicle Board.

He previously served as a Deputy Appointments Secretary in the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Obando was a Deputy Coalitions Director for Californians for Schwarzenegger 2006, where he was responsible for managing the Latino, environmental, agriculture and infrastructure coalitions. From 2004 to 2006, he served as a legislative analyst for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. In this position, Mr. Obando analyzed and made recommendations on legislation that impacted cities and counties in the primary issue areas of housing and transportation.

Prior to joining the Administration, he was a project manager for the Local Government Commission from 1996 to 2004, a nonpartisan membership organization established to provide technical assistance to local government officials on issues relating to land use, transportation, community design and community participation. He is also a founding member of the El Monte Coalition of Latino Professionals.

Gary McDonald – Executive Board Member

Gary J. McDonald is currently the President/CEO of Senior Gleaners.  Previously he worked as the State Executive Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for the state of California. Prior to MADD, Gary worked for Feeding America, the Nation™s Food Bank Network for 10 years as President/CEO for the Care and Share Food Bank responsible for southern Colorado and was founding President/CEO for the Feeding America San Diego Food Bank. As an entrepreneur Gary founded two Nursefinder franchises in Cincinnati Ohio and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He also owned and operated an Australian theme restaurant for 8 years. Gary has two undergraduate degrees in finance and marketing. His Masters is in counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado.

Christine Ward – Executive Director

Christine Ward has been assisting victims of crime and advocating for victims’ rights for over two decades.  She began her career in victim assistance/advocacy answering the crisis hotline at her local domestic violence center and providing accompaniment to sexual assault victims.  Ms. Ward has since worked for centers across the country, developing and managing programs that assist victims of violent crimes. Ms. Ward is an accomplished trainer and speaker and presents on a variety of topics including victim support/assistance, victim advocacy, and professional and personal development.  Ms. Ward has created outreach tools to improve awareness, and encourage activism, around issues pertaining to victims of crime, crime prevention and victims’ rights.  She is the co-creator of the internationally recognized “Watch Your Drink – Watch Your Friends”  drug facilitated sexual assault educational program and has presented on this program across the US and Canada. Ms. Ward has also worked extensively with various law enforcement agencies to improve communication with and assistance to victims of crime. Ms. Ward has received several awards and recognition for her work assisting victims and in advancing victims’ rights.  In 2006 Ms. Ward was honored with a special recognition award from the Trenton, New Jersey Police Department for her service and dedication to victims of domestic violence and for her commitment to the training of the Trenton Police Officers.  In 2008 she was honored with the California Governor’s Crime Victim Advocacy Award for her dedication to serving victims of violent crime.  In 2009 she was appointed by the Governor to the Domestic Violence Program Advisory Council under the California Emergency Management Agency. Ms.Ward holds a BA is psychology and a Masters Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on non-profit management.  Ms. Ward is a survivor of violent crime and has been active with the Alliance since its inception in 1992.