Janet Lipsey – Board President
Janet Lipsey is the President of our Board of Directors. Janet comes to Billions Rising with a wealth of experience and the heart of a philanthropist. She has supported both local and global initiatives, and projects that focus on creating sustainable solutions for poverty and the environment.
Debe Fennell – Board Treasurer
Debe Fennell is a veteran of marketing, social media, crowdfunding, grant writing, public relations, publishing and promotion through her own business, the music industry, real estate marketing, educational companies and non-profits. Her skills in reaching, talking to and engaging anyone, from the receptionist to the CEO, have been honed to give her unique and inventive ways to communicate with people. Ms. Fennell spent many years in the music industry as a journalist, a talent coordinator for two nationally syndicated radio shows, and a national records promotion executive for Sony/BMG, Curb Records, Magnatone Records and Giant Records. Debe has also managed public relations, affiliate relations and marketing for several noted speakers and authors. As a partner in CrowdFundingLIVE events and their crowdfunding platform, Ms. Fennell is associated with the National Crowdfunding Association, CFIRA and Entrepreneurship Nevada. She is a known expert on the subject of social media marketing in crowdfunding.
Alison Marshall is an author with a solid background in marketing and technology. Growing up, three things became her way of self-expression: left-brained storytelling and poetry writing, as well as right-brained electronics. By the time Alison entered the workforce, computers became her way of life. Alison began her professional career in the field of Marketing and Public Relations right out of college, and many of her jobs developed in the direction of marketing and advertising, which eventually lead to her concentration in IT. During this time, she served on the board of directors for AD-Club Orange County, B/PAA (Business Professional Advertising Association), and also on the Orange County Board for United Way Special Events. This particular branch of the United Way used the unusual and memorable art of sand sculptures for fundraising events in the Newport Beach area. In the ’90s she returned to authoring poetry and long-form stories, including her latest book The 9 to 5 Sovereign.
Debbie Mesloh has served in the public policy and political arena for the past 15 years. Most recently she was senior advisor to Attorney General Kamala Harris during her successful run for statewide office. Debbie’s work with AG Harris builds upon her service as a key campaign official during Harris’ successful race for San Francisco District Attorney in 2003, and served as DA Harris’ communications director during her first term. In 2007, Debbie joined the Obama for America campaign as California communications director. She then served the next 18 months in various states throughout the country as a spokeswoman and communications advisor to the campaign. In 2008, Debbie was asked to serve as a spokeswoman on the Presidential Inauguration Committee and then as a White House political appointee to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. In 2011, she joined Gap Inc., leading their global government and public affairs teams. She remains active in local, state and national politics. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas. She is an avid surfer and runner.