Nikki Pope, President
Courtney Lance, Treasurer & Secretary
Board of Directors
Courtney B. Lance
Nikki D. Pope
Lee S. Raney
Wynn J. Silberman
Courtney B. Lance is a co-author and editor of the recently produced audio book “Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction.” She is also co-founder of The Pruno Project LLC, a literary and creative initiative bringing awareness to wrongful conviction and the need for reform of the criminal justice system through the voices and talents of men and women who’ve been wrongfully convicted. To that end, the audiobook was produced and a hard copy version was published to raise awareness and provide some financial support to the exonerated storytellers, where such support is not typically guaranteed. Courtney is a director on the board of Life After Justice, a non-profit corporation created and organized to connect wrongfully convicted men and women with re-entry support services such as health maintenance, job skills training, and housing assistance in the Chicago metropolitan area. In 1985, Courtney began working for the real estate firm, Draper and Kramer, Incorporated. In 1995, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President in the audit department and in 2005 she was promoted to Internal Audit Manager. Courtney brings to The Pruno Fund her years of experience building best practices for and monitoring internal controls and working with nonprofit organizations.
Nikki D. Pope is the co-founder and principal executive officer of The Pruno Fund, Inc. She is also has been a corporate transactions attorney since 2005 when she joined Cooley LLP. Nikki’s practice at Cooley evolved from representing private and public companies to representing nonprofit organizations in corporate governance, regulatory compliance, and fundraising. Nikki is a managing member of The Pruno Project LLC, a publishing company based in San Jose, California, which she formed in 2013 with her writing partner, Courtney B. Lance. Prior to law school, Nikki held various management positions in public and private companies including Corning, Inc., J. Walter Thompson, American Express, Comcast Corporation, and Visto Corporation. Since May 2010, Nikki has been a director of Moving Train, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that provides fiscal sponsorship and mentoring for documentary and narrative filmmakers. In 2016 she joined the advisory board of the Center for Social Justice and Public Interest at Santa Clara Law. From 2005 through 2015, Nikki served on the advisory board of the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara Law. Nikki holds a B.A. in economics from Carleton College, an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Nikki has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. She also is the co-author of the award-winning book and audiobook “Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction.” Nikki brings to The Pruno Fund her years of experience in business and in advising nonprofit organizations and their boards, as well as her experience as a board member and advisory board member of various nonprofit entities.
Lee S. Raney is the founder and Managing Partner of Pivot Point Strategies, a nonprofit management consulting firm serving nonprofits, nonprofit foundations, and public/private partnerships in Silicon Valley since 2005. Lee is also co-founder of the Tunjali Group, LLC, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm focused on marketing and knowledge management strategies for international non-governmental organizations. Clients include the UN Foundation, UNICEF, Save the Children, mHealth Working Group and several startups in the mHealth space. After graduate school, Lee joined GRiD Systems, a high-growth computer start-up, in marketing, then sales and sales management, followed by Poqet Computer, as part of an executive management turnaround team. More recently Lee served for two years on the advisory board, and four years as Associate Director, for the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara Law. As Associate Director she was responsible for all operations, including staffing, the budget, fundraising and marketing. She is a founding member, board chair, and committee chair for several San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit boards. She has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, and has developed and taught courses, workshops and seminars in how to start a business, strengths-based leadership, and revenue growth at the Girls Middle School, Gavilan College, Santa Clara University, and Women in Consulting. Lee grew up in North Carolina, and received a B.A. in economics from Davidson College and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lee brings to The Pruno Fund her 30 years of startup and turnaround experience as a senior-level executive for companies in Silicon Valley and New York City as well as her work with nonprofit organizations in the US and abroad.
Wynn J. Silberman founded Wynn Media LLC in 2013 and he has been the company’s president since its founding. Since 2006, he has been a lecturer at Santa Clara Law. Wynn was the managing partner of Morgan Advisory Group, LLC, a sports management and marketing firm in Northern California from 2004 to 2013. Wynn holds a B.A. in religion and bioethics from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Wynn is the director of Entrepreneurial Philanthropy at Elite Athlete Management and has helped create athlete-centric brands such as Sacksonville and is the co-creator of the philanthropic brand Sack Francisco. Wynn is a licensed NFL agent and represents athletes in a variety of professional sports including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and MLS. Wynn brings to The Pruno Fund his business experience and his connections with professional sports teams and production companies.