A Couple Board Members Apparently Part Ways with Downtown Streets Team

The top three trustees of Downtown Streets Team (DST) remain the same since this news outlet broke news about claims of rampant harassment and discrimination by the non-profit’s founder Eileen Richardson and her son Chris Richardson.

Lex Machina’s “chief evangelist” and general counsel Owen Byrd remains board chair, Armanino LLP auditor Michael Boulton its treasurer and former Palo Alto Weekly art director Carol Hubenthal has apparently stayed on as secretary.

But a couple names disappeared from DST’s website since our story about former employees accusing the Richardsons of sexual assault, gender bias and extreme drunkenness. Various funders—local governments such as the cities of San Jose and Sunnyvale and Santa Clara County, as well as private charities—responded by immediately re-evaluating their contracts with the non-profit.

Meanwhile, it seems some of DST’s volunteer governing board members had second thoughts about being publicly associated with such a hot mess of an organization.

Sometime in the past week or so, Michael Hindery, CEO of the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research, was taken off DST’s list of board members, as was David Kiferbaum, associate commercial counsel for Google.

During that same time, a new name was added, that of Elaine Wood, who’s listed online as an “executive advisor” without any indication of her outside affiliation. Other names that remain include the elder Richardson, Stanford University Dean of Student Affairs Emeritus Norm Robinson, TriNet Chief Legal Officer Brady Mickelsen and Stanford School of Engineering Associate Director of Development Matthew Bahls.

Fly was unable to reach Hindery and Kiferbaum by press time, so it’s unclear why DST updated the list of board members. But the timing is notable, to say the least.

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8 Comments

  1. I have said this many times, but I will repeat it: Google, Stanford University, Palo Alto University, Santa Clara University, are actively and intentionally influencing local policies, politicians, and non-profit organizations. Individuals related to these entities obtain the CEOs and managers jobs in the Santa Clara County system. This includes big crooks such as Jeff Rosen. Sorry Rosen…You won’t be able to protect pedophiles priests from the California Child Victims Act civil suits and public shaming!

    • > I have said this many times, but I will repeat it: Google, Stanford University, Palo Alto University, Santa Clara University, are actively and intentionally influencing local policies, politicians, and non-profit organizations.

      Yes. I think you’re correct.

      But, Democrats already know this.

      So, what’s your point?

  2. Kinda strange to spend so much time trying to slander a non-profit, why regardless of past allegations seems to be doing actual good in society compared to the multi-billion dollar tech companies… seems Like a tabloid-y style of writing influenced heavily by an old, bitter employee. You should be ashamed.

    If you spent this much time writing about a solution to the homeless problem and asking google, Facebook and Twitter for donations, maybe there would be a decline in the rate of homeless and not an increase. The Bay Area is fighting a housing crisis and meanwhile you are trying to tear down an org that is attempting to solve it.

    If the founders of this organization wanted to make money and be shady they would have chosen a more lucrative industry… which according to your last articles they could have easily done since they were higher ups at Napster…

    You are a disgrace to our community and should feel shameful.

    • > You are a disgrace to our community and should feel shameful.

      “Concerned citizen” seems to be an active practitioner in the “shaming industry:.

      I will return the favor and suggest that “Concerned citizen” needs to feel shameful for his, her, or its smugness and hypocrisy.

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