Global Student Embassy Board


Oriet Cohen-Supple | Board Chair

Oriet Cohen-Supple is an experienced litigation attorney, specifically seasoned in the areas of employment law and complex business disputes.  Oriet is co-founder of Wright & Supple LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in advice and counsel to California employers and businesses, as well as in handling all related litigation.  

Prior to founding Wright & Supple LLP, Oriet was an attorney at SV Employment Law Firm in Silicon Valley specializing in employment litigation and counseling, and was a litigation partner at Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, LLP where she also served as the Vice Chair of the Business Litigation Practice Group and Chair of the Education Committee. Oriet obtained an LL.B in law and philosophy from Bar Ilan University School of Law, Ramat Gan, Israel.


Steve Gomberg | Board Co-Chair

Steve Gomberg is an executive with extensive experience in management, finance and corporate development in entrepreneurial companies. He is currently the managing director for Mondegreen Ventures LLC, an early stage investment firm with a focus on clean technology and alternative energy. Prior to Mondegreen, Steve was the finance director and a member of the Board of Directors for Asia Biogas Company, which developed renewable energy power plants throughout Southeast Asia.

Over the course of his career, Steve has been involved in building a number of entrepreneurial businesses as a manager, consultant and financier. He has worked for several beverage firms, including three years as the chief operating officer of Blackstone Winery, whose wine is now one of the top brands in the US. He began his career as an import/export loan officer with Wells Fargo Bank after earning an MBA from The University of California at Berkeley.


Joshua Hurwitz

Joshua Hurwitz has over 20 years of experience in commercial infrastructure investment, corporate finance and business development, with an emphasis on the US and Latin American port and maritime industries. He is currently a commercial advisor with Moffatt & Nichol, advising clients on port acquisitions, market studies, and M&A due diligence.  Previously he was responsible for positioning port operators in M&A transactions and public-private partnerships, and served as corporate officer and head of finance to a start-up container terminal in Oakland, California.  A native of the U.S., he is fluent in Spanish and has traveled, lived and worked extensively throughout Latin America.  He holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three sons. 


Barbie Bocks

Barbie Brocks has over 20 years of experience in program management at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Her connection to Global Student Embassy is through her daughter’s 4 years of involvement during high school, which includes 3 exchange trips, hosting students from Ecuador, working in the school garden, taking on eco-club leadership positions and participating in the GSE Leadership Council. Barbie brings a parent and student perspective to the board and is excited to work on evolving and continually improving GSE’s programs for the benefit of the students. Barbie majored in Marketing at University of California, Berkeley and has a MBA and MSIM from Arizona State University.  


Ben Gordon

Ben Gordon works in domestic community development finance as an analyst focused on underwriting and portfolio management and analytics. He also provides consulting on budgeting, strategic planning, organization development, leadership and team building issues, and assistance with resumes and cover letters.

He has been working with GSE since its founding in 2009, having traveled to Zurite, Peru to assist with the planning and building of an agricultural irrigation canal. He joined GSE's Board of Directors in the spring of 2012. The GSE site in Chacraseca, Nicaragua was his home for several months in 2009 and 2010, shadowing the work of Conchita Montes and the organizations affiliated with her work. He is also an impromptu acrobat, runner, biker, and chef.


Renée Fernandez-Lipp

Renée Fernandez-Lipp has over 20 years of experience in the sustainability services field providing technical and managerial support to the public and private sectors for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and waste management projects and programs. She is a strong advocate for holistic green business and personal practices. Her passion for integrated sustainability led her to public speaking on the benefits of utilizing municipal solid waste as a renewable energy resource.

Ms. Fernandez-Lipp holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A with a concentration in Sustainability. She is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Green Globes Professional (GGP), and Certified Water Analyst.  


Deanne Clough

Deanne Clough, principal at Clough Construction, has owned and operated a deck and fence company in Marin County for 28 years, with a strong commitment to sustainable materials and construction methods. Operating a certified green business and sharing information with her industry is her one of her greatest accomplishments.

With her background in the construction industry, Deanne has become aware of the alarming rates of deforestation, with almost all the lumber in the industry being clear-cut from various forests. Clough Construction is a huge advocate of Forest Stewardship Council wood using FSC materials whenever possible. Bringing education to the construction industry has become her passion. Working with high school students to bring this message to the public is Clough’s mission via Marin School of Environmental Leadership and Global Student Embassy.