About Us

Council Members

Chela Blitt

Antonio Diaz

Tracy Gary

Beth Rosales

Leslie Wozniak

Coordinating Consultant

Marco Montenegro

Senior Consultant 

Marsha Bonner

The Vanguard Justice Community

We are an ad hoc group that formed after Samuel “Mouli” Cohen and Hari Dillon engaged in fraudulent activities that led to the demise of the once-proud Vanguard Public Foundation.

We represent many races, cultures, ages, and constituencies, and encompass the 99% and 1%. We are activists, community and faith leaders, donors, foundation executives, and small business owners.

Please note: Although we all have past connections with Vanguard Public Foundation, we were not members of the Board of Directors or in close association with Hari Dillon during the years that the Foundation was involved in the Mouli Cohen/Hari Dillon financial schemes.

Some of us are the grantees whose social justice work Vanguard championed and whose futures were to be enhanced by the investment scam.

Some are donors to Vanguard’s general fund, advisory accounts, or the Foundation’s now-squandered $1.5 million endowment.

We also represent former Vanguard staff and board members, including those who witnessed Dillon’s misappropriation of public resources many years prior to the investment scheme that led to the closure of the Foundation.

Together we represent the social justice community that has been decimated by Cohen and Dillon. We are now working together to repair the damage through a process of reconciliation and healing so that we may work together on common concerns in the future.


Graphics and photos on the pages of this website:

Home page

     Mural “Educate to Liberate”

     Miranda Bergman, Vicky Hamlin, Jane Norling, Maria Ramos, Arch Williams         

About Us

     Lenora Davis

Letters to the Judge

     Leslie Wozniak

The Blog Hub

     David Bacon

The Demise of Vanguard: What Happened?

     “Echoes from the Past”

     Mitchell E. Robles

Diverted Funds

     “Pu’Inokolu A Hina”

     Dietrich Varez

Rebuilding the Vanguard Community

     Isaias Mata


     Leslie Wozniak

Court Documents

     Bay Area Asians for Nuclear Disarmament

Reports to the Community

     Nancy Hom

Media Articles

     Photography by Kamau Amen-Ra, Jay Donnelly, George Kruse for Save the Dream March 

Contact Us

     Pat Greenhouse


     Mural “Educate to Liberate”

     Miranda Bergman, Vicky Hamlin, Jane Norling, Maria Ramos, Arch Williams