Our Story & Founders

We're a group of seasoned business leaders ready to make a mark for good.

Our network of established global business leaders and senior executives share the belief that sustainable shareholder value is maximized when business owners and leaders practice a passionate commitment to serving employees, suppliers, shareholders, customers, local communities, the environment, and society at large.

David J. Ferran Interview on the Torrey Project

Board of Directors

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Yumiko Damashek

Board Chair

Ms. Damashek has been a seasoned senior executive in the semiconductor industry for over 30 years. She has been on the board of both non-profit and for-profit organizations and active in government advisory boards.

David Ferran

Board Member, Founder & CEO

After a 35-year career as a senior executive in the fiercely competitive semiconductor industry, David has had a chance to reflect on the process of starting, building, leading, buying and selling high tech companies.

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Ozzie Gontang

Board Member

With over 40 years of experience in psychotherapy and conflict resolution, Ozzie's passion is coaching people to be better athletes, business professionals and world class humans.

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Floyd Hammer

Board Member

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Kathy Hamilton

Board Member

Core Team


Hannah Lambert

Graphic Designer &

Digital Marketing Manager

Hannah is a full-time college student pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design at San Diego State University. With her background in design and social media, Hannah manages Torrey Project's social channels and marketing efforts.


Isabel Wen

Strategy Consultant

& Advisory Board Member

As a Business Operations Strategist, Isabel has helped dozens of start-ups and early stage companies innovate and scale new technologies in life sciences, tech, and real estate.

Pershang Farshi

Network Coordinator & Marketing Associate

Pershang is a research assistant professor at the University of Texas, El Paso Pharmacy School and Co-Chair for the sponsorship committee at Women in Bio - Southern California. At Torrey Project, she applies her analytical mindset as a scientist to strategic marketing and network building.


Jessa Spainhower

Strategy Consultant

Jessa is Co-Founder of A STELLAR CO – a Business Guide consultancy for strategic planning and Co-Founder & CEO of Shirt Sauna, a compact, multi-garment steam cleaner. Jessa has worked with multiple small businesses to maintain their velocity as they refine trajectory.

Laurel Glass Lees

Strategy & Sustainability Consultant

As a multi-passionate entrepreneur, Laurel is Co-Founder of A STELLAR CO, Co-Founder and CRO at Shirt Sauna, and part of the Controlled Thermal Resources executive team working on the development of the Hell’s Kitchen Lithium & Power Project to support sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Courtney Kent

Leadership/Executive Coach

Courtney Kent is a Leadership Coach for entrepreneurs as they grow their business. She helps founders engage their team for high performance, craft the right mindset, and make the time to lead amongst competing priorities.

Core Advisors and Partners

David Peck

Advisory Board Member

Mr. Peck has worked throughout Asia for the last 45 years. During this forty plus year span he successfully started, developed, bought and sold several technology related businesses.

Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky

Founding Team Partner

Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky is a speaker, consultant, psychologist, and author whose diverse background brings a unique and multidimensional perspective to his global clients.

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Kevin Rafferty

Founding Team Partner

Kevin is "The Conscious Leaders Coach." He offers executive, team and culture transformation coaching to leaders who are open to evolving and taking their organizations to new levels of performance, profitability, engagement and success.

Community Partners

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