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Who We Are

Vision

To end the cycle of Human Trafficking in the Bay Area and beyond.

Mission

BAATC disrupts the business of human trafficking to deter future exploitation. We equip frontline industries to intervene for victims where they are forced to work, move, and sleep.

The BAATC Leadership Team

Betty Ann Hagenau

Founder,
Executive Director

Betty Ann is an anti-trafficking thought leader who is known for her collaborative work with over 150 anti-trafficking organizations and government agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. She earned a Master’s degree from Stanford University in International Policy Studies and a BA from the University of Oregon in International Studies and Journalism. Betty Ann spent 18 months interviewing former human traffickers in San Quentin Prison to better understand their lucrative business practices and to inform the development of BAATC’s current strategies and programs. Fun Fact: Betty Ann has been “the voice” of Stanford Women’s Basketball for 24 seasons and has announced over 330 games for the Cardinal.

Becky Pacini

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Becky has spent her career working in both the corporate and non-profit sectors in project management and marketing. She is passionate about creating processes to improve social benefit enterprise and has long been drawn to mission-based businesses making a positive impact in the world.

Becky holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford, where she was an All-American pitcher on the Softball Team.

Marlene Hekkert

Marlene Hekkert

Director of Communications

Prior to BAATC, Marlene was the Associate Director of Publishing at HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, where she created new products and drove editorial development. She also launched innovative national publicity and marketing campaigns for authors at Regal Books. Her freelance articles have been featured in national publications as well as in donor-based non-profit magazines. Marlene is known for writing with purpose and heart. Marlene graduated from Westmont College with a BA in Communication Studies.

Brianna Jean

Donor Relations Specialist

Brianna is a Southern California native with a background in outside sales, health and wellness, and database administration. She currently volunteers with several national and local youth organizations where she works on events and leads small groups. She has an incredible skill for connecting with people and building relationships. Brianna is passionate about BAATC’s mission and is eager to work with those who support BAATC efforts. 

Brianna attended college at California State University Long Beach, where she earned her BS degree in Kinesiology.

Edith Klimoski

Airport Initiative
Consultant

Edith has been the director of Give Way to Freedom since 2009. She has led human trafficking trainings throughout New England. Edith is a member of the Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force, their Steering Committee, the New England Coalition Against Trafficking (NECAT), and the Freedom Network.

She earned a BA in Biology with a concentration in Women's Studies from the College of the Holy Cross, and a Master of Science from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.

The BAATC Board

Brian Wo

Brian Wo

Interim Board Chair

Brian has been on the board of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition since co-founding the organization in 2011 and has served as the Board Secretary since 2021. Prior to co-founding BAATC, Brian served in vocational ministry for sixteen years, including twelve years as the Associate Pastor of Grace Community Covenant Church. Brian studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and also holds a M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Santa Clara with his wife, Angela, and their two children.

Clara Reese

Clara Reese

Board Secretary

Clara spent seven years in brand and product marketing at Google, working on Search, DoubleClick, and the Google brand. For part of that time she lived in Amsterdam and led brand and communications for the Google Assistant in Europe. Clara studied History and English at Stanford. As a board member since 2016, Clara has loved the opportunity to support BAATC’s marketing initiatives. She is excited to see BAATC's model for organizational change continue to scale across industries, helping to bring rescue and prevent trafficking. She lives with her husband and two young boys in California.

Anna Philip

Anna Philip

Board Treasurer

Anna is a Principal at Seeba & Associates CPA’s, focusing on tax returns for individuals, non-profits, S corporations, partnerships, estates, and trusts. Anna also manages a group providing private office services to key client families and consulting with various nonprofits. Anna got her degree in Commerce from India and has been practicing as a CPA since 2005. Anna joined the BAATC Board in May 2023. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, three kids, and an over-exuberant dog.

Nidhi Barber

Nidhi Barber

 

Nidhi is a Senior Manager of Data and Analytics at thredUP where she leads marketing and revenue performance analytics. Nidhi holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Analytics from her alma mater. Nidhi joined the BAATC board in December 2022.
She grew up in Tokyo, Japan and now lives in the Bay Area with her husband.

Eric Venable

Eric Venable

Eric previously served as the executive director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Before coming to BAATC, he was the executive director of a homeless and recovery center in San Francisco where he experienced first hand the cycle of trafficking. Eric holds a M.A. in Theology from Bethel Seminary and is currently the pastor of Christian Layman Church in Oakland. He and his wife Pam both grew up in the South Bay and have two daughters.

How We Got Started

The Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC) rallied volunteers to plan Freedom Summit 2011 on January 21-22 at Harbor Light Church in Fremont, California. With 1700 attendees, 33 anti-human trafficking organizations, and 28 breakout sessions, involving over 50 speakers/experts in the field, Freedom Summit 2011 stands as the largest anti-trafficking gathering in the U.S. to-date. The overwhelming response encouraged the BAATC to emerge as an official non-profit entity that will continue to serve as the respected “backbone” and connective tissue helping individuals, churches and anti-trafficking organizations work effectively together to build a unified San Francisco Bay Area response to human trafficking.

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