Board of Directors

The Jeffrey Gottfurcht Children's Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors helps chart the Foundation's course. They contribute the experience and skills necessary to make this a successful wish-granting organization. The Board determines the Foundation's mission. The Board also protects the Foundation's assets, enhances its public standing, ensures accountability, maintains legal integrity and assesses its own performance. The biographies of the Board of Directors are below:

Jeffrey Gottfurcht

Founder, Jeffrey Gottfurcht was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 28. Determined to fulfill his dream of climbing mountains throughout the world, Jeffrey created the Foundation to enable children suffering from this debilitating disease to also achieve their dreams. Prior to devoting himself full time to the Foundation, Jeffrey spent 10 years as a Senior Vice President of Investments and Advisory Services for UBS. He began his career at Salomon Smith Barney. Jeffrey concentrated in both Economics and Physics from the University of San Francisco . He currently lives in Los Altos with his wife and three children.

Robert S. Basso

Mr. Basso retired from the securities business after nearly 40 years as an acknowledged leader in the financial services industry. He founded BEST Partners LLC, an independent consulting firm in 2007. In his distinguished career, Mr. Basso has been a senior executive with UBS, PaineWebber, Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments. Mr. Basso served as President and Chairman of Correspondent Services Corporation (CSC), a UBS subsidiary. When Fidelity Investments acquired CSC in 2003, he became Executive Vice President of its National Financial Services (NFS) unit. Prior to UBS, Mr. Basso established and was responsible for the clearing business at Merrill, Lynch & Co., where he served as President of its subsidiary, Broadcort Capital Corp. (BCC).

Mr. Basso was also a Managing Director of each of the parent companies. He began his Wall Street career with Loeb, Rhoades & Company in 1967. Mr. Basso holds a B.S. degree from Seton Hall University and an M.B.A. from Pace University . He is also a Vietnam veteran and has served and continues to serve as a director/advisor to public and private companies and other charitable organizations. Mr. Basso is married with two sons.

Grant Fondo

Grant Fondo is partner in Goodwin Procter's Litigation Department, a member of its Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense Group, and resides in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. He represents technology, life sciences and venture capital clients in a wide range of contested matters. A former federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California, Mr. Fondo has significant experience conducting trials and appeals in state and federal courts, as well as representing clients before administrative agencies. He focuses his practice on white collar, class action and securities litigation, SEC enforcement proceedings, M&A litigation, internal investigations, intellectual property litigation, licensing and contractual disputes, and other complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2013, Mr. Fondo was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California. As a federal prosecutor, he focused on prosecuting white collar crime, including investment, bank and securities fraud, and drug trafficking. As a prosecutor, Mr. Fondo never lost a trial. One of his high-profile cases was leading a multi-jurisdictional take down of an international drug trafficking organization resulting in what is believed to be the largest seizure of methamphetamine in U.S. history. This case received the 2012 Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area case of the year award, an effort run by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Before serving as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Fondo was a litigation partner at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto. Mr. Fondo earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was elected president of the student body and president of his class, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa national honor society. He received his B.A. from the University of Vermont, Cum Laude, and was elected to Phi Betta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta.


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