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Malcolm Gissen (r) with playwright
Marcus Gardley (l)

Malcolm Gissen
President, Malcolm H. Gissen & Associates Inc

For over 40 years, Mr. Gissen has founded and helped develop nonprofit organizations devoted to youth. One of the organizations he founded in Wisconsin and Mississippi, Project Self-Help and Awareness (PSA), is over 40 years old and still thriving. PSA made it possible to bring over 3,000 African-American children from Mississippi to Wisconsin to live with families for the summer. He also founded a reading program, Book Buddies, operated by San Francisco's Temple Emanuel in five San Francisco inner city elementary schools. He founded Touché, an inner city fencing program, operating in three San Francisco middle schools. He sponsored a program for San Francisco School Volunteers and was selected as a San Francisco Principal for a day for three years in a row. In addition to his community outreach experience, Mr. Gissen brings seasoned business and legal qualifications to his role as director. He is a Registered Investment Advisor and is President of the investment advisory and money management firm, Malcolm H. Gissen & Associates Inc., which he founded over 25 years ago. Mr. Gissen is also co-manager of the Encompass Fund, the number one ranked international mutual fund over 2008-2010. In his previous legal career, Mr. Gissen was General Counsel to a large San Francisco real estate investment and management company and ran a real estate and business law firm in Wisconsin. Mr. Gissen holds a B.S. from Case Western Reserve University and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.