Elaine Brown

CEO, is the former Chairman of the Black Panther Party, who organized the non-profit affordable housing developer Oakland Community Housing, Inc., in 1976, to build 300 replacement houses.

  Dr. Mark Alexander

Cardiovascular Epidemiologist is a retired research scientist at the Division of Research Kaiser Permanente Northern California, a Board member and former chairman of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area.

  Deborah Matthews

Board Secretary, is a Berkeley real estate broker, who is the owner of Our Land Realty & Funding, and a member of the Berkeley Planning Commission. Previously, Ms. Matthews was a Zoning Commissioner.

  James Nixon

Board Treasurer, is the CFO of Sustainable Systems, Inc., the lead consultant to the Bay Area Council for the Bay Area Family of Funds and development consultant for various Double Bottom Line developments.

Zach Wasserman - Oakland & The World Boardmember

  Zack Wasserman

Partner in the Oakland law firm Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, is Chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, General Counsel and Executive Committee Member.


  Gordon Baranco

A former Alameda County Superior Court judge who is Vice-Chair of the California Judicial Council Access Fairness Committee.

  Louis Barnett

A retired banker, who was the founder and chairman of the board of First Enterprise Bank, established in 1972, the first black-owned bank in California.

  Ida Nell Barnett

A retired senior aide to Congressman Ronald V. Dellums.

  Keith Carson

Alameda County Supervisor who represents the Fifth District, which includes the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, and the West Oakland.

  Annette Darnes

Retired banker who worked with three nationally-known banks and a nationally-known investment banking firm and specialized in providing capital.

  Jerry Elster

A formerly incarcerated community activist, who is the co-founder of the prison organization No More Tears and a principal with the All of Us or None organization.

  Jabari Herbert

The CEO of the West Oakland Development Group.

  Fred Hiestand

General Counsel for the Civil Justice Association of California, and has served as counsel to the California Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tort Liability.

  Christopher Perryman

An Oakland realtor and board member of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area.

  Wilson Riles Jr.

CEO of Generations Consulting Company, and former Oakland City Council member. He is a founding member of Community Bank of the Bay.

  Steve Wright

Current Director of The Resilience Exchange. Formerly serving as Director of the Social Performance Management Center of the Grameen Foundation, as well as their Director of Innovation.