BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown, CEO.  Ms. Brown, Founder of Oakland & the World Enterprises, has been active in social justice organizations and work for over 50 years, most recently focused on mass incarceration and recidivism.  She is the author of two highly-acclaimed books, one of which, A Taste of Power, is set for motion picture production in the Fall of 2019.

  Dr. Mark Alexander

Dr. Mark Alexander, Epidemiologist.  Dr. Alexander is committed to improving health outcomes of marginalized communities, his research focused on cardiovascular disease, geriatric epidemiology and child health. Dr. Alexander is a retired research scientist with the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and, Assistant Director of the Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, University of California at San Francisco.

  Deborah Matthews

Deborah Matthews, Secretary.  Ms. Matthews is a real estate broker in Berkeley who has overseen many of Berkeley’s housing and commercial projects as former Vice Chair of the Berkeley’s Planning Commission, Chair of the Zoning Adjustment Board, Chair of the Housing Commission.

  James Nixon

James Nixon, Treasurer.  Mr. Nixon is Co-Founder and Principal of Sustainable Systems, a for-profit corporation specializing in regional initiatives, sustainable economic development, and web strategies; and, is President of Global Urban Development, and lead consultant for the East Bay Broadband Consortium, an initiative to bridge the digital divide in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties.

  Zack Wasserman

Zack Wasserman, Partner, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean Law Firm.  Mr. Wasserman works with private businesses and public agencies to negotiate and draft complex real estate and financial structures. He is currently representing the Oakland A’s in negotiations with the City of Oakland regarding a new ballpark.  He has been Chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, is General Counsel to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Chair of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative, current Chair of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

  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.

  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.

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