Board of Directors

Elihu Harris

The Honorable Elihu Harris

(Presiding Chair)

Elihu M. Harris served as Mayor of Oakland for two terms, from 1991 to 1999...

Saundra Andrews

Saundra Andrews

(Vice Chair)

Retired, Senior Field Representative, Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee...

Michael Lighty

Michael Lighty

Director of Administration and Public Policy
Royl L. Roberts JD

Royl L. Roberts JD, MBA

(Secretary)

Risk and Safety Programs Manager, Peralta Community College District

Audree Jones-Taylor

Audree Jones-Taylor

Retired, Director of Parks and Recreation
Alton Jells

Alton Jelks

Lecturer, Public Administration, Cal State East Bay
Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson

Assistant General Manager, East Bay Regional Parks and Executive Director, Regional Parks Foundation
William “Bill” Riley

William “Bill” Riley

President of Board of Trustees, Peralta Community College
Dr. Roy Wilson Ed.D

Dr. Roy Wilson Ed.D,

Executive Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center
Barbara Lee

Founding Chair

The Honorable Barbara Lee Congresswoman

13th-CD, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a forceful and progressive...

Staff

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Roy Wilson

Dr. Roy Wilson

Executive Director 

Dr. Karen Bohlke

Dr. Karen Bohlke

Director of Government and External Relations

Angela revised

Angela Drake

Community Organizer

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Natnael Gebremariam

Educational Services and Research Staff

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Scott Horton

Communications Consultant 

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Karen Bustamante

Educational Services Staff
Kei Yamamoto

Kei Yamamoto

Educational Services Staff

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Mary Maaliyah Tieh

Educational Services Staff
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Sawait Seyoum

Civic Engagement Statewide and Sacramento Hub Consultant

Maira Perez Velasquez

Maira Perez Velasquez

Educational Services Director

Char revised

Char Potes

Community Organizer

David Gaines

David Gaines

Washington DC Liaison

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Mary Arlene Shelton

Administrative Support Specialist 

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James Calhoun

Videography and Production

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Kathy Neal

Government and Community Engagement Consultant

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Isabella "Bella" Lopez

Educational Services Staff

Business Office

Jana Jordan-Fisher

Jana Jordan-Fisher

Business Manager

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Shukri Noor

Bookkeeper