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The award-winning publication of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce | oaklandchamber.com | Vol. XXXL No. 11/12 | Nov/Dec 2019

Small Business Profiles AtmySphere; Suite Treatments Page 4

Leadership Oakland Class of 2020 Page 9

Marketspace “HotDeals” and “M2M” Page 15

Alameda County Community Food Bank Page 22

Holidays in “The Town” pages16-19

Pulse of Oakland Voter Poll results released The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Pulse of Oakland” Voter Poll Breakfast November 6th at Yoshi’s, Jack London Square. Sponsored by AB&I Foundry, Kos Read Group Public Affairs, Sutter Health Alta Bates Medical Center and OAKPAC, more than 100 attendees heard the presentation of 2019 results from FM3 Research president Dave Metz. For the past 20+ years the Chamber has annually engaged a data research firm to poll Oakland residents’ views on a host of quality of life, economic, business and public safety issues as well as the efficacy of our elected officials. We

use this information to educate our city leadership on what their constituents feel and want from their government. The 601- person telephone survey was conducted October 29-November 1 by FM3 Research with results weighted to reflect the demographic profile of likely November 2020 voters and the poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.0 percent. Key findings from the survey include: • Voter anxiety is on the rise – as it is throughout the region - but local voters are positive about the City’s economy, proud to live in Oakland, and describe Oakland as diverse and vibrant.

Kaiser Permanente mourns loss of Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman, CEO Kaiser Permanente

Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser It is with profound sadness that Permanente led and set the expecwe announce the passing of tation for delivering affordable, Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and accessible, high-quality health care CEO of Kaiser Permanente, and improving the health of its November 10, 2019. On behalf of members and the 68 million resiour Board of Directors, employees dents in its communities. When and physicians, we extend our Tyson became CEO in 2013, deepest sympathies to Bernard’s Kaiser Permanente had 9.1 million family during this very difficult members, employed a workforce time. An outstanding leader, visionary and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, Bernard was a tireless advocate for Kaiser Permanente, our members Continued on page 6 and the communities we serve. Most importantly, Bernard was a devoted Small Business & Nonprofit Fair husband, father and friend. We all will miss his tremendous presence in our Bernard J. Tyson, 1959-2019. Compassionate gathering. The Chamber held its annual lives. changemaker and community champion … this was Wells Fargo collaborated with Small Business & Nonprofit Fair, Effective immediately, the the life and will be the legacy of Bernard Tyson; one that will be felt here in Oakland and well beyond for “Cocktails & Commerce” at Scott’s the Oakland Chamber of board of directors has named decades to come. Commerce during the Fair by Seafood Grill & Bar and Pavilion. Gregory A. Adams, Executive of 174,000, included 17,000 physihosting two workshops. Raminder Sponsored by Wells Fargo, Bay Vice President and Group cians, and generated $53 billion in Somal, Wells Fargo Community Area Bin Support, EBMUD, President, as interim Chairman and annual revenue. Today the State Farm Insurance, and South- Relations Consultant led a CEO. organization provides care and workshop on how microlenders west Airlines, the exhibition featTyson, born January 20, 1959, coverage to 12.3 million members, ured scores of small businesses and can access credit options and assumed the role of CEO of Kaiser has a workforce of 218,000 Damon Dishman, Wells Fargo nonprofit organizations, as attenFoundation Health Plan, Inc. and employees, includes 23,000 business segment manager led a dees connected and celebrated the Hospitals — known as Kaiser physicians, and annual revenue of workshop on the credit lifecycle. Permanente — in 2013, and was potential and successes of the local more than $82.8 billion. to find credit options that fit.◼ business community at the East named chairman of the board of Tyson’s influence was felt both Bay’s most robust “B2B” directors in 2014. Thank you to our event nationally and internationally. Tyson’s career at Kaiser sponsors: TIME included him on its list of Permanente spanned more than 30 the most influential people in the years, and he had successfully world and named him one of the managed all major aspects of the Health Care 50. Also, in addition organization during that time, to being named by Modern serving in roles from hospital administrator and division president Healthcare as one of the most influential people in health care for to chief operating officer. Wells Fargo and microlender partners

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▶︎The Unity Council Día de Los Muertos Annual Festival brought together more than 100,000 ▶︎ Congratulations to celebrants to the vibrant, Jacinto Pandong, new culturally-rich Fruitvale neighfranchise owner of The borhood. Attendees enjoyed UPS Store. The one-stop world-class live music, familyshop for small businesses, friendly games, rides and actioffers shipping, postal, vities, traditional Latin Amerprinting and comprehensive ican artisans, and stunning altar small business services. The new store serves individuals and local business owners within the Laurel artistic installations.◼ District, Maxwell Park, and Merritt College Skyline community. Jacinto and his team celebrated their Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting at the new store, 4100 Redwood Road, Space 20A, Oakland. For more information, store7098@theupsstore.com.◼ #OAKPROUD RIBBON CUTTINGS

▶︎ Fourth Street East in Jack London Square celebrated its Grand Opening and Chamber Ribbon Cutting November 6th. Heidi Gould and her team threw a bash for dozens of residents at the luxury apartment homes, with live music, signature fall cocktails, and a buffet spread of tasty appetizers and sweets. The community has more than 300 units, WiFi lounge, rooftop entertainment space, a third floor courtyard pool with cabanas, outdoor grill and kitchen, and commercial kitchen. For information https://www.fourthstreeteast.com; (510) 561-1013.◼ ▶︎ On October 17th 2019 Ridgemont Hospitality, founded by Pravin (Peter) and Sima Patel over 40 years ago right here in Oakland, opened the Hampton Inn Oakland DowntownCity Center. Long time team members of Ridgemont and local community leaders came together to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for the Hampton Inn Oakland-Downtown City Center, the first new hotel to open in Oakland in 18 years. Oakland-based Bandaloop Aerial Dance group put on a dazzling performance for attendees that included local leaders Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff, District 7 Council Member Larry Reid, and District 6 Council Member Loren Taylor.◼ #OAKPROUD NEWS AROUND “THE TOWN” ▶︎ Oakland Museum of California presents Take Root: Oakland Grows Food now through February 5, 2020, an exhibition exploring the ecological and cultural factors of how and why food is grown in Oakland. Enjoy this hands-on exhibition with the entire family to understand what factors determine where, how, why, and what is grown throughout the city. Hear personal stories from farmers and growers within the community, see compelling illustrations and maps, and meet the diverse flavors of Oakland.◼ Page 2


It’s fall and polling is in the air Each fall the Chamber embarks in a combination of efforts to glean information from our members, Oakland businesses at large, and Oakland voters on a host of issues germane to their business and personal interests to ensure that we are representing our members’ priorities and that our elected and appointed leadership receive timely information on what is important to Oakland voters. These efforts include partnering with a data research firm to conduct an online and telephone poll of 600 Oakland residents as well as the release of a Chamber online membership and business survey. We then can ensure that Chamber programming and advocacy represents aligned priorities and learn more from Oakland businesses what they need to operate effectively. This year was no exception and for those of use who love this stuff, we look forward to welcoming fall not for the shorter days, darker nights, but for the excitement that our annual poll season brings. On the following pages (pages 6-7) you will find information from our voter poll that was presented to over 100 attendees at our annual Pulse of Oakland breakfast this past week. Generally speaking, poll results were mixed. While Oaklanders are still proud to call our beautiful city home and continue to remain hopeful and optimistic about its future, there is a growing sense of concern and uncertainty on the part of voters - conveyed by the majority of respondents indicating we are on the wrong track for the first time in many years. Homelessness and housing security continue to be the most pressing issues. Voters see the nexus – and support – increasing housing density

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as a way to address this crisis, with majority support across all city council districts, ideologies and ethnicities. We also asked about voters’ knowledge and feelings about Oakland sports teams. More than three quarters of voters, 77 percent, responded it’s important to keep the Oakland Athletics in Oakland. Most notably also were the 61 percent of those with an opinion who indicated their opposition to the City’s lawsuit filed against the County to block the A’s from purchasing the County’s portion of the 100-acre Coliseum Complex. The Chamber’s poll information was reported over the weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle and subsequently the City chose to drop the lawsuit this week. Although crime has dropped over the years as a key voter issue, this year’s trend indicated that voters feel less safe both in their neighborhoods as well as in the City as whole, with majority support for increasing the number of Police in Oakland. Voters continue to have an overall negative rating of the City Council as a whole, but have positive views of their specific elected – albeit with less enthusiasm than prior years. This, and the fact that voters continue to support City Council term limits, will make for an interesting 2020 election year. The Chamber will of course continue to provide relevant information to our members regarding the 2020 elections as well as continue to focus on the issues you have identified as most important as business owners and residents of Oakland. ◼ Visit oaklandchamber.com for PDF of President’s Message, additional graphs.

Community College a cure for physician deficit Courtney Riley and Arianna Morales, Marcus Foster Education Institute

Following a welcome from Dr. Coyness Ennix, Board Chair of the California Medicine Coalition, the fall meeting of California Medicine on October 14th began with an informative panel and included a full day of innovative ideas. Marcus Foster Education Institute hosted the event which included notable speakers Senator Richard Pan and Janet Napolitano, University of California President, who stressed the importance of diversity in the field. California Medicine Coalition, a statewide workforce effort to address health disparities and the lack of diversity in primary care is working to highlight a different approach to community health. The development of the California Medicine Scholars Program (CMSP) is a proposed statewide pathway from the California Community Colleges to the physician field. It was also recently included in the California Future Health Workforce Commission as one of the Proposed Actions to expand the role of the CCCs in diversifying the health workforce pipeline, specific to primary care MDs. CMC is preparing to pilot the program in at least two regional collaboratives beginning in 2020. The initiative includes shared accountability, trust and a readiness that moves beyond traditional methods of career preparation. According to the CMC, it plans to build and foster regional alignment and collaboration between the state’s California Community

Colleges, 4-year public and private, non-profit degree granting colleges and universities, and California’s 13 medical schools. CMSP aims to pilot the first cohort in two regions in 20202021, and scale to statewide implementation with at least six Hubs within 10 years. At scale, the program has the potential to produce 2,585 new primary care physicians each year by the year 2030. Benefits of more diverse physicians include: 1. Lower patient to primary care physician ratio in the state, especially among communities of color, reducing emergency room and urgent

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care visits, and other costly expenditures for these communities. 2. Increase patient-provider trust to build stronger relationships around care, especially preventative care among communities of color. 3. An overall reduction in the disparity in health expenses experienced by communities of color. For more information contact Arianna Morales, Program Manager at Marcus Foster Education Institute, amorales@marcusfoster.org or visit the website foundationccc.org.◼


AtmySphere: community space for women to work, play, grow

Suite Treatments: Oakland’s link to music festival scene

Gina Tega, AtmySphere

Bex Pezzullo, Suite Treatments

Over the past five years, women, and specifically women of color, comprise the fastest growing sector of new small business owners in the United States. AtmySphere offers a collaborative workspace for women across all spectrums to get out of their kitchens and coffee shops to build the businesses of their dreams, while immersed in a community of hardworking women. AtmySphere’s CEO, Gina Tega, believes one of the critical success factors in a women’s ability to rise lies in the strength of her community. As an entrepreneur herself, Tega wanted to create a space where a diverse community of entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and small business owners could connect to leverage each other’s knowledge, resources, and energy. At AtmySphere, women work in a shared workspace with state-of-theart office technology, in a culture where members are encouraged to be more than just tablemates. Connections are formed and ideas sparked naturally every day. The members of AtmySphere are mostly independent workers or work on small teams. Still, AtmySphere makes them feel like a community of colleagues, an experience many women miss working from home or in an office. Through social events like mixers, potlucks, and game nights, conversations between members can range from bouncing business strategy off one another, to discussing the high school application process for their kids. AtmySphere was founded by Tega, Signy Judd, and Marielle Lorenz, three local East Bay women who understand well women know no boundaries between work and life. They set out to incorporate the resources and tools women need to shift between their professional and personal goals, all under one roof. In addition to coworking lounges, dedicated desk space, private offices, phone booths, and meeting spaces, AtmySphere also offers amenities like fitness classes in their light-filled studio, Peloton equipment, guided meditation, well-ness treatments like massage and acupuncture, and an afternoon nap-time for members to recharge. AtmySphere also offers curated talks, workshops, and panels free for all members to attend. AtmySphere was intentional about creating a community that is diverse in race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, as well as gender expression, sexuality, age, and physical ability. As a way of ensuring AtmySphere’s accessibility to all women, they offer fifteen fully funded memberships, twice a year, for women who find it out of reach. Although AtmySphere was designed with women as the focus, the three founders wanted AtmySphere to be welcoming to all, including men. AtmySphere is committed to building community outside its walls., with events open to Oaklanders and beyond. Perched above 12th Street BART in the Old Oakland Building, AtmySphere’s energy vibes off the hustle and bustle of downtown Oak-land while simultaneously serving as an urban respite for its members. AtmySphere offers free day passes to first-time users. Visit www.atmysphere.com.◼

Deep In East Oakland’s green zone, you’ll find Suite Treatments, a creative studio established in 1999, while founder Jacque Barsotti was working as a concert runner, responsible for procuring anything a performer may need before going on, no matter how spontaneous. Jacque did it with panache and style, and quickly became a backstage fixture, adding bits of flourish that warmed impersonal spaces backstage at an arena-sized concert. When a concert is booked at a venue originally designed for sports, a great deal of transformation must happen: locker rooms become lounges, dressing rooms, make-up studio, and sewing areas. Vast quantities of equipment and supplies are deployed with efficiency and purpose. And amongst all the chaos, there is a headliner trying to relax and unwind so they can put their best work forward for tens of thousands of screaming fans. Seeing an opportunity to create a business out of making touring musicians more comfortable, Jacque started Suite Treatments. Through her years as a concert runner, she had learned exactly what helped to make life on the road easier. Jacque had an empathic ability to transform a laundry list of specifics from the artist’s rider to a cohesive experience. It was the little touches – plants, pillows, whimsical decor, and fabric treatments – that helped convert sterile grey concrete to comfortable places for performers to prepare and unwind. Dedication to creating the perfect backstage environment enabled Suite Treatments to secure a contract with Bill Graham Presents as exclusive provider of dressing rooms and artist hospitality for all acts touring Northern California. Suite Treatments soon realized in addition to the shows at arenas, the Bay Area is host to many more events and clients, each with equally discerning tastes and specific needs. Suite Treatments quickly expanded its service to providing green room and stage decor services at keynotes, symposiums, and live tapings at venues from Silicon Valley to Sacramento. Suite Treatments has worked with a laundry list of who’swho in the industry – everyone from Snoop Dogg to the Notorious RBG! Suite Treatments has built on its success, adding new business lines in trade show design and photo ops for social events; the company now staffs a sales team of 3 event designers, an operational team of 2 event producers, and numerous installers. In order to drive this creative work, Suite Treatments operates out of a 30,000sf Certified Green warehouse and showroom in East Oakland. At HQ, you’ll find a large collection of unique rental pieces, as well as a state of the art fabrication studio. Because of the need to continually be pushing the envelope in experiential design, the warehouse also serves as a creative enclave for some of the East Bay’s maker community – offering flexible and affordable spaces for artists who need a studio to create. Cohabitants are multidisciplinary – including metal workers, furniture builders, graphic designers, and graffiti artists. Whether it means designing an eye-catching booth for the convention floor, installing a piece of art from the Burning Man Playa, or sourcing unique rental pieces for a memorable wedding. Suite Treatments brings cutting-edge art and event design to all of its clients. Visit suitetreatments.com.◼

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Council Update Aly Bonde

The Oakland City Council continues to work on numerous issues before the end of the year. Below are highlights of Council's recent actions and debates. Don't forget to check out the Chamber's Oakland City Council Report Card in the previous version of the Oakland Business Review. Chamber members can stay informed by subscribing to Public Policy Updates. Email officemanager@oaklandchamber.com to opt-in. East 12th Street Project A controversial housing project was back at Council this week after entitlements on the project were allowed to expire. Lakehouse Commons is a proposed development on city-owned land at 101 E. 12th Street by Urbancore and EBALDC. The project was originally proposed as an all market rate tower but was re-envisioned to incorporate 30 percent affordable units after significant outcry from advocates. Public lands advocates continue to oppose the project because it is not 100 percent affordable. The City Council had its first tie vote of the year with Councilmembers Bas, Kaplan, Thao, and Gallo opposing the project extension and McElhaney, Kalb, Taylor, and Reid supporting it. Mayor Schaaf broke the tie with her vote to support the project. Lakehouse Commons was given a nine month extension of its DDA after council met for a second closed session vote. In exchange for the extension, the developer made concessions to the City including extension fees and paying the entire $4.7 million land sale price at the time of closing rather than in installments. Museum of Jazz: City Council voted to allow staff to negotiate for the sale of the old Fire Alarm Building Site at 1310 Oak Street, overlooking Lake Merritt to become the Museum of Jazz and Art (MOJA). MOJA has been searching for a home in Oakland for over six years and had begun considering San Francisco or Los Angeles instead. Councilmembers Bas and McElhaney partnered to move this legislation forward in an effort to bolster the Black Arts Movement and Business District and retain Oakland's cultural heritage as the West Coast home of jazz. The legislation was opposed by some advocates for public lands as well as for the library, which is looking for expansion space.

Union Agreements The City settled the final labor agreements with IFPTE Local 21 and SEIU 1021 on Nov. 5. These are the last two of the City's five unions with outstanding contracts. Both IFPTE and SEIU employees receive immediate 2% raises, an additional 1% raise after Jan. 1 2020, 2% raises on July 1, and a final 1% raise on Jan. 1 for a total 6% raises in a year and a half. The agreements come after months of negotiation and narrowly avoided a strike authorization vote from the 3,000 city workers represented by the two unions. West Oakland Development The City Council approved an agreement with Panoramic Interests to build 1,032 new residential units at 500 Kirkham near West Oakland BART. The project will now include 85 units of very-low income affordable housing on-site as well as a $7.1 million payment in affordable housing fees. Panoramic will also be required to fund the launch of the West Oakland Shuttle prior to completion of the first of the project's three building phases. The developer is also required to pay $1 million toward workforce development, which the CED Committee specified should go towards the West Oakland Job Resource Center, The Workforce Collaborative, Civicorps, and the West Oakland Youth Center at Councilmember McElhaney's request. Councilmember Bas voted against the project for its ratio of affordable to market rate units. Broadway Shuttle and Bus Lanes The Chamber continues to convene a group of stakeholders in support of the Broadway Shuttle including AC Transit, OakDOT, BIDs, and developers. On October 1 the Council passed a resolution supported by the group to ask the Alameda Country Transportation Commission for funds to maintain the operation of the shuttle for 2.5 years and study additional transit options along Broadway. AC Transit also recently authorized the continued operation of the shuttle at a discounted rate. The Council resolution also includes a request for funds from ACTC to pave Broadway at the end of BRT construction and add transit-only bus lanes as well as high visibility crosswalks from 11th to 20th Street. The improvements will not result in significant net change to on-street parking.◼

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• Voters are broadly supportive of policies that speed up housing development and believe increased density will help address the housing crisis. • Voters place a high degree of importance on retaining the A’s and are highly familiar with the proposal for a new A’s stadium. • Homelessness and the cost of housing continue to be the top issues facing the City. For key 2019 Voter Poll Results, visit oaklandchamber.com.◼

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HNTB new hires, promotion in California Daniel Ferguson, HNTB

bridges. Previously, he worked as a supervising engineer leading design teams in the development of MEP systems including tunnel ventilation and fire life safety systems. Harder’s background includes design integration, controls and systems interface. Additionally, he has experience Northern California new hires: Pimentel, Mincio, Harder managing several multidisciplinary New hires include Rodney teams performing on-call engiPimentel as project director of neering services for BART and highway efforts, Rebecca Mincio Sound Transit. As a department as department manager of program manager for HNTB, Harder will management services, and Jesse focus on growing the com-pany’s Harder as department manager of mechanical and electrical capamechanical, electrical and bilities in the Bay Area in support plumbing services. All three will be of clients such as Caltrain, Sound based out of the HNTB offices in Transit, ACE, and Caltrans. Oakland. Pimentel joins HNTB with 30 Southern California promotion: years of experience in highway and Bilshausen named West Division transportation design, construction aviation market sector leader management and program manageYvonne Bilshausen, vice presiment. Previously he worked as a dent and national aviation archproject manager on efforts for the itecture Alameda County Transportation principal, has Commission, where he provided been named led the Project Report, Environaviation leader mental Document, and PS&E for a for HNTB new double roundabout at the I-80/ Corpor-ation’s Gilman Street Interchange in BerWest Division. keley and has supported BART as a She is based in construction manager. As project Los Angeles, Yvonne Bilshausen director for HNTB, Pimentel will and specializes in strategic planlead planning, design, and constrning, project leadership and client uction management projects management on aviation throughout Northern California. infrastructure programs for Mincio has two decades of numerous airlines and airports. experience in project controls and In her expanded role, Bilshausen management for transportation and leads development and implemenland development projects around tation of the firm’s aviation strategy the country. Most recently she has in the West. She develops client been supporting major infrastrucservice plans, leads project purture projects such as BART to suits, provides representation withSilicon Valley, Phase II and the in the aviation industry, and collabCalifornia High Speed Rail proorates with local offices and the gram. As a department manager for national aviation practice to support HNTB, Mincio will oversee and aviation pursuits and clients work with a team that manages throughout the country. scope, schedule, budget, and qual“Yvonne has delivered multimillion-, and billion-dollar projects globally, and is a proven aviation leader with a unique unity for large transportation projects derstanding of our industry,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West throughout Northern California. Division president. “She has been Her initial focus remains on the instrumental in growing the firm’s BART extension into the Silicon aviation practice nationally and we Valley, as well as the effort to look forward to supporting her in develop a New Transbay Rail this expanded role in the West Crossing. Division.” Harder brings 19 years experBilshausen has two decades of ience in the management, analysis, aviation infrastructure experience design and construction of mechincluding passenger terminal and anical and fire life safety systems for complex infrastructure projects concourse design; lounges and tenant improvements; construction including stations, tunnels and HNTB Corporation announced three new hires to its leadership team in Northern California this month, highlighting the ongoing growth the company has seen throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

administration and management using various delivery methods; program management and project controls; as well as aviation business and financial consulting. She has extensive experience working with major airlines on various programs at some of the world’s busiest commercial airports. Prior to joining HNTB, Bilshausen served in a planning, design, construction and program management leadership role for a national architect/engineer/ contractor firm. Her previous experience also includes working for London’s Heathrow Airport where she was responsible for the design and sustainable delivery of the new Terminal 2B as well as the extensive refurbishment of Terminal 3. She also significantly contributed to O’Hare Modernization, Capital Improvement and World Gateway Programs at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Bilshausen earned both a Master of Architecture degree, with emphasis on project management

and sustainable design, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree, with a concentration on building technology, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her undergraduate studies, she attended the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Versailles, France. HNTB’s many signature aviation projects include: Phase 1 South Terminal C at Orlando International Airport; United Airlines’ Terminals 7 & 8 at Los Angeles International Airport; Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport; The Green Build, Terminal 2W at San Diego International Airport; Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Terminal; Concourses A-West & B-West at Denver International Airport; Air Traffic Control Tower & Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport; Santa Barbara Airport Terminal; and the Curbside Expansion Program at Tampa International Airport.◼

David M. Jolley, Kristoffer S. Jacob join Donahue Fitzgerald Livca Shin-Kim, Donahue Fitzgerald

Donahue Fitzgerald welcomes two new additions to its Litigation practice in Oakland, Partner David M. Jolley and Associate Kristoffer S. Jacob. David Jolley is a seasoned trial lawyer with more than 20 David M. Jolley years of experience. His practice

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Donahue Fitzgerald ranked in top tier of 2020 “Best Law Firms” Livca Shin-Kim, Donahue Fitzgerald

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP has been included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm earned Metro designated Tier 1 marks for Corporate Law and Franchise Law. Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 5 percent of private practicing attorneys in the U.S. Receiving a Tier 1 ranking

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signifies a quality law practice and breadth of legal experience and knowledge. Donahue Fitzgerald’s Corporate Practice advises public and private companies from high-tech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, regarding corporate transactions, private equity and venture financings, and commercial matters. The firm’s Franchise Practice is one of the leaders in California and represents franchisors including traditional and quick service restaurant concepts, children’s programs, retail businesses, and real estate brokerage companies.◼


Meet the Leadership Oakland Class of 2020 Adrien Abuyen | Public Affairs Associate, Gray, Greer Shelby & Vaughn Adrien is a University of California Berkeley graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, and Associate Degree from College of Alameda. While at UC Berkeley, Adrien was selected as a University of California Represented Leadership Fellow, receiving premier training in human-centered design and social entrepreneurship, and served as the Cal American Civil Liberties Union, Vice President. As a former Student Trustee of the Peralta Community College District Board of Directors, Adrien advocated for equity, access, and inclusion by cultivating collaboration amongst student leaders and top-level administrators. He also served on the Peralta Community College District Citizens’ Board and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. In 2018, Adrien served as a Legislative Intern in Washington D.C. with Senator Diane Feinstein; where his legislative portfolio focused on matters of education and healthcare. Adrien harnesses his diverse experience and community-focused approach to build winning solutions, which is complimented by his analytical strengths and organizational skills. He believes in bringing about positive and healing change in every role he occupies. He currently engages in the conduct of public affairs and strategic research that focuses on Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, Government Relations and Supplier Ahmed Ali Bob | Oakland Community Affairs Manager, Square Ahmed has spent his career working to reduce barriers to entry for low opportunity communities from within local government, the nonprofit space, and the tech sector. Prior to joining Square as the Community Affairs Lead for Oakland, Ahmed worked for the City of Oakland’s Department of Transportation (OakDOT), where he led equitable community engagement to address decades of disinvestment in communities of color, culminating in OakDOT’s 2019 equity-driven paving plan. His background includes work in the Oakland nonprofit sector as the Community Health Advocate at YouthALIVE!, where he led a pilot program to assess PTSD levels in boys and men of color in East and West Oakland and connected clients to professional, educational and mental health resources. Ahmed earned a BA in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA. In his spare time, he loves to bike (and scooter) across the Town and satisfy his food cravings by supporting local businesses in the neighborhood.◼ Marie Amboy | Director, Strong Workforce and Career Education Programs, Peralta Community College District Raised in the Silicon Valley, Marie is incredibly passionate about improving educational access and opportunities for our most underserved and underrepresented students through the development or sustainability of programs, partnerships, and new policies that foster student equity. Having completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, she draws from a wide range of experiences in both the private and public sectors. Through her many years of work with partner agencies and participation in shared governance, she has managed to strengthen collective impact efforts and serve as a bridge for increased collaboration and partnership between college faculty and business and industry. Currently, Marie serves as the Director of Strong Workforce and Career Education Programs for the Peralta Community College District, where she provides oversight and leadership in the planning, implementation, and success of the Strong Workforce Program at the four Peralta colleges. She works collaboratively with both faculty and industry partners to promote the development of innovative new programs that respond to the evolving needs of the workforce and further increase opportunities for student success. She currently resides in Hayward with her husband, kids, and pup.◼

Patrick Brennan | Manager, Public Affairs, Schnitzer Steel Patrick is Founder and Managing Director of Rooster Public Strategies LLC. As Managing Director, he builds on more than a decade of experience in community relations and governments affairs. As Founder and Managing Director of Rooster Public Strategies, he works with companies and non-profit organizations to stand up their public affairs practice, lobbying on their behalf and producing results for their shareholders, investors or populations served. Patrick has served as senior lobbyist for Reynolds American, Inc. (“RAI”); engaged in direct lobbying of members of the Administration, key members of Congress, and relevant third parties, including think tanks. He served as a senior staffer in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, where he specialized in commerce, appropriations, budget, health, agriculture, trade, regulatory compliance and innovation. He served as lead advisor to U.S. Rep. John M. Spratt, Jr. (SC) and U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC) on issues related to fisheries, agriculture, commerce, and economic development. Patrick lives in San Francisco, where he served as a lead volunteer for Mayor London Breed’s Neighborhood Office Hours Initiative. Patrick graduated from The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a concentration in Finance and Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He serves on the Alumni Councils at Wake Forest and UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.◼ Anne Cademenos | Senior Director of Development, Oakland Symphony Anne assumed the role of Senior Director of Development at Oakland Symphony in early 2019. In this role she leads the development of philanthropic support for Oakland Symphony, Oakland Symphony Chorus, Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Symphony’s longstanding music education effort in Oakland public school, the MUSE program. Her role encompasses close collaboration with the Oakland Symphony board of directors and involvement in recruiting new board members. She has been a resident of Oakland since 2016, having relocated here from Boston in order to be closer to her daughters, who are SF and Oakland residents. Anne has more than thirty years of nonprofit development experience, developed at premier Boston-area institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Science, Peabody Essex Museum, and Harvard University. She has served on nonprofit boards. Civic engagement has included membership in the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Task Force, a MassDOT initiative. Anne is a native of Kansas City, and obtained her BA from Wellesley College, and an MBA from Simmons School of Management.◼ Kimberly Cohn | Consultant Kimberly brings 20 years cross-sector experience as a strategic partnership specialist and “relationship expert” per the Ca. Board of Behavioral Sciences. With early career experience in business development for the award-winning Blue Chalk Café Corporation, Kim managed their successful flagship, Left at Albuquerque, and was on the opening team for 5 new sites state-wide in 4 years. As a licensed psychotherapist since 2008, Kim operates an Oakland-based private practice for individuals, and as a PTSD-SME, is a consultant to companies including Twitter, Cloudflare and Zoolabs for stress-mitigation/creativity enhancement. Kim is an invited lecturer of psychology at JFK/National University, UC Berkeley and California Institute of Integral Studies, and creates/facilitates custom training for organizations such as AmeriCorps, UC Berkeley’s SOAR for Youth Academy and community mental health/ hospital settings. Kim has held progressive leadership roles in Oakland nonprofits and service organizations for over a decade; active with OCC since 2014 representing Family Paths, serving three terms as Co-chair of Oakland Rotary’s Community Service Committee. She is former Ethics

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Chair of the North American Drama Therapy Association. Kim holds a MA in psychology from CIIS; BA, Theater from SFSU; AA Linguistics/ American Sign Language from Vista College, and post-graduate credentials in Facilitative Leadership and Developmental Transformations.◼ Charlie Deterline | Development Director/Executive Director, SOS Meals on Wheels A Bay Area native, Charlie spent the first 20 years of his career in the hospitality industry and remained committed to fighting hunger and creating opportunity via food preparation and service. After leaving the hospitality industry, Charlie earned his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification and remains committed to advocating for employees and helping people find paths to professional success and fulfillment. Having previously served on the Board of Meals on Wheels of Alameda County, Charlie previously headed the Development team for Spectrum Community Services, a non-profit organization serving extremely lowincome families and seniors in Alameda County. He joined SOS Meals on Wheels in fall, 2019. When not volunteering at Oakland Chamber events, Charlie can often be found at a baseball game, a concert, or in the kitchen. He firmly believes that laughter is preventative mission, and always has a pun ready for any situation. Charlie is excited to join the ranks of Leadership Oakland alumni, and to work together to make Oakland and its neighbors a welcoming, thriving community, with opportunities for all residents.◼ Itzel Diaz-Romo | Development & Communications Manager, The Unity Council Itzel has dedicated her professional career to serving diverse communities through small and large nonprofits in Oakland; she is passionate about creating public and private partnerships to support an equity agenda, executing communications strategies, and storytelling. Her daily duties consist of the planning and coordination of departmental activities, including all fundraising efforts, marketing, events, and press. An essential role in her current position is to develop and execute all internal and external communications strategies for the organization. In addition to her daily duties, she acts as the organization’s liaison between departments and outside agencies, including other nonprofit organizations, foundations, community groups, and departments across the City of Oakland. Itzel is active in the community by participating on the board of Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, a historical park and museum in Oakland. Itzel was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved to Oakland when she was fifteen years old to be with her full family. She has a Bachelor’s in Communications Studies from San Francisco State University.◼ Jaclyn Funasaki | Economic Affairs Advisor, Consulate General of Japan Jaclyn Funasaki advises consuls on issues related to California and Nevada state economies and business environments, renewable and environmental policies, and various technological trends within Silicon Valley. Prior to working at the Consulate, she has held roles at a Hawaii based PR firm, an international shipping and transportation business, and lived and worked in Japan as an educator. Jaclyn holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management, and Bachelor’s in International Business with minors in Psychology and Japanese. She is also active in the Bay Area community, serving as President of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Volunteer Committee Chair of the Nihonmachi Street Fair, Planning Committee Member of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and enjoys volunteering for other organizations regularly. She currently resides in Oakland with her husband Ajay.◼

Erica George | Strategic Communications Manager, Oakland Athletics In her role, Erica oversees the public relations campaigns and communications related to all non-baseball activities for the organization, including corporate partnerships, community initiatives, sales promotions, and new ballpark efforts. A graduate of the University of Florida, George began her career as a communications intern with the Miami Marlins. In 2015, she joined the Oklahoma City Thunder and oversaw the team’s corporate communications and social media. During her two and a half years with the Thunder, George secured local and national media coverage for the organization, worked two exciting playoff runs, witnessed a recordsetting MVP season from Russell Westbrook, and managed and grew 10 social media accounts with a total following of more than 3 million fans. A native of North Miami Beach, Florida, George currently resides in downtown Oakland and loves exploring everything the Bay Area has to offer.◼ Mary Gregory | Director of Development, Service Opportunity for Seniors SOS Meals on Wheels A San Francisco native, Mary discovered she easily connected with people at a young age. Several impactful community service experiences early on led to a career which has been almost exclusively in the non-profit sector. She is committed to serving vulnerable individuals using her interpersonal, organizational, critical thinking, writing and leadership skills. She has over 20 years professional experience in health care non-profit organizations managing and evaluating a variety of programs, most recently with SOS Meals on Wheels where she was responsible for developing and executing their Fundraising efforts which aimed to raise $500,000 annually. Her last job title was Director of Development but she viewed her primary role as a connector and advocate for vulnerable seniors.◼ Phillip Halley | Contracts Compliance Administrator Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District Phillip joined AC Transit in January 2016 as a member of the Contracts Compliance Team and assisted the District in ensuring that it was meeting the state and federal regulatory requirements for contract language, prevailing wage, as well as labor compliance laws. In addition, Phillip is driven to improve and increase disadvantaged, small, and local business participation on AC Transit contracting opportunities. Phillip also worked with the District’s Capital Planning and Grants group as a Sr. Capital Planning Specialist where he assisted in applying for local, state, and federal grant funding opportunities; and ensured that the District continued to meet grant award funding requirements. Prior to that, he worked for the Cities of Sunnyvale and San José for more than 10 years in various budget and analytical roles. A native of the Bay Area, Phillip was raised in San Francisco, San Leandro, and Oakland with his three siblings. He earned a Business of Administration degree from San Francisco State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Transportation Management from San José State University. He is a regular commuter on public transportation and has very fond memories of riding AC Transit and BART (in the 70's) to get from elementary school to his aunt’s house in Daly City. In his down time, Phillip enjoys spending time with his family, running 10k races, and talking about coffee.◼ Ginalyn Hansson | Program Coordinator, Ethnic Health Institute (EHI), Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Ginalyn’s primary focus is creating programs addressing the needs of marginalized communities and the needs of SMU students. She was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States when she was one years old. She graduated from California

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State University East Bay with a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology. Ginalyn has worked with various community-based organizations for over ten years and has extensive experience in working with neighborhoods to address the effects of the social determinants of health and social structures that create health inequities. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new activities with her nieces, nephews, and gardening with her husband.◼ Peter Holst | Associate, ARUP Peter has lived in the SF Bay Area since he was six years old and has been living in Oakland for over six years. In 2018 he became an Oakland homeowner. Fun fact: he and his wife were actually married by the Mayor of Oakland! The ongoing transformation of this City in response to the housing challenges and growth opportunities has been inspiring and educational to witness, and he continues to seek ways to contribute towards positive outcomes. The Board of Meals on Wheels of Alameda County has offered him a chance to confront the mostly hidden needs of the aging population: hunger, homelessness, and healthcare. His work with Arup and their research into livable cities has revealed ways for arts groups to be economically integrated to provide lasting benefits to the general community with the right infrastructure. Living in East Oakland, he is looking to use an opportunity like Leadership Oakland to find ways to help grow local business and serve the existing population to create more livable and safe neighborhoods. When his father was the President of Chamber of Commerce in Orinda in the 2000’s, Peter saw the benefits of local businesses doing good for the community’s general wellbeing. Peter looks forward to applying his background to make an impression on the City of Oakland. ◼ Mathew John | Associate Attorney, Wendel Rosen LLP Mat was born and raised in the East Bay. In 2012, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Irvine as a Political Science and Cognitive Psychology double major. In 2015, he obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Mat began his legal journey working as a staff attorney for the Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, CA, a state-wide non-profit organization dedicated to serving victims of violent crimes. After shifting to private practice in 2017, Mat has focused his energy representing clients in all phases of trust and estate related disputes including elder financial abuse matters. In 2019, Mat joined Wendel Rosen LLP’s Trust and Estate Litigation Practice Group as an associate attorney and continues his pursuit of advising clients through challenging disputes centered around trusts and estates. Returning to the East Bay this year has granted him the opportunity to give back to his home community.◼ Jaclyn LeSage | Government and Community Relations Coordinator, Sutter Health Jaclyn works with all levels of government, civic leaders, and community stakeholders to partner on policy initiatives across various communities and issues areas. Jaclyn first joined Sutter Health in 2015 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. While supporting the Communications, Community Benefit, and Government Affairs department for Sutter Health, California Pacifica Medical Center, Jaclyn received her Master of Science in Health policy and Law from the University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Jaclyn is an East Bay native, currently residing in Alameda.◼

Paul Lim | Social Media Manager, Visit Oakland Paul is a first generation Filipino-American, and East Bay Native. As social Media Manager for Visit Oakland, he has utilized his position as the outward facing voice of Oakland to reflect the authentic voices of the community. He fosters and manages relationships with community leaders, artists, thought leaders, and organizers. At his position, he manages all social media content, editorial calendars, social media strategy, influencer partnerships, and manages the company’s digital brand reputation in social media spaces. Paul continually strives to work in tandem and partnership with those who find themselves marginalized in an ever-changing city to provide a platform when access to space seems few and far between. His greatest asset as a leader in Oakland is to know when to step back, and give space- to listen, and to perpetually commit himself to the preservation of the spirit of social justice, diversity, and history of this city. As a photographer/videographer, he is inspired by the communities that weave the fabric of this Town. Paul received his BA in Business Administration from CSU East Bay, and is a proud Chabot College Gladiator. His personal interests include concert photography, attending Filipinx empowerment events, tidying with the KonMari Method, and boxing.◼ Christine Lim | Senior Development Officer, East Bay Community Foundation Christine has over 16 years of senior investment management experience and a breath of knowledge and expertise from the financial sector. As part of the Foundation’s external fundraising team, she has spearheaded the Foundation’s professional advisor engagement strategy as well as built and strengthened relationships with existing and prospective donors. Prior to the East Bay Community Foundation, Christine worked at RGP in Client Services as well as Charles Schwab as Vice President of Financial Consulting and Client Services, where she received recognition for assistance in the development of financial coaching program for the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Center Program, Motif Investing, and TIAA in San Francisco. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Christine has also completed coursework for UC Berkeley Extension’s Professional Sequence in Personal Financial Planning. As a senior investment professional dedicated to helping the underserved achieve their financial goals, Christine has served her local community by assisting on the board of San Francisco Adoptee Mentor Program, serving as Volunteer Financial Coach at the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Center Program, and participating in the San Francisco Aids Marathon Training Program. Her personal interests include soccer, playing tennis, picking up new hobbies and spending time with her loved ones.◼ Dr. Jennifer Lyle | Executive Director, Motivating, Inspiring, Serving and Supporting Sexually, Exploited Youth (MISSSEY) Since 2007, this organization has worked to address the exploitation of young people in Oakland, Alameda County, and throughout the state of CA, supporting hundreds of youth on their journeys to safety, healing, and liberation. For over twenty-five years, Jennifer has actively worked towards the wellbeing of youth and their families. Her education and work have taken place in the streets, across continents, with community organizations, government, schools, and, academia. As an African American woman, educator, and activist, Jennifer crosses many borders to create a platform that supports women and girls, expands their range of challenging experiences and increases their opportunities for supportive relationships. It has always been her goal to support women and girls to become active in their lives by providing leadership and development opportunities and

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by helping to reveal their rights, their capacity and their value. Jennifer received her Master of Social Work, Master of Sociology and PhD in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.◼

Mariah Maguire-Fong | Director of Staff Learning, Year Up Mariah works with this leading national non-profit that empowers young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers. She is passionate about serving her community, education and learning, and developing engaging content. At Year Up, Mariah focuses on the new hire experience, including online, in-person, and ongoing training in culture, functional skills, and management. Previously, Mariah built and led Year Up’s first Content Team, leading strategy, planning, content development and creative direction for marketing materials across Year Up’s 18 U.S. markets. In addition to her experience at Year Up, Mariah has worked and volunteered across the education ecosystem, including teaching, online learning, consulting for education and edtech start-ups, youth mentorship, and tutoring within the prison system. This commitment stems from her own experience, coming from a long line of educators in her own family, and experiencing an excellent public education through college, while recognizing that many don’t have that same opportunity. Mariah earned her MBA from the Said School of Business at Oxford University, and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently resides in Oakland, CA with her husband and two troublemaking kittens.◼

Hadiya McCullough Manrique | Events and Development Manager, Facing History and Ourselves Hadiya grew up in New York City and spent several years studying and living in the UK. She’s proud to call Oakland home for the last 8 years. For the last decade, Hadiya has worked in outreach, community engagement, events, and development at non-profits based in Washington DC and Oakland, CA. She is passionate about understanding the issues that cause division and learning how to bridge them. She believes that community engagement works best when businesses and individuals work together to bring about permanent solutions to create an equity-centered community for all. Prior to working at Facing History and Ourselves, Hadiya worked at Children’s Fairyland and the American Heart Association. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She loves British TV & radio dramas, playing with her cats, and exploring Oakland’s food and bar scene with her husband.◼

Kymberly Miller | Executive Director, Children’s Fairyland In August 2019 Kymberly joined Fairyland after an 11+ year career at Girl Scouts where she gained valuable experience in youth development and non-profit business management. In her role, she was accountable for the comprehensive design and implementation of innovative strategies to serve girls, ages 5-17 and oversaw 40 staff members. She is passionate about delivering satisfying experiences and support to children and their families. Prior to Girl Rex Maxion | Sales Manager, Visit Oakland Visit Scouts, Kymberly spent almost 9 years directing operational activities in Oakland is the official destination marketing organization a book sales, marketing and distribution company where she addressed for the city of Oakland, California. His role focuses on issues relating to office operations, HR, IT. She brings all that growing and developing the group and leisure market experience with her to Children’s Fairyland! Kymberly is a graduate of segments for Oakland hotels. This is done by effectively Mills College and has served on two non-profit boards helping her build promoting Visit Oakland at travel trade and meetings stronger ties to the community. After 25 years in Oakland, she resides trade shows, creating and executing familiarization trips for professionals in the meetings and travel trade industries, and with her family in Alameda and is thrilled at the opportunity to join an identifying local business opportunities to fill up Oakland hotels and organization that is supporting the well-being and spirits of Oakland and venues. A focus for Visit Oakland is to help boost the local economy by Bay Area families.◼ bringing in conferences, meetings, and leisure business. Before Visit Keyon Nash | Manager, Premium & New Ballpark Oakland, Rex has had a strong hospitality background working in hotel Sales, Oakland Athletics Keyon is tenacious, driven and sales in San Francisco at both the Omni Hotels and Resorts and the has an open-door personality. He worked hard on being Marriott International hotel brands. His experience ranged from booking the best, both on and off the field while playing and hotel groups, negotiating business transient hotel rates, and managing the working for the Oakland Raiders, having experienced the wholesale/FIT and consortia markets. He also has hotel operations operations side of entertaining their clients. With the experience working in select service hotels in the East Bay. Overall, he dream of a lifetime to play in the NFL, Keyon achieved has 13 years of hospitality experience under his belt. Rex attained a the goal of professional sports, and with that opportunity Keyon Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on flourished in a thriving California real estate economy. Keyon’s first Management and a minor in Sociology from San Jose State University. clients were his teammates, whom always saw his natural talent to He was born in Oakland and raised in the East Bay. He currently lives in understand investments and how the finance world operates. Keyon Oakland and in his free time enjoys hiking and exploring the numerous quickly became a California licensed real estate agent and began trails the East Bay Regional Park District has to offer.◼ investing in real estate projects turning projects into profits during the 2000’s economic boom. Keyon’s business savvy in investments landed him a VP title at Varitan Capital. Keyon was responsible for building and Thomas McCoy | Community Services Coordinator, educating Varitan's distribution channel clients, including the Hively Formerly Child Care Links, Hively provides development and pursuit of new channel opportunities. Keyon held high resources to families in need throughout Alameda County level sales and management roles in companies focused on real estate with an office in Oakland. Based in experience working and lending activities. He brings motivation and the discipline he learned with Oakland families at Civicorps and Hively, Tommy’s as a professional athlete and developing business to continuing growth in work is rooted in his understanding that each community the sports industry and revealing the new electrifying Oakland A’s has unique characteristics and needs. He works to ensure that every child, every adult, and every family has access to the support, ballpark.◼ programs, and services that will help them thrive. Tommy grew up in Berkeley and currently lives in Oakland near Lake Merritt. He is an avid sports fan who loves the Oakland A’s, Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors. In his free time, he enjoys hiking in Redwood Regional Park with his dog, Blue.◼

Jeffrey Neidleman | Realtor®, Compass Jeffrey has been a full-time real estate agent since 2001 and is affiliated with Compass, with offices located in the Montclair Village of Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda. He works with sellers/buyers of residential, multiple dwelling, and investment properties in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and

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surrounding communities. Jeffrey holds several real estate certifications as a Certified Historic Property Specialist with advanced understanding of Bay Area history, notable architects and architectural styles. Jeffrey’s family moved to the Bay Area while in junior high school and he soon attended Skyline High School in Oakland. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. degree in Anthropology/Archaeology and later earned a M.A. degree in Museum Studies at J.F.K. University in San Francisco. He currently sings as a tenor in the U.C. Berkeley Alumni Chorus. He has traveled extensively through Europe, Southeast Asia and recently crossed off a bucket-list trip to Egypt!◼ Antoinette Ray | Events Manager, Kapor Center Antoinette oversees the creation, planning, and production of all internal events. Based in Oakland, the Kapor Center aims to make the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive. Prior to her role in event planning, she was an Accountant utilizing her financial acumen. Throughout her career, Antoinette has worked in a variety of industries: startups, public sector, and various nonprofits. Her love for giving back to the community began when she worked with the Andre Agassi Foundation in Las Vegas. Antoinette holds an AA degree in Networks Systems Administration and a BA degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, this Bay Area native can be found trying new restaurants, volunteering, traveling and exploring the Bay Area with her husband.◼ Chantal Reynolds | External Affairs Representative, AC Transit Chantal is a Bay Area native and she has worked in public policy, education, and in the private, non-profit, and public sectors of municipal and federal government in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, California and Newark, New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in History, where she also minored in Education and African American Studies. She earned her Master of Arts degree in History from the Federated Department of History at Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Chantal has served as Congressional staff in the United States House of Representatives and as staff in Oakland City Council. She has worked on public policy as a Program Analyst staffing a Commission for the City of Oakland. Chantal has also worked in the Field Operations Department for the National office of the NAACP providing direction and support to NAACP units operating within the Western Region of the United States. She has worked as an educator teaching in public schools in Oakland and Los Angeles, California and serves on the Measure A Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee for Peralta Colleges. Chantal is also a member of a number of political and civic engagement organizations in Oakland.◼ Karina Rivera | Public Affairs Manager, Alameda Alliance for Health Karina works for this local not-forprofit health plan that provides affordable health care coverage to nearly 260,000 residents in Alameda County, including 100,000 Oakland residents. Karina joined the Alliance in 2018 and oversees the Public Affairs Department where she is responsible for developing and maintaining a favorable public imagine for the Alliance by communicating initiatives, priorities and accomplishments to both internal and external stakeholders – including employees, members, local government and elected officials, news media, and the general public. Additionally, she oversees the organization’s government relations, and local policy and advocacy work. Prior to joining the Alliance, Karina worked as the Central District Director for Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan where she oversaw field operations and much of the communications work for the supervisor’s office and tracked legislation

in various policy areas that impact Alameda County. Karina helped lead key policy initiatives, including serving on the steering committee and planning team for the Alameda County Child Care and Early Education Measure that nearly passed in 2018 and would have provided $140 million annually to increase access to child care and early education, improved the quality of child care, and increased wages for early educators. Karina also served as the Supervisor’s alternate on the First 5 Alameda County Commission. Karina currently serves as a board member for the YMCA of the East Bay and resides in Oakland, California with her husband Lukas.◼ Morgan Rothenbaum | Client Manager, Kos Read Group Morgan specializes in research analysis, building national and regional marketing campaigns, communications, and account management. She currently works as a Client Manager for Kos Read Group, an Oakland-based Public Affairs and Communications firm. Her professional background includes Market Research, Graphic Design, Media Relations, and Advertising working for e.Republic and Time, Inc. She is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, winning the John H. Lynn Award for best senior project in 2016. The qualitative and quantitative study discussed the effects of gentrification and housing displacement on K-12 Public Education in the Bay Area, more targeted on Oakland. She is excited to continue her meaningful work in Oakland, consulting local organizations in brand strategy, management, and design, and advocating for more equitable access to quality public education. Morgan is passionate about networking, health and fitness, rock climbing, writing, photography, volunteering, and traveling.◼ Niki V. Santo | Campus Director, Brandman University, Chapman University System Niki is an educator at Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System, who is focused on innovation, strategy, and how we deliver training to an evolving global workforce. She is active in the Bay Area in developing initiatives to help underserved communities access higher education, in recruiting teachers to serve in urban schools, and helping veterans transition into the civilian workforce. She is a member of UC Merced's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab and is active in Silicon Valley on issues of civic innovation and the social impacts of technologies, and is currently Chair of the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, which engages highly-skilled corporate talent to conduct pro bono projects that benefit the community across the Bay Area.◼ Hyder Shuja | Credit Analyst, Pacific Community Ventures PCV is a Community Development Financial Institution working to provide equitable access to capital and create high quality jobs in communities that have been historically underserved. Hyder started his work in the small business landscape with the U.S. Department of Commerce where he organized government facilitated trade missions to help small and medium sized businesses expand into the global market. Hyder continued working with small businesses in Nicaragua where he served in the Peace Corps – Entrepreneurship Education Program. Hyder coached students, teachers, and entrepreneurs on sparking innovation and economic growth at the local level. In his current role at PCV Hyder uses an empathetic approach to lending aimed at acknowledging and eliminating barriers in the financial system. In his time with PCV he’s worked with several local businesses throughout Oakland’s diverse entrepreneurial landscape, helping to create new jobs and spark equitable economic development in Downtown, East Oakland, and West Oakland. By participating in the Leadership Oakland program Hyder hopes to elevate the level of service and support he provides to small business owners in Oakland.◼

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Hong Thach | Community Engagement and Relation Manager Born in Hong Kong and raised in Oakland, Hong graduated from Cal State East Bay with a BS in Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism. He joined the Oakland Public Education Fund in October 2016. Previously, Hong was the program manager for Playworks Northern California, a nonprofit committed to improving kids’ health and well-being by expanding opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. He is proud to have come up through Oakland public schools, going to Franklin Elementary, Westlake Middle School and Edna Brewer, and graduating from Oakland High. Working for the Oakland Ed Fund is his chance to realize his dream of tying career to roots, of giving back to the community where he grew up riding the BART from west to deep east, and attending the very schools he is working to support today. When he is not at work, Hong loves spending time with his wife and two daughters, traveling, and eating out or cheering on his favorite sports team, the Golden State Warriors!◼

Area, including winning a Shellie Award for Best Supporting Actress in Kindertransport. An East Bay native, Ms. Turner has lived in or around Oakland all her life and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama from San Francisco State University.◼

Donna Turner | Coordinator, Global Corporate Affairs and The Clorox Company Foundation, The Clorox Company Donna began her career with Clorox in 2011 as Coordinator of Global Government Affairs and Community Relations for The Clorox Company and The Clorox Company Foundation. In Government Affairs, she manages the political contributions and FPPC and FEC reporting for Clorox and provides managerial support for the Clorox Employee’s Political Action Committee. She acts as facilities liaison for site tours and is the front line contact for the Government Affairs Department. She facilitates Clorox involvement in community memberships, including the Oakland Metropolitan, Oakland AfricanAmerican, and Chinatown Chambers of Commerce and the League of Women Voters. Ms. Turner manages finances for the Clorox Company Foundation’s grant-making endeavors that support arts, education, and programs that build healthy communities. She also provides managerial support for Clorox’s employee giving campaigns and volunteer initiatives, disaster relief efforts, and employee relief campaign. Beyond Clorox, Ms. Turner’s varied career includes Human Resources, Finance and Banking, Office Operations, and the Performing Arts. She served two years as Treasurer on the Board of the non-profit Bay Area Performing Arts Committee. Donna is also a professional director and performing artist, who’s appeared in many acclaimed productions throughout the Bay

Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides nonprofits and enterprises with strategic investment and guidance to deepen work, scale impact, and strengthen our community. Born in Ukraine and raised in the Bay Area, Luba has been a longtime Oakland resident and is passionate about affecting communitydriven equitable social change. She is an alumna of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and the University of Oregon.◼

Torrey Webb | Communications Manager, Alameda Health System Foundation A native of Oakland, Torrey credits his career foundation on the Bay Area’s unique blend of diversity, viewpoints and overall visual aesthetic. Years ago, this was the driver to his interest in observation, which led to obtaining a BS degree in mass communications from San Jose State University and becoming a staff writer at the Alameda Newspaper Group. Eventually, Torrey’s interest in journalism waned, but not his curiosity in observation. This was especially evident when his communications career took him to Southern California. While there, his career flourished; he was a homeowner, his family thrived, people were nice, the weather was great and Disneyland only an hour away. But something was missing. He thinks after being in San Diego/Riverside counties for TaShon Thomas | Consultant, TBWB Strategies 15 years and boasting his Bay Area roots just as proudly as the first day TaShon joined TBWB Strategies in 2019 and is dedicated he arrived, he came to terms with how much he missed the progressive to helping school districts, counties, cities and other cosmopolitan region he always considered home – although he was 400 public entities secure local funding. To his role as a miles away. He had to return. And to be honest, a reconnection has never Consultant, he brings a plethora of political, non-profit felt so great for him! As part of Leadership Oakland, he brings the unique and constituent service management experience. Prior to perspective of someone that has lost and regained the treasure of living in TBWB, TaShon served as the Executive Director of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, where he worked with the 18 African the Bay Area, and looks forward to applying the program’s benefits to the American Legislators to sway influential legislation beneficial to Texas’ community he serves.◼ African American communities. While at the Caucus, TaShon was also Katherine White | Director of Operations, Oakland crucial in securing funding for the organization’s year-round events and Ballet Company Katherine is a native of Imperial scholarship program. With a passion for education reform and minority Beach, CA, but has spent the past 40 years living and health, TaShon has also worked with the American Heart Association and working in the nonprofit field in Winston-Salem, NC. Collaborative for Children to develop a progressive legislative agenda for Katherine's past career positions have included communities of color. Most notably, he worked on legislation to bring leadership positions in sectors including health grocery access to low-income communities in Texas, including the disparities, HIV/AIDS, low-income housing, and arts and neighborhood in which he was raised. He began his career working for history museums. A newcomer to California in June 2018, Katherine is Congress Member Sheila Jackson Lee in both Washington, DC and joined by her daughter, a freshman at Cal. Katherine is currently the Houston. TaShon grew up in Houston and has been a strong community Director of Operations for the Oakland Ballet.◼ advocate. He studied Political Science at Texas Southern University. While in college, he was President of the university’s Speech and Debate Luba Yusim | Senior Communications Associate, Team, where he was an award-winning debater. Currently residing in Community Vision Capital & Consulting Luba works Oakland, TaShon enjoys travelling to different places especially places as the Senior Communications Associate at Community off the beaten path.◼ Vision Capital & Consulting, a Community Development

Lena Zeitgraf | Race Director, Corrigan Sports Enterprises Lena grew up in the world of athletics. Leadership has always been synonymous with teamwork. She spent most of her young adult years playing various sports that would teach her how to lead by example. Playing at the highest level of collegiate athletics taught her how to bring people together around a common goal under pressure. She hopes that her experience in this program will help continue to cultivate the ability to be a team leader. She has worked in a variety of professions from non profits to small business. She currently serves on the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation board and coaches at Oakland Tech High School. Having owned a local business and served various non-profit roles, she is passionate about community development through public private partnerships. Her current position as race director for the Oakland Marathon has continued to help her develop these interests. She looks forward to continuing to serve Oakland.◼

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Extend the tangible benefits of Chamber membership and gain additional exposure for your business via the Chamber’s “M2M” (Member-to-Member) and “HotDeals” offers! Participation in both M2 and HotDeals are featured via Chamber’s website, social media platforms, Oakland Business Review (print and digital versions) and weekly outbound Chamber emails. Look for these and other current offers; oaklandchamber.com for details, expiry dates and any restrictions. HotDeals Offers available to Chamber members and the general public. AtmySphere

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How, where, when do Oaklanders celebrate? What brings our families, friends, communities together? What shared experiences help define our sense of community, faith, commitment, belonging? Whether it's Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Three Kings Day, New Year's Day – or some combination thereof – we endeavor to make lasting memories for ourselves and those whose lives we touch. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 7:30 PM THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. This evening-length show celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season. Paramount Theatre. For more information: hiphopnutcracker.com

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM OAKLAND TURKEY TROT RUN AND WALK LAKE MERRITT EAST SHORE PARK More than just a healthy start to the holiday, the Oakland Turkey Trot 5K is a fun way to give back while you give thanks. In partnership with the Mayor's Office, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Oakland Public Schools and local sponsors and charities, we are honored to bring Oakland its first Thanksgiving Day community fitness event that is 100% The Town. $35 Adults/$25. 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland. For more information: runsignup.com/Race/CA/Oakland/OTT

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29, 12:00 PM SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30, 6:00 PM BLACK WOMEN’S HOLIDAY MARKET Welcome to the 4th annual For the Culture: Black Women's Holiday Market! Featuring premiere Black Women artists, makers, and entrepreneurs. This year we are co-hosting with the Runway Project and partnering with Impact Hub Oakland to make this our biggest holiday show yet. This holiday pop-up experience is two days occurring Black Friday Weekend on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday. Friday, November 29th and Saturday November 30th from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Located at Impact Hub Oakland - 2323 Broadway, Oakland. For more information: tinyurl.com/tgf6ndg

NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 29 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Temple Hill Events. 4780 Lincoln Ave, Oakland. For more information: templehillevents.com. Free. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS Matinee and Evening performances. Temple Hill Events, 4780 Lincoln Ave, Oakland. For more information: templehillevents.com. Free. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2:00 PM AND 7:00 PM NUTCRACKER BALLET Temple Hill Events. 4780 Lincoln Ave, Oakland. For more information: templehillevents.com. Free. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 11:00 AM AND 3:OO PM USS HORNET - SEA, AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM HOLIDAY TEA ABOARD THE USS HORNET Join us in the Officers’ Wardroom for a winter holiday tea service! Eat and drink from vintage USN china aboard the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet and explore the ship! Two seatings, one at 11 AM and another at 3 PM. All tickets to tea include General Admission to the Museum. All profits from this tea go toward improving the Museum’s exhibitions and caring for its collection of artifacts! 707 West Hornet Ave., Alameda. $20 Youth/$33 Adult. For more information: tinyurl.com/raxvwlt

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM MONTCLAIR VILLAGE ASSOCIATION 17TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY STROLL Holiday Festivities | Live Performances | Children’s Holiday Court | Trolley Rides | Toy Drive | Family Fun | Santa Photo Booth | Giveaways | Admission Free + All Are Welcome! Montclair Village Association presents the 17th Annual Holiday Stroll; an admission FREE, family-friendly holiday festival open to all celebrants & perfect for kicking off the holiday season! Enjoy live performances with local youth and school groups and award-winning Bay Area talent. Special discounts and promotions are offered as over 40 locally-owned, independent merchants stay open late to greet guests with music, food & drink. Donate a toy to the “Random Acts Toy Drive,” hosted by the Oakland Fire Department, bring canned goods for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, then follow The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees for a visit with Santa! 2000 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland. For more information: montclairvillage.com

DECEMBER 6, 2019 - JANUARY 5 2020, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM ZOOLIGHTS AT OAKLAND ZOO Celebrate the holidays at Oakland Zoo amidst a million glowing lights! Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. Enjoy swirling snowfalls over a dazzling Winter Wonderland attraction featuring Santa for the ultimate holiday experience. Meet Santa every night between December 7-23, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm! 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland. For more information:www.oaklandzoo.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 6:30 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 5:00 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 5:00 PM Oakland Youth Chorus celebrates the season across the community – including performances at Chabot Space and Science Planetarium Friday, December 6th, 6:30 pm; Oakland Zoo Lights on December 7th; leading up to our 45th anniversary concert, "Healing Harmonies" Saturday, December 14th, 5 pm, at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland. Tickets ranging $10$20. For more information: oaklandyouthchorus.org

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 , 7:00 PM OAKLAND INTERFAITH GOSPEL CHOIR Open Your Mouth, Say Somethin'! 34th Annual Holiday Concert Open Your Mouth, Say Somethin'! - Join the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir under the direction of Terrance Kelly for their 34th Annual Holiday Concert. Hosted by Fantastic Negrito with special guests JaCoree, Ms. Jackie Tolbert and ASL interpretation by Half-NHalf. Plus the Oakland Interfaith Family of Choirs. For more information: oigc.org

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 7:00 PM HANDEL’S MESSIAH SING-ALONG Temple Hill Events. 4780 Lincoln Ave, Oakland. For more information: templehillevents.com. Free.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM TEMESCAL HOLIDAY FAIR The holiday season is fast approaching and the Temescal Telegraph Business District – Oakland is organizing a Temescal Holiday Fair: Creators & Critters for Bay Area shoppers to find beautiful unique gifts while supporting Temescal’s independent artists. We will be returning with another FREE petting zoo and FREE photos with the animals! We’ll have an alpaca, goats, pigs, bunnies, ducks, and more! Bring the whole family or your group of friends for that perfect holiday card or profile pic with the adorable barnyard animals! Come meet local Temescal artists, and see their amazing art including batik indigo dyed bandanas, jewelry, screen prints, greeting cards, mosaics, up-cycled light sculptures, and fuse bead pop art. Support your local artists and get all your holiday shopping done! 49th and Telegraph. For more information: temescaldistrict.org THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM LAKESHORE SHOP, STROLL & DINE Lakeshore's enchanting winter evening will feature carolers, merchant specials (and extended hours), gift baskets with wondrous local goodies, a raffle and more! Discover gift ideas, savor gourmet seasonal cuisine and festive cocktails, relax for a fun and relaxing evening stroll. Support local businesses and give back to the community with a fundraiser and food drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Lakeshore Avenue, Lake Park Ave to Mandana Ave For more information: info@lakeshoreavenue.com.

DECEMBER 13-15; 20-23, 26-30 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE EACH DAY AT 6:15 PM FAIRY WINTERLAND AT CHILDREN’S FAIRYLAND Join us for stories, crafts, a festival of lights, and daily visits with our Black Santa Claus (December 13-15 and 20-23). December 26-30, Fairyland celebrates Grandparents' Week. Grandparents, bring your grandchildren to get 50% off general admission. Park is open during Fairy Winterland noon - 7:00pm, weather permitting. 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland. For more information: fairyland.org Page 18


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 3:00 PM - 6:00 P LAUREL DISTRICT “SANTA STROLL” Visit The Laurel Oakland Saturday, December 14th for the Annual Santa Stroll! From a Santa Meet + Greet at Cafe Santana, to a Free Holiday Ornament Making Workshop at Mischief, to our Annual Laurel Oakland Food Drive, we’re making spirits bright at Oakland’s Laurel District this holiday season! Follow LaurelOakland.com for holiday contests + giveaways all season long! Shop Local Shop The Laurel Oakland's Neighborhood - On MacArthur between 35th Ave and High St. For more information: LaurelOakland.com

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 8:00 PM FA-LA-LA HOLIDAY CRUISE See the lights of the San Francisco Bay on board the USS Potomac. Kick off the Holidays with this special two hour event. Featuring Carolers, Wine, Hors d'oeuvres, Desserts and Good Cheer! $60-$65; must be 18 years of age or older. 540 Water Street, Oakland. For more information: usspotomac.org

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 4:00 PM FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHRUCH OF ALAMEDA OAKLAND GAY MEN’S CHORUS “WE ARE LIGHTS” Join the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus this December as we celebrate the sounds of the season at our annual holiday concert! For more information: oaklandgmc.org

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 4:00 PM OAKLAND SYMPHONY “MUSIC OF ARETHA FRANKLIN - LET US BREAK BREAD TOGETHER” Michael Morgan’s “inspired, multifarious, musical bash” (SF Classical Voice, 2017) draws its energy this year from the inspiring power of Aretha Franklin. Special guests abound in this annual rollicking holiday party. At the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. For more information: oaklandsymphony.org

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 5:00 PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22,1:00 PM and 5:00 PM OAKLAND BALLET COMPANY: GRAHAM LUSTIG’S “THE NUTCRACKER” Oakland Ballet Company’s annual performance of Graham Lustig's “The Nutcracker” features fresh and spritely dancing, magnificent scenery, and colorful costumes – all to Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score performed by the Oakland Symphony. SWEET DREAMS PARTIES: Saturday & Sunday ENCORE RECEPTION: Saturday only Paramount Theatre. Children under 2 years, free. For more information: OaklandBallet.org

FRIDAY DECEMBER 27, 6:00 - 8:00 PM COMMUNITY KWANZAA CELEBRATION Kujichagulia Family! The Brotherhood is having our Annual Kwanzaa event this year at the West Oakland Youth Center. Hope to see you there! 3233 Market St, Oakland. For more information: tinyurl.com/qohfrbu

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Gateway Bank is ready to help you reach your financial goals. Established in 1990, Gateway Bank opened in Oakland, California to serve the local community. Today, we are ready to serve you and the greater Bay Area. We focus on customers who want a level of personalized service in this environment of technological change and automation. Our customers include people who want to grow their savings and wealth, startup businesses, women and minority owned companies and everyone in between. We offer very competitive rates for both deposits and loans. We have multiple products including checking, savings, CDs, commercial real estate loans, small business loans, etc. As a bank, Gateway makes decisions fast and we are highly adaptable to the needs of our customers. Many of our accounts have low minimum required balances and little or no fees. Our promotional high yield CD Savings Account often pays interest many times more than the big banks. Come experience a different type of bank. Give us a call or drop by our branch for more information. 360 8th Street, Oakland CA 94607. Our telephone number is (510) 268-8108; questions@gatewayfsb.com. or www.gatewayfsb.com. FDIC Insured.◼ Modera Featuring a collection of 134 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes, Modera Jack London Square offers Oakland-enthusiasts a home packed with possibilities, inside and out. Interior features include 9foot ceilings, wood plank-style flooring, quartz countertops, and more. You'll love the game room with a demonstration kitchen, and expansive rooftop decks– complete with an outdoor pizza kitchen, barbecue area and gorgeous vistas of the downtown skyline. Perfect for gathering with old friends or making a few new ones. And while the amenities will make you never want to leave, the neighborhood offers you the perfect excuse to explore. Whether you want to grab a brew, shop for treasures, relax by the bay, or pop into San Francisco, Modera Jack London Square puts you at the threshold of all the bustling heart of Oakland has to offer. The tastes. The action. The shops. The bay. There are countless reasons to come to Jack London Square. And now, thanks to Modera, there is also one incredible reason to stay. 378 Embarcadero West, Oakland. 866.578.8288 or visit the website, moderajacklondonsquare.com.◼ Peralta Service Corporation (PSC), a subsidiary of The Unity Council, a nonprofit social enterprise that generates revenue with a social mission to increase the economic self-sufficiency of low-income adults through the provision of workforce development training and living-wage employment. PSC is a second-chance employer, employing committed job-seekers with significant and multiple barriers to employment due to checkered employment history, criminal backgrounds, language, and more. While PSC workers learn all job readiness skills, they can also access supportive services including financial coaching, computer literacy, transportation assistance, and housing. After completing a12month training program, PSC employees are eligible for salary adjustment and benefits. 95% of our employees grow up or live in the Oakland community. It is important our program is able to create job opportunities to make positive impact to local communities. Currently, PSC provides street cleaning service, graffiti abatement, power washing, and landscaping for several Business Improvement Districts in Oakland. Additionally, the Safety and Neighborhoods Ambassador Program (SNAP) is a key component of the PSC team,

which has the goal of transforming a cleaner, safer, and better communities of Oakland. Our ambassadors are passionate about his or her community and eager to make a positive impact every day. They are also outgoing, creative problem solvers with great attitudes and work ethics.◼

Pixel Valley Studio We produce videos that are memorable and fun. In our connected world, the possibilities of marketing can excite as well as deter business owners. What used to be simple became complex. All you want is to talk to your market and let them know you’re here for them and nothing comes closer to that experience than video. We make the process creative and enjoyable for our clients which leads to fun and memorable videos that can resonate with your audience. Check out our work at pixelvalleystudio.com or call me to talk video at 347-277-1920.◼

Salomon Strategic Development (SSD) offers specialized consulting services for nonprofits seeking to build institutional infrastructure and funding capacity. SSD’s mission is to serve these companies – many of which are small and mid-sized organizations operating with limited human and financial resources – by providing creative, innovative, and holistic solutions to organizational challenges with practical recommendations and hands-on support. In order to remain competitive and achieve sustainability, nonprofits must find new and inventive ways to approach resource development and distinguish themselves among target constituencies. To explore how SSD might partner with your organization, email ssd.bayarea@gmail.com◼

Universal Paragon Corporation Kevin Cullina is responsible for land development, entitlements, horizontal infrastructure improvements and environmental mitigation for Universal Paragon Corporation (“UPC”); a leading real estate design and development firm in the San Francisco Bay Area with several significant assets in both Northern and Southern California. As one of the largest land developers in Northern California, including one of their flagship assets located in the Bay Area, The Baylands. The Baylands is approximately 700 acres straddling both San Francisco and San Mateo counties and is serviced by both Caltrain and SFMuni. With plans for over 4,000 residential units (both for sale and rental) and approx. 8 million square feet of commercial uses including Life Science, R& D, Office, Campus and Hotel, it is the largest TOD site in Northern California. Visit www.upcsf.com.◼

For more than10 years, Variable Path, Inc. (Varpath Inc.) has utilized innovative and highly evolved cybersecurity solutions to protect businesses from emerging cyber threats. We work with organizations of all sizes to identify and mitigate cybersecurity risk. We have helped clients recover from cybersecurity incidents and installed systems to prevent future attacks. Our mission is to provide affordable cybersecurity protection that mitigates your business cybersecurity risks. We provide packages and services that ensure your business and client data will stay confidential. Our inclusive business programs include hardware, software, licenses, and support. You will finally relax with our Security Operations Center watching your back. Call us about scheduling a cyber security risk assessment today! (800) 863-9198 or email help@varpath.com. Learn more at www.varpath.com◼

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Gateway Bank, F.S.B. 360 8th Street Oakland, CA 94607-4241 (510) 268-8108

Peralta Service Corporation 3301 E 12th Street Ste169 Oakland, CA 94601 (510) 485-5870

Cafe Uccello 340 14th Street at 14th and Webster Oakland, CA 94612 (502)-OAK-LAND

Modera Jack London Square 178 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607 (628) 600-3650

Salomon Strategic Development 6906 Saroni Drive Oakland, California 94611 (510) 206-7045

CDIM Engineering 178 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607 (510) 268-8108

Pacific Restoration Inc dba Servpro 373 Blodgett St Cotati, California 94931 (510) 206-7045

Universal Paragon Corporation 150 4th Street, 408 Oakland , CA 94607 (415) 405-6212 Variable Path Inc. 520 Monogram Rd San Leandro, CA 94577 (415) 203-8493

Square, Inc. 1455 Market St., Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94103

We are Oakland, too! Maya Woods-Cadiz, Superintendent, AIMS K-12 College Prep Charter District

—Can you name a public school district in Oakland that is eliminating the achievement gap for African-American students and others in math and language arts? Where all students take AP classes? Where college applications are paid for and 100% of graduates are accepted to the top colleges and universities in the nation? I can. It’s the AIMS K-12 College Prep Charter District. AIMS K-12 is a charter public school district overseeing three schools in Oakland – an elementary, middle, and high – that are all authorized by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). As the current superintendent of AIMS K-12 and long-time Chamber member, I’m proud to share with you a little about We Are Oakland Too! -- a rallying cry for our organization and its thriving future in this city. My perspective is that of a multigenerational Oaklander. My family traces our roots here back to the early 1900s. I’ve been a student and parent in Oakland’s private, traditional, and charter public schools. Over twenty years of my

are English Language Learners. 4% of our students qualify for special education services, and we partner with OUSD to meet the needs of those students. We are most proud of our academic success. In the recently released state test scores, all three AIMS schools scored in the top 25% of all OakMaya Woods-Cadiz, Superintendent, AIMS K-12 College Prep land public schools, Charter District district or charter. Our high school had the highest math proud to continue to serve Oakland scores of any high kids as the leader of AIMS K-12, school in Oakland which includes some of our comm- 13 points higher unity’s oldest and most successful than the next charter schools. school (also a AIMS K-12 students represent our charter). Our K-8 diverse Oakland community. 75% of our families qualify for free and redu- students performed as well as stuced lunch benefits – that means their families make less than approximate- dents from the top “Hills” schools ly $36,000 for a family of four. 55% and single site charters that tend of our students are Asian; 25% are African-American; and 14% are His- to serve higher income families. We have been recognized by panic/Latino; 4% are White; and 2% Silicon Valley-based Innovate identify as Other. This reflects the Public Schools as the only school community we serve around downsystem in the entire Bay Area town Oakland. 22% of our students life has been in service to the children of Oakland, with the bulk of my career being in OUSD. Now I am

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closing the African-American achievement gap in Math and in English for three years running. Texas-based Educational Results Partnership recently identified us on their “Honor Roll” for top public schools in Texas and California getting results. We invest strategically to secure such outcomes: 100% of our high schoolers take Advanced Placement (AP) classes beginning in their freshman year. We pay for 100% of student SAT and ACT exams, AP test prep books, and AP exams. In addition, we pay for college application fees for all of our seniors.

100% of AIMS K-12 graduates are accepted into four-year colleges and universities. The truth is, We Are Oakland Too! We are locally grown public schools, free and open to all, getting better results with less funding. When charters fail, they reform, close, or get shut down. So, the next time you hear someone rattle off anti-charter talking points or headline, remember to check that facts against the reality. AIMS K-12 College Prep Charter District is part of the past, present, and future of quality public education in this city. If you’re interested in supporting a successful Oakland public education district like ours, look us up: www.aimsk12.org.◼


Four diverse Bay Area CDFIs receive $1.7 million investment to grow Andrea Beasley, Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo recently donated $1.7 million to four Bay Area Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to offer diverse small businesses capital and technical assistance including California FarmLink, Pacific Community Ventures, Working Solutions and Community Vision Capital & Consulting. As part of its new philanthropic strategy, Wells Fargo is focusing on three societal challenges: housing affordability, small business growth and financial health. Wells Fargo’s Diverse Community Capital (DCC) program is a critical component of

the small business strategy and supports business owners who are African-American, Hispanic, American Indian/Pacific Islander, Asian-American, women, veterans, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups. “Diverse small businesses face unique challenges to start and grow their businesses,” said Erica Trejo, community relations senior manager for Wells Fargo. “By working with CDFIs, we can ensure small businesses in the Bay Area have the capital and resources to help them succeed, create jobs and financially empower their families.”◼

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Holidays – all days – without hunger Alameda County Community Food Bank

New research shows that hunger is on the rise in Alameda County. Today, one in five county neighbors is experiencing hunger or at risk of hunger. Hunger is growing in suburban areas – an increasing effect of the

high cost of housing and food on local food insecurity. Things in Oakland and the rest of the county are unquestionably tough for thousands of working families who don’t earn enough to cover basic expenses, but earn too much to Continued on page 23

Jolley, Jacob join Donahue Fitzgerald Continued from page 8

class actions. He represents a wide range of clients, including large financial institutions, food and drug companies, corporate officers, high technology companies, and major sports leagues. Kristoffer Jacob is a litigation associate with experience in defending retailers and manufacturers Kristoffer Jacob of products and industrial equipment in litigation involving product liability, toxic exposures, and catastrophic injury. He assists clients in all stages of litigation including discovery, drafting motions, attending depositions, and trial preparation. Both Jolley and Jacob graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and received their J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.◼ Kaiser Permanente mourns loss of Bernard J. Tyson Continued from page 1

5 consecutive years, he was No. 2 on the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list and on Fast Company’s list of most creative people. Tyson served on the boards of directors for the American Heart Association and Salesforce. He was a member of the American Aca-

demy of Arts and Sciences, served as Deputy Chairman of the Americas of the International Federation of Health Plans, was the former chair of American Health Insurance Plans and a steward of the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge on the Future of Health

and Healthcare. Tyson was also member of the Business Council and Bay Area Council, a business-led public policy organization advocating for a strong economy and better quality of life for Bay Area residents. A San Francisco Bay Area native,

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Tyson earned a Master of Business Administration in Health Service Administration, bachelor’s degree in Health Service Management from Golden Gate University in San Fran-cisco, and a leadership certificate from Harvard University.◼


All events are held at the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce offices, 1333 Broadway, Plaza Level Suite 100, Oakland CA 4612, unless otherwise noted. Call 510.874.4800, or visit oaklandchamber.com to confirm dates/times. Meetings are open to all Chamber members. Where applicable, specific events costs or fees are noted.

December

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Board Chair ZACK WASSERMAN Wendel Rosen LLP DAN COHEN Full Court Press Communications MARK EVERTON Visit Oakland Board Chair

BEJNAMIN HARRISON Colliers International KENNETH MAXEY Comcast JACKIE RAY The Clorox Company

4 | Economic Development Forum ▶︎ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Economic Development Forum: Harnessing Opportunity Zones in Oakland. Presentation by Monica Edwards, Chief Opportunity Zone Officer, City of Oakland. Chamber Boardroom. Register at oaklandchamber.com. Members/Free; $15/Nonmembers. Priority registration for Chamber Members.

“M2M” Buy Local, Shop #OAKPROUD. Special offers available only to other Oakland Chamber members. Membership has its benefits! Visit oaklandchamber.com.

January 23 | All Chambers Mixer ▶︎ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Save the date! Join in as all the Chambers gather together for a 2020 Kickoff! Location TBA.

MANAN SHAH Gensler

24 | Inside Oakland ▶︎ 8:30 PM – 10:00 AM Register at oaklandchamber.com. Members/Free; $15/Nonmembers. Priority registration for Chamber Members.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS KAREN BALDERAMA Wendel Rosen LLP

JIM MACKSOOD Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

ALICIA BERT Pacific Gas & Electric Co. WADE MARTIN Oakland Athletics PATRICK BRENNAN Schnitzer Steel Industries ED MCFARLAN JRDV Urban International DAREN CHAN SAM NASSIF AT&T Creative Hospitality Corporation RAYMOND CONNELL Holland Partner Group DENISE PINKSTON TMG Partners MICHAEL L. HESTER McGuire and Hester DENISE PIPER Wells Fargo PAT KERNIGHAN Former Councimember JENNIFER SCANLON City of Oakland Kaiser Permanente PAMELA KERSHAW DAVID STEIN Port of Oakland Donahue Fitzgerald LLP RICH KINNEY ANGELA TSAY Matson Oaklandish MICHAEL LEBLANC Bj WASHINGTON PLāYT JPMorgan Chase & Co. GEORGE LOW California State University JOHN WORLEY SE ARUP East Bay ROBERT LUCCHESE Bank of America

CIM Group Peralta Community College District

Holidays – all days –without hunger Continued from page 22

qualify for government benefits. That’s why Oakland-based Alameda County Community Food Bank is working hard to not only provide more food, but to also develop innovative programs that improve the lives of the neighbors they serve. The Food Bank’s work to end hunger is comprehensive because it must be; the causes of hunger itself are complex. Health and hunger are irrefutably linked, which is why ACCFB partners with health care providers to prevent diabetes and improve people’s health. In times of emergency, ACCFB fulfills their role as second responders, stepping in to provide emergency food to disaster victims, as was the case during recent fires and this year’s federal government shutdown. This, of course, is on top of times such as the

BARBARA LESLIE President and CEO Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce The mission of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is to secure the economic future of our community, and to enhance the quality of life in the City of Oakland.

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holidays, when demand for food increases. But with the holidays here, the Food Bank’s fundraising is off to a slower-thanexpected start. To meet demands, ACCFB needs to raise $6.2 million this holiday season – enough to help provide 14.8 million meals. This is where you come in. Alameda County Community Food Bank needs your support more than ever as they fight to ensure that friends, coworkers, family members, and neighbors have access to healthy meals. Every $1 donated helps provide two meals. Thank you for your commitment and partnership toward a healthier, hunger-free Alameda County. For more information, visit www.accfb.org.◼


Wendel Rosen boosts Land Use Practice Wendel Rosen LLP

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the Bay Area and the state, welcomes attorney Patrick Tuck as an associate in the firm’s Land Use and Litigation practices. Tuck advises and defends private and public clients on a broad spectrum of land use and environmental law issues. He is experienced in a range of matters including, but not limited to, California Environmental Quality Act

(CEQA) compliance and litigation, water rights disputes, property acquisition and development, and property entitlement procedures, including obtaining local government approvals. He has successfully counseled and defended many public entity clients, including multiple California municipalities, school districts, and police departments. During law school, Tuck clerked for the U.S. Depart ment of Justice’s Environment & Natural Resources Division and interned

with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Land Use & Environment Team. He joins the firm from Bertrand, Fox, Elliot, Osman & Wendel's San Francisco office. Tuck earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law (2015), where he served on the USF Law Review Editorial Board. He earned his B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University (2002).◼

“You Count 2020” with Family Support Services Kelly Cousins, Family Support Services

Experts say that in the 2010 Census, millions of children, elderly people, homeless people, and people with disabilities were not counted. It may not seem like a big deal, but believe me, it matters! The first National Census in the United States was taken in 1790, as part of a Constitutional Requirement that all of the people in the United States must be counted. Since then, each decade the U.S. Census Bureau takes on the massive project of counting everyone within our borders. The Census has two big things to determine: Representation and Federal Funding. Representation in

the Federal Government is based on population, which is determined in the Census. Federal Funding, similarly, is based on what populations are present in given communities. From the Census, we learn which parts of the country are most in need of things like nutrition programs, housing assistance, education initiatives, and other public benefits. A lot of people are worried about information security, especially this year, when the Census will be available online for the first time. There are also questions about access to technology, and a general mistrust of the Federal

Government working against the Census. Family Support Services is part of a coalition of nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and community groups who are working hard to ensure a com-plete count on the 2020 Census. This effort will guarantee not only that our voices are heard, but that Alameda County recei-ves the funding it needs to sup-port our entire community. Please join us, keep an eye out for information about the 2020 Census, and make sure you and your loved ones are counted.◼

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Wendel Rosen a 2020 Best Law Firm Wendel Rosen LLP

Wendel Rosen LLP has been named to the list of 2020 Best Law Firms by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. The firm is recognized in seven Tier 1 categories – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Construction Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law and Trusts & Estates Law. The firm also received “Metropolitan Tier 2” rankings for its Corporate Law, Litigation – Real Estate and Litigation – Trusts & Estates practices. Firms included in the 2020 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a “Tier 1” ranking signifies a quality law practice and breadth of legal experience and knowledge in the recognized area. To be considered for inclusion, the practice must include at least one individual lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America. 12 Wendel Rosen attorneys were named to the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.◼

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