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East Bay Women in Business Awards | Cover story

Oakland Chamber honors four local women for their commitment and leadership in region

L-R: Annie Campbell Washington, Oakland City Councilmember, District 4 joins honorees at the East Bay Women in Business Awards Luncheon; Nonprofit Leader recipient Julyane Austin Virgil, Girls Inc.; Susan Muranishi, Public Servant award winner, County Administrator, Alameda County; Emerging Leader recipient Claire Shorall, formerly of the Oakland Unified School District; Barbara Leslie, president and CEO, Oakland Chamber of Commerce; Barbara Morrison, Business Owner, Founder or CEO, TMC Financing; Pam Moore, event emcee and KRON-4 news anchor; Kim Delevett, community affairs & grassroots manager, Southwest Airlines, EBWIB program sponsor.

On October 6th, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce hosted its first ever Women in Business Awards during its East Bay Women In Business annual luncheon held at Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar in Oakland, attended by an enthusiastic group of more than 100 women – and a few men. "Women are an integral part of our community, especially in business leadership roles,” said Barbara Leslie, president and CEO of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. “Although we’ve been convening this program for years, it felt right this year to recognize a few of the countless extraordinary women leaders in our business and public service community. It is an opportunity to honor the women who have lifted up and inspired others throughout their career.” The EBWIB Awards celebrate the efforts of those who contribute to the betterment of the community, while acting as leaders in their field. Award Categories are: Business Owner, Founder, or CEO; Nonprofit or Community Leader; Public Servant; and Emerging Leader. Emceed by KRON television anchor and reporter Pam Moore, 2017 honorees were Barbara Morrison, CEO & president of TMC Financing; Julayne Austin Virgil, CEO, Girls Inc.; Susan Muranishi, county administrator, Alameda County; and Claire Shorall, manager of Computer Science, Oakland Unified School District.

REPORT: Oakland tech industry strong despite labor, housing constraints Oakland employs approximately 7,100 tech industry workers, and has seen a 61 percent increase in employment since 2009, according to a recent report commissioned by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The report was unveiled in this latest convening of the Oaklanders Talk Tech series hosted by Pandora and sponsored by AT&T, and Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys, LLP. Over the last five years California's tech industry has seen a 2.7 percent growth rate, accounts for one out of every six jobs nationally, and has added 600,000 jobs earning more than $100,000 annually. Currently, the Inland Empire is the fastest growing region in the state at 2.7 percent, followed by Fresno. San Francisco and the East Bay are experiencing slower growth due to a limited labor market and housing availability. "Unfortunately, you can’t continue a 2.8 percent economic growth if you only have a 0.8 percent growth in the labor supply,” said Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, and author of the Chamber's 2017 Oakland Tech Trends Report. “In order to keep growth, you have to add new people. And to add new people, you need to add places for them to live." Following traditional migration trends, young workers (25 to 44 years old) are moving out of the mid-west, but, due to a lack of

Barbara Leslie, president and CEO, Oakland Chamber of Commerce, kicks off Third Annual "Oaklanders Talk Tech" event at Pandora.

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Pulse of Oakland: Chamber poll shows Oakland voters support housing development, downtown ballpark The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced results of its survey of Oakland voters, conducted together with market opinion and research firm FM3, at the Chamber's "Pulse of Oakland" event. Results were announced by Barbara Leslie, CEO, at the annual breakfast at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. The event, attended by more than 100 business leaders, government officials, and members of the Oakland community, learned the results of the Chamber’s comprehensive poll of public opinion, which includes voters’ perceptions on Oakland’s growth, public safety, and how voters feel about the rate of

Oakland’s development, as well as the conduct and effectiveness of Oakland’s elected officials. This year voters also weighed in on building a new ballpark near downtown Oakland, and by a two to one margin, support the proposed location. The 500-person telephone survey was conducted October 24-29, 2017, by FM3 Research, with results weighted to reflect the demographic profile of likely November voters. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.4 percent. Key findings from the survey include the following: • 75 percent of voters believe locating tech companies in Oakland, along with more jobs

and tax revenue, is good for Oakland. • 49 percent of voters believe the current rate of new development is too slow compared to 2016, in which only 36 percent believed the rate was too slow. • A combined 67 percent believe Oakland’s current rate of development is about right or too slow. • Oakland voters continue to be optimistic about the city’s overall direction and its economy. • Feelings of safety in Oakland have dramatically improved since last year. • 90 percent of voters are proud to call Oakland home and overwhelming would recommend it as a – continued page 22

#OAKPROUD NEWS • Oakland’s historic, 104-year-old Sequoyah Country Club has elected attorney David Stein, a lifelong resident who has served on a wide range of business and civic organizations, as president. “I am honored to be elected to serve as president of Sequoyah Country Club,” said Stein. “Having been part of Oakland and the greater East Bay for over 100 years, Sequoyah has evolved with Oakland. Golf, swimming, tennis, social activities, a new fitness center and a welcoming environment are why our diverse membership love Sequoyah.” Stein’s ties to the Club go back to the 1970s when he was a caddy and Skyline High School student. A Club member with his wife, C.J. Hirschfield, since 2005, Stein is a partner at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, where he co-chairs its litigation practice David Stein group. In addition, Stein serves on the boards of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Great Oakland Public Schools. • Kevin Rodriguez, partner, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, has been appointed chair of the firm’s Trust and Estate Litigation Practice Group. Rodriguez is a board member of the East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers Association, and is a member of the East Bay Estate Planning Council. He is also a member of the San Francisco and Alameda County bar associations. Rodriguez earned his L.L.M. in taxation from Golden Gate University (2009), and his J.D. (2005) and his B.S.C. (2000) from Santa Clara University. • Andrew Shalauta joins Donahue Fitzgerald LLP as a partner in its Employment Practice Group. Andrew joins Kevin Rodriguez the firm from Burnham Brown and has over 20 years experience practicing law. Andrew has significant experience and expertise in handling labor and employment litigation, and advice and counsel for private employers, public entities, and educational institutions. Andrew earned his J.D. from University of Colorado School of Law, and his B.A. from University of California, Berkeley. • The Oakland Museum of California welcomes Leslie Smith as its new Director of Business Development, a newly created senior leadership position. This position was established to support the Museum’s effort to increase earned revenue toward greater financial sustainability while, at the same time, maintaining OMCA’s deep and demonstrated commitment to community access and engagement. Smith comes to OMCA with over 10 years of museum experience, most recently from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she served as the Senior Budget Director. Prior to this, Smith worked as the Business Manager at the Newseum in Washington, DC. • Candace Neal joins Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Neal joins the firm from Reed Smith LLP. She is a member of the East Bay Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women Network, and a mentor for the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity. Neal sits on the board of directors for the Center for Youth Development Through Law, and she serves as the secretary for the Black Women Lawyers of Northern California. Neal Candace Neal earned both her J.D. (2012) and B.A. (2007) from the University of California, Berkeley. • Congratulations to Chamber members Blaisdell's Business Products and OCHO Candy. The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune announced eight Oakland-based companies made the 2017 Inner City 100 list. The list ranks the fastest-growing inner city businesses in America by revenue growth. Winning companies in Oakland were referred by local organizations including the City of Oakland. ICIC’s Inner City 100 list seeks to celebrate and enable urban entrepreneurship. Over the course of nearly 20 years ICIC has awarded 928 companies whose success illuminates the innovation and business growth happening in our inner cities. Inner City 100 companies are forces of economic opportunity, optimism and transformation in their communities. Providing a platform for recognition, networking and learning, the Inner City 100 program continues to open doors for other budding urban entrepreneurs and stimulate inner city business development and job creation. • 1st United Credit Union was named a San Francisco Bay Area’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner. • A special shout out to Charlie Deterline, Business Development Manager at Nelson Staffing and an awesome volunteer for the Oakland Chamber. If you’ve attended any of our events in 2017, there was a pretty good chance you were greeted by him. We appreciate his quick wit and positive attitude, and we thank him. • "Tis the season for giving," and 1st United Credit Union is extending their support for the community. You can help, too, by donating new, unwrapped toys (until December 5th), and non-perishable food (through December 22nd), at any of 1st United Credit Union's eight branches. Donated food goes to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and toys go to Toys for Tots. 2 | OBR Oakland Business Review

From the President Happy Holidays!

From Barbara Leslie, President and CEO Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

As the shopping season begins in earnest next week – for those of us who believe holiday shopping begins the day after Thanksgiving, and not before – I hope this issue provides our readers with all you need to know to dine, shop and celebrate the magic of Oakland this holiday season. In the Chamber’s annual citizens poll, conducted this past month, 90 percent of respondents indicated they were proud to call Oakland home, and 79 percent said they make it a point to shop and go out in Oakland, as opposed to other cities, whenever possible. Given that OAKPROUD spirit, we are adding a little plaid to our holiday shopping, and supporting Oakland Grown’s "Plaid Friday Weekend" campaign. This issue of the Oakland Business Review is full of holiday activities, celebrations and Oakland love to occupy every day between now and the New Year. Enjoy! Amidst all this local goodwill and community spirit, we do not have to travel far from home to realize many in our community are struggling with basic needs, such as food and shelter. At this time of year, I am reminded of the incredible work being done by the Alameda County Community Food Bank each and every day to support the 1 in 5 people in Alameda County who are food insecure. The Chamber is OAKPROUD to support the work of the Food Bank throughout the year, but we want to remain mindful of the tremendous need in our community, particularly when juxtaposed in this season of abundance for so many. Please consider donating your time and money to the Food Bank and their efforts. The Chamber's Board of Directors will again this year participate in food sorting at the Food Bank, in lieu of an annual holiday gathering. The Chamber's recent citywide citizen poll also underscored our community’s deep concern for our city’s homeless population, particularly now as winter is upon us. Chamber leadership applauds the Mayor and City Council’s work with Alameda County to support the homeless in our community. The City has recently committed financial resources to fund “outdoor navigation centers” on city-owned or leased land that will provide temporary housing, and desperately needed comprehensive services to our most vulnerable in an effort to move those who are un-sheltered into permanent housing. The business community has stepped up to support this effort by funding the physical structures needed for the navigation centers. Members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors – all of whom either live or work in Oakland – see the impact of homelessness every day, and are choosing to be a part of both short-term and longterm solutions. From the Chamber Family to yours, we wish you a season full of joy, generosity, and shared success in the coming year.

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housing, they aren’t moving to California. In order to sustain a 2.3 percent economic growth rate, the state will need to add 200,000 to 300,000 new residential units every year. Right now it’s only completing 110,000. As a result, a limited housing supply increases housing costs slowing growth where it is needed most. “We don’t have an affordable housing crisis, we have a housing supply crisis that is impacting affordability,” added Thornberg. In a process called “filtering,” building high income neighborhoods provides housing for those currently living in mid-level homes, and then lower income homeowners move into mid-level homes, then younger, lowerincome people move into older, less expensive housing stock. "Older housing should be reserved for lower income families,” added Thornberg. “But in San Francisco, for example, half of its older housing stock is owned by high income families. This pushes low income families out.” In Alameda County, the median priced home sells for about $779,000 and in order to qualify for a mortgage the household income must be at least $155,000. Only 22 percent of households could afford to buy a median priced home according to the California Association of Realtors. Tech worker wages are especially strong. On average, tech employees

earned $122,000 per year, seventy-five percent more than the average citywide wage in 2016. However, tech jobs indirectly increase the wages of others as tech employees spend their high earnings in the local economy, which increases the wages of other workers. "Incomes are rising, there are lots of job opportunities, and people are moving back into the labor force,” said Thornberg. According to the report, in terms of household employment, Oakland has a higher percentage of women working in tech positions (34.4 percent) compared to San Jose (32.6 percent) and San Francisco (32.4 percent). Additionally, the Oakland tech workforce has become more racially diverse as the percentage of black employees increased 6.1 percent, with a workforce percentage of 11.7 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of white and Asian workers declined 5.0 percent and 0.3 percent respectively. Overall, according to the latest reporting, the economic recovery period from the steep downturn is over; and as a result of higher growth the nation is now running into some capacity constraints. The problem beginning to occur now in the United States is a lack of workers, a problem very significant here in the Bay Area. Nationally, the most recent employment indicators show 200,000 new workers hired. This number would indicate a bit of a slowdown, however it is a slowdown in the supply of workers, not the economy itself. "When I think about technology, I think about vision and values,” said Dr. Elnora Webb, Oakland Chamber board chair, to the sold out crowd. “Technology has impacted our lives, so much so we now manage more effectively systems and processes as a result. Technology is ubiquitous.” "This third event in the Chamber’s series further underscores Oakland’s emerging tech growth and future potential, while examining both challenges and L-R: Event sponsored by Pandora, AT&T and Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys. opportunities facing the sector in general, and here in Oakland, specifically,” said Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics; Dr. Elnora Tena Webb, board chair, Barbara Leslie, president and CEO of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of and Barbara Leslie, president and CEO, Oakland Chamber; Kristen Robinson, Commerce.


FASTSIGNS: Signing on to the American dream

TMC Financing: Delivering dreams

"My background is traditional Chinese,” said Linda Fong, owner of Oakland FASTSIGNS. “I’m an immigrant, born in Hong Kong, moved here at the age of two and raised in Oakland. The Chinese way is to pay as you go, but if you must have debt, get out of it as fast as possible. This was the world I knew.” Fong started up her FASTSIGNS business in 1995, after exploring a number of franchise business opportunities, from fast food to mailbox/ shipping outlets. After evaluating a number of opportunities, she recognized a higher level of comfort working in the B2B world. “I didn’t want to be limited by location, I wanted to be able to reach out and service clients, utilize my marketing background, and really be a business partner with them in whatever endeavor we pursued.” Due diligence had her decide on the print industry, and additional due diligence had her signing up to open a FASTSIGNS location, and 23 years later, it’s still at the corner of 19th and Franklin. “We’ve survived this far, and looking back I can see how I limited myself with cultural attitudes toward money and debt.” Yet, being a woman coming of age in the Bay Area, she notes she was not aware of feeling constrained in pursuing her dreams. “I like ideas, to dream, be a visionary. My husband says I have the attention span of a gnat,” she laughed. But, in a more serious tone, she matter-of-factly turned the conversation to the difficult times encountered since opening the doors. “I decided to expand and open a Hayward facility in 2007; we’d outgrown our Oakland location and needed additional space for the production side of the business. I purchased the building and from 2008 through 2010, I poured cash into the Hayward location, hoping the market would turn. I kept saying about the downturn, ‘nothing lasts this long’.” With Hayward clearly not working, Linda Fong, FASTSIGNS and sales in Oakland down 40 percent, Fong finally made the difficult decision to let people go and close the Hayward sales office. Since she was invested in the building there – which, like most buildings at the time was ‘upside down’ – she kept the production facility in place. “We depleted everything. We’d purchased equipment, kept pouring in cash, and the catch-22 at that point is no one is wiling to lend. I learned through this that ‘cash is king,’ and vowed to not be caught in a cycle like this again.” Four years ago, with the market starting to turn up again, she decided to reopen the Hayward sales office. “We immediately felt squeezed; we needed more production space, and servicing our growing client base – clients such as Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee Company and Alameda-based artisan bakery Semifreddi’s, the majority of whom are based in Oakland – from Hayward, was becoming increasingly difficult. Just dealing with traffic was an obstacle to creating a frictionless experience for clients,” Fong reflected. After watching commercial rents in the Bay Area and, specifically Oakland, start climbing at unprecedented rates, she started looking for a dedicated production facility in Oakland. “I was seeing what was happening here in Oakland; commercial and residential rents going up, people and businesses being displaced. We’ve been here for more than two decades, but I don’t know what may happen tomorrow with the building we’ve been in for years. I wanted to address this.” Her real estate ‘wish list’ was live/work space so that she could purchase mixed-use real estate with space that could be rented at reasonable rates to employees. “The space we were able to get, a block from Laney College on E. 8th Street, was commercial only, and the residential units were already owned. Ideally, I’m still looking to do this,” said Fong, explaining it is a model she and her husband have in place already, with employee housing units over their salon. Her changed attitude toward financing, coupled with a ‘cash is king’ mantra led her to look into SBA loans and, knowing the SBAs reputation for being difficult to understand, tough to navigate and rigorous, she turned to TMC Financing, becoming in the process one of Barbara Morrison’s (Founder/CEO, TMC Financing) inspirational stories. “We closed on our new production facility, on time, April 25th this year,” said Fong. "TMC took care of everything, start to finish, with them walking me through every step of the process,” Fong stated enthusiastically. “Going with an SBA loan allowed me to preserve capital; it is only a 10 percent down payment instead of 35 percent. It enabled me to upgrade the facility to make it work best for our immediate and long term needs.” It also

Founded in 1981, TMC is a Certified Development Company that provides SBA commercial real estate financing. With the guidance of founder and president Barbara Morrison and a dynamic leadership team, TMC has grown to be the largest provider of SBA 504 commercial real estate financing in Northern California, promoting economic development through job creation and business expansion by providing funding for small and medium-sized businesses in California and Nevada. TMC is consistently ranked among the top certified development companies nationwide, having funded projects worth more than $9 billion across California and Nevada, benefiting some 5,000 businesses and resulting in the creation of an estimated 60,000 jobs. The company also holds claim to being the No. 1 SBA 504 hotel lender in the United States, and has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times, having earned a place on the list of Bay Area Best Places to Work. Morrison has engaged in civic and community activities throughout her life, including as mayor of Belvedere, serving on numerous boards and advocating for women and small business owners. She is frequently honored – including recently having received the Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s East Bay Women In Business award as Top East Bay Business Owner, Founder, or CEO – and is affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including serving on the Oakland Chamber’s Economic Development Committee. When asked about what she loves most about being at TMC, she replied, “I don’t think it’s possible to limit it to one thing. The first thing that comes to mind though is I’ve had the pleasure of having front row seats for all these years on hundreds and hundreds of inspiring stories from entrepreneurs we’ve worked with all these years. The energy is inspiring; it always has been!” When queried as to the impact she’s had on people’s lives through TMC, she humbly deflects a bit, saying “impact is the right word … it’s something that means a lot to me personally, but not just with regard to the Barbara Morrison, TMC Financing business owners we work with. It’s here in the company; one of the most fortunate things, I’m just so incredibly grateful to work with my TMC team; they are fantastic. They share my passion, my dedication to businesses we work with. It’s contagious. It keeps me going to work every day. Honestly, I’ve pushed my retirement date out several times,” she said with a laugh. “One of my favorite quotes is from Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post and first woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, ‘To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?’” “Obviously, nobody in life gets to do only what they like; there are responsibilities we all have. For me, it’s dealing with IT problems. I’m just challenged. “I’ve been described as being pathologically optimistic,” and indeed, she lights up when talking about what she does, an ‘all in’ pervasiveness to her being. “I don’t like having to accept ‘no’ for an answer. When we’re dealing with SBA, and there are times when we really, really disagree with their eligibility determination for a borrower, and I’ve exhausted all my appeals and I have to go back to my client and tell them we can’t do the deal, that’s beyond frustrating. “I’m removed from the day-to-day with individual borrowers. During the early years here, I met all of our borrowers. Now I only get to meet a few. If I had a magic wand, I would meet all of them so I can hear their stories." Reflecting on the path not taken, she said, “I’d be a journalist … probably a photojournalist, and probably in a war zone some place.” She also confesses a love for construction, saying, “I’m either starting or ending some type of renovation project on my home.” Asked about a significant item in her office that has the most meaning to her, she unhesitatingly said, “There is one wall in my office where I display saved artwork from my children when they were little. I had it professionally framed. The pieces are colorful, cheerful, the kind of work you do before you’re in the third grade, when you grow into the realization that a bird isn’t drawn like this, or a sky doesn’t look like that. It’s that time when children approach art and the world with a fearlessness. Four years ago my daughter came to work for me, and people often ask her whether it was odd seeing artwork on the wall from when she was five!” On the subject of her daughter joining the firm, Morrison noted she put up a fairly strenuous attempt at dissuading her. “After college, she was coming back from Southern California and said she wanted to work here. I told her, ‘No, no ... go work for a startup in San Francisco’s SOMA district, where everybody is 25 and there’s a keg in the back room.’ But she was adamant; she wanted to come work here because she said it meant something to her. How was I going to say no to her? We’re a lot alike; we share the passion, the commitment, we even look very much alike. It’s wonderful having her here and sharing this experience. I’m proud of her, I’m proud of my entire TMC team.”

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Oakland Politics

Economic Development


Economic Development Forum takes first look at massive office project

Oakland's City Hall

by Aly Bonde

This fall the Oakland City Council continues to grapple with several issues, perhaps most notably growing encampments and illegal dumping. The following is a recap of what has been discussed. To opt-in for twice-monthly public policy updates, email Public Policy Director Aly Bonde at Illegal Dumping Study: The Public Works Committee heard the results of a survey done by Environmental Science Associates in March of illegal dumping in Oakland. The survey examined 75 illegal dumping sites over a three-week period and found 70 percent of illegal dumping comes from residential sources like food, textiles, and small appliances. Of that, 15 percent is from “neighborhood dump sites,” where residents routinely drop garbage. In light of the large amount of trash from residential sources, the study authors recommended a $300,000 public outreach campaign. The City has applied for grant funding for a portion of that. The City is also implementing more cameras, stakeouts, and outreach to tenants in multifamily buildings who are for the first time eligible to directly schedule bulky item pickups with Waste Management under the new franchise agreement. Other findings of the study include: 10 percent of illegal dumping is from “haulers” or professional dumpers; 8 percent construction; 3 percent homeless-related; 2 percent from restaurants; and 5 percent automotive or vehicle-related. Sixty-three percent of the trash wasn’t able to be identified in terms of origin; 29 percent from Oakland; and 7 percent from Berkeley, San Leandro, Emeryville, or Hayward. Shelter Emergency: The Council adopted an ordinance declaring a shelter crisis in Oakland, which allows for the suspension of certain regulations regarding health and safety in public facilities in an attempt to mitigate the homeless crisis. The emergency declaration applies for two years and does not require council approval for each project. It also makes Oakland eligible for some additional state grant funding. Council previously adopted a one-year shelter crisis in December 2015 but was unable to secure public facilities to utilize it. They believe with funding from various bond measures and the newly passed budget, the city will be more effective. The ordinance could have gone into effect immediately with six votes, but Council President Reid abstained and urged activists to focus their efforts on the County, which receives most of the funding for homeless services. As of the most recent 2017 survey, there are more than 2,700 homeless persons in Oakland. Of those, an estimated 1,902 are unsheltered. Oakland has approximately 350 emergency shelter beds with an additional 110 beds during the winter months.

by Aly Bonde

The Chamber’s October Economic Development Forum took an inside look at what promises to be a landmark office project addition to Oakland’s skyline. The LEED Gold tower, located at 601 City Center, 12th and Jefferson Streets next to Lafayette Square, fills in the footprint of the City Center development first begun in the 1970s. The project is 24 stories, with 600,000 square feet of Class-A office space, and another 9,500 feet of streetlevel restaurant and retail space. "When the economy came Shorenstein Properties, which back, Shorenstein started completed the last Oakland highrise office reengaging with the architect,” project in Oakland at 555 12th St, had the said John Dolby, Cushman vision for the building decades ago. and Wakefield project broker. Construction began in October 2008, the Blue Shield was looking hole was dug, steel was fabricated, and closely at Oakland,” Dolby the bottom dropped out of the market two said. “Some senior months later. The site sat fenced off and management lives in Oakland, vacant, while the steel remained in and they did a study that Arizona. showed more than 40 percent "When the economy came back, of its employees already live Shorenstein started re-engaging with the in Oakland.” architect,” said John Dolby, Cushman and Wakefield project broker. “Technology improved in the last 10 years, so they updated the design, and added roof decks and dual pane windows. We couldn’t change the size of the building, because the steel was already fabricated.” The building is under construction, with tenants expected in August 2019. Anchor tenant, Blue Shield of California, is moving its headquarters to Oakland, and leasing about 200,000 square feet of space for 1,200 employees. The deal is a landmark, both for the project and Oakland. “Blue Shield was looking closely at Oakland,” Dolby said. “Some senior management lives in Oakland, and they did a study that showed more than 40 percent of its employees already live in Oakland.”

Public Bank: The Council authorized a $100,000 feasibility study to examine the creation of a regional public bank. The budget passed in June only authorized $75,000 for the study but in September Berkeley’s city council voted to make up the difference, along with several private donors. The impetus for the public bank movement revolved partially around the fact that cannabis businesses can’t use traditional banks. Flavored Tobacco Ban: The Council passed the final reading of a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products except at stores that primarily sell tobacco. Council previously amended the ordinance to delay the effective date to allow retailers sell off their existing supply. The ban is part of a coordinated effort made by anti-smoking groups in many California cities. Currently opponents of San Francisco’s ban have qualified a referendum to overturn the ban. Cultural Funding Grants: In September the Council awarded more than $1 million to 57 Oakland-based arts organizations and individual artists as part of this year’s Cultural Funding Program allocation. The grant funds are expected to support more than 5,000 arts events and activities, the majority offered free or low-cost to the public. Almost 8,000 Oakland Unified School District students will be served through 72 artist residencies funded by the program. Of the $1 million, almost $300,000 comes from the Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel Tax), with the rest coming from the General Fund.

Shorenstein's LEED Gold building at 601 City Center is once again under construction. Blue Shield has signed on as anchor tenant, with 200k square feet, and is moving its headquarters from San Francisco to Oakland.

Blue Shield is taking 200,000 sq. ft., and 400,000 sq. ft. remains available for lease. The building has two stories of underground parking for 206 spaces, as well as secure bike parking. With 26,000 square foot floor plates, it’s estimated each floor can accommodate 140 people. The building is expected to bring almost 3,000 employees to City Center once fully occupied. Editor's note: The Chamber’s Economic Development Forums informs participants and engage members and the community in meaningful dialogue about economic development issues in Oakland. The Forums convene the second Wednesday of each month at 3pm.




Make your list and check it twice. Whether it's shopping, dining, or entertainment, local is how Oakland does the holiday season. KONO/Oakland First Fridays Light's On" Experience the light of your community at our monthly street festival, where you can support local craft makers and artists for your holiday shopping. Get your community fix from performances by local musicians, street entertainers, and – of course – a taste of yummy Bay Area bites! December 1st, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street,

Jack London Square Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony December 1, 2017, 5-7pm. Oakland’s favorite annual holiday tradition promises to deliver holiday magic to the Oakland waterfront with the lighting of the spectacular 55-foot Mount Shasta Fir Tree adorned with 5,000 sparking white lights and 600 colorful ornaments. Live music and entertainment from local musicians and arts groups, such as Kev Choice and Friends with Oakland Youth All Star Ensembles, and a special appearance by Santa Claus! The festivities are open to the public and free to attend, with tasty drinks and holiday treats available for purchase. In the spirit of the season, Jack London Square’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will host a donation drive to collect nonperishable foods, unwrapped toys, and gently worn coats for several nonprofit organizations. Free.

Interfaith Gospel Choir 32nd Annual Holiday Concert Join Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir for its Annual Holiday Concert at The Paramount Theatre. This will be a stunning and uplifting night of performances hosted by Levardis Robert Martyn "LeVar" Burton Jr. and featuring special guests Kev Choice, Logan McWilliams, Tamara Edwards, and Jackie Tolbert. Saturday, December 2nd. For additional information and ticket purchase, contact the Paramount Theatre.

Oakland Symphony: Hallelujah! Celebrate life, love and the holidays with your community and Oakland Symphony! Presented alongside more than 200 voices from four different choirs and an electric mix of additional guest artists, this year’s concert pays tribute to musical legends Prince and Leonard Cohen in a joyful mash-up of the traditional and unexpected. Paramount Theatre, Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 4pm. Visit for information.

Oakland Museum of California Join the Oakland Museum of California for a special Friday Nights @OMCA event. Winter Fest, celebrating the diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Balinese, and Latin American winter festivities is Friday, December 15th, 2017. Enjoy half-price admission, expanded offerings of winter-themed activities for kids, and a special lineup of live music and dance from local performers. Visit the OMCA website at for information.

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. Brimming with holiday magic, Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker is fun for the entire family. Special "Sweet Dreams Party" and Encore Receptions. Limited performances, December 23 and 24, 2017. Visit for ticket information. 6 | OBR Oakland Business Review



Community: Our middle name From the Alameda County Community Food Bank

For Raquel and her son Erick, picking up groceries from a Mobile Market at his school is a big help for her whole family. Even with regular employment, it’s sometimes not enough to make ends meet and buy food. The free groceries give them a reliable source of healthy food, and help them meet other critical necessities like rent—and clothes for Erick who is growing quickly. Raquel’s family isn’t alone. They are among 116,000 people Alameda County Community Food Bank helps every month – with the support of our community. As an Oakland-based institution that’s nearly 33-years-old, there’s a good chance you are familiar with the Food Bank, and that your business has supported ACCFB – through corporate giving, volunteerism, food drives, and other ways. The Food Bank is fortunate to have the steadfast support of Oakland- and Bay Area-based businesses. But, Alameda County Community Food Bank has evolved in recent years – a transformation and bold approach that earned it the honor of Food Bank of the Year last year by Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks. This approach – which builds upon innovative emergency food programming – integrates CalFresh (food stamp) outreach, legislative advocacy, research, partnerships in education and healthcare, community development, and anti-poverty work. Through this work, the Food Bank is on track to provide the equivalent of 90 million meals annually. The bulk of this is done in

partnership with more than 200 community-based organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens, more than 40 schools, and a growing number of hospitals and healthcare providers – to name a few. This work is important to all of Oakland and Alameda County – not only those affected by hunger. Hunger is a profound problem that has far-reaching and longlasting repercussions, ranging from economic productivity, to education, to healthcare system resources. The Food Bank plays a critical role in these areas and more, but only with your support. As an organization which has earned Charity Navigator’s top rating for 11 consecutive years, ACCFB ranks among the top 1% of nonprofits nationwide for financial accountability and transparency. In other words, you know your support and resources are going to make meaningful change. Here are a few ways your company help: • Corporate giving and sponsorships fuel the Food Bank’s critical food programming – while offering considerable visibility opportunities. • Volunteering is a great team-building opportunity. The Food Bank is in urgent need of more volunteers – particularly in January, February, and March – which your company can fill. • Finally, engaging employees through traditional or virtual food drives and employee giving campaigns is a meaningful way to ensure the Food Bank’s shelves remained stocked year-round, and is prepared to respond to emergencies. No matter how you support the Food Bank, know that you will provide much more than meals. You’ll give children the energy to grow and learn; help seniors remain independent and vibrant; and ensure families can provide for their basic needs so they may focus on securing a better future.

AC Transit promotes Small Business Saturday through the holiday season This year, “Small Business Saturday” is recognized November 25th. AC Transit is promoting community support for small businesses throughout its entire service area every Saturday, beginning November 13th and running through December 25th, helping to raise awareness about small businesses during the holiday season – a critical time of the year when many businesses frequently make most of their annual sales. AC Transit is encouraging residents throughout its District, via social media, to take AC Transit to specific shopping districts and corridors where small businesses are located throughout the city. To raise additional awareness, AC Transit is advertising the promotion onboard, and on the exterior of its buses and at bus shelters. AC Transit has partnered with the Chamber to amplify its messaging among the local business community to increase "Small Business Saturday" participation. Ridership is targeted through the FREE Broadway Shuttle to downtown Oakland restaurants, local shops, and entertainment venues this promotional season. AC Transit invites local retailers and restaurants to participate and gain exposure by utilizing these Social Media tools, @DowntownOakland #SmallBusinessSaturday.



HOLIDAYS Mormon Temple Visitors Center "Days of Christmas" The “Days of Christmas� celebration is the biggest event of the year at Oakland's Mormon Temple Visitors Center. With approximately 75-80 free musical and holiday programs presented on Temple Hill November 25th through December 31st, organizers say it may be the largest Christmas festival in the Bay Area, with an expected 20,000-25,000 people attending at one time or another. Performances range from Scrooge, the Nutcracker Ballet, Live Nativity stagings and storytellers, to scrolling Dickens Carolers, vocal performances and jazz and chamber music ensembles, in addition to the outdoor Christmas Lights display and the Festival of Trees in the auditorium foyer. A Sing-Along Handel's Messiah (December 10th) and the 19th Annual Temple Hill Choir Christmas Concert (December 19th)

are two of the "must-sees" during the holiday season. A number of Christmas Videos are available "on demand" at the Visitor's Center; staff will play them upon request. The Temple is Located at 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, events are open to all, and all are free; some require free tickets, which may be obtained at Contact the Visitors Center, 510-5311475, for additional information. The Visitor's Center is open 9am-9pm.

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Temescal Business Improvement District: The Holidays in Temescal

Unity Council holiday events in Fruitvale

Celebrate Plaid Friday Weekend in Temescal LOVE Temescal? Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is. Celebrate Plaid Friday Weekend holiday kickoff in Temescal! With your participation, we can shift dollars to our independent businesses during the busiest shopping weekend of the year (and beyond)! To encourage you to shop local and independent in Temescal, the Temescal BID is sponsoring a Plaid Friday Weekend Passport! Discover offerings, specials, free food and discounts from 25+ participating businesses as you stroll, shop, and indulge throughout the 'hood.' At each location get your passport stamped. If you get all the stamps, you'll win a prize like a gift certificate to 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, Dandelion Post, and other favorites. PLUS runner ups with the most stamps also get prizes, and most of all - EVERYONE WINS by supporting local independent businesses! Friday, November 24 - Sunday November 26 Temescal District | FREE

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a tree lighting and the traditional Ponche (Christmas Tea) Saturday, December 2nd, 6 pm, at the Fruitvale Plaza Park, International Blvd and 35th Avenue. Join us for the traditional Christmas Posada (Christmas Carols) Saturday, December 16th, beginning at 4 pm at the corner of Fruitvale and International Boulevard to sing and walk to 34th Avenue, where there will be a final celebration!

Children's Fairyland decks out for the holidays

Join us in celebrating the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. You'll enjoy stories, crafts, special performances, a festival of lights, and a visit from Santa. Admission is $10 for each adult and child over the age of 1, $5 for Fairyland members – and members receive free admission to the opening day of Fairy Winterland! Fairy Winterland includes: Performances by our renowned Storybook Puppet Theater; Children's Theatre holiday program; Festival of Lights Parade each day at 6:15 p.m.; special holiday storytelling, magic, and entertainment; a daily visit from Santa Claus; holiday-themed arts and crafts; unlimited rides, and many more special surprises! Visit for information, days and times. Temescal Holiday Fair The holiday season is fast approaching and the Temescal Telegraph BID is organizing a Temescal Holiday Fair for Bay Area shoppers to find beautiful unique gifts, while supporting Temescal's independent artists. Enjoy holiday entertainment and cheer with a FREE petting zoo, photo booth, and hot chocolate by Dona Tomas. Sunday, December 3, 11am-5pm, FREE 49th St, at Telegraph & Temescal Alleys



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Connecting unlikely partners; bringing private businesses and nonprofits together In a packed room filled with nonprofit groups and businesses, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce hosted the Community Impact Committee (CIC) and Common Impact for a Skills-Based Volunteering (SBV) workshop earlier this fall. The workshop was structured to educate businesses and nonprofits on this new form of corporate citizenship program, while helping them to align and connect effectively with each other to implement successful SBV initiatives. SBV has emerged as one of the fastest-growing corporate citizenship programs, in which teams of corporate employees work for extended periods of time to assist a nonprofit in solving an operation issue. According to Giving in Numbers 2016, from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, 2016, more than 50 percent of companies now channel employee time and talent to nonprofit organizations. The emerging SBV models are high-value, yet complex, as issues around implementation are typically encountered. "Chamber programs such as this are so important for our community,” said Barbara Leslie, president and CEO of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. “Skills-Based Volunteering is on the leading edge of new models of corporate citizenship activities, traditionally organized around philanthropic activities such as corporate giving and grantmaking, and volunteer programs. The Chamber is committed, through its Community Impact Committee, to bring awareness and best practices to our membership and other stakeholders, valuable programs that enhance engagement and bottom line performance, while benefiting our business and nonprofit communities. It makes Oakland an even better community for all.” The program provided a nonprofit sector overview and the need for skillsbased volunteering, while addressing structure and operating environment. Discussing current trends in community engagement, attendees also gained insights on the unique capacity building challenges of the nonprofit sector, and explored ways to design a mutually beneficial skills-based volunteering program. The skills-based volunteer model is gaining in popularity with business as it is shown to increase employee engagement and retention, while also enhancing skill sets of employees.

Justin Stewart and Marty Dutch, First Foundation Bank

Workshop presenters included Season Eckardt, project consultant with Common Impact; Joanne Smikle, PHd, Saybrook University, a core faculty member in Saybrook University’s Department of Leadership and Management; and Marty Dutch, VP Philanthropy Services and executive director of Scholars First, First Foundation Bank. “We really want to highlight the value skills-based volunteering brings to organizations and then dive deep into best practices and models to ensure both the nonprofit and the business can manage process and expectations to ensure successful implementation and outcomes,” said Eckardt. Key points discussed included framing the conversation and designing mutually beneficial opportunities, such as how to craft initiatives that return value to businesses and the social sector; how to communicate the need to invest in capacity building from the nonprofit perspective; how to “pitch” companies and align needs with skills; and overall best practices for creating sustainable and meaningful cross-sector partnerships. "An added benefit to the program is networking,” noted Eckardt. “People within corporations are finding they are interacting not only with the nonprofit, but also internally networking, as people that don’t often interact day-to-day, find themselves connecting.” “This workshop provides education for both nonprofit and business CIC members on the specific needs for Bay Area nonprofits and skill sets available within Bay Area businesses,” said Alana Ross, Chamber consultant and CIC convener. “Participants heard from ‘voices from the field’ in the presentations of Dr. Smikle and Marty Dutch as they shared successful, real world experiences illustrating how their innovative initiatives strengthen the nonprofit community. We are grateful for the support of both Saybrook University and First Foundation as event sponsors, and particularly welcome the first-hand observation.” Common Impact is a nationally recognized nonprofit working to build a society in which individuals and businesses invest their unique talents towards shared talents in strengthening local communities. Founded in 2000, Common Impact has partnered with Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of the country’s leading non-profit organizations to create transformational change.

Barbara Leslie, Oakland Chamber, and Dr. Joanne Smikle, Saybrook University.

CIC event networking.

Community Impact Committee presents high-level workshop in January for leaders in business, nonprofits An interactive workshop providing leaders at all levels with practical tools for building higher levels of commitment to organizational missions, while developing and maintaining stakeholder interest and enthusiasm, is scheduled for Tuesday, Januray 16, 2018 in the Sunrise Conference Room at Saybrook University, 475 14th Street, Ninth Floor, Oakland. Presented by the Oakland Chamber’s Community Impact Committee (CIC) and Saybrook University, “Leadership Essentials: Strategies for Engaging Stakeholders in Powerful Partnerships” is designed for leaders with the goal of creating social change with the tools to connect and engage with a wide range of stakeholders, ranging from staff, boards of directors, clients and customers, to volunteers, sponsors, and donors. “Creating and maintaining excitement about the oftentimes daunting work required to reach shared goals is critical to organizations, whether they are businesses or nonprofits,” stated Alana Ross, CIC Convener and Oakland Chamber consultant. “This workshop is designed to let attendees leave with a clear understanding of the essential leadership competencies required to build and maintain viable, productive connections that deliver bottom-line results. Effective leadership lies at the heart of effective partnerships. This first CIC program of 2018 builds on the Chamber’s 2017 programs. We’re kicking off the new year with a look at the vital role that leadership plays in achieving a strong partnership’s aims. “This January workshop will provide an experience that allows participants the opportunity to develop an individualized ‘action plan for engagement,’ interactive learning providing practical tools that can be used

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to build commitment to your organization and introduces attendees to sound practices that can be implemented immediately to enhance leadership effectiveness. It’s designed for leaders looking for strategic, productive and successful ways to build employee engagement, connect better with boards, develop more effective, purposeful networks and create and sustain commitment across a variety of fronts with myriad stakeholders.” Ross noted nationally recognized authority on leadership and strategy Joanne L. Smikle, PhD, Saybrook University, is facilitating the workshop. “We’re honored to have Dr. Smikle’s participation; she was a guest speaker at CICs September 2017 capacity event on skills-based volunteerism, and is known for delivering learning that lasts,” said Ross. Smikle is a core faculty member in Saybrook University’s Department of Leadership and Management. Her articles are featured in magazines and journals that inform leaders in the public and private sector, and she provides consulting and leadership education services to leading organizations across the country. The January 16th event is 11:30am -3pm, and includes lunch. Nonprofit Chamber members are encouraged to invite their board of directors to attend this special workshop. Registration is required; Chamber members, please visit the events tab at Non-Chamber members, please contact Alana Ross, 510.874.4801, or email her at for information and registration. The event is free.



Lisa Baird Lisa Baird is the Marketing Manager at Visit Oakland where she manages relationships with partners and media to promote Oakland across the US and overseas. She also manages Oakland Restaurant Week, bringing together more than 90 Oakland restaurants promoting Oakland as a food destination. Before this, she worked at The Port Workspaces in Oakland, supporting entrepreneurs and new small businesses starting in the area, and with INCA: International Nature and Cultural Adventures travel company. With a Lisa Baird background in travel and tourism Visit Oakland management, Lisa loves sharing her passion for Oakland with visitors from all over the world. Originally from Switzerland, Lisa has travelled extensively through Europe, the US and South America, but these days you’re likely to find her playing recreational adult dodgeball in Oakland’s RAD League, or relaxing next to Lake Merritt.

Camellia Baray Camellia Baray is a broker-associate at Alain Pinel Realtors who specializes in residential and residential income property sales. Ms. Baray enjoys working with new and seasoned investors alike, and firmly believes in sound real estate investment as a strategy for long term financial growth and health. Prior to shifting her focus to real estate, Ms. Baray practiced law for two decades and was a partner at a local boutique law firm before opening her own practice. She received her JD from Stanford Law School. Camellia Baray Alain Pinel

Nikki Burton Nikki Burton is an accomplished marketing professional with more than ten years experience as a brand storyteller, creative thinker, and strategist. She honed her marketing expertise working in account management at advertising agencies in New York and the Bay Area. She was instrumental in developing the Photo not available. creative vision for the global footwear and apparel company Ariat International and In her role as director of marketing and communication at College Track, a nonprofit founded and led by Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell-Jobs, Nikki Burton she developed comprehensive marketing AC Transit strategies to build awareness of College Track’s mission and program. In her current role at AC Transit, she created and is leading the 2018 marketing and communcations campaign to increase ridership. She earned a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from The New School in New York. She also graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked as an accessory designer.

Julie Cai Julie Cai is a Property Manager with CIM Group, responsible for 500,000 sq ft of office space in Oakland. She joined the commercial real estate industry in 2013 as a property coordinator and embraces the challenges of this fastpaced, multi-disciplinary career. Julie is Vice Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee of Oakland/East Bay BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association), is pursuing a Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation, and serves as Treasurer for San Lorenzo Little League. Julie, a Bay Area native, Julie Cai graduated from California State CIM Group University East Bay (Hayward) with a BS in Human Development and an option in Childhood Studies. As a dedicated mother and wife, Julie finds time to volunteer her services to organizations, cultivate her creative energy by way of bullet journaling, and indulging as a self proclaimed “foodie.” 12 | OBR Oakland Business Review

With more than 18 years design and marketing experience, Jennifer Cantero specializes in marketing strategy, social media, and branding for small to medium size, privately-held businesses. Currently, Jennifer is the Marketing Manager for the regional fullservice accounting firm, Sensiba San Filippo LLP, and serves as Marketing Chair for the Alameda County Salvation Army Advisory Board. Jennifer received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Photography from California State University, East Bay and is a member of the Association of Accounting Marketing. In 2017, she was awarded “Most Jennifer Cantero Instrumental Woman in Accountancy Business Sensiba San Filippo Development – USA” by Wealth and Finance’s Women in Wealth Awards. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys crossfit, dragon boating, hiking in the redwoods and spending time with her family.

Kevin M. Corbett Kevin M. Corbett is a proud Oakland native, and lifelong resident of Oakland. Kevin is a long time and active member of Oakland’s St. Theresa Parish Church, has been a volunteer with Volunteers for Oakland and Conciliation Forums of Oakland, and is also a former member of the City of Oakland Community & Economic Development Advisory Committee. Kevin has also worked as a Business Law Professor at Vista Community College and Holy Names University. Kevin is a graduate of Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School. He earned his Kevin Corbett Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctorate from Attorney Santa Clara University. As an active member of the State Bar for more than 30 years, Kevin has served as Judge pro-Tempore of the Alameda County Municipal Court, and as a Director of the Alameda County Bar Association. He still resides in the Rockridge home where he and his wife Michelle raised their two daughters Katie and Megan.

Wayne Cory Wayne Cory has been a full-time residential Realtor since 2004. He strives to go above and beyond his client’s expectations. Which means his clients will benefit from his dedication and years of experience. As a top producer with Coldwell Banker he has earned several prestigious awards throughout the years. The care and attention he provides his clients have earned him high satisfaction ratings with positive customer reviews. Wayne is the 2018 President Elect of the Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors, he also serves as a Director on the California Association of REALTORS®, Director on bridgeMLS and he sits on multiple committees Wayne Cory Coldwell Banker and advisory boards. Wayne is a veteran and served as an Operations Specialist in the U.S. Navy. He has been getting involved and helping others for decades. Not because he has the time but, because he has the heart.

Lucas Coyle Lucas Coyle is a Corporate Partnerships Assistant for the Oakland Athletics. He believes sports franchises, particularly the Oakland Athletics, is a great platform for brand amplification, community involvement, and corporate engagement. He works with local and national businesses to help them market and tell their stories using the A’s brand. Coyle has additional experience with the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors. An Oakland native, Coyle has been deeply involved in his community since an early age. Growing up in the North Oakland Temescal district, he looks forward to giving back and becoming a leader in his hometown. Coyle holds a BA in Kinesiology from Chico State University.

Lucas Coyle Oakland Athletics


Scott Gullick

Hilary Crowley is the Director of Development for the Urban Strategies Council. She is part of the Council’s executive leadership team, and responsible for securing funding for its $2.5 million budget. Prior to joining the Council, Crowley spent nearly four years with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, where she raised more than $9 million in support of county projects. Throughout her career she has raised more than $50 million for causes ranging from early childhood education, health and racial Hilary Crowley equity, environmental science, and the Rwandan National Cycling team. She has Urban Strategies Council also worked on Capitol Hill for a senior Member of Congress, and has been a registered lobbyist in Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. As a native Nevadan, Crowley earned her M.P.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is on the Board for Soulciety, and a 2018 Liv Ambassador.

Scott Gullick is the Regional Director of Partner Relations for Year Up’s California offices. Scott’s passion for youth and economic justice led him to Year Up where he leads initiatives that connect companies with Year Up’s talent pipeline, creating opportunities for students from underserved communities and helping companies access a diverse and local talent pool. Prior to joining the Year Up team in 2010, Scott worked with young people as the Youth Ministries Director at a residential summer camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains running summer and weekend programs. Scott Gullick Scott is a Bay Area native and current Year Up California resident of Oakland, CA. Scott holds a BS in Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from Boston University. When not advocating for young adults you can find Scott playing with his three daughters (ages 5, 3, & 1), riding his bike, and hiking in the Oakland hills.

Shifra de Benedictis-Kessner Shifra de Benedictis-Kessner is the Executive Director of the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District, managing diverse programs to create a beautiful, welcoming, and prosperous commercial district, including events, district-wide cleaning and maintenance, and marketing. Shifra came to the Temescal district after fours years at the Downtown Berkeley BID, and brings a dedication to championing and supporting the small businesses that create a vibrant community. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a bachelors degree in Public Shifra de Benedictis-Kessner Policy and Hispanic Studies. Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District

Phan Fong Phan Fong is the Director of CalWORKs and Subsidy Child Care Programs – her responsibilities include contract management and program implementation in accordance with the Department of Social Services, California Department of Education and Child Care Links’ values, vision, and policies. In addition to providing operational and technical support to the programs, she is a member of the Child Care Links’ Leadership Team and is also very active in public policy of early child care and education in the County and State. Phan graduated with honor from Phan Fong California State University in Hayward, CA CalWORKS and Subsidy Child with a major in Sociology and minor in Care Programs Criminal Justice and Youth Services Administration. When Phan is not working, she spends her time with husband, Ivan, and children, Kristie (9), and Kaitlyn (6). Phan has worked in Oakland for over 15 years, and is excited to become a more engaged community member for the City of Oakland.

Noelle Francis Noelle Francis is an attorney located in Oakland, California who practices in the area of Small Business Counseling and White Collar Criminal Defense, with a focus on securities fraud defense. Ms. Francis represents companies and business executives in enforcement actions brought by government agencies and in disputes involving shareholders. She also provides litigation and dispute-resolution support to financial industry professionals, such as investment advisers and broker-dealers. Prior to practicing law in California, Ms. Francis practiced for several years in the District of Columbia in the area of Securities Noelle Francis Litigation and White Collar Criminal Attorney Defense. Ms. Francis was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016.

Zeydi Gutierrez Zeydi comes to Leadership Oakland with a background in Leadership, Organizational Change Management, Community Outreach, HR, Safety and Training. Having worked in Oakland in the manufacturing sector for over 25 years, she believes in being part of the community she works in. She has volunteered at local schools, library, Alameda Food Bank, Hands of Mercy, and ICA Fund Good Jobs (as an advisor). One of her primary focuses is in creating a learning organization where talent is developed and fostered. She was the recipient of the President Award of Excellence at her previous employer Zeydi Gutierrez AB&I Foundry for changing the safety culture effectively reducing the number of injuries over percent. She graduated from Golden Gate University with an MBA in Operations and Supply Chain Management. She also holds the SHPR and SHRM-SCP certifications. Zeydi is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Sadie Harmon Sadie Harmon is currently the Performing Arts Institute Director at Stagebridge, the nation’s oldest performing arts organization for older adults and a pioneer in the field of Creative Aging. As Director of PAI, Sadie administers both on-site performing arts classes for older adults, and community programs that reach people throughout the Bay Area. She earned her MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from California College of the Arts in 2013, and has a background in arts administration, arts education, and museum studies. She has presented her work with older adults at arts institutions including the Portland Sadie Harmon Art Museum, and the Museum of Craft and Stagebridge Design in San Francisco; and at conferences including Open Engagement, the California Assisted Living Association, and American Society on Aging. Her professional focus is on using the arts to encourage inter-generational, dementia-friendly communities, increase the visibility of older people, and facilitate larger cultural conversations around aging.

Cynthia Hollins Cynthia Hollins's career spans more than 38 years in retail banking. In 1979, Hollins started as a part-time teller with Bank of America in San Francisco until she moved to Oakland in 1981, where she then worked in different positions at various large and small community Banks within the Downtown Oakland area. In 2000, Hollins began working at Bank of Alameda as Assistant Vice President Operations Manager, at the Park Street and South Shore branches. In 2014, upon the merger of Bank of Alameda and Bank of Marin, she was promoted to Vice President Branch Manager. Hollins currently manages Alameda Cynthia Hollins Marina Village branch and the Downtown Bank of Marin Oakland commercial banking office. She’s responsible for daily retail operations and managerial responsibilities of both offices. Hollins has been active in the Alameda and Oakland community for over 15 years, and when not spending time with her family, she devotes evenings and weekends volunteering for sports programs, schools, churches, and various nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area. A San Francisco Bay Area native, she is married and has two children and two grandchildren.



Melissa O'Keefe

Steven’s commitment to community service began 20 years ago, as a volunteer on his hometown fire department in California’s Central Valley. Since then, he has worked across the country to improve emergency response, support public education, and connect East Bay residents with vital public services. In 2011, Steven joined Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan’s staff as her Central District Director, where he managed the district office, constituent relations, and a range of policy issues, Steven Jones including transportation. His interest in AC Transit the intersection of mobility with economic and community development lead him to AC Transit in 2016. Today, he works with community stakeholders, riders, elected officials, and the public to help provide essential bus service throughout the inner East Bay. Steven holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. He serves on the Alameda County Fire Advisory Commission, is a member of Oakland Rotary #3, and actively participates in Oakland Chamber activities.

A Bay Area native, Melissa has an extensive background in marketing, development, and public relations, and holds a B.A. in Communications. She currently serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Living Jazz – an Oakland based music non-profit, and Marketing Director of Silicon Valley Shakespeare. With more than 15 years professional experience as both an artist and marketing guru, she brings a unique arsenal of tools with which to serve the city and community of Oakland. Melissa is also a dedicated member of the Board of Directors for Living Jazz. Melissa O'Keefe She is passionate about getting more Living Jazz involved in the vibrant city of Oakland, utilizing Silicon Valley Shakespeare her marketing and business development skills, along with her experience in the arts (and stellar personality!) to help increase the visibility and impact of the city and its diverse and remarkable local businesses, while continuing to stay true to the city’s unique voice and character.

Amanda Luckey After earning a degree with honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University, Amanda Luckey has spent nearly two decades designing and implementing innovative learning opportunities. Her work in schools and nonprofit organizations supports young people in understanding themselves, while fostering empathy and collaboration with peers and the greater Bay Area community. She is currently the Director of Service and Community Based Learning at The College Preparatory School in Oakland. In this position she coordinates service learning, Amanda Luckey outdoor education, retreats, and ongoing community based learning initiatives. These College Preparatory School projects involve various levels of time commitment, yet all focus on the many local and global ways to address current social and environmental challenges and design a better world. Amanda believes the art of leadership through service empowers people to build compassion, understand their interdependence, and take informed action. She lives in Oakland with her husband, two sons and six chickens.

Amara Morrison Amara Morrison is a partner with the Oakland-based firm of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. Amara is a land use attorney who works on the entitlement of development projects throughout the Bay Area, and who also assists landowners, homeowners’ associations and tenants in negotiations with local government, including cities, counties and special districts. Prior to entering private practice, Amara was a City Attorney with the cities of Livermore and Walnut Creek, where she worked on complex land use issues. Amara Morrison Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean

Mia Murrietta Mia Murrietta is the Communications Manager at the Oakland Public Education Fund. After more than a decade in the public schools of Fresno, California, Mia attended Wellesley College, where she earned a degree in architecture and got a glimpse of what public education was like in more affluent communities. Mia was introduced to the education innovations happening in Oakland public schools while working on youth incarceration and restorative justice campaigns at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. When she’s not in front of a computer, Mia Mia Murrietta Oakland Public Education Fund is most likely reading, cooking, or “forest bathing” with her partner, and their elderly Italian Greyhound.

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Mark Olson Mark Olson, Executive Director of Camps in Common (CIC), the non-profit operator of the City of Oakland’s Feather River Camp (OFRC), is new to the West Coast, having moved from the Midwest to Oakland in January 2016. Mark has worked in camping and non-profits since 2006, and is thrilled to be living in and getting to know Oakland. Being an active community member has always been a significant part of Mark’s personal and professional life and since moving, he has appreciated Oakland’s strong cultural diversity, commitment to bettering itself, and community pride. Mark Olson Each summer, since 1924, when Oakland Camps in Common Feather River Camp opened, thousands of children and adults escape to the Sierras to strengthen the connections between nature, family, and community, while enjoying unique experiences that advance cultural diversity and youth empowerment. As Director of CIC, Mark works to increase access for Oakland youth and families to the OFRC camp experience.


Adonna O'Sullivan Adonna O'Sullivan is Kaiser Permanente's East Bay Public Affairs Manager. She joined KP in 2004, after more than 18 years with Pacific Gas & Electric Company's Corporate Communications and Community Relations departments, followed by a three years stint in the telecommunications industry. With a lifelong interest in medicine, Adonna was thrilled to have an opportunity to add healthcare to her career path. She is now enjoying her 13th year with KP – the country's largest managed healthcare organization – where she works in a multifaceted public affairs capacity aligning KPs brand internally and externally. She is especially gratified to be able Adonna O'Sullivan Kaiser Permanente to hone in and apply her years of professional experience in strategic planning, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration to advance Kaiser Permanente's organizational mission to care for the communities it serves … and its belief in total health.

Alissa Persichetti Alissa Persichetti was born and raised in a small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Communication and Spanish. She recently graduated in December of 2015, and a week later began her first job in Oakland. Having a passion for sports her whole life, Alissa accepted a summer-long internship in college with the Pittsburgh Pirates, which opened the door to her current position with the Oakland Athletics. She is working in the Ticket Sales department, where she loves communicating with the fans on a daily basis to Alissa Persichetti help with season tickets, group outings, and Oakland Athletics suites. She has recently taken a focus in the Group Sales department, spear heading some of the largest group events at the Coliseum. She is currently a proud Oakland resident, and enjoying all California has to offer.

WELCOME LEADERSHIP OAKLAND: CLASS OF 2018 "After 5" Reception Tiffany Price

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Tiffany Price is the Community Engagement Manager at the Kapor Center for Social Impact where she supports the Oakland Black and Latin community get connected to the tech ecosystem. She serves on the board of advisors for /dev/color, a non-profit that supports Black software engineers. She also serves on Hack Reactor’s Scholarship Advisory Committee, The Hidden Genius Project's Advisory Committee, and the Oakland Public Ed Fund Advisory Committee. Tiffany is a Ruby on Rails web Tiffany Price developer and holds a Master’s degree in International Comparative Education from Kapor Center for Social Impact Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and International Studies from Emory University.

Kiran Shenoy is currently the Government Affairs Director at the Oakland/ Berkeley Association of Realtors (OBAR). His focus at OBAR is member engagement, awareness, and advocacy. Kiran has spent nearly his entire life in the Bay Area, and has lived in Berkeley for the past 10 years. He has been an attorney for much of his professional career, practicing everything from criminal defense to bad faith insurance litigation. While living in Berkeley, Kiran was appointed to the Berkeley Police Review Commission and was elected to chair the Commission for one of the four years he served. He was also appointed to the Berkeley Kiran Shenoy Landmarks Preservation Commission and has Oakland/Berkeley Association served as a temporary commissioner on a wide of REALTORS® variety of other Berkeley boards and commissions. Kiran hopes to add to his experience through Leadership Oakland so he can better serve the community that has been an integral part of his life.

Treva Reid Treva Reid joined the East Bay public affairs team at PG&E in 2015, taking the lead on government relations and community partnerships in cities throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Prior, she was a Senior Field Representative for former California State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner. Before joining Assemblymember Skinner’s staff in 2012, she worked as the Public Affairs Manager for California Waste Solutions. Treva serves on the BWOPA Oakland/Berkeley Chapter Executive Board, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates Treva Reid (SAHA) Board, The College Preparatory PG&E High School Board, Community Education Partnerships Board, The Crucible's Advisory Committee, and previously was a member of the Alameda County Recycling Board. She participates on several business association boards, volunteers with Bay Area non-profit organizations, and serves as a ministry leader at her church. In all these capacities, Treva partners with elected officials and community leaders to pursue her passion for advocacy and serving the needs of others.

Paul T. Rosynsky Paul is a 17-year Oakland resident who brings more than a decade of experience in journalism to his position as spokesman for Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. As a former reporter for the Oakland Tribune, Paul understands the importance of an informed community, and knows the tools to use to get the job done. At Waste Management, Paul educates Oakland residents about the importance of separating compostable items from trash, and helps develop informational materials for Waste Management operations throughout Northern California. Paul T. Rosynsky Paul is a first-generation U.S. citizen, born and raised in New Jersey to Ukrainian Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. immigrants who fled Europe during WWII. Paul graduated from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree, and spent the first three years of his career as a reporter in Florida. While he still loves his home state, Paul is a proud Oaklander, and an avid Oakland A’s fan!

Desiree Shaw Desiree Shaw has more than 20 years experience in Educational Leadership, and currently works as Director of the University of San Francisco's Pleasanton Campus. Her responsibilities include the overall leadership and implementation of strategic priorities for the Campus. Desiree is an active member of numerous civic, cultural and community based organizations, and is committed to supporting the Public Policy Priorities of our Greater Oakland Bay Area community. Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Desiree currently lives in Castro Valley with her family. Desiree holds a Bachelor of Science Desiree Shaw in Psychology, Masters in Public AdminUniversity of San Francisco istration/Services, and post graduate EdD coursework in Organization and Leadership.

Justin Stewart Justin Stewart is the Vice-President/ Branch Manager at the downtown Oakland branch of First Foundation Bank. Originally from Kansas City, and an alumnus of the University of Kansas, he recently relocated to the Bay Area from San Diego, where he lived, worked, and served in the community since 2002. Justin has served in the banking industry for more than two decades, primarily focusing on meeting the financial needs of small to medium-sized businesses, their owners, and employees. He now resides in the Lake Merritt community and is a member of the Lions Club. His hobbies include cooking, cars, art collecting and building violins.

Justin Stewart First Foundation Bank

Anna Sukhovnin Anna Sukhovnin is a new Oakland resident, having moved to the city after joining Summit Bank. Prior to moving to Oakland, Anna spent more than 20 years in San Francisco in a commercial lending sector, working with various companies from small local businesses to large national corporations. As a new Oaklander, Anna is greatly interested in learning as much as possible about the city, and finding ways to contribute to the community. A graduate of UCLA, Anna earned B.A. degrees in Economics and Political Theory. In her free time she follows Bay Area sports, and spends time snowboarding in Tahoe. Anna Sukhovnin Summit Bank

Ginger Wilson Ginger Wilson is the Chief Operating Officer at Wendel, Rosen, Black, & Dean LLP. She has a management background in law and healthcare, with an emphasis on Operations and Human Resources. Ginger has extensive experience in culture change and organizational development. Her operational responsibilities include oversight of the firm's Strategic Planning, Finance, Practice Management, Business Development, HR, Information Technology, Risk Management, and Training & Professional Development. As her entree into law firms, Ginger worked as a Paralegal for the “King of Torts,” Melvin Ginger Wilson Belli. She rose up in the ranks and worked at Wendel, Rosen, Black, & Dean law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles. LLP More recently, Ginger provided Operations and HR expertise to Marin General Hospital and its 1,700 employees (union and non-union) under five different collective bargaining agreements. Ginger is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga with a BA in Business Management.

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Session Snapshots!

Welcome Leadership Oakland Class of 2018! The Chamber is thrilled to welcome the incoming Leadership Oakland Class of 2018! Leadership Oakland is a professional and civic development, networking, and leadership training program of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. Now in its 28th year, the program offers Oakland’s current and future leaders the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the role leadership plays in our city and prepares participants for roles on City commissions, non-profit boards, elected office, and greater community engagement. The program meets for a full day on the second Friday of every month from October through May to delve into all aspects of Oakland. The first session on

October 11th, was a leadership retreat, in which participants practiced strengths-based leadership and communication training, while getting to know their fellow cohorts. The second session, November 3rd, was the City Neighborhood Tour Day, featuring high-lights of Oakland, narrated by Visit Oakland, from the Port to Lake Merritt, Jack London Square, Ocho Chocolates, and Brown Sugar Kitchen, courtesy of AC Transit. Upcoming themes include Health, Housing, and Human Services; Public Safety; Implicit Bias Training; Arts; Education; Business; Media Training; Transportation; Environment; and Government Day. For more information about the program, contact Public Policy Director Aly Bonde,

Day 1, Leadership Oakland convenes. Thank you to our program sponsors!

Thank you, Starbucks!

Cohorts introduce themselves.

We are the Champions! Leadership Oakland takes the field at the Coliseum.

Leadership training.

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Amanda Young Amanda Young is the Assistant Director of Events for Special Olympics Northern California and primarily oversees logistics for development fundraisers, which help to provide no-cost sports training and competitions, educational programs and health resources for 21,250 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the area. She previously worked in community relations for the Oakland Athletics from 2014-2017, where she coordinated events, donation programs, and various ticket, education and player initiatives. A native of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Amanda Young Young graduated in 2012 from Wellesley Special Olympics Northern College (Mass.), where she doubleCalifornia majored in Neuroscience and Spanish while playing four years of varsity soccer, serving as captain her senior year. She currently lives by the Morcom Rose Garden and is passionate about serving the Oakland community. She helps coach Special Olympics Team Oakland in soccer on Saturdays by Lake Merritt, and is a mentor with the East Bay College Fund.

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At the Port of Oakland, 5th busiest container port in the U.S.

AC Transit pick-up for Oakland Tour Day Placeholder photo

Ohhhhhhhh, OCHO Candy! Goodie bags!

Tonya Holland, Founder/Chef Brown Sugar Kitchen

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"We often say, if you can’t see it you can’t be it,” noted Morrison, Business Owner award honoree. “When I started in business, there just weren’t very many women in senior positions. Today, there are women in every position in business.” "The one thing I would like to see change in my lifetime is we stop talking about women in business, that it is a level playing field,” said Muranishi, Public Servant award winner. Shorall, Emerging Leader award recipient, echoed Muranishi’s remarks,

stating, “What I would like to see changed is that it’s not a newsworthy story when a woman takes a CEO position at a Fortune 500 company,” adding, “I would also really love to see a woman President, too!” “The most influential woman in my life would be my mother,” said Virgil, Nonprofit Leader awardee. “But, one of my first bosses, Barbara Shimaitis, gave me room to experiment and fail. It was an amazing opportunity to work with her.” In a panel discussion, award winners were asked for their best piece of advice for women navigating the workplace. “Develop relationships,” said Virgil. “If you want to see a change, take the dive and go do it,” added Shorall. "Don’t burn your bridges; follow your gut; and be nice to people on the way up the ladder because they’ll be the same people you’ll see on the way down,” noted Muranishi. “Life is 10 percent what you plan and 90 percent what you do with opportunities that come your way. So, in a way, it’s a benefit not to have a set plan,” declared Morrison.

Capacity crowd at EBWIB Awards Luncheon.

Pam Moore, emcee KRON

Julayne Austin Virgil Girls, Inc.

EBWIB Award recipients field questions from guests in a panel discussion.

Claire Shorall OUSD

"Getting Pam as Master of Ceremonies was a real score,” added Leslie. “Not only is she an accomplished, award-winning journalist, she is very active in the community. I can’t say enough about her.” “Professionally, the woman who has had the most impact on me, is Bay Area legend Belva Davis,” said Moore. “She was the first woman of color to work in broadcast news here in the western United States. I can’t find enough adjectives to describe what she has done, and what she accomplished.”

Susan Maranushi County of Almeda

Barbara Morrison TMC Financing

“I am thrilled the Chamber of Commerce decided to do an awards ceremony this year,” said Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington. “It is so fitting. There are so many beautiful, amazing, courageous women here in Oakland and Alameda County to honor.” The Chamber would like to thank program sponsor Southwest Airlines and event sponsors TMC Financing, Alameda Health System Foundation, Alameda Health System, Vanir, and Doce Bri Brigadeiros for tasty table treats. 17 | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

Fixing leaky heart valves one clip at a time Surgeons at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit’s Cardiovascular Center now perform a minimally invasive heart-valve repair that shortens recovery time and improves quality of life for patients too high-risk for open heart surgery. Over the last year, the team has treated dozens of patients with the MitraClip® system that repairs the mitral valve in patients with severe degenerative mitral regurgitation. The procedure allows physicians to repair the mitral valve without requiring patients to undergo traditional heart surgery. “This minimally invasive heart procedure shortens recovery time and ultimately improves quality of life for those experiencing life-altering symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath,” says Jeff Retherford, Alta Bates Summit’s director of cardiovascular services. Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the medical term for leakage in the valve between the chambers on the left side of the heart that allows blood to slip back into the upper chamber with each heartbeat. The dime-sized clip – inserted via catheter -- can clamp an improperly working valve, fix the leakage and allow blood to travel between the two chambers. "Patients that undergo this surgery typically experience significant improvement in their symptoms of MR after the procedure,” says Leo Dominguez, Alta Bates Summit’s administrative director for professional, cardiovascular and rehabilitation services. The physician team overseeing this program is led by interventional cardiologists David Daniels, M.D., and Mitul Kadakia, M.D. and cardiothoracic surgeon, Russell Stanten, M.D. Within Sutter Health, only Alta Bates Summit and Sutter Sacramento perform the MitraClip® surgery. Patients from as far away as Stockton and Marin County are coming to the Summit Campus in Oakland for this procedure. “Patients are recovering within two days after the surgery and the symptoms go away almost immediately. The improvement in heart function is quite remarkable,” says Retherford. Some of the great advancements that will define the future happen first in

Northern California, and that’s where Sutter Health began more than a century ago. Today we remain pioneers among pioneers — always thinking ahead, learning and innovating — as we proudly care for more than 3 million of our neighbors. If you or someone you know has mitral regurgitation, contact our valve clinic for further evaluation. Call our valve coordinators, at (510) 655-4000, ext. 6700 and they'll work with you and your referring physician on the necessary steps.

Surgeons at Alta Bates Summit’s nationally recognized Cardiovascular Center are performing a minimally invasive heart procedure that shortens recovery time and ultimately improves quality of life for those experiencing life-altering symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath.

Society for Thoracic Surgeons honors Alta Bates Summit’s Open Heart Surgery Program Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has earned the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) prestigious 3 Star rating. The 3 Star rating represents the highest award for heart surgery practices participating in STS’ national specialty database. Alta Bates Summit received the 3 Star ratings based on analysis of both first time isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery patients during 2016. The rating affirms that cardiac patients treated at Alta Bates Summit significantly outperformed the STS mean participant score nationwide.

"The 3 Star rating is widely regarded as the gold standard by which cardiac surgery programs are evaluated, and it’s the highest honor achievable,” said Leo Dominguez, Alta Bates Summit’s administrative director for professional, cardiovascular and rehabilitation services. “The 3 Star rating is a testament to the expertise of our surgeons and the commitment of our physicians and staff to quality and excellence.” Across Sutter Health, we partner with our patients, their families and each other to deliver exceptional care that feels personal. We help our patients feel nurtured and empowered throughout their medical journey.

Building the workforce of tomorrow; NextGen Sector Partnership model explored The Oakland Chamber of Commerce convened the East Bay Workforce Alliance and more than 100 business and education leaders October 25th, for a comprehensive Workforce Alliance Pipeline event to listen, learn, and engage, in an effort to ensure our future East Bay talent pipeline is robust. The event, well attended by representatives from all over the Bay Area, was an opportunity for participants to obtain more insight on the NextGen Sector Partnership model from one of its principal architects, keynote speaker Lindsey Woolsey. Ms. Woolsey is president of The Woolsey Group, a research, technical assistance, and facilitation firm that works with CEOs and industry leadership to better connect their needs to education, training, and economic development programs. Opening remarks made by Assemblymember Rob Bonta served as a timely reminder of the need for cooperative work around workforce and economic development in the region, a sentiment shared by all participants. Ms. Woolsey delivered a powerful presentation detailing the components and successes of the Sector Partnership model. Industry representatives of the four East Bay regional sector partnerships followed, engaging in a panel discussion on the value of partnership participation. A common theme among the industry sector panelists in Healthcare, Manufacturing, ICT, and Trade and Logistics, is the need to successfully change perceptions of sectors often not understood as they compete for and train prospective talent. The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, event convener, recently assumed the lead of the Information, Communications and Technology Partnership, and hosted one of the group sessions. "The role of supporting and facilitating EBICT is one the Oakland Chamber is excited to hold and carry forward," noted Barbara Leslie, CEO. Leslie further expressed, "this East Bay Workforce Alliance program was one of many important conversations we and our peers are engaged to ensure deeper regional collaboration."

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NEW MEMBER UPDATE Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Camps in Common & Oakland Feather River Camp

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

Mark Olson, Executive Director 462 Elmwood Ave., Suite 1 Oakland, CA 94610 (510) 336-2267 / Nonprofit

Margi English Chief Development Officer 1333 Broadway, Suite 200 Oakland, CA 94612 415) 402-2762 / Nonprofit

Tax Ninja, Inc Mindy Tyler, Business Development Manager 1970 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612 (415) 216-5064 / Tax Preparation Services

Roam Artisan Burgers Josh Spiegelman, Co-owner 1951 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94612 (415) 418-4247 / Restaurant

FM3 Research

Year Up Bay Area

John Travale, Controller 1999 Harrison St., Suite 2020 Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 451-9521 / Public Policy/Opinion Research

Joey Parker, Operations Manager 80 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 530-4667 / Nonprofit

Zella's Soulful Kitchen

High Street McDonald's / Mohommed Moalikyar

Dionne Knox,Owner/Exec Chef 1430 7th St. Oakland, CA 94116 (510) 452-1151 / Restaurant

Mohommed Moalikyar, Owner Operator 4010 Alameda Ave. Oakland,CA 94601 (510) 435-0199 / Restaurant

Standard Plumbing True Value Hardware

Weichhart Stamping Co.

Cindy Eskridge, Manager 1055 Seminary Ave. Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 569-6566 / Plumbing Fixtures and Supplies

Liesl Weichhart Moore, Owner 9131 San Leandro St. Oakland CA 94603 510-562-6886 / Machine Design and Manufacturers

Ink Stain, Inc.

Wine and Design Oakland

Joseph Coplans, Manager 6425 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609 (415) 990-4910 / Marketing Services

Tina Farman, Owner 222 Broadway Oakland, CA 94607 (415) 517-6338 / Arts, Culture and Entertainment

View East Bay Homes

Boom LLC

Ellen Diamond, Realtor and President 6211 La Salle Ave. Oakland, CA 94611 (510) 504-9644 / Real Estate

Peggy Moore, Owner 2323 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 599-8218 / Governmental Relations Consultants

The Baconer InTensional Running Timur Crone, Coach 389 Vernon St. Oakland, CA 94610 (510) 328-3702 / Holistic Practitioners

California Bank of Commerce Anthony Thompson, Senior Vice President 1300 Clay St., Suite 500 Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 457-3732 / Bank Holistic Practitioners

Camilo Velasquez, Founder 478 25th St. Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 545-2775 / Food Products

San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club Ann Drummie, Vice President 505 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 972-8750 / Nonprofit

Sustainable Systems Capital Pacific Home Loans Tom Murphy, Mortgage Loan Officer 2300 Contra Costa Blvd, Suite 150 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (415) 272-2012 / Real Estate Loans

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James Nixon, Co-Founder & Principal 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 377-7224 / Economic Consultants

NEW MEMBER PROFILES San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club (SFBACC) The San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club is thrilled to announce plans to build California’s only dedicated curling facility, to be located in Oakland. SFBACC is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting curling in the Greater Bay Area since 1958. After decades of renting ice time by the hour, the club has recently leased a building at 8450 Enterprise Way which they intend to convert into a dedicated curling facility to be open by late spring or early summer 2018. Curling, the Winter Olympic and Winter Paralympic sport, is commonly referred to as “chess on ice” and is a unique combination of strategy, finesse, teamwork, and camaraderie. The new facility will support SFBACC’s continued growth and allow the club to offer expanded programming to coach and develop new curlers interested in the sport, including youth programs, wheelchair curling, and competitive play at all levels, as well as corporate and private events. SFBACC is excited to further promote the Bay Area as competitive teams improve and represent the region on the national stage, and is looking forward to long term partnerships supporting and building our community through sport. SFBACC is a member of the United State Curling Association (USCA) and Mountain Pacific Curling Association (MOPAC). For more information, contact Sarah Walsh, president, 510-972-8750 or email, or visit the website,

California Bank of Commerce California Bank of Commerce, a Premier Business Bank in the San Francisco Bay Area, provides customized commercial banking, treasury management and lending services to middle market businesses, business owners and the professional service companies that support them. Built to be a unique business bank, California Bank of Commerce has the power and sophistication of a money center bank, yet provides personalized service that only a community bank can offer. Our people, our culture and our resources are all dedicated to creating superior, lasting banking relationships with the sole purpose of making our clients more successful. We provide substantial industry experience by having the most skilled and experienced lending team in the East Bay. Our Relationship Managers average 20+ years of business banking experience and provide a broad range of industry expertise, knowledge and wisdom. We will help demystify complex financial challenges and provide actionable, straight-forward, and effective solutions to our business clients. California Bank of Commerce is dedicated to supporting businesses through every stage of their evolution. Our style of banking transcends traditional banking by offering business focused, advisory-based banking, pro-active guidance, flexible results-oriented decision making and most importantly, a long term relationship based approach. California Bank of Commerce has offices in Oakland, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Fremont and San Jose. Visit

InTensional Running InTensional Running provides whole person running coaching and bodywork for runners and athletes ages 13 to 70. Discover how to create a safe, sustainable, and deeply enjoyable running practice whether you are a beginning runner or gunning for the Olympic Trials. Timur Crone, InTensional Running Coach, is a USATF Certified Coach with an MA in Counseling Psychology, Reposturing Bodyworker, tai chi and chi gong instructor, and fascial movement specialist. He was a sponsored marathoner for Topseed Running, and winner of the 2011 US Half Marathon and 2012 LA Marathon Open Division. Work with us if you want to: • Make running relaxed and pleasurable. • Use advanced body mechanics adapted from Tai Chi and other Chinese internal martial arts • Get into "the Zone" on purpose by focusing on thoughts, emotions, and sensations in certain ways • Use running as a path for personal growth and awareness • Develop a well aligned body capable of easy and effortless movement Start with a complimentary run date by Lake Merritt to learn our most popular running skill and discover if InTensional Running is right for you. For more information, contact, (510) 328-3702, or visit the website,

The Baconer SETTING A NEW STANDARD FOR BACONY GOODNESS The Baconer provides Bay Area food lovers with the highest quality dry-cured bacon in a range of bold flavors. The Baconer uses the highest-quality pork products and a sous vide cooking process that maximizes the meat’s natural flavor and texture. Our product line-up includes lardons (French-style cut of cured and smoked pork belly) and thick-cut bacon strips, each seasoned with exciting flavors, like Sweet Maple, Smoky Paprika and Jalapeño. Visit us at, or contact us at 510-545-2775 or

Roam Artisan Burgers Roam Artisan Burgers, a collection of fine casual dining destinations, will open its newest location in Uptown Oakland, the company’s second restaurant in the East Bay and fifth in California, in December 2017. The newly built restaurant will offer delicious burgers, sides, shakes and sodas crafted from fresh, quality ingredients that have been carefully sourced from a select group of purveyors. The new restaurant joins two other locations in San Francisco, one in Lafayette, and another in downtown San Mateo, Calif. Roam was founded in 2010, with the desire to serve great-tasting, nutrient-rich food at reasonable prices. Founders Joshua Spiegelman and Lynn Gorfinkle are entrepreneurs with a passion for wonderful food and sustainability. Their mission in creating Roam is to enhance people’s lives through better eating. Spiegelman and Gorfinkle are helping to pioneer the new and growing segment of better-for-you fast-casual dining establishments. The Roam Artisan Burgers in Uptown Oakland, located at 1951 Telegraph Avenue (between 20th and William), is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ink Stain Ink Stain, Inc., is an award-winning messaging and marketing firm that helps B2B firms gain new revenues – quickly and easily. Ink Stain shows you how to use your best customer successes to build a repeatable sales model that conveys your company’s value to new buyers. And retain your best customers with a marketing message that showcases how you’ve helped your buyers grow and succeed. You’ll have the right story. And right marketing strategy — to cut through the clutter and convey how your company is different in the marketplace. You’ll have the web and print messaging that captures their attention, the blogs and Ebooks you’ll need to capture new leads, and the email marketing and business development customer conversation scripts for highly qualified sales conversations that convert to new business. Visit or call 415.990.4010, for a deeper dive into how Ink Stain builds new revenues for your company – simply. So you can build trust with new buyers (and convince your loyal customers to stay that way).


Wendel Rosen received "Platinum" recognition from law firm sustainability network's ALISS

Working better with Blaisdell’s: Special promotion debuts January 2018

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP is announced it has received a “Platinum” ranking from the Law Firm Sustainability Network’s (LFSN) in the first round of its American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS) online self-assessments. Wendel Rosen is the only firm of 15 firms ranked to receive the highest ALISS certification level, which recognizes a firm’s sustainability program and the measures a firm takes to reduce its environmental impact. ALISS is an online assessment tool designed to allow law firms to measure their sustainability efforts and identify opportunities to enhance their programs and practices. The assessment allows firms to track and measure their sustainability efforts; provides a roadmap of additional steps firms may wish to take to reduce their environmental impact; and ranks a firms’ sustainability efforts compared to its peers. "At Wendel Rosen, we pride ourselves on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and we are thrilled to receive the highest ranking available from such an important network,” said Phyllis Medler, manager of firm facilities and operations. “We believe strongly in the importance of these efforts and hope our transparency can help promote sustainability more broadly across the legal industry.” Wendel Rosen continues to be a pioneer in adopting and promoting sustainable business practices in the legal profession. The firm serves on LFSN’s Leadership Council and helped research, build, test and launch ALISS in August 2011. Wendel Rosen became the first law firm in the country certified as a green business (certification conducted by the Bay Area Green Business Program), in 2003; since, the firm has won numerous awards for its leadership in the green economy.

From break room to board room, Oakland-based Blaisdell’s Business Products has been keeping Oakland businesses – and businesses nationwide – supplied and running smoothly. With a 67-year history as an independent, and now multi-generation, woman-owned business, the company has successfully navigated a fiercely competitive landscape, several turbulent economic cycles, rapidly evolving technology, and the ever-changing tastes of consumers, as they work to provide customers “a great workday.” Under Margee Witt, who joined Blaisdell’s in 1984, and became CEO in 2003, the company has grown from four employees, to 33, transforming the company from a retail office supply store to a business-to-business supplier powerhouse. Blaisdell’s was recently recognized again by ICIC, the Inner City 100, published by Fortune magazine, for its role in assisting in the creation of economic opportunity, optimism and transformation in the community. Blaisdell’s is a Certified Green Business, since 2007 and routinely listed by the San Francisco Business Times as a Top 100 Women Owned Business in the Bay Area, Fastest Growing Bay Area Business, and as a Top Furniture Dealer in the Bay Area. Blaisdell’s is partnering with the Oakland Chamber in a special promotion. Beginning January 2018, enter to win a 5 lb bag of “Blaisdell’s Blend” coffee each month, through May 2018. One lucky entrant will win a grand prize Clarus Glassboard from Blaisdell’s. Details and rules announced next issue of the Oakland Business Review and on the Chamber’s website, and Social Media channels, including Facebook, @Oakbiz.

FASTSIGNS: Signing on to the American dream continued from page 4 enabled her to preserve enough capital to hire two additional employees. “The move and resultant financial upside allows us to compete very aggressively in this marketplace; we’ve grown 25 percent year over year since 2013. We’re constantly reviewing, reinventing, reinvesting. Having a larger production facility is key to foundational growth, and would not have been possible if my mindset toward finances had not changed.” Fong noted the Oakland store has hit the $2M mark for this first time this year, is in the top 5 percent of FASTSIGN centers and is ranked in the top 20 nationally out of 588 domestic locations. “We’ve made it into the CEO’s circle … I’m so proud of my team! I want to provide us every possible opportunity to do our best work possible for clients.”

2017 Pulse of Oakland continued from page 1 place to visit and/or live. • Voters have a positive attitude about the direction of the city, but the proportion who feel that way continues to decline. Voters recognize the City as going through a unique period of growth and change, which has both positive and negative impacts. The poll found that Mayor Libby Schaaf enjoys a 61 percent favorable rating and remains strong. “The release of the 2017 Oakland Voter Survey provides policymakers, business leaders, and Oakland residents with another set of data points to track economic growth and quality of life in Oakland,” said Leslie. Summing up survey takeaways, Leslie stated, “The survey underscores the depth and breadth of a housing crisis that is exacerbating an affordability problem, while also highlighting Oaklanders do understand the importance of tech to our business ecosystem; these two issues are inextricably linked, as illustrated by data reflected in our ‘Oaklanders Talk Tech’ report released last month. And, by a 2-1 margin, Oaklanders are well versed on and support the idea of a downtown ballpark. Bottom line – 90 percent of survey participants are proud to live in and positively identify with Oakland,” Leslie concluded. The survey’s findings were presented by Dave Metz, FM3 Associates. Vice Mayor Anne Campbell Washington gave opening remarks. The event was sponsored by Colliers International, OakPAC, and BART. The 2017 Oakland Voter Survey marks another successful effort by the Chamber to provide decision-makers with actionable data to inform policy discussions. Other Chamber studies include an annual analysis of Oakland’s economy at the Council district level, an annual tech sector study, and an analysis of Oakland’s growing industries and occupations to prepare Oakland’s future workforce for Oakland jobs. The Chamber convenes programs around these and other issues through its programming, providing data and information for use by elected officials, community and business leaders to foster dialogue and in making policy decisions that impact the business community and those creating jobs in Oakland.

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CHAMBER CALENDAR All events are held at the Chamber offices, 475 14th Street, Oakland, unless otherwise noted. Call 510.874.4800 or visit to confirm dates and times. Meetings are open to all Chamber members.

November 15th | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. Office Manager,

December EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Board Chair ELÑORA TENA WEBB Prinicpal, Signature Solutions, Corporate Results Immediate Past Chair MARK EVERTON Visit Oakland DAN COHEN Full Court Press

Collier's International

1st | ED Forum & Inside Oakland presents: Sheltering the Unsheltered ▶ 8:30 – 10:00 AM

JACKIE RAY The Clorox Company

A forum on encampments. Free for Chamber members; $15 for non-members. Contact Aly Bonde,


ZACK WASSERMAN Ex Officio Corporate Counsel Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP




ROBERT LUCCHESE Bank of America.

STANLEY R. HEBERT California State University, East Bay


MICHAEL L. HESTER McGuire and Hester VICTORIA JONES The Clorox Company PAT KERNIGHAN Former Oakland City Councilmember PAMELA KERSHAW Port of Oakland MELVINIA KING Peralta Community College District RICHARD KINNEY Matson NEIL KRAETSCH Oakland Athletics MICHAEL LEBLANC Picán KEN LOWNEY Lowney Architecture

ED McFARLAN JRDV Urban International SAM NASSIF Creative Hospitality Group DENISE PINKSTON TMC Partners CHUCK PROSPER Alta Bates Summit Medical Center JENNIFER SCANLON Kaiser Permanente KARIN SCHRADER CIM Group MANAN SHAH Gensler DAVID STEIN Donahue Fitzgerald LLP BJ WASHINGTON JP Morgan Chase & Co. WELLS FARGO

The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce promotes commerce and industry, advances economic growth, and works to enhance the quality of life in the city of Oakland.

6 | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon - 1:30 PM Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. Contact Office Manager,

6th | Economic Development Forum ▶ 3:00 – 4:30 PM Update on "BRT" *Bus Rapid Transit_ Projectree for Chamber members; $15 for non-members. Contact Aly Bonde,

20 | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 PM Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. Office Manager,

January 2018 Happy New Year! 3rd | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 PM Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. Contact Office Manager,

10th | Economic Development Forum ▶ 3:00 – 4:30 PM "What's Breaking Ground in 2018: Examining Oakland's Development Pipeline." Free for Chamber members; $15 for non-members. Contact Aly Bonde,

16th | Community Impact Committee ▶ 11:00 – 3:30 PM Open to Chamber members and non-members. Nonprofit board members encouraged to attend. Meeting held at Saybrook University, Sunshine

Conference Room, 475 14th Street, Ninth Floor, Oakland CA. Free. Lunch included. RSVP to Alana Ross at

17th | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 PM Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. Contact Office Manager,

25th | State of Oakland Business & Tourism ▶ 8:00 – 10:00 AM Event at Scottish Rite Center. Contact Grace Lunardi,

26th | Inside Oakland ▶ 3:00– 4:00 PM Free for Chamber members; $15 for non-members. Contact Aly Bonde,

October Mixer Event: Kapor Center The Chamber’s October “After 5” reception, held on the stunning rooftop garden at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, offered stellar views of Uptown’s skyline and busy Broadway below. On a brilliantly sunny fall afternoon, a combined Chamber and Kapor crowd filled the outdoor space, admired the architecture, sipped house made, spirited margaritas with a bit of heat, and sampled fresh, elegantly presented authentic Oaxacan cuisine from Agave Uptown, located street level at the Kapor Center, and networked into the early evening. Chief of Community Engagement Cedric Brown, Kapor Center, welcomed everyone, taking a few minutes to overview the Center’s mission and important work in Oakland as they work toward diversifying tech and entrepreneurship, and fostering a city that 'does tech right.' "Access and opportunity mean real, positive impact,” said Brown. With a focus on “Mole and Mezcal,” the mixer menu was delicious Oaxacan “finger foods” that were fresh, smoky, complex, and beautifully presented, complemented by carafes of Agua Fresca … and the aforementioned margaritas. Owner/Executive Chef Octavio Diaz remarked on the warm, Oakland welcome his establishment has received since opening its Oakland establishment in the summer of 2016. “We appreciate the Oakland business community and the Chamber for their ongoing support, and in helping make Agave Uptown a success,” said Diaz. “This is a good, new partnership and we’re very happy to be here and a part of this exciting city.”

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Networking and cocktails

Kapor Center's Rooftop Garden; perfect backdrop for 'After 5' Mixer

Cedric Brown Kapor Center

Octavio Diaz Agave Uptown


Donahue Fitzgerald: Annual Employment Law Update programs scheduled Donahue Fitzgerald offers its annual Employment Law Update seminars, an opportunity to understand the latest court cases, legislative and regulatory activity and significant developments that will affect the workplace in the coming year. Attendees will leave with an understanding of new employment laws enacted in 2017; key court decisions and how they may impact the workplace; policies and procedures employers should consider for 2018; and developments in immigration and employee benefits. Speakers include Mark Delgado, Employment Litigation Attorney, Donahue Fitzgerald; Casey Williams, Employ-ment and Nonprofit Attorney, Donahue Fitzgerald; Jonathan Wong, Employment & Immigration Attorney, Donahue Fitzgerald; and Chris Bao, Head of Regulatory Compliance, Barney & Barney/MMA. The programs takes place December 7, 2017, at Berkeley's Claremont Hotel, and December 12, 2017, at Scott's Seafood Restsaurant in Walnut Creek. For additional information and registration,visit Donahue Fitzgerald LLPs website,

1261 Harrison Street unveils dual-tower, mixed-use highrise in downtown Oakland Plans have been submitted to the City of Oakland for a high-rise mixed-use building, 1261 Harrison, with a dualtower look in a single structure. At 440 feet to the roof-deck (460 when adding the architectural screening element) and 36 stories in height, it would be Oakland’s tallest building. Oakland-based Lowney Architecture has designed a striking, gently curved structure, composed of half residential and half commercial space. The high-rise includes 185 units of market-rate and affordable housing, 120,000 square feet of Class A office space, and 12,000 square feet of commercial/retail space including an innovative ‘locavore’ market hall with regionally-sourced food and maker entrepreneurs. 1261 Harrison is one of Oakland’s only mixed-use vertical communities to include commercial space as well as market-rate housing and affordable housing onsite. “We strove for a distinctive design by breaking up the building’s mass so that it appears as two towers, but is really one structure,” said Mark Donahue of Lowney Architecture. “Honoring and enhancing the neighborhood context was very important to the development team, which can be seen in the slender, recessed curves that prevent the tower from looming over the street or adjacent structures, the color scheme drawn from the local cityscape, and in the height and scale of street-level elements that match the façades of nearby, character-rich buildings.” Developer Pinnacle RED notes 1261 Harrison would be a transformational live/work/shop/play mixed-use property in the fast-changing Downtown-City Center area. It is conceived as a transit-oriented development just two blocks from BART that would bring economic vitality to complement existing Chinatown and nearby businesses, and includes pedestrian-friendly streetscape and community spaces for daytime and evening enjoyment. The public market will have a mix of retailers, including some likely from within downtown, drawing people in from 13th Street, and flowing through the building to a unique pedestrian alleyway for relaxing, dining or events. The team has also designed extensive sidewalk and streetscape improvements to enhance walkability, accommodate bikes and add connectivity to Chinatown, Broadway and Lake Merritt. Mixed-use office/housing building Upon completion, the project is estimated to bring more than 400 office workers downtown, nearly 100 onsite retail and property management personnel, some 360 new residents in the condominiums, and hundreds of daily shoppers to at 1261 Harrison, designed by Lowney Architecture. its retail and public spaces. The two-year construction effort is estimated to generate approximately 600-700 jobs as well.

Reception welcomes new Oakland planning and building director William Gilchrist The Oakland Chamber, African American Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alameda County, Oakland Builders Alliance, Jobs and Housing Coalition, and Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce held a reception at Gensler to welcome new Oakland Planning & Building Director William Gilchrist. "I've received a truly warm, Southern-style welcome here in Oakland," remarked Gilchrist to the crowd, before stating "there's a whole lot going on in this town," and noting Chambers are "instructive to the process of learning what matters most to a city. I look forward to working closely with the Chamber to learn about what Oakland values and what this city cares about." Gilchrist went on to say, "We're in a time of great transformation in Oakland, and it takes champions at the highest levels to understand, care and support change. We have to ensure the market is aligned with our plans, so we can leverage the process." Barbara Leslie, Chamber president and CEO, noted Gilchrist "had me at permitting efficiencies," while noting recent polling by the Chamber shows strong support among Oakland's residents for "development of all types, across the board." Carl Chan, a leading voice in Oakland said, "Oakland is at a crossroads; companies want to invest in Oakland, but some, a very small group, are afraid of change. The majority of people here want Oakland to continue to build and

Thank you Sweet Belly, Peony Restaurant, and Agave Uptown

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Oakland business, community organizations give #OAKPROUD welcome

Barbara Leslie Oakland Chamber

William Gilchrist City of Oakland

Business and community leaders turn out to welcome Oakland's incoming Planning & Building Director

develop and take its place as a world-class city. We're creating more opportunities, and we're all here to support you, and the city, in this." Elnora Tena Webb, Oakland Chamber board president, extended a welcome from the Chamber, saying "We thank you for taking this position. We all have a vision for this city and look forward to working with you to make this vision come to fruition."

William Gilchrist, Barbara Leslie and Manan Shah

Manan Shah, Gensler, and William Gilchrist

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