Board of Directors:

Clinton Bolden
Clinton BoldenChair
Clint is a former Director of Community and Economic Development for a number of large urban cities, including Oakland, Richmond, and San Antonio, Texas. He served as a principal advisor to Mayors, Elective Officials, and Community Leaders regarding community development, economic development, and redevelopment strategies.
Mr. Bolden holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration/Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
Eugene (Gus) Newport
Eugene (Gus) Newport
Gus Newport is a social justice activist, and independent consultant providing TA in the areas of community and economic development, public policy, community organizing strategies and organizational and systems development. Gus was the program director of the Vanguard Foundation, Sr. Fellow to the Ford, Annie E. Casey, and other foundations. Gus was the MLK Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sr. Fellow at U.Mass. Boston.
Gus was the Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) Boston, MA and was Mayor of Berkeley, CA (1979-1986). He served as the Vice-President from the US to the World Peace Council (1980-1986) and served on two United Nations committees.
Leonard F. Creed, CPA
Leonard F. Creed, CPA Treasurer
Leonard is a tax and accounting professional with strong ties to the Bay area. He resides and has an office in Oakland, California. As a member of the Oakland community he is dedicated to goals that will make this community vibrant for all.
Ernie Notar
Ernie Notar
Ernie recently retired after more than 40 years’ experience as a program director and fund-raiser in higher education and nonprofit organizations, including Asia Foundation, U.C. Berkeley, International Youth Foundation, University of Maryland, and Greenbelt Alliance. Through his work he became involved with many community-based organization in the U.S., and travelled extensively in Asia representing various projects. He earned a BA from Dartmouth College, an MA and PhD from Berkeley.
William Patterson
William Patterson
Bill is Vice President of the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s (EBMUD) Board of Directors and a retired City of Oakland Administrator in the Office of Parks and Recreation. He is widely recognized as one of Oakland’s civic champions and has been actively involved in many political campaigns and community organizations for more than four decades. Mr. Patterson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Francisco State University and pursued graduate study at UC Berkeley. He resides in Oakland with his family and remains active in numerous community activities.
Larry Gallegos
Larry Gallegos
Larry has over 27 years of municipal government experience in local, regional, state and federal programs. After receiving his architecture degree from UC Berkeley, Larry began his public service career with the City of Oakland. He was previously an area manager with the former Oakland Redevelopment Agency and is currently development manager for E. Oakland within the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Board Openings:

We are currently seeking new board members. If you or someone you know is a community, business or philanthropic leader with an interest in nonprofit leadership and community development, please contact our CEO.