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.
Sylvia Key, Ed. D.
Sylvia Key, Ed. D. Vice Chair
Sylvia joined the Board of Urban Strategies Council in August 2003. She is currently Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Board Development Committee . Dr. Key recently retired from the San Mateo County Office of Education where she held the position of Administrator, Child, Youth and Family Services
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.
Maurilio Leon
Maurilio LeonSecretary
Maurilio is the Chief Operating Officer for the Community Housing Opportunities Corporation and has an accomplished career of combining strategy and innovation to successful outcomes in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.
Aaron Cooperband
Aaron Cooperband
Aaron is a Senior Partner with New Aspect Financial Services, LLC. He is responsible for asset management, wealth transfer, tax minimization strategies, financial planning, and insurance needs analysis. Aaron began his career on Wall Street in 1986, where he spent a decade as a trader, working with multinational corporations and sovereign governments on risk management and control utilizing fixed income and foreign exchange derivatives.
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, and completed further studies at New York University and Tohoku University in Japan.
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.
Sara Truebridge, Ed. D.
Sara Truebridge, Ed. D.
Sara is an education consultant, researcher, and author, specializing in the area of resilience, combining her experience and expertise in the areas of research, policy, and practice to promote success and equity for all. She is also the Director of Engagement and Professional Development at The Meher Schools in Lafayette, CA. Truebridge collaborates with schools, districts, communities, organizations, and individuals addressing opportunities for learning and transformation.

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.