Board of Directors 2017-08-22T10:54:16+00:00

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.
Tom Ellebie
Tom Ellebie
Tom is a retired Human Resources Executive with demonstrated success in executive coaching, positive employee relations and change management. He is a skilled leader with diversified experience managing a broad range of workforce issues in multi-location and culturally diverse environments. Tom created and implemented programs and policies and procedures for Eastman Kodak’s worldwide operations.
Robert Phillips
Robert Phillips
Robert is the CEO and President of Social Interest Solutions. Robert is an accomplished executive with nearly 25 years of experience working in political campaigns, health policy, health systems, technology, philanthropy, and strategic consulting.

Previously, Robert led internal and external communications for Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit and Strategy functions. Robert also has philanthropic leadership experience from his time working at The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation, where he led efforts around health care reform, health advocacy, community health, and improving the health of children and youth of color.

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.
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.
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.
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.