Staff 2018-02-01T14:33:15+00:00

Our team is made up of educators, researchers, cartographers, evaluators, data crunchers, trainers, policy wonks and public health people.

David A Harris
David A HarrisChief Executive Officer
David Harris joined the Council as its CEO in July 2016. David has spent the majority of his professional career as a nonprofit manager and consultant, as well as a grantmaker at several of the nation’s leading philanthropic organizations. Previously, David was Vice President of Grants and Initiatives at the Iowa West Foundation, Director of Regional Policy & Florida Philanthropy for the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Breeanna Decker
Breeanna DeckerProgram Associate OYI
Breeanna’s main responsibilities include strengthening cross-sector coordination and collaboration for Opportunity Youth, ages 18-24, to have a structured transition to post-secondary education and career opportunities.
Before joining The Council, Breeanna served as an intern for two locally elected officials: Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and Oakland City Councilmember Lynette McElhaney. Passionate about youth and education, she has worked with Lincoln (formerly Lincoln Child Center) and the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools, assessing the reading levels of West Oakland public school students.
Hilary Crowley
Hilary CrowleyDirector of Resource Development
Hilary brings more than 15 years of combined senior level fund development, communications, and policy experience to the Council. She has raised more than $50 million throughout her career for organizations in the public and private sector on issues ranging from improving health and life outcomes for disinvested populations to early childhood education, contemporary art, public health, environmental science, and the Rwandan National Cycling Team.
Alison Feldman
Alison FeldmanProgram Coordinator, Education Excellence and Community Capacity Building
Alison manages a variety of projects at the Council supporting equitable educational opportunities and outcomes. She has facilitated several cross-sector bodies responsible for developing the infrastructure and tools necessary for establishing full service community schools in Oakland. Alison has been involved in community engagement and policy development in education for many years. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Journalism from New York University and her B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarah Marxer
Sarah MarxerSenior Research Associate
Prior to joining the Council, Sarah managed a statewide child and youth data website, She worked in the youth development field for over a decade, running programs for immigrant and LGBT youth and working on a range of public health issues. An active public school parent, her community work focuses on racial equity and making schools safe for LGBT students and students with LGBT parents. She has a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. Sarah has been with the Council since 2011.
Charles Eddy
Charles EddyProgram Associate
Charlie is a consultant on jail and prison reentry and local justice and corrections reform issues. He provides support to the Justice Reinvestment Coalition, which meets monthly at the Council. He has worked in direct service, supervisory and administrative roles in nonprofit child welfare and juvenile justice services. Also, he worked as a restorative justice public policy advocate in Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Nate Phillip
Nate PhillipProgram/Research Associate
Nate is a native of Oakland, California. He received his MPH from San Jose State University, and his BA in Urbanization and Urban Conflict Resolution from UC Berkeley where he also played college football. Prior to working with Urban Strategies Council Nate worked with The Alameda County Public Health Department on variety of issues such as housing and displacement, teen pregnancy prevention, and violence prevention. Currently Nate also coaches high school football in East Oakland, and is a member of the Center for Community Health and Engagement-Advisory Board at Children’s Hospital Oakland.
Rania Ahmed
Rania AhmedResearch Associate
Rania Ahmed is an urban thinker who values utilizing quantitative and qualitative research methods to deliver initiatives that ensure social well-being. Rania holds a M.A. in Urban Affairs and a B.Sc. in Urban Planning. One of her favorable projects was map production for the book Cairo, Center in Movement. As a Research Associate at the Council, Rania aims to bring her compassion to utilizing the power of data analysis to develop policies for the public good in the Bay Area.
Steve King
Steve KingSenior Associate Housing & Economic Development
Steve holds a MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a BA in Environmental Science with a specialization in Geographic Analysis from Boston University. He is also the Executive Director of the Oakland Community Land Trust. Steve has been with the Council since 2007.
Teri Carlyle
Teri CarlyleAccountant
Teri obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State University, Hayward. Teri currently sits on the Trustee Board of her church, Kyles Temple A.M.E. Zion in Vallejo and she’s very active in all areas of ministry. In her spare time, Teri’s passion is teaching financial literacy courses, as well as line dancing!
Maria Vaghela
Maria VaghelaAdminstrative Assistant
Maria originally comes from the New York Metropolitan area. Having worked in diverse corporations, Maria brings with her considerable office experience. She is a mother, writes poetry and is fluent in her second language, Greek. She has volunteered with organizations that give back to society by helping those in need. So being part of the Council is especially meaningful to her.