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.
Maria VaghelaExecutive Assistant to the CEO
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.
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!
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.
Darris YoungProgram Associate - Boys and Men of Color
Darris was born in Oakland and had his life shaped for service and activism based on the dynamics of the race riots and Black Panther Party he observed in the 60’s and early 70’s. He is a national organizer with decades of experience, particularly in working with Black and Latino youth in the criminal justice system. He is a former police officer and counselor. He attended Diablo Valley College and earned his BA from New Gate College in Addiction Studies.
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.
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.