Growing our Board

As you likely know, the Council just turned 30 years old! We’re expanding our purview to work across the entire Bay Area and we are experiencing growth and transition at both the staff and governance levels.  We’d like to introduce you to our wonderful new board members!


Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips

Robert is the CEO and President of Social Interest Solutions. He 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.


Gus Newport

Eugene “Gus” Newport

Gus Newport, the former Mayor of Berkeley, is a social justice activist and independent consultant. Gus was the program director of the Vanguard Foundation, consultant and Sr. Fellow to the Ford Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Jacobs Family Foundation, and the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation. He was the MLK Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Sr. Fellow at U. Mass. Boston, Yale, Portland State, and UC Santa Cruz.

He is the former director of the Institute of Community Economics and directed the Community Building Support Center for the Urban Strategies Council (USC).  Gus is the former Director of the Partnership for Neighborhood Initiatives (PNI) Palm Beach County, FL and the former Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)  in Boston, MA. He served as the Vice-President from the US to the World Peace Council from1980-1986 and served on two United Nations committees. Gus also worked for the Department of Labor assigned to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in addition to bringing on line the 2nd Concentrated Employment Program (CEP) in the country in Rochester, NY.

Gus delivered the commencement speech at Heidelberg University, his Alma Mater, in Tiffin, Ohio, and in May 2009 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.


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 City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.


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 multiple location and culturally diverse environments. He created and implemented programs,policies and procedures for Eastman Kodak’s worldwide operations.

Meet all of our esteemed board here.

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About the Author:

Spike has research experience in community development, housing, criminology, spatial epidemiology and reentry issues. He speaks nationally about data driven decision making and was chosen as one of Next American City’s Vanguard class of 2012 and honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2013. He’s a dad, husband and co-author for the new book on open public data: Beyond Transparency.

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