OAW BOARD

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Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown, a former leader of the Black Panther Party, is founder and CEO of OAW.  A social activist for over 50 years, Ms. Brown is author of A Taste of Power, her autobiography, slated for film production in late 2021 by Robbie Brenner Productions with distribution by Netflix.  She is also the author of The Condemnation of Little B, the story of Michael Lewis, known as “Little B,” who, in 1997 in Atlanta, was wrongly charged with a murder he did not commit when he was 13 years old, and convicted as an adult and sentenced to life in prison, where he remains.  Ms. Brown has supported Michael for all 24 years of his incarceration, and anticipates a recently-filed new trial motion will finally set him free.  Ms. Brown is a songwriter-singer, whose 1972 album, Until We’re Free, recorded on Motown’s classic Black Forum label, will be re-issued digitally with the re-launch of the label in March 2021.   

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Dr. Mark Alexander

Dr. Mark Alexander, Epidemiologist.  Dr. Alexander is committed to improving health outcomes of marginalized communities, his research focused on cardiovascular disease, geriatric epidemiology and child health. Dr. Alexander is a retired research scientist with the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and, Assistant Director of the Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, University of California at San Francisco.

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Deborah Matthews

Deborah Matthews, Secretary.  Ms. Matthews is a real estate broker in Berkeley who has overseen many of Berkeley’s housing and commercial projects as former Vice Chair of the Berkeley’s Planning Commission, Chair of the Zoning Adjustment Board, Chair of the Housing Commission.

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James Nixon

James Nixon, Treasurer.  Mr. Nixon is Co-Founder and Principal of Sustainable Systems, a for-profit corporation specializing in regional initiatives, sustainable economic development, and web strategies; and, is President of Global Urban Development, and lead consultant for the East Bay Broadband Consortium, an initiative to bridge the digital divide in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties.

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Zack Wasserman

Zack Wasserman, Partner, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean Law Firm.  Mr. Wasserman works with private businesses and public agencies to negotiate and draft complex real estate and financial structures. He is currently representing the Oakland A’s in negotiations with Alameda County and the City of Oakland regarding purchase of the Coliseum site..  He is Chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, is General Counsel to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, a member of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative, and currently Chair of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

ADVISORY BOARD

Tyson Amir

Bay Area native, Educator and community activist.

Gordon Baranco

A former Alameda County Superior Court judge who is Vice-Chair of the California Judicial Council Access Fairness Committee.

Ida Nell Barnett

A retired senior aide to Congressman Ronald V. Dellums.

Keith Carson

Alameda County Supervisor who represents the Fifth District, which includes the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, and the West Oakland.

Annette Darnes

Retired banker who worked with three nationally-known banks and a nationally-known investment banking firm and specialized in providing capital.

Christopher Perryman

An Oakland realtor and board member of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area.

Wilson Riles Jr.

CEO of Generations Consulting Company, and former Oakland City Council member. He is a founding member of Community Bank of the Bay.

Steve Wright

Current Director of The Resilience Exchange. Formerly serving as Director of the Social Performance Management Center of the Grameen Foundation, as well as their Director of Innovation.