Menbere Aklilu

Owner/Restauranteur, Salute E. Vita Ristorante

Menbere Aklilu, a recipient of the Contra Costa Business Woman of the Year award in 2009, was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Italy, where she worked with family restaurateurs in Rome.
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James H. Brandt


James H. Brandt, born in Canada and a former executive with Anheuser-Busch and founder/owner of a business marketing firm, has an in-depth understanding of finance and economics.
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Kaye E. Burnside


Dr. Kaye E. Burnside joined the Richmond Community Foundation Board in August 2017. She currently serves on the grant and literacy committees. In addition to an extensive background in servant leadership (including teacher, principal, UC Berkeley administrator, deputy superintendent, and superintendent); she served on numerous educational and grant funding boards.
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Conor Flannery

Managing Director, JLL

Conor Flannery is a Managing Director at JLL, a global commercial real estate firm and Fortune 500 company. For thirteen years he has helped Silicon Valley companies strategically plan and implement their real estate decisions.
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Jeff Gagnon

Board Chair
Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Bank

Jeff Gagnon is a Business Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank, managing a portfolio of business clients and providing lending, cash management and other banking services to privately held companies.
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Joshua Genser

General Counsel, Overaa

Joshua Genser is a consultant on Social Impact Bond and Pay-for-Success programs, General Counsel at Overaa Construction, and CEO of the Richmond Development Company.
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Dr. Erica Goode

Medical Doctor, Integrative Health Care Practitioner (Retired)

Erica Goode, MD, MPH is board-certified in internal medicine. She practices general medicine with an emphasis on nutrition and enhancing health through the rediscovery of simple complementary principles.
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Richard Hong

First Vice President, California Bank & Trust

Richard Hong has over thirty years in the financial services industry with experience in branch management, marketing management, sales and service management, portfolio management, and commercial banking.
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Cynthia LeBlanc

Vice Chair
Educator (Retired)

A renowned educator, Dr. Cynthia LeBlanc served as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, and superintendent for 36 years in several Bay Area public schools.
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Jorge Reyes

Office Manager, Mechanics Bank

Jorge Reyes is the Branch Manager at the Hilltop Office of Mechanics Bank in Richmond. Prior to Mechanics, Jorge spent 9 years at First Bank, working at the San Pablo, Fairfield and Vallejo locations.
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Marsha Tomassi

CEO, The Ultimate Inner Cook

Marsha Tomassi is the creative and organizational force behind the Ultimate Inner Cook, a Richmond-based company dedicated to helping clients learn that healthy eating should also be delicious and fun.
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