Members of the East Bay Community Foundation Board of Directors have a personal investment in the East Bay and are passionate about building a community that’s equitable for all who call it home. The directors were chosen for their knowledge of community issues and their desire to serve the common good. The Board of Directors establishes policy, reviews the investment performance of funds, and oversees the grantmaking process.
Be Beneficent Consulting
Bernard Boudreaux’s professional life comfortably rests at the intersection of the corporate and nonprofit worlds. He collaborates with nonprofit leaders in creating and executing a sound revenue strategy as well as board development and works with corporate responsibility leaders to create and execute relevant, authentic, and effective community engagement strategies. Bernard is the founder and principal of Be Beneficent Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that assists individuals, nonprofits and businesses in addressing social issues through action that achieves measurable results.
As the former Director of the New Strategies for Nonprofit Leaders program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Bernard engaged dozens of major corporate and foundation leaders, as well as thousands of nonprofit leaders enrolled in New Strategies.
Prior to joining Georgetown, he worked for Target Corporation for over 30 years, where he held various leadership roles, including as a Director within Target’s Corporate Responsibility division. Bernard serves on the board of directors for multiple nonprofit organizations and is a former board member of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP).
A Bay Area native, Bernard has lived in Oakland for 30+ years.
SRI Wealth Management Group, RBC Wealth Management
Managing Director and Financial Advisor
Catherine has significant corporate finance and institutional advisory experience and has been in the investment field since 1993. Before joining RBC, she was part of the SRI Wealth Management Group at Piper Jaffray for five years where she advised foundations, non-profit organizations and high net worth individuals on ESG investments. Prior to Piper Jaffray, Catherine worked with J.P. Morgan for almost seven years as an investment banker covering the healthcare, natural resources and technology sectors. During her tenure at J.P. Morgan, Catherine advised clients on over $5 billion of M&A, project finance and equity and fixed income underwriting transactions. She was based in the New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong offices, and has expertise in advising multi-national companies. Prior to that, she was an analyst in the International Banking Department of Chinatrust Commercial Bank in Taiwan, part of one of the largest conglomerates in Taiwan. She performed investment analysis for a variety of project finance transactions and assisted in establishing its Hong Kong office.
Catherine is a Board Member of the East Bay Community Foundation, former Advisory Board member of the Women’s Funding Network, and former Board member of the Children’s Council of San Francisco. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and has a BA in both Economics and History where she is a Cal Alumni Scholar. She is also a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), a designation she earned from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of IMCA (Investment Management Consultants Association). She has passed the Series 7 and Series 66 exams, and holds a California insurance license. Catherine was recognized as a 2019 Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisor and as a 2020 and 2021 Forbes/SHOOK Best in State Wealth Advisor. She also won the Forbes/SHOOK Working Mothers Award in 2019 and 2020. Catherine is a member of the Social Investment Forum. She has sat on the firm’s Investment Advisory Group Council, is a member of the firm’s Senior Consulting Group, and is part of the Chairman’s Council in the firm (which is a distinction bestowed on high producing advisors in the firm). She is also a proud parent to two kids with her husband.
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Founder and Board Chair
Quinn Delaney is the Founder and Board Chair of Akonadi Foundation, which supports the development of powerful social change movements to eliminate structural racism and create a racially just society. The Foundation funds primarily in Oakland with a focus on ending the criminalization of people of color.
In addition to Akonadi Foundation, she currently serves on the boards of East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland Museum of California, Community Change, Women Donors Network Action and Smart Justice California. For many years her focus has been on transforming the criminal justice system.
Quinn’s strategy is to bridge the work of nonprofit community organizing and political campaigning. She is involved in an advisory capacity with political organizing groups such as California Donor Table, Fund Her, Emerge America and Way to Win.
In 2022, Quinn was appointed by President Biden to the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent private citizens appointed by the President to select and honor the Presidential Scholars. Commissioners are selected from across the country, representing the fields of education, medicine, law, social services, business, and other professions. The Commissioners make the final selection of the 161 Presidential Scholars. The Scholars demonstrate exceptional accomplishments in academics, the arts, career and technical education and an outstanding commitment to public service.
Eden Health District
Board Chair, EBCF
Mark Friedman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Eden Health District where he leads the District’s efforts to address the pandemic in partnership with many public and non-profit agencies. He is the past CEO of the Thomas J. Long Foundation where he led a major grants program to East Bay community organizations working in health care, education, seniors, disabilities, and safety net services. Prior to that he was the CEO of First 5 Alameda County for over 15 years. First 5 Alameda County is a government agency that provides extensive services to children from birth to age 5 and their families including health care, developmental screening, mental health, family support, and early care and education. Mr. Friedman was appointed by then Governor Jerry Brown to chair the California Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care and served two terms as the President of the California Children and Families Association. He also served as co-Chair of Raising California Together.
Among community boards and advisory bodies he serves on are the East Bay Community Foundation where he is the immediate past Chair, Supplybank.org which provides basic needs for children throughout the state, the Oakland Promise cradle to career program, Funding the Next Generation, Ensuring Opportunity, and the Budget Justice Coalition.
Mr. Friedman also spent 11.5 years serving on the El Cerrito City Council including three terms as Mayor. Among major projects he was instrumental in were building a new city hall and renovating the swim center. He led the passage of strict anti-smoking regulations and the increase in the minimum wage.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Former Program Director for Immigrant Rights and Integration
Vice Chair, EBCF
John Govea was the Program Director for Immigrant Rights and Integration at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. He joined the Haas, Jr. Fund staff in 2017 after 10 years with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey, where he managed national programs and initiatives focused on childhood obesity and health equity. Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, John is descended from Mexican immigrants who settled in California. His father came to the United States under the bracero program during World War II to work on the Santa Fe Railroad. His mother worked the fields and orchards of California as a migrant farmworker. John started his professional career as an attorney representing farmworkers in rural California. He has worked on the staffs of the Community Foundation for Monterey Country and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and was senior program officer with the State of California’s California Volunteers, where he oversaw implementation of the state’s AmeriCorps program.
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals
Senior Vice President, Hospital System Operations
Tom Hanenburg, MHA, is the Senior Vice President of Hospital System Operations. As Senior Vice President, he is responsible for continually improving performance and leveraging scale across all 40 Kaiser Foundation Hospitals by driving consistency of operations, technology and capital investments to optimize the reliable performance of KP’s hospital system. Tom is also accountable for National Employee Health and Safety and plays a significant operations role in care delivery technology planning and the Kaiser Permanente enterprise response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to this role, Tom served as the Interim Hospital and Health Plan President for the Northern California region where he was responsible for overseeing and directing all operations for the region. He was also the Chief Operating Officer for Northern California from 2018 to 2019, and Senior Vice President for Hospital and Health Plan Operations from 2016 to 2018. He joined Kaiser Permanente in 2013 as the Senior Vice President and Area Manager of the Greater Southern Alameda Service Area.
Before Kaiser Permanente, Tom was Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Oregon Service Area for Providence Health & Services, which included operational oversight for Providence Medford Medical Center, Providence Medical Group, and the Providence Community Health Foundation. He has also held executive positions with national hospital systems, including Duke University Health System, Health Management Associates, and Humana.
Tom received his Masters in Health Services Administration from Arizona State University, and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He and his wife Mary live in Danville, California.
Connie Cagampang Heller
Linked Fate Fund for Justice
Connie Cagampang Heller is co-founder of the Linked Fate Fund for Justice which supports grassroots community organizing to end systemic racial inequity. As a donor organizer and consultant, she designs learning spaces to share research and strategies to address structural racialization and implicit bias. In this capacity, she has worked extensively with Professor John A. Powell, with whom she co-developed and co-authored the Systems Thinking and Race curriculum for The California Endowment. Connie has served on numerous nonprofit boards including Groundswell Fund and Groundswell Action Fund, Perception Institute, Demos, Ella Baker Center, and Women Donors Network.
Since 2016, Connie has focused on using art to explore and reveal the complexity of race in America. Her art has been shown at the National Academy of Medicine for the Visualizing Health Equity Conference, The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School, and at Community Change’s 2018 Cross Movements Conversation. Her art is featured in Shakti Butler’s film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity and on the cover of Dr. Lani Guinier’s The Tyranny of Meritocracy.
She attended Mount Holyoke College and received her B.A. and M. Arch in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.
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President & CEObrandi@eastbaycf.org
Brandi Howard is the president and CEO of East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), one of the oldest community foundations in the country. Named the “boldest community foundation” in 2019 by Inside Philanthropy, EBCF is known for its work advancing inclusion, fairness, and racial justice in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Howard is a collaborative and compassionate leader who brings deep experience as an equity and justice strategist rooted in community to the Foundation’s vision and framework for A Just East Bay.
Before EBCF, Howard led strategic planning and the development of the equity learning infrastructure as chief of staff and interim vice president of programs at San Francisco Foundation. Her leadership was critical in advancing the equity-centered grantmaking policy and systems change in the region. When she began there, she worked with the The Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Program, a community leadership program that works with grassroots risk-takers and makes a five-year investment in their community. Prior to that, Howard worked for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she oversaw two city-wide initiatives to reduce infant mortality and chronic disease and led the development of a division-wide framework to streamline implementation, staffing, and quality improvement processes for Neighborhood Health Action Centers.
Howard is a third-generation Oaklander who grew up in multicultural communities throughout the city, in a family with a heritage of Pan-Africanism and a global worldview. Conscious of the complexities of race, racism, and racial injustice, Howard began her career recognizing the linkage of all oppressions in the shared fight for liberation. She was drawn to advocacy and health equity work during her nineteen years as a doula working with Black and Latinx women. Decades-stagnant health outcomes for Black and Latinx mothers led her to speak out for systems change and her career shifted. As maternal child health subcommittee chair for the Alameda County Public Health Commission, she served as a liaison between public and nonprofit agencies, community members and the county board of supervisors to provide recommendations to support optimal maternal and child health in Alameda County. Howard also worked for First 5 Alameda County, and has advised a number of nonprofit organizations on strategy, sustainability, and equity as a consultant.
Howard is a member of Chief, a network of senior women leaders built to strengthen their leadership journey, cross-pollinate ideas across industries, and affect change from the top-down. Howard is a lecturer for equity in practice at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also an advisory committee member. Howard is principal consultant at Beyond the Curve, a consulting firm providing organizational development, business strategy, and talent and crisis management.
Howard started her career transition journey at Merritt College after ten years in the workforce as a mother of three children. She transferred to the University of California, Berkeley where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and a Master of Social Work. Now a mother of four, Howard is constantly inspired by her children’s creativity and relentless energy. Her children are her motivation to advance racial equity, and transform political, social, and economic outcomes for all who call the East Bay home.Contact Brandi Howard
Founder and CEO
Iara is the founder and CEO of JustFund. She has worked in nonprofits for over 20 years, building new programs and organizations within the sector and supporting emerging leaders. She launched JustFund.us an innovative online portal that connects grantmakers directly to organizations to help move resources more quickly while facilitating greater trust, transparency, and accountability across funder communities.
Early in her career, she worked to build the progressive leadership pipeline and started Young People For, a national progressive leadership development program that has identified and trained thousands of leaders across the country. She holds a Masters Degree from Columbia University, where she studied public administration and nonprofit management. She has served as a strategic consultant and on the boards of dozens of nonprofits and is currently a board member of Donors of Color Network and on the advisory board of She the People and Girls Crushing It.
Institutional Asset Management
Mona Williams is an institutional asset management executive with extensive investment, operational, and investor relations experience. She consults to U.S. and international asset managers, advising on strategic growth, product, distribution, and brand initiatives. She was formerly President of Progress Investment Management Company, LLC, where she spent 19 years dedicated to “Changing the Face of the Investment Management Industry.” A pioneer in diverse and emerging multi-manager investing, Progress managed an array of customized and pooled investment vehicles for institutional pension funds, foundations, and endowments. She served on the firm’s Board of Directors, the Investment Committee, and chaired its Management Committee. Her earlier experience includes positions at regional and global investment banks, including Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch. She has served on the board of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), the National Council on Teacher Retirement Corporate Advisory Committee (NCTR) and has been an active member of 100 Women in Finance (100WF), co-sponsoring events that address the underrepresentation of women in finance. She is a frequent industry speaker on diversity and inclusion in asset management and has taught financial literacy, her passion, to young women and people of color throughout her career. Mona received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds Series 7 and 63 licenses (inactive). She lives in Oakland with her husband and son.
The Board of Directors honors the memory of our colleague Gwen Walden who passed away on September 26, 2022. Gwen had served on the Board since 2014 and her passing is a loss for the entire East Bay community and the field of philanthropy. We invite you to read more about Gwen on our blog.