Itzel Diaz-Romo has dedicated her professional career to serving diverse communities through small and large nonprofits in Oakland; she is passionate about creating public and private partnerships to support an equity agenda, executing communications strategies, and storytelling.
Before joining the East Bay Community Foundation, Itzel was the Interim Director of Development & Communications at The Unity Council, a nonprofit Social Equity Development Corporation with a 50-year history in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. An essential role in her previous position was to execute all fundraising and communications strategies for the organization. In addition to her daily duties, she acted as the organization’s liaison between departments and outside agencies, including other nonprofit organizations, foundations, community groups, and departments across the City of Oakland. She has a Bachelor in Communications Studies from San Francisco State University.
Itzel was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She, her mother, and two younger brothers moved to Oakland fifteen years ago so that the entire family could reunite with her father.
As Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Andrew Hattori brings 15 years of experience as a marketing and communications strategist, leader, and coach working at the intersection of public policy and social justice.
Most recently, Andrew led the marketing and communications team at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a $40-million nonprofit organization responsible for delivering sexual health and substance use services to more than 25,000 people annually. Prior to that he served for nearly a decade at the Public Policy Institute of California, where he managed publications, events, and media affairs, among other areas.
Andrew is the proud biracial grandson of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. His passion for racial equity, social justice, and LGBTQ causes has defined much of professional and personal life, including his early advocacy for marriage equality and longtime fundraising efforts for HIV prevention.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College in Japanese studies, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley-Haas School of Business. He lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his husband and their scruffy dog, and enjoys cycling and exploring the East Bay Regional Park District.
Our offices have been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our staff are working remotely during this time. We look forward to welcoming visitors again in the future.
Our offices in Oakland and Walnut Creek are located on the homelands of the Lisjan, Ohlone, Muwekma, Chochenyo, Yokuts, and Bay Miwok peoples. We respectfully acknowledge and honor the Indigenous people who have stewarded the land for generations past, present, and future.
De Domenico Building 200 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA 94612
Walnut Creek Office
2185 North California Boulevard, Suite 220 Walnut Creek, CA 94596