East Bay Community Foundation Board of Directors Elects Mark Friedman as New Chair
New Chair Joins at Pivotal Time as Foundation Pursues a Social Justice Vision for East Bay Region
Oakland, CA – The East Bay Community Foundation has elected Mark Friedman as Board Chair of the 89-year old institution. Mark succeeds Sherry M. Hirota, Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services, who served in the role since 2014. Sherry will remain on the board and continue to serve through the end of her Board term in 2018. The Foundation thanks Ms. Hirota for her outstanding leadership and valuable contributions as Board Chair of over the past three (3) years.
Mark is Chief Executive Officer of the Thomas J. Long Foundation in Walnut Creek and served two-terms as Mayor of the City of El Cerrito. Prior to the Long Foundation, he was the CEO of “First 5 Alameda County” for 15 years. Mark has also worked for two Alameda County Supervisors and directed several nonprofit organizations, including the “Plant Closures Project” in Oakland, and “Special Child,” an agency serving children with developmental disabilities in Colorado. He is currently chair of the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care (SAC) having been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.
“Mark’s longstanding commitment to community service and his knowledge of the issues affecting the East Bay make him an excellent choice for Board Chair. We look forward to working with him and the rest of the board to facilitate philanthropic giving and investment that improve the social and economic opportunities for all East Bay residents,” said Foundation CEO James Head. “I am honored and excited to be taking on the role of EBCF Board Chair at such an exciting time for the Foundation,” offered Friedman. “There are still very real challenges facing many of our communities and we believe that calls for a new approach from community philanthropy. I’m grateful to partner with James and the EBCF staff to advance a collective vision of a just East Bay.”
“As Chair, Mark will bring a multidimensional perspective to the Board’s deliberations through his work as an elected official, nonprofit, and philanthropy executive,” remarked outgoing Chair Hirota. “The Board of Directors welcomes our new Chair with open arms. We are thrilled to be able to benefit from his leadership and wish Mark every success in helping guide the foundation’s future.”
Founded in 1928, the East Bay Community Foundation mobilizes financial assets and community leadership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay with pressing needs. This means bringing together the financial resources and leadership capabilities of charitable-fund holders with those of government, business, private foundations, and non-profit service providers in coordinated, grantmaking efforts to positively affect change. The foundation is committed to advancing a Just East Bay; where all members of our community are treated fairly; resulting in equitable opportunity and outcomes. In 2016, in partnership with our donors, EBCF granted more than $84 million to nonprofit organizations and has charitable assets under management of $330 million. For more information, please visit www.ebcf.org.
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