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.


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