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David Pontecorvo

Director of Grantmaking Systems, Evaluation, and Learning

David Pontecorvo leads the Foundation’s overall philosophy and approach to strategic learning, evaluation and impact, and develops systems for knowledge sharing and management. A long-time nonprofit manager and foundation professional, he served as Program Director for the Foundation during the 1990s. Before returning in 2011, he headed his own consulting firm, which provided research, program evaluation and organizational development services for foundations, individual donors, nonprofits and public agencies. He previously served as Program Director of La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Debrah Giles

Program Director

Debrah Giles is a philanthropic and non-profit management professional that serves as a Senior Program Officer for the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, CA. She specializes in supporting initiatives within EBCF that foster education and youth development. In her role, she serves as the Senior Program Officer for the Clorox Company Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Program and continues to lead the work that focuses on boys & men of color.

Prior to joining the East Bay Community Foundation, for nearly 15 years Debrah worked for Sun Microsystems in their Global Community Development Group (Foundation). At Sun Microsystems, she managed all aspects of their national and regional grant-making programs and developed strategies to improve their grant-making procedures. During her tenure with she also developed and guided major funding programs, including their international disaster relief program, multi-year educational grants, and global gift matching programs. Additionally, she was responsible for regional and field management for both community relations and volunteer projects.

Debrah received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Mary’s College. She is a native of Oakland.

Portrait of Melody Rooshen

Melody Rooshen

Program Associate

Melody Rooshen joins the Community Investments and Partnerships (CIP) team at EBCF as a Program Associate. She is interested in advancing social change by identifying intersections and building alliances between the tech and nonprofit sector.

Melody’s professional background is interlaced with technology and community-building. Prior to joining EBCF, she worked in recruitment at Facebook where her responsibilities included collaborating with cross-functional partners to refine the hiring process and deliver optimal experience for diverse leadership candidates. Previously, she served as a development officer for Muslim Advocates, a national civil rights organization. In that role, she managed print and digital fundraising campaigns, launched an Instagram account, and built and maintained a database of donors and partners.

Melody received her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Riverside. Her personal interests include ambitiously binge-watching Netflix, getting that 12-step skincare regimen down to a tee, and drinking chai with her loved ones.