Welcome New Staff, December 2019

The EBCF team is growing with four new hires in recent months. Our newest staff members come to EBCF with exceptional professional backgrounds and a wide variety of experience. We are thrilled to welcome Erin, Magda, Melody, and Talitha to the EBCF team.



Erin Talbert-Brust joins EBCF as the Sr. Communications Officer and assumes day-to-day management of our communications activities. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis where she earned dual degrees in Film Studies and African and African American Studies.

Erin comes to the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) from an Oakland-based nonprofit focused on mobilizing young leaders to organize in the movement to end mass incarceration and youth criminalization. In her role as the Communications Director, Erin led earned media strategies resulting in campaign coverage for SB1421 in the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and Axios. She also maintained responsibility for rebranding the organization’s materials, mission statement, and visual identity to more accurately reflect its work, and secured thought leadership pieces with the East Bay Times advocating for a change in approach to our criminal justice system.

Before this, Erin was Senior Account Executive at Hill & Knowlton Strategies (H+K) where her clients included Dolby Laboratories, Target, and Deloitte. In this position, Erin managed client accounts, media relations, and developed messaging and language for internal and external campaigns. Erin has also worked in film and video production; creating documentaries that examine a variety of social issues related to culture, ethnicity, and gender that affect people around the globe.

A SoCal native, Erin has lived in the Bay Area since 2016 and now calls Oakland home.



Magda Loczi joins EBCF as Executive Assistant and has a broad and diverse background, having worked in design and communications; events planning; franchise development; and marketing. From her experience living abroad as a child, she continues to enjoy traveling to places both near and far to discover and explore new adventures, and can be found treasure-hunting second-hand stores along the way.





Melody Rooshen joins EBCF’s Community Investment and Partnerships (CIP) team as 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.



Talitha Green Ling joins EBCF as Vice President of Human Resources and Operations.  She is a non-profit and human resources professional with over twenty years of experience. She began her career as a middle school teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, and then went onto serve as the Director of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. For the past several years she has worked for Teach For America on the Bay Area regional alumni affairs team, and most recently on their Human Assets team as a Business Partner and then as a Managing Director of Employee Relations.  

She received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology from the University of Virginia and she holds Master’s degrees in Education and also in Public Administration. She resides in the East Bay with her husband and two sons.



We are thrilled to welcome Erin, Magda, Melody, and Talitha to the EBCF team, and look forward to their contributions to our journey toward an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay.

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