Welcome Our Newest Staff, Spring 2019

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Staff


Muhammad McCabe joins EBCF as Digital Marketing Manager and will oversee the management of all of EBCF’s digital properties – including our social media platforms, the EBCF Newsletter, and ebcf.org. This work is an important part of solidifying EBCF’s communications infrastructure and accelerating our ability to fashion a compelling narrative about the foundation’s role in creating a just East Bay.

Muhammad is a tech-savvy, marketing specialist with experience in project management, marketing operations, and content development. He comes to EBCF from Zaytuna College where he managed the execution of cross-channel campaigns, internal and external events, and marketing analytics to help increase brand awareness and engagement.


Zakiyyah Brewer joins EBCF as an Intern with our Community Investments and Partnerships department — working on the ASCEND:BLO initiative. This is a crucial role as the initiative has grown immensely over its first year. Working directly with Byron Johnson, Capacity Building Initiative Officer, Zakiyyah will support the ASCEND:BLO Accelerator, Stabilizer, and Network components of the program, ultimately contributing to the support, guidance, and connections of black-led organizations across the Bay Area.

A recent graduate of San Francisco State University, before joining EBCF, Zakiyyah was with Five Keys Charter School and Programs in San Francisco, working both in the community and in San Francisco’s county jails. In her spare time, Zakiyyah enjoys going to concerts with friends and spending time with family.


May Leong joins EBCF as Director of Donor Services. She is a passionate community builder, with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of positions from Wall Street to Tokyo, Seattle, and San Francisco. She worked at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco as Acting Executive Director and prior to that served as the Executive Director at Donaldina Cameron House.

May has directed fundraising teams at nonprofits focused on effectively serving K-12 kids of color, homeless youth, and vulnerable seniors in the areas of education, housing and social services. She was the co-founder and Executive Director of DigitalEve, the first international nonprofit for women involved with the Internet, and grew the organization to serve 31 chapters in five countries with 15,000 members, using web technology and traveling to meet personally with chapter leaders to develop strong relationships and trust.

May’s business experience includes working at Xerox, The FDIC, Townsend-Greenspan, Montgomery Securities, and The Body Shop. After earning her MA in English from San Francisco State University, she taught English as a Second Language at college and university programs in the SF Bay area, Seattle, and Japan.

She and her family have been living in the East Bay since 2013 and she loves calling West Oakland home. When not working, May enjoys sleeping in on weekends, sailing, watching movies, trying new foods, and reading a good young adult novel. She finished her first novel last year, The World of Aya.


We are thrilled to welcome Muhammad, Zakiyyah, and May 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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