Robert Spencer

An urban economist with 25 years of experience, Mr. Spencer is a financial consultant assisting local communities to fund public infrastructure for growth and revitalization. His interest in education reform began as an elected member of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education from 1995 to 1999. Since leaving the school board he has chaired the boards of several local and national nonprofits dedicated to making systemic changes in public education, including the Oakland Education Cabinet, the National Equity Project, and the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform. Mr. Spencer is a trustee of the William H. Donner Foundation. He is pictured in the middle of the top photo on the right, at our 2015 Gala.


Rhonnel Sotelo

Rhonnel joined the Rogers Family Foundation in April 2013 as its Chief Strategy Officer. In June 2014, he became the Foundation’s Executive Director, taking on responsibility for the executive management of the Foundation’s operations and grantmaking. Rhonnel also holds principal accountability for the Foundation’s strategy and initiative implementation, maintains key community relationships, and collaborates closely with the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer.


Previously, Rhonnel served as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Program & Operations for the Stuart Foundation where he oversaw program strategy, grants management, and operations. His 20 years of experience also includes coordinating and managing The San Francisco Foundation’s West Oakland Initiative, and owning and operating Urban Works, an urban planning and design firm focused on neighborhood planning and livable communities in California and the Pacific Northwest. Rhonnel holds a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of The San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Committee for Civic Unity and serves on the Board of Directors for the Oakland Public Education Fund. He lives in Oakland with his wife Chris and their two daughters, Quin and Kate.


Lillian Cordova-Lopez

Ms. Cordova-Lopez is Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Representative for Wells Fargo Bank. A founding parent of MetWest High School, she has been an Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) leader for over 16 years. She has three grown sons who graduated from OUSD schools. She is pictured in the second photo on this page, at our 2015 Gala.


Sedrick Tydus

Mr. Tydus is the owner of the Minuteman Press Franchise in Oakland. He has had a long and successful career in banking and business development and brings a wealth of financial and business knowledge to the Ed Fund. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University and has been an Oakland resident since 1979. Mr. Tydus has made a personal commitment to volunteer service in which he can use his skill set in business and finance in the interest of youth and education.


Helen Bulwik

Helen is a seasoned executive leader with diverse experience as an operating and merchandising executive for large multi-channel national retail, specialty retail and consumer manufacturing companies and as an executive advisor to CXO’s of large and middle market companies. Her career has focused on developing and executing strategies for business development and growth for consumer sector companies.


Helen grew up in Oakland and was educated in its public school system, and earned both her undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of California – Berkeley, Haas School of Business, where she also served as an adjunct professor. She is a sought-after consultant and speaker frequently and widely quoted in top business publications and the news media.


Elñora Tena Webb

Elñora Tena Webb is the Executive Vice Chancellor of Strategic Planning and Advancement President at Laney College, located in downtown Oakland, California. Laney is the flagship of the Peralta Community College District, which serves up to 30,000 students. Prior to her appointment as Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Webb served as Laney College President, and before that as Vice President of Instruction, ensuring the development of the College’s first comprehensive, regionally-and workforce development-centered Educational Master Plan while significantly enhancing partnerships with businesses and industries.


Photo at right: Ed Fund Board President Bob Spencer (middle) at our 2015 Gala
Photo below: Ed Fund Board Secretary Lillian Cordova-Lopez at the Gala
Both photos Copyright Hasain Rasheed