OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Jim Wiggett has over 4 decades of corporate management and community leadership. As CEO of the Jackson Hole Group LLC, Jim focuses his professional work on Boards of Directors, CEO’s and C-Suite executives, providing expertise on business and organizational issues. On four occasions, Jim has functioned as Interim CEO for client companies, including his current work with The Dentist Supply Company (TDSC.com). Before founding Jackson Hole Group, Jim held several prominent senior executive positions including Executive Vice President for the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH-SDG), CEO of Sephora.com, Chief Administrative Officer for DFS Group (DFS) and CHRO for the Charles Schwab Corporation. Jim has served on several corporate and charitable boards, including the Oakland Public Education Board, Chair of the Envision Education Board, the Richmond Ermet Foundation and Under One Roof.
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.
Marjorie Goux is Chief Legal Counsel at the quickly growing Clif Bar & Company in Emeryville, California. Previously, she served as The Clorox Company’s Chief Counsel for its global strategic partnerships group and as the general business counsel to the Glad Products Company (a Clorox/P&G JV) and Clorox’s North American Homecare business. She began her in-house journey at Hewlett-Packard Company as the Global Trademark and Anti-Counterfeiting Counsel for the Imaging and Printing Division. Her early career included a wonderful time, well spent, as a member of Baker McKenzie’s award-winning private practice IP team, both in London and Palo Alto. Outside of business, Marjorie passionately seeks ways to disrupt the poverty cycle in this country, and in particular, she advocates for education reform and improving conditions for women and girls in the workplace, home, and school.
Loraine Binion is the Executive Director of Finance and Administration for the University Development and Alumni Relations unit at the University of California, Berkeley. Loraine also serves as Treasurer of the UC Berkeley Foundation and Treasurer of the Berkeley Endowment Management Company. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Loraine held a number of senior Finance positions including 18 years at Levi Strauss & Co and has operated her own CPA firm. She serves on various Boards, is active with Community organizations and is Treasurer for a member of Congress. She has received many awards recognizing her professional accomplishments and commitment to create social change.
Loraine is also an educator, serving as adjunct professor at a Bay Area University and several Colleges. Loraine is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Accounting from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly Pomona.
Loraine lives in Oakland with her husband; she has two grown daughters who were in Oakland schools through high school.
Delida Costin is a corporate legal executive, a non-profit board leader, and a history enthusiast. She built her career on high-growth teams in industries where technology forced evolution. As an attorney, she practiced law in the charged space and time after consumers adopted new products but before the cases were heard and the statutes enacted. She served as general counsel at lynda.com prior to its sale to LinkedIn and as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Pandora Media where she built the legal team that took the company public.
She launched a parallel track of public service when she was in college and over the years has worked to ensure that prisoners receive access to law libraries, taught English to Hmong kids, won political asylum for a Haitian family, and advocated for sexual assault survivors as they interacted with medical and law enforcement personnel. She is the founder of Sisters Testify, a history project designed to find and engage 1600 people who signed an ad that appeared in The New York Times in 1991.
Delida has served on several non-profit boards. Currently, she is a board director and finance committee member of the Independent Television Service, the producer of the Emmy-award-winning series Independent Lens. She is also vice president of the Oakland Symphony board and a member of the Oakland Public Education board.
Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Andre Norton’s Outside ignited her lifelong love affair with science fiction and fantasy. She moved to California to snowboard (a sport she taught briefly).
Rupa Chandra Gupta
Rupa is cofounder and CEO of Sown To Grow, an impact-driven education technology company designed to improve student ownership and engagement in learning. She also supports OUSD’s Roosevelt Middle School via leadership and school design coaching. Previously, she served in both district office and school roles in San Jose Unified School District, most recently leading school redesign implementation. Before working in schools, Rupa spent nearly 10 years working in strategy and nonprofit consulting at Bain & Company and The Bridgespan Group. She earned her Bachelors in Chemistry and Business Administration from UC Berkeley, her MBA from Stanford University, and her Masters in Educational Leadership through The Broad Residency. Rupa lives in Oakland, and can often be found enjoying the parks, restaurants, and libraries of our great city with her family.
Betsy is a proud Bay Area native with a deep commitment to public education and social justice. She currently works as Senior Director at Hirsch & Associates Philanthropic Advisors, providing strategic and practical partnership to her clients and the communities where they give. She is equally comfortable designing philanthropic approaches, launching new initiatives, and building grant portfolios, and loves working as a connector and collaborative problem solver.
Betsy has 20 years of experience in the fields of education, youth development, and organizational consulting, a career inspired by the years she spent working in classrooms and communities with immigrant youth and families. She holds a B.A. in Government from Cornell University and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University. She lives in Oakland with her husband and son, who work in and attend OUSD schools.
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.
Wilbur Hobbs, Jr.
Wilbur E. Hobbs, Jr. is SVP & Chief Lending Officer of Community Bank of the Bay. He serves on the board of ICA/FundGoodJobs (a Non-Bank CDFI) and is committed to making a difference in economic development, financial education and affordable access to capital.
As Chief Credit Officer (2005 – 2012) of Community Bank of the Bay, Hobbs led credit policy design and implementation over a period when the bank grew to $110 Million in Loans from less than $45 Million. This period experienced the deepest economic recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, but Community Bank of the Bay more than doubled the size of its loan portfolio through prudent banking practices and the acquisition of equity capital.
Hobbs also serves on the Board of Directors of Ramsell Corporation, a privately-held company that provides pharmacy benefit and management solutions targeting underserved populations nationally.
He recently completed Presidency of The 100 Club, a 74-year old Bay Area organization that fundraises for youth services organizations. Hobbs is a member of Oakland Rotary #3 and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
Hobbs and his wife, natives of Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY, respectively, have been proud Oakland residents since 1999.
Photo at right: Ed Fund Board President Bob Spencer (middle) at our 2015 Gala
Photo below: Former Ed Fund Board Secretary Lillian Cordova-Lopez at the Gala
Both photos Copyright Hasain Rasheed