Advisory Member, The Crucible
Boardmember, Oakland Film Society
Boardmember, Museum of Children’s Art
Member, Oakland Partnership Arts Cluster
Chair, Mayor Dellums’ Arts/Economic Dev. Task Force
Advisory Member, Alameda County Office of Education
Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership
Founding Executive Director, Support Oakland Artists
Co-Chair, Cultural Affairs Commission, City of Oakland
Member, Public Art Advisory Committee, City of Oakland
President, Board of Directors, Pro Arts
Member, Board of Directors, Pro Arts
Creative Development Partners- Co-Founder
Creative Development Partners is an innovative real estate development company that delivers unique solutions for urban-based developments. Comprised of real estate, finance and creative professionals, CDP strives to achieve a multiple bottom-line on every project, delivering financial returns for investors, sustainable solutions for the environment and benefits to the community that create jobs, stimulate the economy and enhance cultural vitality.
Communications Consultant to the Office of the President- Laney College
As Communications Consultant to the President, my assignments are proactive and reactive to the needs of the flagship college of the Peralta Community College District, with an aim to create consistency in external and intra-campus communications. Individual areas of focus include the production of publications, marketing and advertising materials, specialty items, campus beautification and support to programs and departments.
Urban Strategies Council, Special Asst. to the CEO
Urban Strategies Council is a nonprofit organization, which works with community partners to end persistent poverty. As the Special Assistant to the CEO, I managed the marketing and communications strategies including design, layout and production, as well as design for web and PowerPoint presentations. I also supported program units with grant writing, preparation and submission and provided support on special projects as directed by the Chief Executive Officer.
RBA Creative, Owner
RBA Creative is a commercial design firm working with all sizes of businesses, charitable organizations, educational institutions and government agencies. As the co-owner and artistic director, I conduct all aspects of the business including business development, design and production. RBA Creative specializes in graphic design and print publication adaptable to the web, and collaborates with a host of web designers, programmers and social media experts.
100 Families, Art and Social Change, Director
100 Families is a community art program created by a Bay Area philanthropist in partnership with the California College of the Arts, in which lower-income families worked with professional artists for a series of art–making workshops to create a body of work for public display. As the Director of the initiative, I coordinated all aspects of the program including artist recruitment, community outreach, program development and project management.
Keller Willams Residential Real Estate Brokerage- Real Estate Agent
As a sales agent, I assisted first-time buyers and home sellers in Oakland, CA and surrounding cities to buy and sell residential real estate. I was responsible for marketing, client relationships and sales.
East Bay Resource Center for Nonprofit Support- Director of Information
The East Bay Resource Center for Nonprofit Support served over 3,000 nonprofit
community-based agencies and their staff, boards and volunteers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. As the Director of Information, I developed marketing materials and publications, workshops and programming, as well as conducting and directing on-site technical assistance and event management.
Support Oakland Artists (SOA)- Founder
Support Oakland Artists (SOA) is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance local artists’ ability to thrive and increase citizens’ participation in cultural activities, with a focus on economic and community development. SOA has sponsored critically acclaimed art exhibitions, public speaking forums and community projects, along with sponsoring individual artists and unincorporated arts groups. I initially founded SOA with a group of artists after conducting youth serving arts workshops and seminars for several years. SOA was expanded to include
Oakland Art [dot] Com- Owner
Oakland Art [dot] Com combined a fine art gallery, commercial design facility and exhibition space, with online resources for artists and art patrons. Oakland Art [dot] Com spawned Oakland’s now-bustling Uptown Arts district, hosting special events and featuring a wide and diverse range of local and national artists. Also housing a digital printing service, custom frame shop and photography lab, Oakland Art [dot] Com served as a resource center for the local artist community.
Support Oakland Artists (SOA)- Partner, Commercial Design Studio- Founder
SOA was a partnership of four dynamic local artists with a complementary skill set. In addition to graphic design, painting and illustration services, the partnership operated an innovative youth development program that taught business and computer skills to talented young artists aged 12-21. SOA was a model business at the forefront of the Social Enterprise movement, combining a commercial enterprise with community development activities.
Spankin’ D-Signz Commercial Art and Design Studio- Owner
Originally located in San Francisco, this business was transplanted to a West Oakland loft and later, a downtown storefront, where I produced an eclectic array of art projects for a wide-ranging client base. While developing a niche market in the areas of custom airbrushed artwork, apparel and computer graphic design, I began building a network of resources through special events and community engagement.