Menbere Aklilu

Former Owner/Restauranteur, Salute E. Vita Ristorante

Menbere Aklilu, a recipient of the Contra Costa Business Woman of the Year award in 2009, was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Italy, where she worked with family restaurateurs in Rome.
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Shannon Beatty

Paychex Inc.

As a Sales Consultant at Paychex Inc.,  Ms. Beatty has helped small businesses all over Contra Costa County stay compliant with HR & Payroll. She works primarily with financial institutions to provide their business clients solutions for the Employee Lifecycle, from Hire to Retire.

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James H. Brandt


James H. Brandt, born in Canada and a former executive with Anheuser-Busch and founder/owner of a business marketing firm, has an in-depth understanding of finance and economics.
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Kaye E. Burnside


Dr. Kaye E. Burnside joined the Richmond Community Foundation Board in August 2017. She currently serves on the grant and literacy committees. In addition to an extensive background in servant leadership (including teacher, principal, UC Berkeley administrator, deputy superintendent, and superintendent); she served on numerous educational and grant funding boards.
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Conor Flannery

Managing Director, JLL

Conor Flannery is a Managing Director at JLL, a global commercial real estate firm and Fortune 500 company. For thirteen years he has helped Silicon Valley companies strategically plan and implement their real estate decisions.
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Jeff Gagnon


Formerly a Business Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank, Jeff Gagnon is a local entrepreneur who began his non-profit involvement in 1982.  He has proven to be a vital part of our organization, championing the topics of  affordable housing, local employment opportunities, youth leadership and training as integral in stabilizing communities and transforming community members out of poverty.

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Joshua Genser

General Counsel, Overaa

Joshua Genser is a consultant on Social Impact Bond and Pay-for-Success programs, General Counsel at Overaa Construction, and CEO of the Richmond Development Company.
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Richard Hong

First Vice President, California Bank & Trust

Richard Hong has over thirty years in the financial services industry with experience in branch management, marketing management, sales and service management, portfolio management, and commercial banking.
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Cynthia M LeBlanc

Board Chair
Educator (Retired)

A renowned educator, Cynthia LeBlanc, Ed.D served as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, and superintendent for 36 years in several California Bay Area public schools. She retired from the West Contra Costa Unified School District in 2006. Cynthia LeBlanc, Ed.D is a native Californian and a resident of Richmond for thirty years.

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Bill Lindsay

City Manager (Retired)

Bill Lindsay has 35 years of local government experience through his service in four cities in the San Francisco Bay area, and served as the City Manager of Richmond for over thirteen years.  During Bill’s tenure in Richmond, the community experienced what was touted as a “renaissance,” with the city organization emphasizing a broad mission of community health.

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Norman C. Lundberg


 Mr. Lundberg is a West Contra Costa County native who was raised in El Cerrito, CA and has worked as an attorney in West Contra Costa County since 1972. Past President of the Richmond Boys Club and a Richmond Rotary member for over 44 years.


Mojdeh Mehdizadeh

Contra Costa Community College District

Mojdeh Mehdizadeh currently serves as Executive Vice Chancellor of Education and Technology for the Contra Costa Community College District.  Her responsibilities include support of the colleges’ (Contra Costa, Diablo Valley, and Los Medanos) educational programs, student services, workforce and economic development, information technology, international education, distance education, research and planning, and grants.

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Jorge Reyes

Office Manager, Mechanics Bank

Jorge Reyes is the Branch Manager at the Hilltop Office of Mechanics Bank in Richmond. Prior to Mechanics, Jorge spent 9 years at First Bank, working at the San Pablo, Fairfield and Vallejo locations.
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