Alison Dale is the co-founder and Director of Product at Flipcause, an Oakland-based technology company that works with over 2,000 nonprofits across the United States. With over a decade of experience working in both design and the nonprofit space, Alisonfounded Flipcause in 2012 with the mission of giving nonprofits of all sizes access to the tools they need to engage their communities and fund their causes. From her work with nonprofits in New Orleans, Santa Fe and the Bay Area, she knows first-hand the challenges that many growing nonprofits face in implementing technology. Her work strives to create products and systems that help organizations focus on the communities they serve – without having to be experts in tech! She is excited to bring her learnings from Flipcause and her passion for both Oakland and the natural environment to the Keep Oakland Beautiful board. Alison lives near beautiful Lake Merritt, and loves walking her 2 dogs around the lake and hiking in the Oakland hills. She is also an avid painter and collage artist, and loves taking street-art tours of the Bay Area for inspiration.
Annie joins the Keep Oakland Beautiful’s board this year with a vision for more vibrant streets where every neighbor feels empowered and supported make something beautiful and fun on their own block.
In her day job, Annie is an Architect and Creative Placemaking Manger for the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation where she specializes in community design, affordable housing, and sustainability in vulnerable neighborhoods across Oakland. She has over ten years of experience creating, managing, and implementing small creative projects with neighborhood residents and businesses in Oakland, Oregon, and in NYC.
She is a third-generation Bay Area resident, happily rooted in the East Oakland neighborhood of Jingletown with her fiancée, kitten, bicycle, and avocado tree.
Andrea Silvestri has wide-ranging experience in several design disciplines, including graphic design, design for public space, human interface design, and information design. Her work focuses on organizing complex information and synthesizing design and technology. Andrea is an avid outdoor enthusiast and loves hiking, backpacking, swimming, and walking around Lake Merritt. She participated in Keep America Beautiful clean up days when she was a child and still remembers the crying Indian ad campaign. She lives with her husband and daughter in the Ivy Hill neighborhood.
Bob has lived in a 1919 Craftsman bungalow in East Oakland for 15 years. He is a government attorney and chairman of his neighborhood council (NCPC). In that capacity, he has worked on community improvement projects, adopting a large traffic island and adding planter boxes to what had been a barren, asphalt-covered eyesore. More recently, he worked with local artists to add a mosaic tile feature to the planter boxes. Bob has organized and participated in tree-planting efforts and neighborhood clean-ups in his neighborhood.
Bob is an avid bike commuter, riding from his house to the Jack London Ferry terminal and into San Francisco daily. Riding around Oakland on a bicycle can be very serene. The ride through Fruitvale and along the estuary never fails to elevate his mood. Bob enjoys the water. He learned to sail on Lake Merritt and now ventures under the Golden Gate once in a while. You might see him on his SUP, paddling in the waters off Jack London Square. He’ll be the one occasionally leaning down to pick up trash.
Bob serves as the board president.
is a small business owner & second generation community activist. She is a founding member of Jingletown Arts & Business Community. Formed in December 2005, JABC came together to share ideas about neighborhood cleaning & beautification, through art and garden projects in Jingletown and Oakland. Cynthia has been awarded the Neighborhood Dynamo award in 2009 from
the Oakland Indie Awards and a 2010 Community Volunteer Award for District 5. She has lived in Jingletown for 13 years aided in neighborhood recruitment
by her 4 year old dog Austen.
is an Oakland native with a community state of mind. Dwayne moved back to Oakland in September of 2005 from New Orleans after graduating from Xavier University of Louisiana with a degree in psychology and minor in special education. Dwayne received his masters degree in Business Administration in 2009 from University of Phoenix. In 2010 Dwayne co-found We Lead Ours with Lamont Robinson and Trestin George. We Lead Ours’ mission is to provide at-risk youth in under-served areas with an extended day learning program that will provide them with educational, enrichment, civic leadership, and sports and fitness programs. While integrating adult programs into the community that focus on college preparation, job readiness, health education, and financial literacy. Dwayne is a new edition to Keep Oakland Beautiful Board of Directors. Dwayne serves on the education, Great American Clean Up, and marketing committees. When Dwayne is not working in the community he is working diligently on his Doctorate Degree in Leadership Development Curriculum Instruction.
Henrietta has been a community activist in Oakland for many years and brings a wealth of experience to the board.
Jose Luis has extensive experience working in the environmental education field in Alameda, Contra Costa, and West Contra Costa counties. He is a community leader in the areas of community safety, environmental stewardship, youth development, and community empowerment.
Jose Luis is a father of two elementary-aged children in the Fruitvale District of Oakland.
Leah Cerri has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years. She has developed training for mentoring programs and has built volunteer programs for Episcopal Community Services, Mission Economic Development Agency and San Francisco CASA. She currently works for Eden Housing as the Volunteer Programs Manger. Leah has her Master’s degree in nonprofit business administration from Tulane University. In addition to being a Board Member for Keep Oakland Beautiful, she currently is part of Leadership Oakland class of 2017, and is a member of Hayward Rotary. She has previously served as the External Committee Lead for the Board of Directors for CommunityGrows, and has served on the Membership Committee for the Young Nonprofit Professional Network. In her spare time she enjoys going on hikes with her dogs and gardening.
Leslie joined the board in 2018, serving as Secretary and on the ____ committee. Leslie is a biologist and environmental consultant and has lived in Oakland since 2004. Her work focuses on environmental regulatory compliance for public infrastructure and transportation construction, habitat restoration, and technical studies of wetlands, plants and wildlife. She and her husband met in Oakland and live in the Piedmont Avenue Commercial District, where you can find them walking their dog, working on house renovations, and swapping garden vegetables with neighbors.
Margie joined the board in 2018. She has lived in Oakland for over 25 years and resides in the Laurel District with her husband and two sons. She brings to Keep Oakland Beautiful extensive experience in fundraising, primarily as a grant writer, securing public and private funding for organizations focused on protecting the local environment. She is passionate about her work and loves that it will have a lasting impact on the world her kids will inherit. In her spare time she likes to spend time with family, hike in the Oakland hills, hang the wash on her clothesline, experiment in the garden, and read.
Michael Gabriel brings his experience as staff consultant to non-profit groups and his interest in beautification to the KOB board. After 27 years, Michael retired from national non-profit, NeighborWorks® America. There, he reviewed over $100 million in grant applications and helped organizations to increase civic participation using mission-based, economically sustainable models. The Bay Area native studied at UC Berkeley and worked as a Zoning Administrator for Piedmont and Oakland. His lifelong interest in landscaping grew while working for a design-build landscape firm during his college years.
Michael’s community volunteer activities include serving as president of the Glenview Neighborhood Association, president of the Oakland Recycling Association, member of the Oakland Community Economic Advisory Commission, and numerous other task forces and committees. His other interests include art pottery, architecture, antiques, and gardens and he enjoys living in a 1912 Craftsman home with his family.
Ricky has dedicated his life to working with youth and young adults with attitude/behavior problems. His work began in 1984 as a football coach for young boys. In 2011, he founded the non-profit Attitude Change Training Program (A.C.T.P.) working with youth at Camp Sweeney, a juvenile facility in San Leandro, California. In 2013, he received a volunteer of the year award for his cognitive-based program focusing on changing faulty thought patterns. Ricky holds multiple degrees in counseling and social services..
Sarah L. Arnett, a native Oaklander, was enchanted with her city at a young age. The promise of greater prosperity motivated her parents to migrate from the south over 60 years ago and settle inWest Oakland where Sarah grew up and learned to respect the city’s rich culture and diverse population.
While pursuing her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Childhood Obesity, Sarah developed a love affair with nutrition and fitness. Her thesis included work on a $25 million Promise Neighborhood grant from the US Department of Education led by CSU, East Bay, where she helped to cultivate School Wellness Programs in several schools in Hayward. She also teaches nutrition to various community organizations throughout Oakland.
Sarah has a passion to see Oakland thrive and is excited about helping to form new partnerships with KOB and other community organizations to create innovative ways to beautify Oakland. She currently resides in North Oakland with her husband where she is a board member for the Santa Fe neighborhood association. She loves good food and fitness.
Sara has more than a decade of experience leading and delivering audience research studies, content strategies, and strategic messaging projects. Sara is currently the Creative Strategy Director for Forum One and has led content marketing and strategy for healthcare technologies at the Advisory Board Company and managed health communications at the Brookings Institution. Sara has worked with clients such as USAID, Global Impact, Internews, the Aspen Institute, and the Smithsonian National Zoo and has extensive experience conducting audience research, developing branding strategies, and crafting content, visual messaging, and scripting for fundraising pitch decks. Sara is also a member of Youth Radio’s communications advisory board and teaches after-school cooking classes with Sprouts. In her spare time, Sara enjoys exploring parks in the Bay Area, walking her dog, and creating new things.
Victoria joined the board in 2016 and brings a marketing and networking background to KOB. She has extensive experience working in the public sector, and is passionate about education, social justice, and activism. She loves gardening, visiting local shops, reading, and can often be found taking pictures at KOB events :).
Warren joined the KOB Board in late 2017. He is a local area attorney, who has dedicated his career to public service and has a background in civil litigation, business securities, and environmental law. Warren received a Masters of Law for Environmental Laws from Pace University School of Law, and has been published in the Environmental Claims Journal. He lives in Oakland with his fiancee Rebecca, and their dog Cooper. An outdoor enthusiast, Warren frequents the parks in the area with his Rebecca and Cooper, and can often be found playing baseball on weekends at Oakland’s Henderson or Raimondi fields, or exploring Oakland’s many new bars and restaurants.