Joshua Arce is the Executive Director of Brightline Defense Project, a San Francisco-based civil rights advocacy non-profit focused on environmental justice and green workforce development. Since early 2007, Arce and Brightline have fought for quality of life improvements in Southeast San Francisco, particularly in Bayview-Hunters Point. Brightline recently collaborated with the Southeast Jobs Coalition and the City of San Francisco on a landmark agreement that no less than thirty percent of the jobs on the city's upcoming five-megawatt Sunset Reservoir Solar Project will go to qualified economically disadvantaged residents. March 26, 2009 was declared "Brightline Defense Project Day in San Francisco" for Brightline's work in closing the Potrero Power Plant without building new dirty power plants to replace it.
Joshua Arce was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2010.
Utuma Belfry was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2011.
Peter Cohen is executive director of the San Francisco Council of Community Housing Organizations and the former policy director at East Bay Housing Organizations. He is an urban geographer by training who has been involved in a variety of land use, housing policy and planning initiatives in San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area. Peter has served on the boards of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and the Bay Area Greenbelt Alliance, and has been appointed to several policy task forces by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He also currently serves as chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the Market/Octavia Plan Area. In addition to his professional orientation to community-focused work, he is very active in his own community as a board member of Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association. Peter has a master's degree from San Francisco State University where he has also occasionally lectured in the geography and urban studies departments.
Peter Cohen was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2011.
Ximena A. Delgado
Ximena A. Delgado is a Senior Vice President, Community Relations Manager for Bank of America's Global Corporate Social Responsibility. Ms Delgado joined Bank of America in 1998. She is responsible for coordinating the bank's community development reinvestment activities in the San Francisco, East Bay, and North Bay communities. She also serves on a number of Market Leadership Teams for the bank. These leadership teams are responsible for the bank's local activities and business, as well as community reinvestment initiatives, and charitable giving. Prior to 1998, Ms. Delgado held a position at a non-profit organization, the California Reinvestment Committee, a membership organization of nonprofit housing developers, consumer agencies and local government agencies throughout California. She also was a Legislative Aide to Santa Clara County Supervosor Ron Gonzalez, advising on housing, parks, and land use policies.
Ximena A. Delgado was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2010.
Anushka Fernandopulle has been working with nonprofit and social justice organizations for over fifteen years as an organizational development consultant and coach. Her approach is informed by an MBA focused on organizational behavior and nonprofit management from Yale University, a BA in social anthropology from Harvard University, coaching training at the Coaches Training Institute, and training as a Buddhist meditation teacher in the Theravada tradition. She has worked in nonprofits focused on communities of color, immigrant communities, LGBTQ civil rights, youth development, and community economic development among other topics. Anushka enjoys bringing creativity, humor and new perspectives to her work.
Anushka Fernandopulle was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2010.
Colin Lacon is the President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG). NCG is a Regional Association of Grantmakers with approximately two hundred member organizations and individuals, working to support and strengthen its members and promote effective philanthropy in the region. Previous to this position, Mr Lacon served for six years as Senior Program Officer for the Strengthening Communities Program at the Stuart Foundation. He has also held several positions in local government for the City of Oakland. They include: Director of Strategic Grants Management in the Office of the City Manager; Assistant Director for the Mayor's Office of Drugs and Crime; and Assistant to the Mayor for Economic and Community Development. Mr. Lacon also worked as a Legislative Analyst for the California State Legislature. Mr. Lacon holds a Master of Science in Financial Management and Puglic Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis from Cornell University.
Colin Lacon was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2010.
Irene Yee Riley
Irene Yee Riley is currently a member of the San Francisco Small Business Commission and previously served as San Francisco Housing Authority Commissioner. She Retired from Bank of America as the Senior Vice President and Market Executive, where she managed the Bank of America community development programs in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Hawaii including the development of affordable housing, specialized lending to community-based organization, affordable mortgage lending and investment in real estate development. In her capacity as Ethnic Maket President, Riley worked to bring together diverse business partners, associates and community groups to ensure that Bank of America is maximizing its relationships and business opportunities within the community. She is co-chair of the San Francisco Taipei Sister City Committee, President of the Association of Asian American Bankers, Chairperson of the UCSF Asian Heart and Vascular Center Advisory Cabinet and serves on the board of directors of Chinese Culture Foundation.
Irene Yee Riley was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2010.