Melanie M. Shelby is an award winning professional
with a 17-plus year track record of exceeding business
objectives for top tier brands and organizations such as AEG,
Allstate, Comcast, Farmers, National Black Caucus of State
Legislators, National Urban League, Pacific Gas & Electric
Company, Personal Insurance Federation of California, State Farm and others,
through impacting external relations, public affairs and supplier diversity.
She is part of the dynamic executive team at Gray, Greer, Shelby & Vaughn
LLC, a minority and woman owned advocacy firm. Certified both locally and
nationally, GGSV specializes in government relations, outreach, strategic
partnerships and supplier diversity. Through their unparalleled corporate and
government experience, GGSV helps clients navigate complex legislative and
regulatory environments by developing tailored business solutions.
Rosy Chu | 2012 Honoree
Rosy Chu is the Director of Community Affairs and Public Service at KTVU, she enjoys using the power of television to help inform and educate Bay Area viewers. “I feel that I’m both an ambassador for KTVU and a resource for the community, since I’m in touch with non-profit agencies, service groups and community interest groups that need to have access to the media to get out their important messages about social needs and issues.” Chu is able to do this work as the host/producer of the award winning Bay AreaPeople, a half-hour weekly public affairs program and the director of KTVU’s Family 2 Family public affairs project stressing educational and community concerns. Chu graduated from San Francisco State with a B.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts and enjoys being a Bay Area “foodie”.
Kitty Kelly Epstein | 2012 Honoree
Kitty Kelly Epstein received the Marcus Foster Educator of the Year award, while teaching English at the Emiliano Zapata Street Academy, a unique public alternative school, which was an outgrowth of the civil rights movement. Dr. Epstein later published an article on the school called “Miracle School, Child of the Civil Rights Movement:” in the prestigious Phi Delta Kappan journal. She then earned a doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley where she received the Outstanding Dissertation Award and served as a visiting professor. She wrote a book, called A Different View of Urban Schools: Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and Unexplored Realities which challenges myths and assumptions about urban school districts. Kitty is also the host of a bi-weekly radio program, Education Today, on which she covers international,
national, and local policy issues. Her most recent book is Organizing to
Change A City.
Dr. Debbra Lindo |2012 Honoree
Dr. Lindo is the Superintendent of Schools for the Emery Unified School District. Previously, she served as CEO of College Track, a pre-college access organization that supports low-income students graduate from high school and successfully complete college. She scaled the organization nationally to reach over 1,200 students. Prior to joining College Track, Dr. Lindo gained a national reputation as a bold and courageous, maverick leader. She supervised Middle Schools in East and West Oakland, served as the high school principal who directed a three-year small schools co-location conversion at Castlemont High School. Dr. Lindo graduated from Mills College with a BA degree in U.S. History. She earned a Masters degree in Education from Stanford University. She also earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s College. Dr. Lindo resides in Oakland and has been married for twenty-nine years.
The Honorable Jean Quan| 2012 Honoree
Jean Quan is the first woman and the first Asian American to be elected Mayor of Oakland and the first Asian American woman mayor of a major US City. She was also the first Asian American woman elected to the Oakland School Board and to the Oakland City Council. Since her start in Oakland politics in 1989—simply as a parent trying to save the schools’ music and arts programs—Jean Quan has strived to make public institutions work for people. She is the past chair of the Asian American Municipal Officials and currently, a member of the National League of Cities, Central City Caucus, Big 10 California Cities, Emerald Cities, and chair of the International Affairs Committee of the US Conference of Mayors and of the Local Government Commission focused on smart growth planning policy. A 32-year Oakland resident, her children graduated from Oakland Public Schools, and her husband is a prominent physician serving seniors.
Deanna Santana | 2012 Honoree
Deanna is the Oakland’s City Administrator. Prior to her current position, Deanna served as a Deputy City Manager in San Jose, CA for five years.
Deanna first entered her career in public service as a Management Intern with the City of Oakland. The opportunity to work at this level in a large organization and diverse city shaped Deanna’s interest in a career in public administration. Deanna holds two Bachelor of Art degrees, in Rhetoric and Ethnic Studies, from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a
recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Public Policy & International
Affairs and more recently, was selected to receive the 2010 Silicon Valley
YWCA Tribute to Women Award. She has also worked as a Lecturer at the
University of California at Berkeley and Contra Costa Community College
where she taught courses on literature and writing.
Grace C. Stanislaus | 2012 Honoree
Grace C. Stanislaus is the Executive Director at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). Prior, she was the President & CEO of the Romare Bearden Foundation in New York. She was formerly curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Executive Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts and of the Museum for African Art, New York and Senior Vice President of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh. Ms. Stanislaus has a Master of Arts degree in art history from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Fordham University in the Bronx, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She has lectured and participated in panels and conferences nationally and internationally focused on African, African American and African Diaspora art, culture and issues and on issues related to philanthropy and the museum field. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards and is currently on the board of the California Association of Museums.
Barbara Williams | 2012 Honoree
Barbara Williams and her team develop and drive the diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives at Oracle including Branding and Communications, Strategic Partnerships and Relationships, Leadership Development and Employee Engagement along with a variety of internship programs.
Barbara serves as a Commissioner for the Alameda County Commission
on the Status of Women; She is also on the Board of Directors for the National
Coalition of 100 Black Women, on the Nordstrom Scholarship Committee and
is a member of Black Women Organized for Political Action. Barbara is a recognized strategist, thought leader and frequent speaker on the topics of leadership engagement, building a culture of inclusion and developing, empowering and optimizing talent from all segments of society.
Barbara Williams completed her Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s
Degree at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Cris Williams | 2012 C. DIANE HOWELL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Cris Williams, a San Francisco native, is one of the few women in the trucking industry. She has proven she has what it takes to succeed in the male-dominated trucking industry. With gross receipts of over $5 million, CJC Trucking continues to experience demand for their services. CJC Trucking was started with a single truck and trailer in 1994 by Vasti Guiton (deceased in 1999) and her son Connectis in order to service the bulk materials hauling needs of the Bay Area construction, mining and transportation market. In 1997 Cris Williams was introduced to the trucking industry and launched JCB trucking. In 2003 JCB merged with CJC and has experienced steady, and consistent growth over the past 18 years, under Cris’ and her husbands business leadership the company now operates a fleet of 14 tractors and 42 trailers with over 156 subcontractors to service their clients needs throughout the entire state of California.