Melanie M. Shelby is an award winning professional with a nearly 20-year track record of exceeding business objectives for top tier organizations such as AEG, Allstate, California Department of Insurance, Comcast NBC Universal, Farmers, Personal Insurance Federation of California, PG&E, State Farm, Southern Gas Company and others. Melanie resides on the dynamic leadership team at Gray, Greer, Shelby & Vaughn LLC, a minority and woman owned public affairs firm.
GGSV is comprised of professionals that connect clients to relationships, resources and solutions in the areas of corporate supplier diversity, government relations and strategic partnerships. The firm leverages its platinum network to influence decision makers, mobilize constituencies and shape public dialogue to increase financial, political, and social capital for organizations. Notably, GGSV was instrumental in the passage of Assembly Bill 53, game-changing legislation for the Insurance Industry in California. The bill requires insurance carriers that write premiums of $100 million plus to biennially report goods and services procured from firms owned by disabled veterans, minorities and women to California’s statewide elected Insurance Commissioner. GGSV represented the multi trillion dollar Insurance Industry on this bill. The firm’s involvement was featured in the November/December 2013 issue of MBE Magazine.
Melanie also serves on the oversight committee for a $22 million violence prevention parcel tax, the Corporate Roundtable for National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Lincoln Child Center, Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce and The Utility Reform Network boards. Most recently, she was recognized as an Ella Hill Hutch State Honoree and the recipient of the Madam CJ Walker Entrepreneur Award.
Melanie is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. She works tirelessly to create a level playing field for diverse firms. In her spare time, Melanie is a foodie that enjoys all genres of music, theater, golf and encouraging women of color to run for political office.
Her four areas of focus as mayor are: holistic community safety, responsive trustworthy government, sustainable vibrant infrastructure and equitable jobs and housing. She is dedicated to ensuring the safety, education and fair treatment of all Oakland residents.
A graduate of Oakland’s Skyline High School, Mayor Schaaf holds a B.A. from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. She lives in Oakland’s Dimond neighborhood with her husband Sal and their two young children who are students at the same public elementary school that she attended.
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, bilingual motivational speaker and CEO of Hayward’s Gracefully Global Group LLC,an SBA-certified woman-owned small business. The multicultural educational publishing firm creates books, eBooks and DVDs for K – College students around the globe to showcase the positive contributions of highly-educated Latinos in the USA. Award-winning titles include the green economy STEM case studies collection titled Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them for grades 6 through B-school and Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá for ages 3-8. The latter was inspired by Graciela’s military aviation service. Her children’s book recently won 1st Place honors in the picture book category, Writers Digest Magazine national competition among indie publishers and a Best Educational Children’s Book – Bilingual award at the 2014 American Library Association convention.
Graciela speaks on a variety of topics of interest to professional women including leadership in male-dominated settings, personal branding, entrepreneurship and innovation, “Birthing Your Book” for aspiring authors, and the Latino educational crisis and solutions.
Graciela was honored by The White House as a Champion of Change, Woman Veteran Leader in March 2014 and recently cofounded the National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau to amplify the voices of America’s published women veterans. Graciela completed the Aerospace Studies program at Berkeley while earning her degree in environmental design. She completed her graduate degree in international management at Whitworth University while serving in the military. Graciela serves school districts as a bilingual STEM consultant and actively mentors young people, including her own three children.
Donna shapes communications for the $56 billion integrated health care organization that has more than 175,000 employees and 18,000 physicians caring for 9.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. In her role, she provides direction through influencing top regional and functional communicators. She also is responsible for promoting and protecting Kaiser Permanente’s reputation as a respected leader in the health care industry.
Donna has taught graduate and undergraduate communication and writing courses at Georgetown University, Golden Gate University, Colorado State University, and University of Denver. She also researched and wrote Preparing Students for the 21st Century (1995), recommending how teachers, parents and business can support education for young people to become the leaders of the future.
Donna serves on the California State University Board of Governors and Saint Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration Advisory Board. She has B.A. degrees in Mass Communication and Political Science and a M.A. degree in Mass Communication from the University of Denver. She completed Ph.D. coursework in Sociology with a focus on risk communication at Colorado State University.
Alice began her professional Real Estate career in 1991 at Jack London Square as a contractor of Oakland Portside Associates with Tishman West Company, hired to manage 1.1M square feet of mixed use commercial real estate. The portfolio then consisted of marina tenants, the Oakland/Alameda Ferry division and five office buildings with retail and restaurant tenants under multiple ownerships within a seven-block radius. Ownerships of the property included the Port of Oakland, Ellis Partners and Trans Bay Holdings to name a few.
During Alice’s 17 year term with Jack London Square, she’s most proud of her work with the Department of Homeland Security implementing security protocol and procedures for the Port of Oakland’s ferry and marina docks after 9/11. Additionally, Alice assisted with the ground up development of 10 Clay Street, coordinated the earthquake retrofit of 66 Franklin Street and worked with the City and Union Pacific on improving the crosswalks across Embarcadero to Jack London Square. While in Jack London Square, Alice transitioned with each management firm which included CAC Real Estate Management Company and lastly, Cushman and Wakefield of CA. While with Cushman and Wakefield, Alice also took on the responsibility of managing Hegenberger Gateway, Coliseum Industrial Park and 1438 Webster Street in tandem with Jack London Square.
In 2008, Alice was sought after and joined Madison Marquette Retail Services, Inc. It was during this time the Joint Venture formalized between Jones Lang LaSalle and Madison Marquette for Bay Street.
Currently Alice is the Senior General Manager for Madison Marquette’s Northern Division overseeing Bay Street located in the upper tier of the East Bay’s affluent retail market as well as the oversight of Bayfair Center in San Leandro, CA.
Alice is an Executive Board Member of Emeryville’s Transportation Management Association who oversees the Emery-Go-Round shuttle service, a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and an Executive board member with the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce.