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Lloyd Farnham has served as an attorney with the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission since 2003. During his time with the SEC, Mr. Farnham has investigated and litigated cases involving securities fraud, insider trading, and violations of corporate disclosure rules.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Occidental College, and his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to joining the staff of the SEC, Mr. Farnham clerked for a federal district judge and spent four years practicing law at a San Francisco law firm. He and his family have lived in Oakland since 2004. Mr. Farnham is a Commission appointee.
Aspen Baker, (Vice-Chair) 1/22/11- 1/21/2014
Aspen Baker is the founder and executive director of Exhale, an award-winning, national, nonprofit organization that has been operating out of downtown Oakland since its founding in 2000. An Oakland resident for over ten years, Ms. Baker was named a "Local Hero” by San Francisco's KQED for Women's History Month in 2009 and "Young Executive Director of the Year ” by the Bay Area’s Young Non-Profit Professional Network in 2005. She is a 2011 Emerge California Fellow, a former member of the Women’s Health Leadership Network of the Center for American Progress, and a 2004 Fellow with the Women's Policy Institute of the Women's Foundation of California. Ms. Baker, who has been featured on T.V., radio, blogs and in print media, including CNN Headline News, Fox National News, Ladies Home Journal, New York Times Magazine, National Public Radio, Oakland Local, Oakland Magazine, and the Oakland Tribune, among many others, brings her organizing, communications and social media experience to her service on the Commission.
Born in a trailer on the beach in Southern California, this U.C. Berkeley graduate holds a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, is a former bartender and a one-time Alaska resident who can land a bush plane on a glacier. Now, Ms. Baker enjoys spending her time working with her fellow citizens on creating a more fair, transparent, open and effective government for the City of Oakland. Ms. Baker is a Mayoral appointee.
Ben Kimberley, 6/11/2012 – 1/21/2015
Ben Kimberley is an attorney at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP. Mr. Kimberley specializes in commercial litigation and corporate investigations. He has investigated and litigated a number of cases involving relationships of trust and confidence. He previously chaired the Ethics Subcommittee and Alternate Dispute Resolution Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Litigtation Section's Commercial & Business Litigation Committee. He served on the Executive Board of the Californnia Young Lawyers Association as well as the Leadership Council of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division ("ABA YLD"). Mr. Kimberley also served as the Northern California District Representative of the ABA YLD, through which he was responsible for coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide legal services to victims of disasters. Further, Mr. Kimberley provides countless hours of pro bono legal service to senior citizens, victims of abuse, veterans, and the wrongly incarcerated.
Mr. Kimberley received a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of California's Boalt Hall Berkeley School of Law. While studying at Boalt, he was managing editor and submissions editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law and appellate advocacy director for the Moot Court Board and Boalt Hall's McBaine Moot Court competition. He has lived in the Bay Area since 2005. Mr. Kimberley is a Commission appointee.
Roberta Ann Johnson, 6/11/2012 – 1/21/2014
Dr. Johnson earned her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and her Masters and PhD in political science from Harvard University. On an athletic and more personal theme, Dr. Johnson has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, has been a competitive open water Masters swimmer with the Oakland Temescal Aquatic Masters, and has competed in, and continues to win, hula hoop contests. Dr. Johnson is a Commission appointee.
Monique Rivera, 1/22/2012 – 1/21/2015
Monique Rivera is a community activist and former business manager for Mustang Engineers & Constructors. Having extensive financial and project management experience in the construction industry, Ms. Rivera has applied her skills to service within her own community. Ms. Rivera is active in the Oakland Community Action Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, theHispanic Employee Association, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Ms. Rivera served as the City of Oakland Mayor’s Ambassador Coordinator. Ms. Rivera also is a member of the Professional Women in Construction and Construction Management Association of America.
Ms. Rivera earned her undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley, in Ethnic Studies and Biology. Currently, she is completing her Masters of Business Administration at Golden Gate University. Ms. Rivera is a Mayoral appointee.
Jenna Whitman, 1/22/2013 - 1/21/2016
Eddie Tejeda, 1/22/2013 - 1/21/2016
Eddie Tejeda is a self-described civic technologist who has devoted his career to building technologies to help civic institutions become more transparent, ethical, and efficient. Mr. Tejeda recently co-founded OpenOakland, a group of developers, designers, and organizers working to bring innovative solutions to Oakland governance. Serving as a 2012 Code for America fellow in New Orleans, his focus as a fellow was building tools that encouraged civic participation. His team most recently lead a successful collaboration with the City of New Orleans to develop and launch BlightStatus. Previously, he co-founded DIgress.it, a paragraph-level commenting system used by local governments and universities around the world. He also lead development of Regulation Room, a project lead by Cornell University in collaboration with the Deptartment of Transportation, aimed at increasing public participation in federal rule making. He also worked at the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small publishing think-tank working on innovative publishing projects and developed LittleSis.org, a free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations. Mr. Tejeda earned his B.A. from Hampshire College with a focus on the digital divide and wrote his senior thesis on power efficient microprocessors.