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Jenna Whitman, (Chair) 1/22/2013 - 1/21/2016
Sonya Smith is a 10-plus-year Oakland resident, residing in the Santa Fe neighborhood in North Oakland. She is an attorney for the California Commission on Judicial Performance, which is the independent state agency responsible for investigating complaints of judicial misconduct and judicial incapacity and for disciplining judges, pursuant to the California Constitution. Her background includes international work on Rule of Law projects through the American Bar Association and other U.S. Agency for International Development-funded organizations. She served as the director of a Rule of Law project in Yerevan, Armenia between 2006 and 2008 and has also participated in Rule of Law projects in Serbia, The Republic of Georgia, and Ecuador. These projects, in collaboration with local counterparts, worked toward the goal of building strong, independent, and transparent legal and political institutions that engender public trust and confidence. Before serving with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia she worked as an attorney for the California Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts. In that capacity, she made policy recommendations and drafted rules of court and legislative proposals relating to the administration of justice and judicial independence. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Dana King, 1/22/2015 - 1/21/2018
Dana King traveled the world during her 25-year career as a broadcast journalist. She reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Taiwan, Kosovo, Central America, Ghana, and Rwanda. King is the recipient of 5 Emmy Awards. She also earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting on the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide.
In 2012, King announced she would be leaving San Francisco's KPIX-TV to pursue her lifelong passion for creating art. She is currently working on a commemorative sculpture for the City of Berkeley of civil rights leader and former California Assemblyman Byron Rumford, whose significant legislation changed the landscape for minorities in California with regard to housing and employment.
King volunteers with "Rites of Passage", a program for young men jailed in the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center's maximum-security units. She is a Commissioner on the Oakland Public Ethics Commission and The Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Dominican University of California.
Marc Pilotin, 3/5/2015 - 1/21/2018
Marc Pilotin is a trial attorney with the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor. Previously, he was an associate at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, where he represented consumers and employees, and a law clerk to a federal district judge in Oakland. Prior to law school, he worked as a fourth-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and as the administrative director for the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy.
Mr. Pilotin received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology and his master’s degree in education from UCLA. He received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). In addition to serving on the Public Ethics Commission, Mr. Pilotin serves on the board of directors for the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California.
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.
Stephen Shefler, 1/22/2014 - 1/21/2017
Stephen Shefler is a retired attorney. He worked in a variety of legal and administrative positions over the course of his career including Chief Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the United States Department of Transportation, and counsel on the United States Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. During more than more twenty years as an attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Shefler specialized in fraud cases brought on behalf of the United States. He was a pioneer in the development of the False Claims Act. Following his retirement from the Justice Department, Mr. Shefler taught a course on fraud as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University.
Carol Wyatt, 1/22/2014 - 1/21/2017