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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.
Marc Pilotin, 3/5/2015 - 1/21/2018
Marc Pilotin is an associate at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, where he represents clients in a variety of matters, including antitrust, employment, and securities cases. While at the firm, he has served as court-appointed counsel in employment and civil rights cases. Before joining Lieff Cabraser, he served as a law clerk to a federal district judge in Oakland. Prior to going to law school, he worked in the public sector, serving as a fourth-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and as an administrative director at UCLA.
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).
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