Ben Kimberley, (Chair) 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.
Eddie Tejeda, (Vice-Chair) 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.
Monique Rivera, 1/22/2012 – 1/21/2015
Monique Rivera is a community activist and project manager for Kaiser Permanente. 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.
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.
Sonya Smith, 1/22/2014 - 1/21/2017
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.
Jenna Whitman, 1/22/2013 - 1/21/2016
Jenna Whitman is a bay area native who has lived and/or worked in Oakland since 2004. She is currently a legal research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court, where she advises judges on law and motion matters in civil litigation. Ms. Whitman currently serves one of the court’s two complex litigation departments, which handle class actions and other lawsuits requiring exceptional judicial management. For seven years before that, Ms. Whitman represented both corporate clients and class action plaintiffs in a wide variety of complex civil disputes. During that time, she also provided pro bono representation to low-income clients, and for three years served on the board of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, a non-profit legal services organization.
Ms. Whitman earned her undergraduate degree at Yale College (where she majored in American Studies, studied Russian, and competed for the varsity swimming squad) and her law degree at Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, Ms. Whitman clerked for one year in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Economic Crimes Unit and participated in the U.S. Department of Defense Office of General Counsel’s Office Summer Honors Program, where, serving in the Standards of Conduct Office, she provided analysis and counsel on issues relating to ethics and conflicts of interest.
In her free time, Ms. Whitman can most often be found on Oakland's trails, walking her dog or riding a bicycle with her partner, who is a longtime Oakland resident and avid mountain biker. Ms. Whitman is a Commission appointee.
Carol Wyatt, 1/22/2014 - 1/21/2017
Carol Wyatt is a Director of HR and Creative Talent for a highly regarded and recognized SF Bay Area-based advertising/marketing creative communications corporation. Ms. Wyatt
devotes her 25+ year people management career to the service of diverse business owners sourcing top-notch creative talent, full-cycle recruiting, corporate compliance and business management. Ms. Wyatt is a staunch advocate within employee quality-of-life areas of her field. Her work passion connects individuals from all walks of life to share their unique business experiences, professionally and socially, with the goal of designing diverse and inclusive work-life balances. Ms. Wyatt learned of the Public Ethic Commission while mentoring for the SPARK program at the Oakland—Westlake High School. Impressed with the knowledge and information provided by the PEC internship program, this introduction to the PEC fueled her desire to volunteer with the Commission in support of its goals.
An active participate within her West Oakland community, Ms. Wyatt's community service includes mentoring children and teens to showcase access to their interests, dreams and goals. Acting as a change-agent for a better, more inclusive community, Ms. Wyatt's passion plan focuses on community and includes engaging neighbors and community care partners in identifying creative opportunities that bridge the community, and spark discussions that advocate action toward in-common goals. Involve/Engage/Act/Inspire are the key objectives toward her community goals. Ms. Wyatt works tirelessly to get involved in community interests, engage her neighbors and community partners to obtain their input to identify problems and find common-ground with community residents and act towards inspiring change, all working towards building a more diverse, crime-reduced, grass-roots, socially-engaged and accessible-to-all community.
Ms. Wyatt received a B.S. in Business Administration from Long Island University, Brookly, NY. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and an Oakland resident for 11 years, Ms. Wyatt lives in a restored 100+ year old Victorian in West Oakland.