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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.
Krisida Nishioka, 1/22/2016 - 1/21/2019
Krisida Nishioka is a retired Mental Health Hearing Officer for Alameda County and Santa Clara County. Prior to that appointment, she worked as an attorney in the Office of the County Counsel for Alameda County and as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Oakland. Ms. Nishioka was born in Louisiana and moved to California during the migration of African Americans from the segregated South during the 1960's. Ms. Nishioka began her college education while awaiting the birth of her 5th child. She completed her studies in 4 years and began her law school education t Boalt Hall, University of California School of Law, Berkeley. While in law school, Ms. Nishioka clerked at the Neighborhood Legal Services Office in Berkeley California.
After graduation, Ms. Nishioka worked for various federal agencies while remaining active in neighborhood organizations near her homes on East 27th Street and later on Hanover Avenue. Ms. Nishioka has been a member of the Committee of Bar Examiners, serving on the Moral Character subcommittee. Following her tenure on the Committee of Bar Examiners, she served as a member of the State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. Her tenure on these committees and her training in ethics as a judicial officer have given her a keen appreciation of the absolute necessity of ethics training for anyone entrusted with a role in public service. In addition, she understands the critical role the Public Ethics Commission plays in investigating and holding public officials accountable where their behavior falls short of basic ethical rules. She has also served on State Bar committees on Human Rights and Public Employment. Ms. Nishioka has served on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Mental Health Hearing Officers, Oakland Youth Chorus, Family Builders by Adoption, Black Women Lawyers, Law and Government Academy for the Oakland Unified School District, and Sisters 3, a breast cancer advocacy group for African American women, among others.
Since her retirement, Ms. Nishioka has been studying Spanish and volunteering in the Oakland Unified School District reading program.
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. Ms. 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, Ms. 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.
Ms. 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.
Jonathan Stein, 1/22/2016 - 1/21/2019
Mr. Stein is a voting rights staff attorney for the ACLU of California, working to increase access to California's democracy for historically disenfranchised communities, including communities of color, low-income communities, people with disabilities, young people, and the formerly incarcerated. While studying to receive his master's in public policy and J.D. from UC Berkeley, Mr. Stein served as the Student Regent on the University of California's Board of Regents, working on issues of access, diversity, and affordability, and advocating for the interests of the 230,000 students of the UC system. At Berkeley Law, Mr. Stein was a member of the Men of Color Alliance and the South Asian Law Student Association. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Stein spent four years at Mother Jones magazine as a researcher, assistant editor, blogger, and campaign correspondent during the 2008 presidential elections. He serves as chair of the board of directors of California Common Cause.
Lisa Crowfoot, 1/22/2017 - 1/21/2020
Lisa Crowfoot is an attorney who has practiced law and been engaged in California for almost 2 decades. She currently enjoys doing legal work for an international solar and storage company that is a leading innovator in the space. Previously, she was a partner at a national law firm where her litigation practice focused on representing and counseling design professionals, builders and developers. In that practice, Mrs. Crowfoot gained experience regarding the various rules, regulations and limits that apply to both public servants and those seeking to do business with public entities. She also gained an appreciation for the importance of transparency and openness in governance. She joined the Public Ethics Committee with the hope of strengthening Oakland by helping to ensure fairness, openness, honesty and integrity in government.
Gail Kong, 1/22/2017 - 1/21/2020
Heather Zona, 1/22/2017 - 1/21/2020
Heather Zona is an attorney whose solo practice focuses on commercial litigation. Previously Ms. Zona worked at large firms in New York representing policyholders in disputes with their insurance companies, as well as white collar criminal defendants, and companies involved in commercial disputes. She has extensive pro bono experience in constitutional, political asylum, and landlord/tenant law. Ms. Zona received a 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco for her pro bono work.
Ms. Zona is an active volunteer. Currently Ms. Zona serves on the board of the Social Justice Collaborative in Oakland. Previously Ms. Zona served on the boards of Lincoln Child Center (now "Lincoln") in Oakland, Oasis for Girls in San Francisco, the Women's Bar Association of the State of New Yorl, and the New York Women's Bar Association. Ms. Zona also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to two young women, and was an educational surrogate to a number of youth in foster care to ensure their special education needs were met.
Ms. Zona is a graduate of Williams College, and the University of Michigan Law School where she was awarded the 1994 Jane L. Mixer Award for Social Justice. While at Michigan, Ms. Zona co-founded the critical race theory reading group which spawned a new journal at the Law School. Ms. Zona also taught an undergraduate class at the University of Michigan entitled "Women and Law" which addressed issues of race, class and gender in the legal system.
In her free time, Ms. Zona plays soccer in various leagues throughout the Bay Area.