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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 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.
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.
Jenna Whitman, 1/22/2013 - 1/21/2016
Carol Wyatt, 1/22/2014 - 1/21/2017