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Whitney Barazoto, Executive Director
Whitney Barazoto joined the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission as Executive Director in April 2012, with over 15 years of public service experience focused on enhancing government integrity – from ethics to efficiency – at state and local levels. During her tenure in Oakland, Ms. Barazoto has spearheaded key projects such as the Commission’s Toward Collaborative Transparency review and vision, the drafting of the City’s newly adopted Government Ethics Act which expanded the Commission’s authority to enforce ethics laws, and the creation of www.OpenDisclosure.io, a web application visualizing campaign finance data developed in partnership with the City’s OpenOakland (Code for America) brigade. She also led the Commission’s efforts to expand its staffing, resources, authority, and independence, now codified in the newly amended City Charter, as passed by voters on November 4, 2014.
Before coming to Oakland, Ms. Barazoto was senior staff to the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy (Little Hoover Commission) from 2008-2012, where she managed complex oversight reviews of California State policy, operations and management that produced recommendations to the Governor and Legislature. She previously served as Government Affairs Director for the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), California’s watchdog for activities related to campaign finance, conflicts of interest, lobbyist registration, and gifts to public officials. Prior to the FPPC, Ms. Barazoto worked as an aide in the California State Legislature, managed a county government program, and investigated theft and fraud in the private sector.
Milad Dalju, Deputy Director/Chief of Enforcement
Milad Dalju joined the Public Ethics Commission after serving as an attorney with the Enforcement Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). In that role, he prosecuted violations of California’s campaign finance and ethics laws and represented the FPPC in state and federal court. He previously worked at the Sacramento City Attorney’s office, the Public Defender’s office, and for a civil rights attorney. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Dalju worked at Commission Junction, a multi-national affiliate marketing company.
Suzanne Doran, Lead Analyst
Jelani Killings, Ethics Analyst
Mr. Killings was hired as an Ethics Analyst in February 2016 to lead the Commission’s ethics and campaign finance education program, providing education, facilitating advice, and assisting Commission clients in understanding and complying with the Oakland’s campaign finance and ethics laws. He joined the Commission in October 2013 as a volunteer with a strong passion for community outreach. He has extensive experience with youth development as the Program Coordinator at STS Academy, an after-school tutoring program, and he brings a variety of prior experience in business policy compliance, marketing, customer service, and organizational efficiency. Active in his Pittsburg community, Mr. Killings is currently serving as a board member on the Contra Costa County Economic Opportunity Council.
Ana Lara-Franco, Commission Assistant
Ms. Lara-Franco joined the Commission in 2016, bringing a passion for community service and for helping Oakland citizens find the information and services they need. She previously worked as a Library Assistant for the Oakland Public Library system since 2003, helping library patrons access information and library materials. She also participated in library programming and assisted in the remodeling of the Teen Zone at the Oakland Main Library where she conducted outreach and promotion for teen events.
Simon Russell, Investigator
*Special thanks to our talented former interns who generously volunteered their time to the Commission:
Phyllis Meehan, Research Intern (2016)- Ms. Meehan joined the Commission in June 2015 to provide administrative and research support. Ms. Meehan is currently earning her B.A. in Public Policy at Mills College and will graduate in spring 2016. Along with interning with the PEC, Ms. Meehan is working with the Institute for Local Government as a Public Engagement intern. With her experience at both the PEC and ILG, Ms. Meehan hopes to start a career in local government to advocate for better public outreach, government transparency, and civil engagement.