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MAYOR SCHAAF'S TEAM
My diverse team is made up of a group of talented and dedicated professionals who share my commitment to making Oakland a safer, more vibrant and equitable city. Please take a moment to meet them.
My office is led by a senior management team responsible for directing policy, legislative, community and communications activities and coordinating scheduling and logistics.
TOMIQUIA MOSS, Chief Of Staff
Tomiquia Moss brings a robust career in community planning and social justice to her role of Chief of Staff for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Tomiquia served as the Executive Director of HOPE SF, a $2.6 billion public housing and neighborhood revitalization plan to rebuild San Francisco’s most dilapidated public housing developments.
She also served as the Community Planning Policy Director of SPUR, coordinating legislative and regulatory advocacy, public education work, and coalition building locally and regionally. In 2008 she was instrumental in establishing the SF Community Justice Center which she served as the Program Director. Tomiquia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Social Work from Ohio Wesleyan University and Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
SHEREDA NOSAKHARE, Deputy Chief of Staff
Now Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Schaaf, Shereda began her service to the City of Oakland in Libby Schaaf’s District 4 Council Office as her Chief of Staff. Prior to that Shereda worked as a Research Analyst for Berkeley Policy Associates where she researched and evaluated health, education and youth intervention programs in Oakland and throughout the country. She also worked in the District Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee and in the Office of Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson.
Shereda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Portland, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan with a focus on state and local government. Shereda is a member of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Women’s Political Caucus and the East Bay Young Democrats. Shereda resides in Maxwell Park with her husband Richard and twin girls.
PEGGY MOORE, Senior Special Advisor
Peggy Moore’s career spans over thirty years of political engagement, public affairs and organizing work in both the corporate and non-profit arenas.
Prior to joining Mayor Schaaf’s Office, for five years Peggy served as the statewide Political Director for Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee focused on supporting President Barack Obama’s policy agenda and re-election. She was Deputy Field Director for Northern California during the General Election in 2008.
Peggy has held several key senior leadership positions including serving as Northern CA Field Director for Health Access, Outreach Coordinator for Lavender Seniors of the East Bay and Public Affairs Representative for Clear Channel Outdoor in the Bay Area. Peggy has organized various get-out- the-vote campaigns to promote social justice and equal rights for all communities, including her own spirited run as a candidate for District 2 City Council of Oakland. She also served on Barbara Lee’s Advisory Committee in the 9th Congressional District of CA.
As the founder of Sistah’s Steppin’ in Pride, Peggy has led the production of the annual East Bay Dyke March since the summer of 2001, enhancing visibility for Oakland’s LGBT community and providing a space for cultural and artistic expression in the heart of the city. A proud Oaklander, Peggy is currently a Member-at-Large, as well as the former President of the Eastbay Stonewall Democratic Club.
ERICA TERRY DERRYCK, Director of Communications
Erica Terry Derryck joins Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Office as Director of Communications. In a career spanning nearly two decades, she has held senior-level communications positions with national and local non-profit and policy organizations and served as Communications Director for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office under Kamala D. Harris and George Gascón.
As California State Communications Director for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Erica worked on several statewide ballot measures and policy efforts focused on access to high-quality affordable preschool, reentry, mental health services and the reduction of juvenile crime. Immediately prior to joining Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Office, Erica was a member of the Global Government & Public Affairs and Communications team at Gap Inc. in San Francisco.
Erica earned a Masters in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked in the news divisions at MTV and ABC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. A native of New York City, Erica has proudly called Oakland home since moving back to California in 2005. She currently lives in Oakland's Adams Point neighborhood with her husband and two children.
AUDREY CORTES, Executive Scheduler
Audrey currently serves as Mayor Schaaf’s Executive Scheduler. Originally from Los Angeles, Audrey has been a Bay Area resident for over ten years. She comes to the City of Oakland after having worked for philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer at the Fahr Group. Audrey has also worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in her Oakland office. She has worked on several political campaigns, and has published articles for local newspapers. Audrey received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Journalism from the University of San Francisco.
EXECUTIVE POLICY DIRECTORS
The executive policy directors are responsible for advancing work in my four main priority areas and education.
MATT NICHOLS, Policy Director for Infrastructure & Transportation
Matt Nichols was selected by Mayor Libby Schaaf to serves as the Oakland Mayor’s Office’s first-ever Policy Director for Infrastructure & Transportation. For two decades, Matt has been a leader in sustainable transportation policies and projects implementation in the Bay Area and has a proven track record in major fundraising, Safe Routes to Schools, transit oriented development, disability access, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, transit pass programs and innovative parking management. He served as Principal Transportation Planner for the City of Berkeley for 13 years and as the Sustainable Transportation Program Director for the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign in the U.S.
He served on the Board of Directors of Urban Ecology and City CarShare. Matt earned a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and African Studies from UCLA. Matt is deeply committed to integrating social, economic and environmental goals into public policy, and has worked on numerous transportation justice projects. A native of Sacramento, California, Matt does not own a car and lives with his wife and two teenage sons in south Berkeley at the corner of two Bicycle Boulevards, four AC Transit lines and a BART Station.
DAVID SILVER, Director of Education
In this role, David Silver will serve as a chief policy advisor to Mayor Schaaf and work in partnership with students, families, educators, partners, the Oakland Unified School District to realize a vision of educational equity for all students in Oakland.
Prior to joining Mayor Schaaf’s Office, David was the Chief Executive Officer of College Track, a national non-profit whose mission is to empower students from underserved communities to graduate from college. Before joining College Track, David and a group of committed parents, students, educators and community members created Think College Now (TCN), a college-focused elementary school in Oakland Unified School District whose mission is to ensure all students have an opportunity to graduate from college and pursue their dreams. From 2003-2011, he served as founding principal.
JOSE CORONA, Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships
As Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships for Mayor Schaaf, Jose Corona will be responsible for creating, coordinating and facilitating public and private philanthropic partnerships and fostering equitable opportunities for the benefit of the people of Oakland.
Jose previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Inner City Advisors (ICA) since 2005, an Oakland based non-profit. In his ten years with ICA, he oversaw a portfolio of companies that created over 3,000 jobs, generating over $150 million in wealth for local residents and collectively producing almost $200 million in revenue. In that period, Mr. Corona also increased the percentage of Oakland residents being hired by ICA companies to 73 percent. Prior to working at Inner City Advisors, Mr. Corona served as the Development Director at the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) where he worked to revitalize the Mission District in San Francisco through fundraising, job placement and leading efforts to increase home ownership rates among residents.
Jose graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and he holds a Management and Development for Entrepreneurs Certification from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
My office and executive team are supported by a group of talented special assistants who lead in their own right on special projects and manage day-to-day operations and public events and inquiries.
MICHAEL HUNT, Special Assistant
Michael Hunt joined the Office of Mayor Schaaf in March 2015. He serves as a Special Assistant to Mayor Libby Schaaf, providing communications expertise and day-to-day support for Mayor Schaaf’s four core priority areas.
Prior to joining Mayor Schaaf’s Office, Michael served as the Communications Coordinator at Youth UpRising in East Oakland. He brings extensive Oakland government and citywide constituent service experience to the Mayor’s Office, having previously served in the offices of Mayor Ron Dellums and former City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente between 2007 and 2011. During the 2012 Presidential election, Michael was the Communications Director for the Democratic Party in Iowa.
Michael was born and raised in Oakland and remains a proud Oakland resident and booster for his hometown. When not working on behalf of the City of Oakland, you can find him running the trails of the East Bay Regional Parks, surfing in the Pacific Ocean, or playing shuffleboard at Oakland’s famous King Fish Pub. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
KARELY ORDAZ SALTO, Special Assistant
Karely Ordaz Salto currently serves as Special Assistant to Mayor Libby Schaaf. Karely previously served in City Councilmember Noel Gallo’s office as Policy Analyst and Constituent Liaison. She is committed to serving her community and is excited to represent Oakland residents.
An Oakland native, Karely has been a resident of the Fruitvale District for over 20 years, attending Oakland Unified School District public schools from grades K-12. She graduated with honors from American Indian Public High School (AIPHS) with a full academic scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in American Studies with a concentration in Environment, Policy, and Public Health. Karely is a native Spanish speaker.
SUN KWONG SZE, Special Projects Coordinator
Sun Kwong Sze, also known as Michael, joins Mayor Libby Schaaf’s team as a Special Projects Coordinator. In this role, he supports the coordination and planning of initiatives and projects.
An immigrant from China, Sun Kwong believes deeply in civic participation and has developed a dedication to service through his work in community policing. Sun Kwong was a Neighborhood Services Coordinator for the Oakland Police Department for seven years prior to joining the Mayor’s Office. He continues to work to build trust between law enforcement and Oakland residents, with a focus on immigrant communities. Sun Kwong is fluent in Chinese and a 2001 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.