Nayeli Maxson, Executive Director, has been involved with the Alliance for several years. Before stepping in as Executive Director, Nayeli provided guidance to the Alliance as a consultant then served on the Alliance’s Board. A graduate of UC Hastings College of Law with a double concentration in Government and Social Justice, and a former Coro Fellow, Nayeli is dedicated to improving the lives of Bay Area residents through creative problem-solving and community-engagement. Nayeli is a former Policy Analyst and Community Liaison for Oakland Vice Mayor and District 4 Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington, and was a Legal Analyst for the California State Senate Public Safety Committee. She also worked as a strategist and consultant with innovation consulting firm Lens Ventures, co-directed the 2008 Reno, Nevada Moveon.org voter registration and persuasion campaign office and was a grant writer for one of the Bay Area’s most impact-driven addiction treatment non-profit organizations, Options Recovery Services. Full bio here.
Michael Gunning, Board Chair, serves as the Vice President for the Personal Insurance Federation of California (PIFC). He represents PIFC’s member companies before the California State Legislature and the California Department of Insurance on personal lines insurance matters including auto, homeowners, community investment, finance and other issues. He has successfully passed and defeated legislation and regulations that were either helpful or harmful to the personal lines insurance industry. He maintains extensive relationships throughout California state government and the Legislature.
T.Y. Dennis Wong, Treasurer, is an attorney based out of Oakland, California with over 25 years of experience in the fields of business, finance and law. Mr. Wong advises individuals and businesses in understanding and navigating through the legal and financial possibilities, and consequences of their choices and actions. His expertise is customizing legal and business structures that best meet his clients’ needs in their business and personal projects.
James Nixon, Secretary, is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Sustainable Systems, Inc., a business and economic development corporation, located in Oakland, CA, that provides market-based strategies for the achievement of sustainable development and smart growth. Sustainable Systems is also the Lead Consultant to the Bay Area Council for the Bay Area Family of Funds, a $200 million + Double Bottom Line Initiative.
Elizabeth Y.A. Ferguson is Managing Director of Drexel Oceania, LLC, a private merchant bank based in San Francisco providing specialized advice to small and medium sized companies. Prior to her current position, Lyz was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Bay Area Family of Funds at the Bay Area Council. She managed private equity and venture capital funds. The Family of Funds are “double bottom line” funds created to deliver market rates of return, and at the same time, significant social, economic and environmental returns to low- and moderate- income communities.
Des Bell serves as Vice President and utility Chief of Staff for PG&E. In his current position, Mr. Bell is responsible for the utility’s safety and supply chain, materials operations, supplier diversity, transportation services, corporate real estate, and environmental and land management work for PG&E. He previously held several senior general management roles with Bombardier in Canada and Europe, including responsibility for service parts logistics, quality, business process transformation and Lean Six Sigma.