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Ross Program in Real Estate Info Session September 21

Please join us for the next info session for the USC Ross Program in Real Estate, presented by the Bay Area Council. We will be joined by Ross Program alumni as well as Connie Moore, President & CEO, BRE Properties, who will be speaking on “The Changing American Dream.”

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 PM
at the offices of the Bay Area Council
201 California St., 14th Floor, San Francisco

Please RSVP to: bflores@bayareacouncil.org or 415-946-8729

About the Ross Program:
The USC Ross Program in Real Estate is a comprehensive educational program for the working professional to elevate skills and expand understanding of real estate development and investment, while building the networks necessary to succeed in urban renewal. The nine-day program will be held between November 11 and December 4.

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2010 Bay Area Council Scholars Announced

Congratulations to the 2010 Bay Area Council Scholars! The Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders program has had the benefit of receiving incredible and diverse applicants from every county of the Bay Area. We would like to thank our dedicated Scholarship Committee for their help in selecting the 19 most qualified students from an outstanding pool of applicants.

We are proud to present the 2010 class of Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders, another amazing group of students who have demonstrated strong potential to succeed despite the odds, and a passion for giving back to their communities.

Rosan Agbajoh
College: CSU East Bay
Hometown: Hayward
High School: Mt. Eden High School
Career Goal: Law, Education, Psychology
Shane Duncan
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: Clayton
High School: Clayton Valley High School
Career Goal: Electrical Engineer
Rosa Mae Latham
College: San Jose State University
Hometown: San Francisco
High School: International Studies Academy
Career Goal: Healthcare
Imelda Lopez
College: Mills College
Hometown: Oakland
High School: MetWest High School
Career Goal: Lawyer
Jessie Mai
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: Oakland
High School: Oakland High School
Career Goal: Pediatrician
Eduardo Melendez
College: Santa Clara University
Hometown: Richmond
High School: Richmond High School
Career Goal: Software Engineer
Magali Molina
College: U.C. Santa Cruz
Hometown: Redwood City
High School: Sequoia High School
Career Goal: Undecided
Ana Cristina Muro-Lizardo
College: Mills College
Hometown: Oakland
High School: Arise High School
Career Goal: Nurse, Engineer, Forensic Scientist
Ashley Murphy
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: Vallejo
High School: Hogan High School
Career Goal: Child Psychologist
Anna Nguyen
College: San Francisco State University
Hometown: Oakland
High School: Saint Elizabeth High School
Career Goal: Pediatrician
Karina Parada
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: Vallejo
High School: Vallejo High School
Career Goal: Lawyer
Johana Pena
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: Oakland
High School: Saint Elizabeth High School
Career Goal: Pediatrician, Physician
Daniel Perez
College: Notre Dame de Namur University
Hometown: Redwood City
High School: Woodside High School
Career Goal: Engineering, Architecture
Stephany Pizano
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: Richmond
High School: Middle College High School
Career Goal: Lawyer
Anthony Rascon
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: San Pablo
High School: De Anza High School
Career Goal: Structural Engineer
Jessica Rodriguex
College: Mills College
Hometown: San Jose
High School: Los Altos High School
Career Goal: Education
Arti Sharma
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: Daly City
High School: El Camino High School
Career Goal: Veterinarian
Celia Trujillo
College: Santa Clara University
Hometown: Greenfield
High School: Greenfield High School
Career Goal: Undecided
Xacil Vazquez
College: San Francisco State University
Hometown: Redwood City
High School: Sequoia High School
Career Goal: Medical Social Work
5.14.10

U.S. Bank Awards $10,000 for Council’s Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program

By Chandra Alexandre

The Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Program is at the core of the Bay Area Council’s commitment to education and to investing in underserved communities in the nine-county Bay Area. The program currently helps 60 low-to-moderate income (LMI) scholars realize their goal of achieving a post-high school education—often as the first one in their families to graduate from high school, let alone college.  These students possess an intimate awareness of the challenges faced by residents of LMI communities and are passionate about making a positive impact on their communities.  Through supporting their college education with scholarships, mentoring and leadership workshops, the Council and its partners are helping them become the most capable leaders that they can be—for today and for tomorrow.

The program is in alignment with US Bank’s mission and goals in education. As Lisa M. Joyner, Vice President in U.S. Bank’s West Region Community Affairs department shared in announcing the grant award, “U.S. Bank is excited to support The Bay Area Council’s Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders program.  This program is aligned with one of U.S. Bank’s funding priorities: education. We support innovative programs that help low-and moderate income students succeed in school and prepare for post secondary education.  We appreciate The Bay Area Council’s dedication and commitment to underserved youth.” The U.S. Bank contribution will help the Council further develop and improve upon tracking metrics and aid work with scholars to enhance their exposure to and leadership potentials within the business community.

Thank you, U.S. Bank, for your support!

For additional information about the program or to lend your support, contact us.

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2009 Bay Area Council Scholars Announced

Congratulations to the 2009 Bay Area Council Scholars! The Bay Area Council Scholarship Program has had the benefit of receiving incredible and diverse applicants from every county of the Bay Area. We would like to thank our dedicated Scholarship Committee for their help in selecting the 10 most qualified students from an outstanding pool of applicants.

We are proud to present the 2009 class of Bay Area Council Scholars, another amazing group of students who have demonstrated strong potential to succeed despite the odds, and a passion for giving back to their communities. Click on their names or photos below to learn more about them.

Betty Kwan
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: El Sobrante
High School: De Anza High School
Career Goal: Undecided
Jordan Potts
College: Stanford University
Hometown: Vallejo
High School: Mare Island Technology Academy
Career Goal: Forensic Psychology
Gayathri Ramanathan
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: Fremont
High School: Irvington High School
Career Goal: Pediatrician
Norma Karina Rubio
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: San Leandro
High School: Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy
Career Goal: Academic Counselor
Elisa Sunga
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: Antioch
High School: Pittsburg High School
Career Goal: International Business/Foreign Exchange Specialist
Ka Yan (Michelle) Tam
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: San Francisco
High School: Abraham Lincoln High School
Career Goal: Dentist, Orthodontist
Norman Yau
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: Alameda
High School: Encinal High School
Career Goal: Business Administration, Entrepreneur, Financial Analyst
Alejandro Zepeda
College: University of San Francisco
Hometown: Oakland
High School: Lighthouse Community Charter High School
Career Goal: Financial Analyst, Strategic Consultant
Ina Zheng
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown:Berkeley
High School: Berkeley High School
Career Goal: Medical Physician
Christopher Zhou
College: Santa Clara University
Hometown: San Jose
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Career Goal: Public Administrator, Non-profit Management
5.12.09

Affordable Housing Week Kicks-off May 15

By Scott Zengel

The Bay Area Council’s Bay Area Ross Program in Real Estate partners with SFHDC to kick-off Affordable Housing Week

Did you know that foreclosures increased by 723% in San Francisco between 2006 and 2008? Meanwhile, access to credit has severely decreased, with fewer available loans and much stricter lending practices than in past years. How does one afford to live in the Bay Area? Current stimulus opportunities and programs may provide a fresh mechanism for solving these economic setbacks.

In response to these trends, the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC) has organized the first ever Affordable Housing Week. This three-day event will work to resolve economic issues in the communities most affected by the recession.

SFHDC Affordable Housing Week includes a series of community workshops and other activities that focus on topics including, “Live a Greener Life,” “How to take advantage of a buyers’ market,” “Tips on how to increase your FICO score, increase your savings, and negotiate with creditors,” and “Steps to take to avoid foreclosure.” In conjunction with these workshops, SFHDC will also host an array of activities such as an “Affordable Housing EXPO,” featuring affordable homes, financial assistance opportunities, savings and asset building programs, and much more.

The Bay Area Council’s Bay Area Ross Program in Real Estate is pleased to partner with SFHDC to host a kick-off event on Friday, May 15. Participants will gather at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco to hear speakers from community organizations, foundations, financial institutions and city offices share their insight on civil rights, green business and how to utilize the federal stimulus package to solve issues in urban infill. A Bay Area Ross Program information booth will also be on site Saturday, May 16 at the Affordable Housing EXPO. For more information about the program please visit the SFHDC website at: http://www.sfhdc.org/index.php/workshop/index. We hope to see you there!

4.17.09

Hewlett Foundation Awards $900,000 Grant for Education Reform

By Chandra Alexandre

Last Week, the Education Reform team at the Bay Area Council was notified by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation that they had been awarded a $900,000 three-year grant to lead a statewide education reform movement. The grant will allow the Bay Area Council to build capacity and support efforts toward statewide education reform in partnership with relevant stakeholders.

With California in crisis, we believe there is an opportunity for reform that hasn’t been seen in generations. With this grant from the Hewlett Foundation, we will continue to help drive the education reform consensus forward—particularly through our work engaging business leaders, both among our membership and in companies throughout other regions across the state. As the voice of business, the Council recognizes that it is critical for California to meet the challenges of education reform through sound and timely information, a strategic alignment of voices among business, K-12 educators, policy makers and higher education, and the ability to work together across communities, jurisdictions and industries.

The needs of our children and sustenance of our state’s economic future require that business takes a stand to help ameliorate the dramatic challenges inherent in our current public education system. The Council’s history of leading on public policy, its statewide approach, and partnerships with a variety of stakeholders make it a strong driver of successful public policy in education, and we will leverage our strengths to ensure the success of our endeavors for education reform.

With this grant, the Council will be able to focus on initiating action toward goals supported by Getting Down to Facts, a major body of research overseen by Stanford University that delves into the finance and governance of public education in California. The objective of our efforts will be to determine how best to create reform opportunities that are not only true to the underlying research and recommendations, but also that allow for input and ownership by all major stakeholders, in turn building trust and momentum statewide.

Recognizing that changes in education cannot be successful in a state whose government is broken, the grant also includes funds to utilize the forum of the Council-led California Constitutional Convention to help build the path for education reform. The idea is to start with reforming the structure of government, then quickly draft on the momentum to secure bold and systematic change in education. Our method of harnessing a “people’s movement” and building an unlikely coalition for the Constitutional Convention could also crack open the door for a new alliance on education reform. Together, the two synergistic education and government reform movements can help California get back on its feet again.

For more information on the work the Council is doing in education and to become engaged in our effort, please contact Linda Galliher, Vice President of Education and Healthcare. For an opportunity to contribute as a supporting partner, please contact Chandra Alexandre, Director of Development and click here to see the Bay Area Council Foundation’s initiatives.

12.12.08

Bank of America Deepens Partnership with the Bay Area Council

Helping to drive the Bay Area economy and quality of life have been priorities of both the Council and Bank of America for decades. Recently, the Bank of America Foundation awarded $50,000 to the Bay Area Council Foundation to support the Council’s Global Competitiveness Strategy, inclusive of work on energy and the environment, education, housing, transportation, and the research and projects of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

“Bank of America’s approach to philanthropy reaches beyond grant-making to build deep and lasting partnerships with the most effective organizations in our communities, and our relationship with the Bay Area Council has been extremely productive for both organizations,” said Janet Lamkin, President of Bank of America California and a member of the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council. “The Council’s regional championship of innovation, global competitiveness, economic and environmental sustainability and good government has been and continues to be a key factor in sustaining and improving the economy and quality of life in the Bay Area.”

To learn more about the Council’s one- and three-year strategies, check out our Global Competitiveness Strategy.

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2008 Bay Area Council Scholars Announced

Congratulations to the 2008 Bay Area Council Scholars! The Bay Area Council Scholarship Program has had the benefit of receiving incredible and diverse applicants from every county of the Bay Area. We would like to thank our dedicated Scholarship Committee for their help in selecting the 10 most qualified students from an outstanding pool of applicants.

We are proud to present the 2008 class of Bay Area Council Scholars, another amazing group of students who have demonstrated strong potential to succeed despite the odds, and a passion for giving back to their communities. Click on their names or photos below to learn more about them.

Aurora Castellanos
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: Oakland
High School: Metwest High School
Career Goal: Attorney or Teacher
Brenda Castro Serrato
College: Mills College
Hometown: Oakland
High School: Metwest High School
Career Goal: Teacher/Psychologist
Bianca Flores
College: University of San Francisco
Hometown: San Francisco
High School: Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
Career Goal: Pediatrician
Faith Genove
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: San Leandro
High School: Arroyo High School
Career Goal: Neurosurgeon, Neurologist or Psychologist
Christina Leung
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: Alameda
High School: Alameda High School
Career Goal: Biology
Devvrat Malhotra
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: Stockton
High School: Edison Senior High School
Career Goal: Medical Doctor
Angelo Nono
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: South San Francisco
High School: Mills High School
Career Goal: International Relations
Judy Pun
College: U.C. Davis
Hometown: Oakland
High School: Oakland High School
Career Goal: Fire Fighter
Marvin Salazar
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: San Pablo
High School: Richmond High School
Career Goal: Green Engineer
Chelsi Lia Vining
College: U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: Newark
High School: Newark Memorial High School
Career Goal: Medicine
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Bay Area Council Foundation Awarded $125,000 Grant for Preschool Initiative

By Chandra Alexandre

We have just received word of a grant award from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in the amount of $125,000 for our Bay Area Employer Engagement Initiative for Early Childhood Education. We’re tremendously excited about this grant for a project effort geared toward achieving a strong, local business support-base for preschool throughout the Bay Area region. Specifically, we’re beginning the process of building a constituency for statewide preschool for four year olds–please contact Linda Galliher, VP of Education, if you are interested in learning more.

Objectives of the initiative are to:

  • Increase corporate and public awareness of the power of ECE strategies to improve student academic achievement, lessen the social burden on taxpayers, and help expand the workforce and employees’ career opportunities.
  • Mobilize senior executive-level corporate leadership to promote and sustain business-education partnerships that support systemic change, e.g., increased efficiencies and enhanced outcomes.
  • Provide forums for business leaders to collaborate in focusing and aligning their education and workforce preparation investments to maximize impact.
  • Leverage the involvement of business to help: a) support ECE; b) articulate preschool with K-12; c) optimize data use and make continuous improvements; and d) make systemic school improvements.
  • Ensure quality, measurement, and accountability for results.