Bay Area Council Blog: Community Engagement Archive

11.10.08

Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund Awards Economic Institute $15,000

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is pleased to announce its second year of partnership with the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund in support of work through its initiative, Climate Bay Area.  The Fund awarded $15,000 for Climate Bay Area to continue strengthening the strategic focus, alignment and effectiveness of the Bay Area’s numerous programs, policies and initiatives working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Bay Area was formed in July of 2009 by the Joint Policy Committee (JPC),[1] and has its goals to:

  • support synergy of the climate policies of the four regional planning agencies with regional local government, private, other non-governmental initiatives;
  • bring critically needed scale, leverage and capacity to programs and approaches with potentially high impact; and
  • foster collaboration, develop new partnerships, and present a stronger, more cohesive voice on climate- and energy-related issues to decision-makers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

“This is an initiative of which we’re proud,” said Sean Randolph, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. “Climate Bay Area brings a regional vision and unifying leadership to the work of meeting climate change policy targets through entrepreneurial programs. We are helping drive discussions with the Bay Area’s most influential climate change leaders and laying the requisite groundwork and facilitating change by creating approaches and tools that work. We’re delighted to have the Goldman Fund supporting us again this year.”

For additional information on the Climate Bay Area project, please contact Sean Randolph.

To support the climate change work of the Council, contact Chandra Alexandre.


[1] The JPC is a formal body for addressing shared policy priorities of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

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Finalists in the Bay Area Council’s Holiday Art Competition

Thank you to all the 4th graders from the Oakland Achieve Academy who participated in our 2nd Annual Holiday Art Competition. The top three finalists will have their artwork printed on the Bay Area Council’s holiday cards and the winners will receive their own cards to send to friends and family.

Winners:

By Bryant Barrera

By Fernanda Cabrera

By Kenton Pham

Finalists:

By Vianney Jimenez

By Cindy Tajtaj

By Ferlandy

By Maria Padilla Estrada

By Darlene Chao

By Cesar Hernandez

By Antionio Martinez

By Bryan

By Abraham Gonzalez

By Jesus Espinoza

By Bryan

By Juan Delgado

By Lara Ramirez

By Luis Hernandez

By Juan C.

By Alejandra Quintero

By Isaias Rosales

By Briseryda-Pablo Calmo

By Olivia Aualos

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Press Release: BAY AREA COUNCIL AND USC TO HOLD REAL ESTATE CASE COMPETITION FOR DALY CITY’S MIDWAY VILLAGE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The 2010 USC Ross Program in Real Estate, presented by the Bay Area Council, will hold a case competition and graduation ceremony at 4:00 PM on Thursday, December 9 at the CitiGroup Center, 1 Sansome St., San Francisco.

The three-week program, taught by faculty from the University of Southern California (USC), as well as over fifty local industry experts and professionals from the Bay Area, helps participants gain technical expertise and expand their understanding of real estate development and investment, while building the networks necessary to succeed in urban renewal.  Each year, the program culminates in a case competition in which participants present their solutions for a local development issue.

“The depth of knowledge that this year’s students bring to the table is quite remarkable,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “We are proud to offer training and resources to such talented real estate professionals through the Ross Program and I am confident that these participants will positively impact future development in the Bay Area.”

This year, the case competition focuses on redevelopment of the Midway Village and an adjacent site in the Bayshore neighborhood on the border between San Francisco and Daly City.  Ross Program participants will present their proposed plans for the site in front of a panel of judges, including representatives from the City of San Mateo Housing Authority and the City of Daly City, the two organizations that control the site. Judges include: Greg Vilkin, MacFarlane Partners; Michael Barker, Barker Pacific Group; Michael Johnson, UrbanCore, LLC; Margo Bradish, Cox Castle Nicholson; Libby Seifel, Seifel Consulting; Vince Gibbs, Intequity LLC.

Participants in this year’s program include Benjamin Brandin, a Green Project Analyst with Eden Housing; Catherine Etzel, Assistant Project Manager at BRIDGE Housing Corporation; Daryl Thomas, Managing Director, NID Housing Counseling Agency; and Lena Robinson, Regional Manager of Community Development for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

A pdf overview of the program can be downloaded at: http://www.bayareacouncil.org/docs/Ross.pdf

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Ross Program in Real Estate Awarded $10,000 by The Counselors of Real Estate

By Chandra Alexandre

The Ross Program in Real Estate, an intensive executive training program in real estate development and finance serving approximately 20 people every year, provides education in real-estate innovation, sustainability, and environmental quality, to create mentors and leaders in the Bay Area. Due to the lack of real estate networking and urban infill development training in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, the program focuses on filling the local educational and training gap. This year, the Counselors of Real Estate awarded a grant of $10,000 for two scholarships to be awarded to Ross Scholars.

Through the Ross program, participants get the technical expertise and resources needed to develop and invest in significant real estate projects in underserved communities.  Participants are 63 percent local minority (40 percent African-American, 19 percent Asian and four percent Latino) and 58 percent women. These professionals come from both the public and private sectors. The nine-day program is dedicated to “education and practical application” in order to train qualified individuals for urban infill revitalization projects.

Larry Souza, CRE, an active volunteer leader, mentor and teacher in the program noted, “On behalf of the Board and Mary Fleischmann, President and CEO of The Counselors of Real Estate—Congratulations! We’re delighted to support the Bay Area Council’s program in this way.”

For more information about this year’s program, please contact: Scott Zengel, VP, Family of Funds.
To make a contribution to support the Council’s endeavors in this arena, please contact: Chandra Alexandre, VP, Development.

6.18.09

The Packard Foundation Renews Commitment with $100,000 Grant

By Chandra Alexandre

By many measures of progress, the United States is falling behind in the industrial world. At the Council, we firmly believe that what’s needed is a new look at education, complete with a comprehensive and integrated pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade early education investment that will prepare our students to excel and compete with their peers, whether in Finland, South Korea or India. Indeed, quality pre-kindergarten education is a place where maximum returns can be found for relatively small investments.

For the third year in a row, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation agrees. With a substantial commitment to our program, On the Job for California Kids: The Employer Engagement Initiative for ECE, the Foundation is helping to move our business engagement strategy forward into new territory—one that involves continued outreach to the CEOs of major corporations and then beyond to the grasstops of small-to-medium sized businesses around California. Through this initiative, the Council is contributing to systemic P-20 education improvement and addressing long-term workforce development needs.

We believe the greatest opportunity to build effective business engagement lies at the local level, for example, by partnering Chambers of Commerce with early education advocates and community leaders.  Such partnerships work to push the message that quality affordable preschool is an important component of any successful community.  The Bay Area Council has convened and fostered several such partnerships across the region and is expanding this work thanks to the support of the Packard Foundation.

For information about our initiative, On the Job for California Kids, contact: Matt Regan, VP, Government Relations

For information about how to help support our work, contact: Chandra Alexandre, VP, Development

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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!