Josefina Alvarado Mena
Josefina Alvarado Mena received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 1993, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in May 1996. She is also a recipient of the following honors and awards: Echoing Green Global Fellowship 1996-1998, Education Advocacy Award 2003, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County; Outstanding Education Advocate 1999, People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO); Advocacy Award, California Latino Civil Rights Network 1998, and James Irvine Foundation California Leadership Award 2009. Ms. Mena is the CEO of Safe Passages. She joined the OSA Board in March of 2020 and is the parent of two current OSA students and one OSA alumni.
Adrienne is the Chief Business Officer at the Community School for Creative Education and joined OSA's Board in March 2020.
Mike currently provides financial consulting services to non-profit and educational organizations. He has served as CFO at Center for Youth Wellness, Reading Partners and Aspire Public Schools, and has also filled interim roles at several other nonprofits. Mike began his career in the tech sector, and then made the move into nonprofits in 2004. He also serves on the board of Education for Change. Mike lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters, one of whom attended OSA, in the Visual Arts department.
Steve Borg is an independent marketing consultant with over 30 years of financial service industry experience, with a focus on marketing communications, strategy, product/channel management, and customer experience. A key tenant of Steve's core values is that we stand on the shoulders of others, and benefit from the work of those who have come before us. Steve is instrumental in volunteering his expertise and working with our Advancement team.
Elise leads Ensemble Learning's strategic vision to improve charter school quality and remove barriers to achievement for underserved students. Previously, she was the founding chief academic officer at Aspire Public Schools, where she grew the organization to a high-performing charter management organization with 38 schools in Tennessee and California. She was also the founding instructional coordinator at the San Carlos Charter Learning Center, the first charter school in California and the second in the nation. Elise served as OSA's Interim Executive Director in 2016, and is a Pahara Fellow and a Leap Ambassador.
Jonathan Dharmapalan serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer at eCurrency Mint Limited. He has been Head of Global Telecommunications Center at Ernst & Young LLP since May 2011. In this role, Mr. Dharmapalan is responsible for leading a team of over 2,000 telecoms specialists across the world, in their work with the world's leading operators. In his 25-year career, he has served some of the largest companies in the telecommunications sector. He has served his clients from the early days of divestiture and privatizations through the years of unprecedented growth of wireless and broadband technologies. Mr. Dharmapalan also has significant experience in the related sectors of Technology, Media and Entertainment, and was leading Ernst & Young's Telecommunications Center in Beijing. He began his career in telecommunications at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mr. Dharmapalan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The California Institute of Technology. He is a proud parent of an OSA graduate and two current OSA students.
Ms. Huber is the president of UNITE HERE Local 2850 and is the parent of two current OSA students.
Milica Mitrovich is a retired attorney having practiced as a litigator for 15 years in the Bay Area. She has extensive community service experience focusing on children and teens including as a founding Board Member of Facilitating Leadership in Youth, a non-profit providing educational support to youth in Washington DC's lowest income neighborhoods, and tutoring math and literacy for low income immigrant and refugee children with London, UK based non-profit IntoUniversity. Milica also served as parent peer group coordinator at her sons' school in Washington. She holds an MA in the History of Art from George Washington University, a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Milica is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
Dr. Reimann is the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Castro Valley United School District. He joined OSA's Board in April 2020 and is the father of two current OSA students.
Mr. Walton is a Vice President, Product Governance; Virtual Channels for Wells Fargo Bank. He joined the OSA Board in March of 2020. He is the father of two current OSA students.
Dr. Woods is a native of Oakland, who received her: B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley; Masters of Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles; and Master of Public Health and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Woods served as a founding faculty member of the Masters of Social Work Program at CSU East Bay where she was the First African American Female Chair of the Academic Senate. After Serving as Chief of Staff to University President Leroy Morishita, she was appointed the University's first Chief Diversity Officer. She served in that role for 5 years.
Currently, Dr. Woods is is a retired Professor Emerita teaching course in Race, Gender, and Inequality and Social Work Practice. She also provides Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultation to higher education institutions as well as professional development in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She became interested in serving on the board when her nephew attended school at OSA.