Board of Directors

Josefina Alvarado Mena, Chair

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.
 
Michael Barr, Treasurer
 
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.
 
 

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.
 
 
 
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 for Wells Fargo’s Strategy Digital and Innovation division. He joined the OSA Board in March of 2020. He is the father of an OSA Literary Arts student and one OSA Alumni. Walton is a champion for diversity and inclusion and has been recognized by the National Diversity Council, Wells Fargo, and Blue Shield of California as a Corporate Diversity Leader. Walton also sits on the Northern CA Board of YMCA as chair of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.