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EAST BAY CHILDREN'S LAW OFFICES

EBLCO Team Photo 2018

Board of Directors

Brian Blalock, Board President, is currently the Law and Policy Director at Tipping Point Community, where he looks at systemic funding issues that create barriers to entitled services, and works collaboratively with public system, provider, and advocate partners to foster workable solutions to complex problems related to poverty. Prior to joining Tipping Point, Brian was the founder and director of the Youth Justice Project (YJP) at Bay Area Legal Aid providing civil legal services and direct representation to youth involved in the delinquency, dependency, and homelessness systems under the age of 25. While at YJP, Brian also worked on a number of statewide policy initiatives, including extended foster care implementation, congregate care reform and legislation focused on youth homelessness. Before becoming a lawyer, Brian worked as a religious affairs consultant, a fight trainer and a public school teacher in the south Bronx. He has graduate degrees from Columbia and Harvard and a law degree from Stanford Law School.

Shalaya Shipman, Board Secretary, currently serves as Senior Manager of Global Real Estate Operations for Salesforce, having served previously in several other positions with the company, managing headquarters openings and branding many new services and products. She received several company awards for excellence, and was a speaker at Dreamforce ’16. Prior to joining Salesforce in 2013, Shalaya worked for CBRE, Inc. as a Strategy Analyst for Global Corporate Services. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, as well as a Mentor and Sponsor with make a Difference Now and a Committee Member of Teach with Africa. Shalaya has travelled extensively world-wide.

Jonna M. Thomas, Board Treasurer, was one of the original staff attorneys at East Bay Children's Law Offices in 2009 having previously practiced in the Office of the County Counsel in both Tulare and Alameda Counties. As a county attorney she practiced child welfare law and represented agencies serving the elderly. In 2011, she joined Hartog, Baer & Hand, a trust and estate law firm. She serves clients in the firm’s litigation, planning and administration groups. Jonna received her LL.M. in taxation with honors from Golden Gate University in 2014, emphasizing in trusts and estates. Jonna earned her Juris Doctorate with distinction from Pacific-McGeorge School of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the State Bar of California in the same year. She was honored twice with Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in legal study and is a member of the Traynor Honor Society. Jonna has a distinguished reputation in public litigation and trial work. She has conducted over one hundred court trials. She has litigated matters in both state and federal courts.

David J. Madson currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Development, Interdisciplinary Biosciences, with Stanford University, where he partners with faculty scientists and physicians, in building enduring philanthropic relationships. He formerly was Director of Leadership and Planned Giving for the Alameda Health System Foundation. Previously, he held similar leadership positions with Sutter Health: CPMC Foundation, California State University, East Bay, and the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley campuses, where he raised major gifts for health policy, neurosciences, and other strategic priorities. Originally from Minnesota, he has served on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations, and as faculty across the country at conferences and forums related to philanthropy. David holds an Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive credential and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. As a teenager, David was under the guardianship of the county child protection services, and continues to stay in touch with his now retired social worker.

Sokhom Mao was himself a dependent of the Alameda County Juvenile Court as a youth, and Kathy Siegel was his attorney. Sokhom went on to graduate from San Francisco State University in 2010 and advocated for extended foster care legislation which went ultimately into effect in 2012. Sokhom has worked with a variety of community-based youth serving organizations before and after college including East Bay Asian Youth Center, National Foster Youth Action Network, Sunny Hills Services and Booker T. Washington Community Service Center. He is currently a Senior Development Officer at Lao Family Community Development in Oakland. He brings us not only his professional experience in fundraising but his lived experience as a foster youth. His accolades include a United States Congressional Award in 2015, a White House Champion of Change award in 2015, and a California State University Notable Alum award in 2016.

Greg Roberts brings to EBCLO more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. He was previously the President/CEO of the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF), President/CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center (MAC), President/CEO of Greater DC Cares, and Interim Executive Director of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE). Since 2014, he has been a Partner with Dale Consulting, where he manages their education, nonprofit and government clients. Though he lives on the east coast, many of his clients and connections are based in the Bay Area so he finds himself here regularly. He would like to help EBCLO grow its board and diversify its funding through his connections and ideas. He has a BS as well as a Masters in Counseling in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State College, New Britain.

Kathy Siegel, was the Supervising Attorney in the Alameda County Public Defender's Office Dependency Unit from 1998 until the office closed in 2009. She practiced in Alameda County Juvenile Court dependency and delinquency court for twenty-one of her thirty-three years in the Public Defender's office. Ms. Siegel received her J.D., from the University of California at Davis Law School in 1982 where she developed her passion for representing youth during a Juvenile Court externship at the Sacramento County Public Defender's office. During her years as supervisor in the child dependency unit, Ms. Siegel trained many of the child welfare attorneys who currently practice in Alameda County, and was a member of the Alameda County CASA advisory board, and the ICPC committee. Over the years, she has conducted numerous trainings for foster youth, CASA volunteers, child welfare professionals and foster care providers. She is a former NACC Child Welfare Law Specialist.

Jennifer Turk’s 20 year legal career has encompassed both the prosecutorial and defense sides in criminal court and the representation of both children and parents in juvenile dependency court, including a stint at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office from 2001-2002. Currently, she is Security Counsel at Apple having returned to the Bay Area, where she grew up, in March after practicing for the previous 8 years in Los Angeles. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors of Pain of the Prison System (POPS), an organization devoted to establishing high school clubs to empower teens with loved ones in prison or jail. She is an enthusiastic advocate for children in the child welfare system and children affected by the criminal justice system generally. She has a BA from California State University, Northridge in English and a JD from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.