OUR TEAM

Aly Bonde

Senior Director Public Policy and Finance

Aly Bonde

Senior Director Public Policy and Finance

Aly Bonde is the Director of Housing and Economic Security for Oakland Thrives, and an East Bay native and fifth-generation Californian. Aly was most recently the Director of Public Policy for the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she led the Chamber’s work in policy advocacy and equitable economic development as well as ran the political action committee and Leadership Oakland – the Chamber’s popular civic and professional development program. Previously she worked in housing and real estate policy for the Oakland/Berkeley Association of Realtors as Deputy Government Relations Director. Aly carries a master’s degree from the Goldman School School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communication from the University of California at Davis – where she served as Managing Editor of the award-winning daily newspaper The California Aggie and graduated magna cum laude. Prior to her career in public policy, she worked as a special needs teacher for two years – the most rewarding yet challenging job she’s ever had. 

Aly spends as much of her spare time as possible with family and friends and also enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening. She is also a court-appointed advocate for Alameda County foster youth and serves on the boards of several nonprofits.

Jacob Leos-Urbel

Senior Director of Learning and Evaluation

Jacob Leos-Urbel

Senior Director of Learning and Evaluation

Jake Leos-Urbel, PhD

 

Jake joined Oakland Thrives as Senior Director of Learning + Evaluation in 2024. He is driven by a deep belief that all children can thrive and deserve the support to do so. He works in partnership with practitioners, policymakers, and communities to inform strategic decision making and increase equitable opportunities and outcomes for children and families.

 

Before coming to Oakland Thrives, as Learning + Evaluation Director at Tipping Point Community, Jake led work to expand and strengthen impact measurement to be more holistic and to incorporate principles of equitable evaluation. He also developed and funded research projects to understand and influence systemic issues in education such as increasing equity in college eligibility, enrollment and completion, and support for student parents. Previously, as Associate Director at The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Communities at Stanford University, Jake collaborated with youth-serving organizations across the Bay Area on practitioner-driven research to inform and improve services. He was a public policy professor at Claremont Graduate University where he taught courses on policy evaluation, child and youth policy, and statistics, and he served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia. Jake is an author of multiple journal articles focused on education and youth development, and of the book The Way We Do School: The Making of Oakland’s Full-Service Community School District. His most important job is father to two school-age daughters, and he often can be found urban hiking and cheering on Bay Area sports teams.

Melanie Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Moore is Chief Executive Officer of Oakland Thrives. An experienced, strategic social sector leader specializing in innovation, collaboration, and collective impact in public-private partnerships, she was a professional evaluator for over 15 years, leading projects assessing the impact of youth development, school reform, community development programs, capacity- building initiatives, and funder networks. As a strategic leader in the social sector for over 10 years, she has created strategies for achieving community and population-level results in governmental, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations. Dr. Moore was the lead evaluator for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families first comprehensive outcomes- based evaluation, and also led the Department’s citywide strategic planning efforts for the Mayor’s Children’s Cabinet.

Dr. Moore founded See Change, Inc., an evaluation and strategic consulting firm with the goal of improving critical thinking in organizations working to make social change. After eight years leading the company, she joined the Family Independence Initiative as Managing Partner to promote economic and social mobility for families. In this role, she was a founding partner of ALL IN Alameda County, an initiative to bring an innovative approach to the county’s poverty alleviation efforts, and ultimately she led ALL IN for five years as Director.

Most recently, Dr. Moore served two seasons as the Executive Director of the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation. She lives in Oakland with her two daughters and many pets.

Myisha Robertson, MBA, MPA

Director of Operations

Myisha Robertson, MBA, MPA

Director of Operations

Myisha Robertson, the Director of Operations at Oakland Thrives, stands as a distinguished strategic leader celebrated for her unwavering commitment to achieving the goals of collective impact. She has consistently delivered exceptional results, drawing upon her wealth of expertise in strategic planning, business development, and leadership. Her journey through both the nonprofit and public sectors, holding various pivotal roles, has forged her into a respected figure in the realm of community empowerment.

Myisha’s profound dedication to her community serves as the driving force behind her tireless efforts to forge meaningful connections between individuals and organizations. Simultaneously, she currently holds the esteemed position of President and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, a role she has passionately executed since 2021. Her commitment to effecting positive change extends beyond her professional responsibilities, as exemplified by her active engagement in nonprofit organizations. Under her leadership, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Black MBA Association was honored with the prestigious title of the 2023 National Black MBA Association Chapter of the Year.

In her previous role as a Community Relations Specialist at Kaiser Permanente, Myisha worked closely with community-based organizations and nonprofits, championing the company’s initiatives to address social needs and community conditions. Prior to her tenure at Kaiser Permanente, her role as the Director of Community Engagement at the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce was marked by her adept cultivation of business partnerships, amplification of brand recognition through impactful initiatives and events, and her provision of value-added programs to bolster business development. Myisha’s talents have also graced various agencies within the State of California, where she served as a senior analyst in strategic planning and operations, managing teams and projects. Additionally, she held the crucial role of Record Retention Manager for an entire agency, demonstrating her exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.

Myisha’s educational journey includes earning a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Business Administration from American InterContinental University in Atlanta, and a Bachelor of Arts from Clark Atlanta University, the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the Southern United States. Her connection to this historic institution underscores her commitment to the rich legacy of HBCUs and their role in shaping educational excellence.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Myisha is a devoted fitness enthusiast who derives joy from teaching group fitness classes such as Zumba, Cardio Dance, HIIT, and Strong.

Rebecca Gebhart

Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca Gebhart

Chief Financial Officer

Tammy Lee

Director of Measurement, Evaluation, and Data Strategy

Tammy Lee

Director of Measurement, Evaluation, and Data Strategy

Tammy Lee is Director of Measurement, Evaluation, & Data Strategy for Oakland Thrives.  She has a deep commitment to and extensive experience in partnering with communities & other stakeholders and leveraging data for action to advance health & social equity.  Prior to joining Oakland Thrives, Tammy served as a community epidemiologist at the Alameda County Public Health Department for over 15 years.  Beyond traditional disease surveillance and monitoring health inequities, her work has centered on asking questions of “why” (root causes of inequities) and “so what” (what can and should we do).  She is passionate and skilled in translating data into action, including program design/implementation, community engagement/advocacy, and policy/systems change.

Tammy has a Master of Public Health degree (specializing in Socio-Medical Sciences and applied research methods) from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology (with a concentration in bio-psycho-social aspects of child & adolescent development) from Stanford University.  She is a 2018 national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health leader, with a strategic initiative focused in East Oakland.  She is a proud daughter of Korean immigrants and mother of two boys, who are part of what inspires her to push for change for generations to come.

Tony Parsons

Policy Management Fellow

Tony Parsons

Policy Management Fellow

Robert “Tony” Parsons is a passionate advocate known for his dynamic approach to empowering individuals, fostering collaboration, and advancing equity. He joined Oakland Thrives as part of the National Urban Fellow Program, where he is pursuing a Master of Policy Management degree at Georgetown University.

Before becoming a Fellow, Tony held the role of federal policy specialist at Youth Villages, where he effectively managed a diverse portfolio of child welfare policy matters. He is a proud graduate of the Michigan State University Honors College, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy.

Beyond his academic and professional pursuits, Tony actively contributes to various organizations. He serves as a member of the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council at the Center for Adoption, Support, and Education, and he is also involved with the National Foster Youth Institute. In recognition of his dedication, Tony was honored as a Re-envisioning Foster Care in America Champion by the Treehouse Foundation in 2022.

As a Policy Management Fellow, Tony aims to deepen his knowledge of policy development, implementation, and evaluation processes. He holds a particular interest in the realms of joint governance and public funding structures. His long-term aspiration is to seek elected office and, ultimately, to become the President of the United States.

Townes Bouchard-Dean

Chief of Staff to CEO

Townes Bouchard-Dean

Chief of Staff to CEO

Townes is excited to support the cross-sector, citywide collaboration required to improve health and wellbeing for Oakland children, youth, and families. He began his career as a high school science teacher in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood and the experiences, challenges, and successes of his former students drive his passion for ensuring that everyone has access to opportunity. He was previously a member of the Education Team in the Oakland Mayor’s Office, working to create the conditions for Oakland students, families, and teachers to thrive. Townes believes deeply that those most impacted by a problem should be at the center of designing the solution. Originally from Tennessee, Townes studied Public Health at the University of North Carolina and has an MA in Education Policy from Loyola Marymount University. Outside of work, Townes loves spending time outdoors across the Bay Area.