MEA Advisory Board

Jeff Key

Executive Director, Media Enterprise Alliance

Jeff graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Communications and Public Policy, Fine Arts, and Education. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1972. From 1974-2010 he taught Media and Fine Arts at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California, where he served as chairman of the Fine Arts Department. In 2003 Jeff established the Head-Royce summer Art and Technology Institute in partnership with the Oakland public schools.  The program offers classes in the arts and technology on a full scholarship basis to motivated middle school students in the OUSD. Jeff has also worked with Rebuilding Together Oakland for the past 20 years renovating community centers and homes of low income, elderly people, and for the East Bay Community Foundation on projects serving the arts and community organizations.

Mario Capitelli

Media/Communications —Manager KDOL-TV/OUSD

Mario brings and extensive background working with older youth, ages 15-20, and media to his job as Station Manager at KDOL. Before coming to KDOL Mario was the director of Verge, a non-profit organization that presents music events and program training for youth. Mario was in charge of running music production and job readiness programs,as well as the development of new programs and funding sources. Previous to VERGE, Mario ran similar programs in San Rafael and San Diego, where he also worked with juveniles on probation, including facilitating juvenile visit and tours of San Quentin as part of a job training and life path exploration program. Mario graduated form the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy.

Sherry Hu

Director of OUSD Student-Produced Website and Broadcast News Progrm, ONews in partnership with MEA

Sherry, a proud product of Oakland’s public schools supervises and produces stories for ONews.  The website, “for, by and about” students in Oakland public schools, is an outlet for student voices and achievements to reach beyond the borders of Oakland. Her journey in broadcast news began in college, with the highlight being a thirty-three year chapter at KPIX-Channel 5 in San Francisco!  From the News Director’s secretary, to the Assignment Desk, to Reporter, Anchor, and Multi-Media-Journalist – Sherry has worked with the best. Her work has earned recognition with an Emmy® award, as well as first-place awards from APTRA, RTNDA, the Peninsula Press Club and the California Bar Association.  The Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute has also honored her as a distinguished alumnus. Prior to joining KPIX 5, Sherry’s media experience included radio work at KALX on the University of California, Berkeley campus, KPFA in Berkeley and K-101 FM/AM in San Francisco.

Jennifer Delgadillo Bevington

Executive Director, Office of Pre-College Programs, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Jennifer has worked in youth program administration, education and fundraising for the past 25 years, primarily focusing on science and natural history museums in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has specialized in educational program planning, community outreach, partnership development, and fundraising. In her more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector, Jennifer has developed award-winning programs and directed education departments in distinguished natural history museums, including Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Northern California, as well as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Jennifer’s career includes educational programming for the California Museum of Science & Industry in Los Angeles (now the California Science Center), the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, Illinois, and the Putnam Natural History Museum in Davenport, Iowa. She also was a consultant for the national firm Museum Management Consultants, Inc., responsible for evaluation, audience research, facility and strategic planning, program development, and executive search.

S. Brooke Briggance

Program Manager—FACES for the Future Coalition, Public Health Institute, California Health Workforce Alliance

Brooke provides support for all aspects of the FACES programs. She comes from a multi-sector background in health, direct impact programming for children, youth and families, and public education non-profit work. Her professional path began in healthcare in the Department of Neurology at SUNY Stony Brook, and continued as lead Administrator for a private practice in Neurology. She has previous experience in administrative leadership and public education advocacy, and served as Executive Director of the Alameda Education Foundation. Most recently she has worked as a consultant assisting in projects ranging from school district redesign, community engagement, best practices for non-profits and development strategy. Brooke became passionate about cultural competency when she completed a BA in World Religions from SUNY Stony Brook and her graduate work continued that work, focused on Systemic Theology and World Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Originally from Michigan, she moved to California in 1999.

Kym Luqman

Executive Director Rebuilding Together Oakland

Kym brings over twenty years of business and non-profit experience to Rebuilding Together Oakland, including marketing, business development, project management, fund raising, and general management. She has also held leadership positions with a number of educational and community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the East Bay. She has a BA from San Francisco State University, an MBA from University of San Francisco McLaren School of Business and a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from California State University – East Bay.

Eva Denise Jennings

Senior Program Manager, Workforce Development Contra Costa Community College District

Ms. Jennings is currently the Senior Program Manager for Workforce Development for the Contra Costa Community College District. She is committed to serving the community through the fields of biotech, green jobs, youth media, and school to career opportunities. Ms. Jennings is also a media arts specialist committed to education and specifically media education. Ms. Jennings was the founder and director of Youth Media, a community-based organization that helps youth, teachers and parents produce digital media productions and operate a homework help hotline. She is a former freelance media producer, high school media teacher, and Laney Community College teacher. Ms. Jennings worked as a production assistant on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She produced a documentary for PBS entitled “Listen Up.” Ms. Jennings is the recipient of awards from Met Life, the San Francisco Film Festival and the Oakland Unified School District.

Ray Louie

Director of Educational Technology, Head-Royce School

Ray is currently the director of educational technology at the Head-Royce School, a K-12 independent school in Oakland, California where he oversees all the technical requirements for the school of 750+ students. He is active in the Bay Area Independent Schools Network (Baisnet) of technology directors and Western Accreditation of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Ray has served on the Board of Directors as Conference Chair,  of CUE, Computer Using Educators, an organization that provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in educational technology. He has served on advisory panels for Claris, The Learning Company, Maxis, and Computers in Education Certificate Program, and the University of California Extension, Berkeley. Past positions include coordinator of educational technology for Alameda County Office of Education, and coordinator of educational technology for New Haven Unified School District.

Aaron Sokol

Director of District Partnerships at Clever Inc., Haas Business School Liaison to MEA

Aaron, a 2012 MBA Merit Scholar Graduate of the Haas Business School, currently works at Clever Inc. Clever provides identity management solutions that let K12 schools automatically link their student information system into 100+ online learning applications. Previously Aaron worked at Pearson North America and EdCloud LLC where he was a Founder/principal and eLearning consultant for Pearson eCollege.  In 2005-06 Aaron began working for OUSD as the Director of Operations for Think College Now Elementary School. In 2007 Aaron was an Operations Support Coach and Strategic Technology Program Manager for six schools located throughout the city of Oakland.  From 2008-2010 Aaron was a Sr. Business Analyst employed by the $500M Oakland Unified School District. He was primarily responsible for researching and generating the ERP related business process analysis and workflow models required to maximize operational efficiency throughout the central office.

Trevor Parham

Founder, Eklectyk Creative Media

Trevor, and artist, educator and innovator, has been producing award-winning films since his days at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Fine Arts. Upon graduating in 2005, Trevor founded the production company Eklectyk Creative Media, a fusion of talents, culture, and creativity,that  has produced both promotional videos and commercial websites.  He wrote, produced, and edited the award-winning hip hop music video, Revolution, which received three awards in 2008 at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, the Sweet Auburn International Film Festival (Atlanta, GA), and the Rincon International Film Festival (Puerto Rico).In 2005, his film, Look Right, was nominated for Best Short Film at the Independent Black Film Festival in Atlanta, GA. He won Third Place at the UPENN Student Film Festival and received the 2005 Fine Arts Senior Award for his outstanding digital media portfolio.

Dania Cabello

Education Consultant-OUSD Asylee Assistance Program, Refugee/Asylee Student Enrollment

Dania is currently an Education Consultant for Oakland Unified School District where she works with Refugee and Asylee Student Enrollment and the Asylee Assistance Program supporting newly arrived refugee families through school enrollment. She also provides Academic Program Support for Life Academy of Health and Bioscience High School working in partnership with the administration to support program design, community outreach, and design curriculum for the Futbolistas 4 Life: Soccer for Social Justice program. Dania graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in December 2006 with a B.A. in Development Studies with an emphasis in political and social development of Latin America.  In 2008 she was the Outreach Coordinator at Lockwood Elementary in Oakland where she worked with parents and teachers on student interventions, and worked with various agencies in Oakland to provide resources to the school community.  She was the co-producer of a pilot project for Media Enterprise Alliance that partnered students from the Life Academy with the Oasis Health Clinic in Oakland to produce a film for teens on infectious diseases.