Karely Ordaz

Board President

Karely Ordaz is an Oakland native who has lived in East Oakland for over 20 years. She is currently the Chief of Staff at Hamilton Families, a nonprofit that for 30+ years has stabilized and housed homeless families in the Bay Area. Previously she served as Special Assistant to Mayor Libby Schaaf where she focused on issues impacting East Oakland residents. Prior to the Mayor's Office, Karely worked as a legislative aide to Councilmember Noel Gallo where she specialized in community engagement and development. She is committed to serving her community and excited to be the Chair of EOBA. She previously served as Board Chair of Amethod Public Schools, a $23M charter school management organization providing quality education to under-served youth in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Karely attended Oakland Unified School District public schools and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Environment, Policy, and Public Health.

Lance Lennier

Board Member

Lance Lennier is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. He grew up in the North Bay and currently resides in the East Bay. Lance was a multi-sport athlete that competed collegiately and brings nearly 10 years of competitive boxing experience to EOBA. He is a former Northern California and Nevada Golden Gloves champion that remains a strong advocate for the sport. Lance attended Sonoma State University and John F. Kennedy University. He received his degree in Business Administration and certification in project management. Lance has spent over 25 years working in high tech professional services having led national and international operations. He has held various senior leadership positions and now manages a business unit for a multinational firm that provides support to various Fortune 1000 companies. Lance also coached youth sports for several years, been an advisor to a diversity organization, and chaired a parent committee for a Charter School. 

Maciel Jacques

Board Member 

Maciel Jacques has worked for 20 years in the immigrant rights movement, most recently serving as the Managing Director of the Immigrants' Rights Team for Centro Legal de la Raza, located in the Fruitvale district.   In that role she led a large team of attorneys, including DOJ representatives, and other legal staff across three Bay Area offices and counties. She was also instrumental in the creation and growth of Stand Together Contra Costa, the first rapid response network for Contra Costa County. Maciel’s expertise includes removal defense, family-based immigration, asylum, U-Visas, T-Visas, DACA, unaccompanied minors services, and other immigration remedies. 

Maciel was born and raised in Oakland, California and has focused her career on investing in and advocating for community empowerment and facilitating opportunities for immigrant and underrepresented communities. She has worked with the Native American community in Oakland, as she is half Yaqui. She has also worked with the American Indian Child Resource Center, Intertribal Friendship House, and 21 Generations. Maciel was also a member of the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno from 1996 – 2017 where she would teach dance and also tour Mexico with the professional company. Maciel's passion is her East Oakland community and she wants to continue to give back through her new role at the East Oakland Boxing Association.

Bruce Stewart

Board Vice President

Bruce Stewart was born and raised in Berkeley, CA, where he attended St. Mary's College Preparatory High School and the University of California majoring in Communications and Public Policy. He has worked in the Banking industry as an Operations Supervisor at Security Pacific Bank and Hibernia Bank. From there his career moved to the Auto Finance industry where he held the position of Western Regional Training Supervisor for WFS Financial and The Money Store (Auto Finance Division). He is a licensed  Life/Health Insurance Agent specializing in Medicare health plans and long-term care coverage with Bankers Life & Casualty.  He entered the Insurance industry with the Managing General Agency (MGA), Black/White & Associates as a Corporate Trainer and Human Resources Coordinator. He currently works for the City of Oakland Planning and Building department. Along with his membership on the Board of Directors of the East Oakland Boxing Association, he also supports the Alzheimer's Foundation and the American Red Cross as a rare blood donor.

Dawna Williams

Board Member

Dawna Williams is the Director of Administration for Hamilton Families, a San Francisco nonprofit that works to house many of San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents. Dawna considers herself a political junkie and holds a hybrid B.A. Political, Legal, Economic Analysis Degree from Mills College. For more than a decade, Dawna has worked as an activist promoting voting rights and housing access for marginalized members of the Oakland and San Francisco communities. 

Her record of public service began in early 2000 when she joined the League of Women Voters and a women’s group called POWER (Progressive Oakland Women Empowering Reform. Other highlights include her service as a Board member of the Mills Board of Governors, Co-Founder of Squeak & Sweets, and Co-organizer of the 2011 Oakland.

Felix Flores, Jr.

Board Member

Felix Flores, Jr. has over 20 years of leadership experience in educational and non-profit organizations. As a seasoned director of educational programs, his experience ranges from creating scholarship programs for STEM students of color to organizing volunteers nationwide and building two educational organizations from the ground up. His passion for positively impacting disadvantaged people of color through resource building and community empowerment derives from his upbringing in a low-income family and being the first in his family to graduate from college. Prior to BEAM, Felix served as the Chief External Relations Officer at EdVoice, Executive Director for iMentor Bay Area, the National Director for #YesWeCode, and the Director of Alumni Scholarships & Student Engagement at the University of California Alumni Association. Felix holds a BA in Sociology from UCLA. Although originally from Southern California, he, his wife, and daughter proudly cheer for the Golden State Warriors.

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