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Ms. Koy Saephan, Board Chair, Excel Interpreting, LLC

Ms. Koy Saephan, our board president, is a Mien refugee who came to the US from Laos at the age of ten. She obtained a degree from U.C.L.A., worked directly with at risk children in court ordered community school settings as a teacher, taught parenting classes to refugees, and has done much to raise awareness in the Lao, Mien, and broader community about issues such as statutory rape, elder abuse, gang violence, and domestic violence as well as child support issues. As an active court interpreter and the owner of a language company providing interpreter services to hospitals, courts, law firms, and social service agencies working with family and children from diverse backgrounds, she is a daily witness to the barriers our target populations face. Ms. Saephan is a member of various non-profit and professional organizations including but not limited to California Health Interpreters Association (CHIA), the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network; (CPEHN) and the California Federation of Interpreters.

Ms. Kim Diamond, Vice Chair. ev8 Real Estate

Ms. Kim Diamond is principal of ev8 and provides entitlement services for Lennar Urban. Ms. Diamond is a Senior land acquisitions and entitlements professional with in-depth real estate development experience and a diversified career spanning 12 years in real estate development, land acquisition and valuation, market analyses, green building practices, brownfields conversion projects, and community revitalization. She received her master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA and her bachelors degree in American Studies with a concentration in Urban Development from Tufts University in Boston. She has served as a leader of many civic and professional groups, including the Urban Land Institute, the Home Builders Association of Northern California, and the California Building Industry Association. She is a Certified Green Building Professional.

Mr. Nai Hang Phan, Board Secretary, Office of the City Clerk

Nai Phan was born in Laos, and has lived in Oakland, California for over 20 years.  Mr. Phan is currently working in the City Clerk's Office as an Administrative Analyst I as he as for 5 years. He graduated from Laney College with an A.A. degree in Computer Information System/Computer Information Specialist and Computer Technical Management from Devry University. For over 10 years, he has worked in the computer industry, starting at a small company, then as a billing clerk, then he moved to a nonprofit organization working as a database manager. He then moved to local city government where he has worked for the City Manager's Office, Mayor's Office, Strategic Grants Management Office, Budget Office and now in the City Clerk's Office.


Ms. Framta Saechao, Director, Attorney Law Offices of Robert L. Goldstein 


Mr. Brian Libow, Director, Attorney Law Office of Libow and Wellman Municipal Law 


Mrs. Rita Xavier, Director, Interim Treasurer, Retired