Board of Directors

Denise Yamamoto

Board President

Denise is a pioneer and consultant in the field of social entrepreneurship, and has been at the forefront of the movement since it began. While receiving her MBA from University of California at Berkeley, she helped organize the very first Haas Social Venture Business Plan Competition, a global competition for mission-driven business ventures that promote … Continue reading Denise Yamamoto

Hank Levy

Board Treasurer

Veteran CPA, Hank Levy, currently serves as County Treasurer-Tax Collector for Alameda County. A deeply respected source of tax information, Hank possesses a broad range of expertise and talent in business consulting and tax planning for over 30 years, including family law and civil litigation. After growing up in New York City and obtaining a … Continue reading Hank Levy

Toody Maher

Board Secretary

Toody is an artist, inventor, and entrepreneur. Born in Canada to British parents, Toody's family emigrated to Los Angeles in the late '60's where she grew up on the beach surfing and playing volleyball. She followed her brother Adrian into sports, becoming one of the first girls in LA to play on a boys little … Continue reading Toody Maher

Gus Newport

Board Member

From his early days as a civil rights activist alongside Malcolm X, to his current role as a community economic-development consultant, Gus Newport has always been a champion of the people, helping to frame the nature of grassroots community organizing to benefit the underserved. Among his many notable distinctions are his roots in the civil … Continue reading Gus Newport

Ali Nazar

Board Member

Ali is a technologist and savvy mathematician who uses his brainpower to enable high performing teams via algorithms and process excellence. A Bay Area native and UC Davis grad, Ali has been involved in 5 startups dating back to the birth of the internet, using his unique skillset to disrupt several industries while taking multiple … Continue reading Ali Nazar

Ian Fraser

Board Member

As co-founder of the popular scavenger hunt cellphone based game, The Go Game, Ian  is a visionary and forward thinking entrepreneur on the subject of turning work into play. After running interactive games on the streets of San Francisco with groups of players who used their cell phones to solve clues and perform tasks, Ian … Continue reading Ian Fraser

Shyaam Shabaka

Board Member

Shyaam is the founder and director of EcoVillage Farm Learning Center and has more than 40 years of leadership experience in public health, sustainable urban agriculture, environmental, social and economic justice in low-income communities. After 28 years as a director in the City of Berkeley’s Health and Human Services Department, Shyaam retired and decided to … Continue reading Shyaam Shabaka

Galen Hoskin

In Memorium (1964-2018)

Galen was with Pogo Park since the beginning, functioning as the first President of Pogo Park’s Board of Directors. In December 2015, he was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and left us on January 10, 2018. All of Pogo Park staff and board are deeply shaken and saddened by the loss of this big-hearted and … Continue reading Galen Hoskin