Nadine has worked with children and families for over 25 years, as an educator and advocate, in both the public and private sector. She has practiced family law exclusively for the past 15 years, and is dedicated to keeping both the courts and the law accessible to all people. Nadine’s goals are both to help reduce the economic and emotional impact of family law matters, and to guide and support them through a challenging time of life. Nadine’s philosophy is simple – educate people as to their rights, and guide them towards a decision that is good for them, good for their family, and that will enable them to move on with their lives. Having spent 10 years with the courts during a turbulent economic time, Nadine left to start her own practice in 2011. She is very active in local and state bar associations, and is the current Chair of ACFLA, the Alameda County Family Law Association. She lives and works in Oakland.
Annie is the Vice Mayor for the City of Oakland and Councilmember for District 4. As Vice Mayor, Annie chairs the Life Enrichment Committee and serves as a member of the Finance & Management Committee and the Community & Economic Development Committee. Before being elected to City Council, Annie was the District 4 School Board Member for the Oakland Unified School District. Annie is a long-time public servant in the City of Oakland. During her 12 year career in Oakland, she held a variety of leadership roles, including Chief of Staff to Mayor Jerry Brown, Chief of Staff to Mayor Jean Quan, Assistant to three City Administrators, Chief of Staff to the Fire Chief, and Budget and Policy Analyst. She served as the Director of Operations & Special Projects at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and as Executive Director of the I Have A Dream Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Annie holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management/Graphic Communications Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She lives in Oakland with her husband Glynn Washington, the creator and host of NPR’s Snap Judgment, and their two children, Bahia and Quincy. Annie currently serves on the Board of Directors of Safe Passages and the Alameda County Transportation Commission. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Agency for Children, Children’s Fairyland and Girls, Inc. Annie is an active parent in the PTAs at Montclair Elementary and Oakland School for the Arts, where her two children attend school.
Gene joined as Chief Executive Officer of the Diabetes Hands Foundation in December 2015. In this role he is responsible for daily operations as well as long term planning to help insure that DHF remains true to its mission of bringing people touched by diabetes together for positive change, and to make sure that nobody living with this condition ever feels alone. He has over 25 years of hands on valuable learning experiences gained in a career that began as a college graduate trainee at the Ford Motor Company and progressed through a variety of industries and organizations including a successful start-up venture he founded, as well as multinational brand leaders. He was COO at Epson and CEO at Birkenstock USA before transitioning into the social sector in 2011. A long-time believer in giving back, he has served as a volunteer, officer and/or board member at numerous organizations in the social sector including the Marin County Red Cross, Torrance Memorial Hospital, CSU Dominquez Hills Foundation Board, Help the Homeless Help Themselves, and Aurum Preparatory Academy in Oakland. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in Business Administration, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University. He grew up in Wisconsin and has lived in many cities across the US.