The City Manager appointed a Steering Committee that will take the lead in developing a community-led process and work plans to address the future of policing and systemic racism in Alameda.
The newly appointed Steering Committee includes Christine Chilcott, Al Mance, Cheryl Taylor, and Jolene Wright.
The Steering Committee appointed members to five task forces:
- Unbundling Services Currently Delivered by the Police Department
- A Review of Police Department Policies and Practices
- Police Department Accountability and Oversight
- A Review of Laws that Criminalize Survival
- Systemic and Community Racism/Anti-Racism
Please see the tabs below for more information about each task force including membership.
We received 250 requests for inclusion. The response was overwhelming and we are thankful that so many residents are interested in getting involved.
We received a wide range of responses across a wide range of professions - PhDs, former law enforcement, lawyers, realtors, social justice and community organizers, and high school students. We tried to be diverse in our selections.
Christine Chilcott, CEO of Girls Inc. of the Island City, has been an Alameda resident with her husband and two daughters for nine years. She is starting her fifth year on the Social Services and Human Relations Board (SSHRB) for the City of Alameda as well her second year as SSHRB President. She is honored to be on the Police Taskforce Steering Committee.
Cheryl Taylor and her family have lived in the Fernside neighborhood since 2006. Over the years, she has served her community in a variety of ways. Cheryl co-founded an Oakland community-based federal credit union and is a former supervisory committee member on the San Francisco Federal Credit Union. Cheryl also served on the governing board of the Community Learning Center Schools, Inc., the corporation managing Nea and Alameda Community Learning Center charter schools. She is a former Girl Scout troop leader and current treasurer for the Alameda Girl Scouts service unit. At present, she is collaborating with her fellow Alamedans to relaunch the Alameda Island NAACP.
Cheryl has a strong interest in good governance and equity, gained from her professional experience of two decades in the public and private sectors. Currently, she is interim Finance Director at the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department (SFJPD), on an eighteen month loan from the SF Public Utilities Commission. At SFJPD, she manages the department’s $42 million budget and spending. She is on the team leading her department’s work developing a racial equity action plan as part of the City and County’s overall effort to address San Francisco’s anti-Black racism and general inequities faced by people of color. Cheryl is on an eighteen-month loan from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), where she played a variety of roles in finance, energy and strategy. At SFPUC, Cheryl coordinated financing efforts to launch CleanPowerSF, the city’s clean energy program. She continues to play a key role in the SFPUC’s cost recovery efforts in the wake of the 2013 Rim Fire and 2018 March Floods affecting the organization’s upcountry headquarters. She and three colleagues received the Public Managerial Excellence Award in 2014 sponsored by SPUR for their leadership.
Cheryl holds an A.B. from Stanford University in U.S. History and a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Ins.
Jolene Wright has been lucky enough to call Alameda home since her migration from the brutal East Coast Winters in 2002.
With over 15 years of experience in branding, product / service innovation, and storytelling for brands across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Jolene looks forward to working with the City of Alameda as part of the Steering Committee on Policing and Racial Reforms.
In her spare time (Pre-Covid), Jolene could be found enjoying all that Alameda and the Greater East Bay have to offer with her husband and two kids. Currently, she’s acting as Chief Learning Coordinator (while managing her team of thinkers and makers at a bi-coastal design studio as the Operations Manager).