The City Manager appointed the following members to a Steering Committee that is taking the lead in developing a community-led process and work plans to address the future of policing and systemic racism in Alameda:
- Christine Chilcott
- Al Mance
- Cheryl Taylor
- Jolene Wright
Steering Committee Mission Statement:
Engender an Alameda that is safe, welcoming and supportive for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to live, work, play and pray -- and be ever-vigilant that we practice the principle of "everyone belongs here.”
Though most our recommendations are made with an eye toward the protection of BIPOC who are disproportionately penalized for the color of their skin, we do so secure in the knowledge that changes and recommendations that help BIPOC are the changes and recommendations that help all marginalized and underrepresented communities within Alameda (not limited to LGBTQ, the elderly, the disabled, and our unhoused citizens).
We are dedicated to the goal of ensuring that all Alamedans, friends/family or residents from other communities visiting Alameda experience the same level of service and professionalism.
Central to our exploration is an in-depth look at community stories and collected data, as well as conversations with APD and City Staff (hence these meetings). Simultaneously we are taking a comparative look at best practices throughout this country so as to be fiscally responsible and not reinvent the wheel where it is not necessary.
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).