Category Archives: Staff
Maritessa Bravo Ares serves as a Community Engagement Officer at Beneficial State Foundation. In her role, Maritessa spearheads small business engagement and community relations strategy in multiple markets, drives new initiatives from concept to execution, and develops the next generation of socially-responsible leaders through the flagship fellowship program. She is attracted to big, ambitious ideas as catalysts for social change and has a strong passion for people, justice and equity.
Annie graduated from San Francisco State University in 2011 with a degree in International Relations and an emphasis in South Asia economic development. Prior to graduation Annie spent a month in northern India volunteering with a school for the deaf and blind and with female entrepreneurs, helping them market their businesses and sell their goods.
Anne has been finding ways for people and organizations to create lasting value in our communities and restore the environment since 2003. She has held a range of positions in the private, nonprofit, and higher education sectors, including sustainable business consulting, program management, and fundraising.
Jamie is responsible for planning, designing, and producing the 2017 Oakland Indie Awards, an economic development initiative that aims to build prosperity in our community by celebrating our local economy. An ardent supporter of independent businesses, she believes in harnessing the power of community capital and equity-based ownership models to spread prosperity.
Emma is a proud Oakland resident who brings a love for people and a curiosity about life to her work. Prior to joining Beneficial State Foundation, Emma managed a loan portfolio at a community lending agency, helping clients to overcome financial challenges and launching the organization’s first-ever student loan program for underserved Bay Area youth.
Symone Jackson, a Bay Area native, graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in political science. Prior to joining Beneficial State Foundation as the Social Media & Digital Content Manager, she was selected to participate in a journalism fellowship for Fusion Media Network, where she reported on community safety, police-community relations, and immigration.
Erin Kilmer Neel is passionate about building more humane, equitable, and sustainable local economies by supporting and ensuring that businesses are a force for good. To that end, Erin currently serves as Deputy Director and Chief Impact Officer at the Foundation, where she supports overall Foundation operations and helps to protect, strengthen, measure, and communicate the social and environmental impact of Beneficial State Bank.
Salvador Menjivar is the Executive Director of Beneficial State Foundation. Salvador has been in positions of leadership in the private and nonprofit sectors for over fifteen years. While attending school in New York he helped launch an import-export company brokering and selling organic foods from Latin America. He has also directed political campaigns on behalf of the California Democratic Party.
Social and Environmental Impact Analyst
Amy is a firm believer in values-based leadership and systems-level sustainability. She is an advocate for innovative problem solving and addressing our most pressing environmental issues through a social and economic lens.
Before joining Beneficial State Foundation, Kate advised Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs on social innovation events and community programs. Her background is in executive education, designing digital leadership development content and bringing business leaders together for collaboration and community.
Originally from Iowa, Jhana spent the last five years in Portland, Oregon pursuing a degree in environmental studies from Lewis & Clark College. Both personally and professionally, Jhana is passionate about community development through sustainable business practices.