Category Archives: Staff
Maritessa Bravo Ares is honored to serve as a Community Engagement Officer at Beneficial State Foundation. Her projects include small business and community engagement in multiple markets, shepherding new initiatives and projects, and managing the Foundation’s leadership development and internship programs.
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. Before taking a position in the health industry, Annie worked as the Community Outreach Intern at Kiva Microfunds where she developed content for the blog and managed the organization’s social media accounts.
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 was a Field Organizer on President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign in Broward County, FL and worked in low-income housing rehabilitation in New Orleans. More recently, 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. Symone also worked as a polling research assistant for the Kaiser Family Foundation. During her free time, she works as a grassroots organizer, providing support to families who have lost loved ones to police violence.
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. Most recently he served as Executive Director of Hamilton Family Center in San Francisco.
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.