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United Way Names First African American President




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Royal A. Shepherd, USA TODAY

(USA Today)—The United Way of the Big Bend, in naming its first African American president and CEO, hired an area real estate attorney who has an established passion for serving the community.

Katrina Rolle was sitting in her car when she first got the call from UWBB board of directors chairman Ron Sachs. The only thing the 53-year-old mother of four could do was scream.

“I was very happy,” she said with a grin, minutes after the announcement. “This is a big responsibility and I had to reflect on that, but I am ready to take this on.”

She becomes the second woman to hold the position, succeeding Heather Mitchell, who stepped down after three years to take over as vice-president at Tallahassee Community College in January. Rolle said her race won’t play a factor when she starts the job March 9.





East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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