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The Relationship Between Commercial Developers and the Local Arts Community

When: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am PDT
Where: 
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Join the Arts Loan Fund as we hear from two commercial developers who have both engaged with the Oakland arts community by hosting large public meetings, encouraged dialogue with artist groups, and have made a commitment to community engagement. 

We will be joined by the Strategic Urban Development Alliance (SUDA) who is a part of a public-private partnership to develop a mixed-used project on the existing West Oakland BART station parking area. We will also hear from Orton Development who is redeveloping the Oakland Civic, which consists of the Kaiser Center and Calvin Simmons Theater.

Speakers

Regina Davis, Partner, Strategic Urban Development Alliance, LLC (SUDA)

As the Cultural Funding Coordinator, Denise manages the City of Oakland's competitive, cultural arts grants process awards over $1 million dollars to Oakland individual artists and nonprofit organizations. She has spent over 25 years working in the non-profit management community as an executive director, program manager, board member, development professional, dancer, and choreographer. She has raised funds, managed programs, and provided technical assistance for over 20 non-profit organizations in San Francisco, Alameda, Solano, Marin and Sonoma counties. She is the former Associate Director of Operations for California College of the Arts' Center for Art and Public Life (2005-2007). Her past affiliations include Young Audiences of the Bay Area, Wolftrap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts, Youth in Arts, Community Action Marin, and World Arts West (Producers of the SF Ethnic Dance Festival). She is the former Executive Director of CitiCentre Dance Theatre, a multi-cultural arts center that was once headquartered in Oakland’s Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. She received her B.A. in Movement Education, and has an M.B.A.

David Dial, Project Manager, Orton Development

David serves as a project manager for Orton Development on the Oakland Civic (formerly the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center) and the Emeryville Arts Center projects. David brings thirty years of experience in cultural facilities operations. During his career, he has been integrally involved in the opening and development of five major arts, entertainment and cultural projects in the San Francisco Bay Area – Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the Computer History Museum, Zeum (Children’s Creativity Museum), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Mexican Heritage Plaza & Gardens in San José. Over the course of his career, David has had responsibility for the operations, maintenance and planning for a broad range of facilities from an 8,500-seat popular music amphitheater, a 2,100-seat performing arts theater, the largest dance center on the west coast, 120,000-square foot museum and 100,000 square foot arts complex.

Alan Dones, Managing Partner, Strategic Urban Alliance, LLC (SUDA) 

Alan E. Dones is a licensed engineering construction contractor, a long-time entrepreneur, an outspoken advocate of equal opportunity in employment and contracting, and an accomplished musician/composer/producer. Alan is Managing Partner and co-founder of Strategic Urban Development Alliance, LLC(SUDA), a firm specializing in large-scale, innovative, public agency projects and mixed-use development. Alan and SUDA have completed several landmark projects in Oakland, CA and are currently involved in the development of approximately 3 million square feet of projects around the City.

Alan is actively involved in economic development on the African continent and, among other roles, currently serves in strategic partnerships with the Government of Ghana and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Alan is active in a number of local, national, and international organizations and has worked with agencies throughout the United States to revise and enhance their small business policies. He is a current member of the Board of the Oakland Private Industry Council and the Ghana National Museum on Slavery and Freedom.  He has previously served on the City of Oakland’s Workforce Investment Board, the Board of the Oakland Chamber Of Commerce,  the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund (MBELDEF), the Board of the Alameda County Health Care Foundation, as past president of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors, Board of the East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission, and, as former vice-chairman of the Oakland City Charter Commission. 

Denise Pate, Cultural Funding Program Coordinator, Cultural Affairs Division, Department of Economic and Workforce Development, City of Oakland (Moderator)

As the Cultural Funding Coordinator, Denise manages the City of Oakland's competitive, cultural arts grants process awards over $1 million dollars to Oakland individual artists and nonprofit organizations. She has spent over 25 years working in the non-profit management community as an executive director, program manager, board member, development professional, dancer, and choreographer. She has raised funds, managed programs, and provided technical assistance for over 20 non-profit organizations in San Francisco, Alameda, Solano, Marin and Sonoma counties. She is the former Associate Director of Operations for California College of the Arts' Center for Art and Public Life (2005-2007). Her past affiliations include Young Audiences of the Bay Area, Wolftrap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts, Youth in Arts, Community Action Marin, and World Arts West (Producers of the SF Ethnic Dance Festival). She is the former Executive Director of CitiCentre Dance Theatre, a multi-cultural arts center that was once headquartered in Oakland’s Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. She received her B.A. in Movement Education, and has an M.B.A.

Target Audience

This event is open to NCG Members and nonmember funders.

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