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East Bay Community Foundation Welcomes Two New Officers

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The East Bay Community Foundation is excited to announce the hiring of two Officer positions; Byron Johnson as the Capacity Building Initiative Officer, and Christine Lim as the Senior Development Officer. Join us in welcoming them to the NCG community!

Byron Johnson

Byron will lead EBCF's “Black-Led Organizations Initiative” (BLO). The BLO Initiative is a collaborative, capacity-building effort designed to support the growth, sustainability and impact of local organizations in four Bay Area Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo. EBCF has primary responsibility for the management and administration of the initiative, including receiving and disbursing funds on behalf of all participating funders. Current investors have made multi-year commitments and other philanthropic leaders are encouraged to leverage their resources and expertise to create opportunities to promote innovation, diffuse risk and support learning for the field.

After an excellent recruitment process led by Walker & Associates, Bryon will start with the foundation beginning August 1, 2017. Byron comes to EBCF from CompassPoint where he spent the last 12 years designing and delivering cohort-based leadership development programs such as the Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color, Bright Spots Fundraising Academy, and the STRONG Nonprofits Program for East Contra Costa County.
As a certified coach he’s worked with individuals, boards, and teams to increase trust and accountability during times of change and transition and to deepen the impact of strategic leader development, succession, and transition plans. His coaching practice was informed by over a decade consulting and training nonprofit leaders, networks, and teams in executive transitions management and succession planning and is centered on fun and risk-taking that inspires bold, confident, and creative actions.
Prior to CompassPoint, Byron spent over ten years in leadership and senior fund development positions for Bay Area nonprofit organizations, including San Francisco State University and the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC). A proud Oakland native and graduate of Oakland Tech, he currently lives in Richmond, CA.
Byron brings a passion for stemming the tide of violence and exploitation; particularly in disenfranchised communities, promoting individual and collective health, and striving for economic and social equity. His vast professional experience will be an invaluable addition to the team as the foundation works toward advancing a just East Bay.

Christine Lim

Christine brings over 16 years of senior investment management experience and a breath of knowledge and expertise from the financial sector. As part of the Foundation’s external fundraising team, she will spearhead the Foundation’s professional advisor engagement strategy as well as build and strengthen relationships with existing and prospective donors. Most recently, Christine worked at RGP in Client Services as well as Charles Schwab as Vice President of Financial Consulting and Client Services, where she received recognition for assistance in the development of financial coaching program for the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Center Program, Motif Investing, and TIAA in San Francisco.

Christine holds a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has also completed coursework for UC Berkeley Extension's Professional Sequence in Personal Financial Planning.

As a senior investment professional dedicated to helping the underserved achieve their financial goals, she has served her local community by assisting on the board of San Francisco Adoptee Mentor Program, serving as Volunteer Financial Coach at the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Center Program, and participating in the San Francisco Aids Marathon Training Program. Her personal interests include soccer, playing tennis, picking up new hobbies and spending time with her loved ones.

Christine’s wealth of professional experience and demonstrated commitment to service to will be an invaluable addition to the team as the foundation works toward advancing a just East Bay.

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