Darien Louie has over 40 years of experience in program development, fund development, economic development and community investment. Her background includes work in community non-profit, public sector and corporate partnership settings, and also experience as an entrepreneur. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, the Oakland Workforce Development Board, ICA Fund Good Jobs, and the Jefferson Awards Foundation.
She has been recognized as Alameda County’s Woman of the Year for Assembly District 16, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and received a City of Oakland Proclamation for “Darien Louie Day” from then Mayor Jerry Brown.
Darien is a Bay Area native and resides in Oakland with her husband Michael Fong. Her son, Ryan, is a recent graduate from her alma mater, UC Berkeley.
Robert currently provides staff support for East Bay EDA’s activities involving trade and the region’s extensive technology resources. Having retired in 2012 as one of the organization’s original staff members, Robert was asked to come back in 2013 as a part time resource to provide institutional history for an organization that is built upon network relationships. Robert was also called upon to reinstate East Bay EDA’s international business services and to provide technical expertise in dealing with foreign dignitaries, Consuls General, and venture capital activity.
Robert received his AB degree in history from Harvard College, received an MA in Sociology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, conducted two years of research at Tokyo University and received his MCP degree from the UC Berkeley.
Adrienne Ursino serves as the Government Affairs and Communications Director. She will serve as key support for the following committees; Legislation & Advocacy, Land Use & Infrastructure and Communications & Marketing.
Adrienne has over fifteen years of experience with the United States House of Representatives as a staff member for both Congressman George Miller (retired) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. With Congressman Miller, Adrienne worked on Capitol Hill before later returning to California to serve as his Director of Public Outreach. While with Congresswoman Lee, Adrienne served as Manager of Public Engagement and oversaw her District Office in Oakland, CA. Adrienne lead the development of strategic outreach efforts while managing district staff and overseeing a large portfolio of issues including, Economic Development, Workforce Development, STEM, HIV/AIDS, and the Re-Entry Population. She brings her legislative experience and adeptness in communicating to her role with the EDA.
Adrienne received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University and currently resides in Martinez with her daughter Madison.
Dennis Freeman is the Assistant to the Executive Director for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA). He currently manages several of the organization’s Committees including Business Development & Resources, Employer Advisory for Education/Workforce Development, International Trade & Investment, and Land Use & Infrastructure. He also represents the organization on legislative efforts, and manages the Legislation & Advocacy Committee. Dennis is the key East Bay EDA staff responsible for data design and management, the production of marketing collateral, and the creation of customized analytical reports.
Previous to East Bay EDA, Dennis provided management support and modeled analytic solutions for the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board (ACWIB). He also consulted with the Oakland Police Department to enhance their crime reduction strategies by leveraging data analytics and cross sector community collaborations.
Luis joined us in 2013 as an Economic Development Analyst. He manages the city relationships for the organization and is the key support person for the regional Economic Development Directors’ Council. In this role he is responsible for developing professional development programs for economic development city and county staff, coordinating regional marketing activities, organizing trade shows with business and workforce development representatives, and providing economic analysis and research. Luis also provides budget forecasting and project management.
Prior to his work at the East Bay EDA, Luis worked at the East Bay Community Foundation’s Public & Private Partnerships Division. There he managed scholarship programs for business entities, and provided support for collaborative programs and projects associated with affordable housing, education and workforce development. Luis has a BA in Business from the University of San Francisco.
As an analyst, David oversees projects focusing on database management, marketing strategy, and business engagement. He oversees website analytics, collateral design, and the creation of custom analytics reports. In addition, he leads the adoption of new technology platforms; working to streamline business processes and data utilization for us.
David spent his prior years as a specialist for the San Pablo Economic Development Corporation supporting the City of San Pablo. There, he helped grow the organization through new programming and service delivery. He was also involved with working on New Market Tax Credit projects and helped the organization become a Community Development Entity. Outside of East Bay EDA, David combines his interests in urban planning and design, where he works on creating photographic narratives of the changing landscape of Oakland. David holds an Urban Studies and Planning degree from San Francisco State University.
Lianna Adauto is responsible for assisting the East Bay EDA team with a variety of administrative needs related to research, business events and leadership engagement. She also directly supports the Executive Director and is the first point of contact for membership and general inquiries. In addition, she manages logistics for numerous committee meetings and various events.
Prior to working at East Bay EDA she managed initiatives with philanthropic partners at the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF). Before joining EBCF, her work for well-known corporations in the Bay Area focused on corporate social responsibility, employee volunteerism, in-kind donation programs, foundation administration and corporate-led community events.
She likes connecting people and resources in the community and enjoys living and working in the East Bay. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Santa Clara University.
Lonnie Hearne joins East Bay EDA as a temporary Administrative Associate. She is responsible for assisting the East Bay EDA team with a variety of administrative needs, directly supporting the Executive Director, and is the first point of contact for general inquiries. In addition, she manages logistics for numerous committee meetings and various events.
Prior to working at East Bay EDA Lonnie spent 31 years at AAA Northern California in a variety of administrative roles.
EDA works closely with Cal/EPA and other local partners to create the first Permit Assistance Center in the state, with continuous efforts to improve collaboration between business and regulatory agencies. One-stop permitting centers operating in the East Bay are an outgrowth of this effort (1995).
EDA resolves Port of Oakland channel dredging impasse by convening and building consensus among fishermen, conservation groups, shipping interests, and others to use spoils from dredging the channel 42 feet deep to create wetlands (1991). EDA continued support to dredge the Port of Oakland to 50 feet, enabling the newest and largest container ships to make deliveries directly from Asia and shorten the supply chain (2009).This effort increased the region’s competitiveness and brought in the biggest container ship to ever enter the San Francisco Bay (2012).
EDA convened key regional stakeholders to mitigate the Port of Oakland’s congestion impact on regional transportation corridors. This effort resulted in recommendations for relocation options for transportation and distribution facilities supporting the Port (2003).
In an effort to expand Bay Area rail service, EDA held discussions with Union Pacific to share the East Bay’s logistic needs. This resulted in Union Pacific expanding its tunnels in the Sierra Nevada that enables service by double-stacked rail cars and reduces delays caused by avalanches (2009).
EDA helped Miles Inc. /Cutter Biological, a Bayer subsidiary, obtain a precedent setting 30-year development agreement with the City of Berkeley, saving 650 jobs and generating hundreds of millions in new investment. The facility is now Bayer’s worldwide headquarters for biologics, employing 1,400 (1992).
EDA worked with three cities and the State to include Bayer’s facilities in Oakland’s Enterprise Zone. This effort created $10 Million incentive package that prevented Bayer from moving manufacturing out of the State and saving more than $100 Million in investment, as well as 1,400 jobs (2009).
EDA supported Kaiser Permanente with various site alternatives analyses to establish site requirements and evaluate alternatives for a new medical center in the Oakland-Emeryville area (1993).
EDA partnered with EDA member PG&E to pull businesses out of recession by training PG&E field staff to identify businesses in trouble or possibly relocating (1994).
EDA played a lead role in helping locate Hart Brewing (Pyramid Ale) in Berkeley: over $10 million invested and 110 new jobs created, while enhancing business clusters and development of the area (1996).
EDA initiated a series of international business retention and marketing trade missions that eventually include Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China (1998).
EDA played a large role in rescuing the existence of TeamCalifornia by volunteering to staff this entity when state staffing and fiscal support was lost. EDA coordinate its state marketing presence at industry tradeshows, ad campaigns, and online for three years until TeamCalifornia restructured to support and sustain itself (2003).
East Bay EDA was successful in obtaining ARRA stimulus funding by coordinating 3 Recovery Zone Facility Bond Projects totaling $26.3 Million, which impacted the cities of Fremont, Hayward, Newark and Alameda County (2010).
Years after the Loma Prieta earthquake, EDA worked with the city of Oakland, Citizens for Emergency Relief Team, and Caltrans on behalf of businesses relocating or otherwise impacted by the reconstruction of the Cypress freeway to resolve differences and reach an agreement on fair market compensation (1998).