Civicorps is proud to have a dedicated Board of Directors who lead our organization with passion and focus.

Eduardo J. Chaidez

Eduardo is originally from Oakland, CA and a Civicorps alum (2003). He is an experienced education specialist with a demonstrated history of working with diverse audiences in public and institutional settings. His passion for social justice, community outreach, and conservation has led him to a career with the National Park Service.

He is also an artist exploring race and representation in portrait painting and has had his art featured in the Dia de Los Muertos Festival in Oakland. Eduardo holds Bachelor's Degrees in Art Practice and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aja Cooper

Aja is communications and events production professional with wide experience ranging from political campaigns to education to nonprofits. She serves multiple roles within the Fahr network and works to align the efforts of various organizations in promoting social justice, and creating inclusive, and equitably prosperous communities. Aja is passionate about civil rights and social action, economic empowerment, environment, human rights, politics, and poverty alleviation.

Steven Hanson

Vice Chair

Steven is principal and founder of Westwind-30 Consulting and has an extensive background in the field of Commercial Real Estate Development and Management within complex urban environments, including San Francisco and Oakland. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Public Administration from California State University at Hayward.

Nita Kirby


Nita serves as Director of Client Strategy and oversees CyberGrants’ strategic service management with a majority of its corporate clients. In addition, Nita is responsible for ensuring the success of philanthropic programs for many of CyberGrants’ key customers and oversees process improvements for how the company manages its client’s programs and relationships. This effort includes detailed benchmarking, employee engagement methodologies and financial modeling. Nita serves on numerous non-profit and volunteer boards and continues to stay engaged with the local non-profit community. Nita has worked for one of the largest non-profits in the U.S., where she provided extensive support to some of the largest employee giving programs in the country.

With a BS in Business Administration and vast experience in program development and administrative protocol, this experience has allowed Nita to incorporate best practice processes in each of her client engagements and focus on deliverables and client satisfaction. In addition, Nita is a Lean Six Sigma certified Green Belt providing her with expanded insight into how processes affect outcomes.

Gary Lyla

Throughout his career, Gary has been engaged in both the consulting and the application of technology solutions across multiple clients operating within several fields (High Tech, Financial Services, and Utilities). Gary is Program Manager at Google, and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

Eric Premack

Eric is the founder and Executive Director of the Charter Schools Development Center (CSDC), a leading provider of policy expertise and technical assistance to charter schools, charter-granting agencies, and policy makers. In the 1980s, Eric played a leading role in the development of the chartered school concept in his native Minnesota. He has helped to draft and implement chartered school legislation in over 25 states, at the federal level, and even internationally. He is a graduate of both the College and the Harris Graduate School of Public Policy of the University of Chicago.

Joel Rogers

As a Consultant, Joel analysis data to provide insight that results in informed decision-making. He is passionate about community outreach, equity in the workplace, and empowering individuals to identify and exceed their potentials. He became an East Bay resident in 2013, and a long-term goal of his is to aid in building a sustainable community. Joel holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Business Administration from San Francisco State University.

Amy Slater

For more than 20 years, Amy was an attorney specializing in intellectual property and was the general counsel of Ask Jeeves, Inc. (now from 1997 to 2000. She was also formerly an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Hastings College of the Law. Amy is now a lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to serving on the board of Civicorps, she is also on the boards of the Leadership Public Schools and the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

Robbie Yohai

Robbie is a licensed real estate broker and developer. Currently, he is the Managing General Partner for Linden Associates and Duwo Partners, as well as President of Schaefer Heights, Inc. in Oakland, California.

Members of the Board of Directors can be contacted by emailing to