Board of Directors

Jennifer Lee, Board President, has a 20 year legal career which has encompassed both the prosecutorial and defense sides in criminal court and the representation of both children and parents in juvenile dependency court, including a stint at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office from 2001-2002. She returned to the Bay Area where she grew up to join Apple as Security Counsel in early 2018 after practicing for the eight years in Los Angeles. In April of 2019, Jennifer was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Contra Costa Superior Court. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors of Pain of the Prison System (POPS), an organization devoted to establishing high school clubs to empower teens with loved ones in prison or jail. She is an enthusiastic advocate for children in the child welfare system and children affected by the criminal justice system generally. She has a BA from California State University, Northridge in English and a JD from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.

Shalaya Shipman, Board Secretary, currently serves as a Senior Director of Strategic Business Development SMB at Salesforce, having served previously in several other positions within the company, managing headquarters openings and branding many new services and products. She received several company awards for excellence and was a speaker at Dreamforce ’16. Prior to joining Salesforce in 2013, Shalaya worked for CBRE, Inc. as a Strategy Analyst for Global Corporate Services. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, as well as a Mentor and Sponsor with make a Difference Now and a Committee Member of Teach with Africa. Shalaya has traveled extensively worldwide.

Krystal Fortner, Board Treasurer, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and is currently an Associate Advisor at Brighton Jones, a Registered Investment Advisor headquartered in Seattle. Prior to becoming a financial advisor in 2013, Krystal was a social worker for 16 years working with children and families in the child welfare system. As a Child Welfare Worker in Oakland, she worked closely with children and families in the foster care system investigating allegations of abuse and neglect and referring families to the important services they needed to reunify. She was also a Child Custody Mediator in the Alameda County Family Court Division. While a Child Welfare Worker, she went back to school to get her MBA in Finance, and began working as a Management Analyst within Social Services. She previously taught financial literacy to at-risk teenage youth and now brings her wealth of experience with children, families, and finance to EBCLO. Krystal holds a BA from Purdue University, a MSW from New Mexico State University, and a MBA from California State University, East Bay.

Samuel Carter was a part of Alameda County’s child welfare system throughout most of his childhood.  He became a client of East Bay Children’s Law Offices when it opened in 2009 until he emancipated in 2012.  Unlike most emancipating foster youth, Sam went on to graduate from college.  He earned a BA in Africana Studies from Cal State Northridge in 2018.  In 2020, Sam began a program run by his former high school, Lighthouse Community Public School.  Through a partnership with the Alder Graduate School of Education, Sam will earn a Masters’ Degree and a teaching credential. He is currently student teaching a virtual fourth grade class. Sam looks forward to influencing EBCLO’s future by sharing his valuable lived experiences with the Board.

Chip Conradi served as Vice President –Treasurer and Chief Tax Officer of The Clorox Company from 2000 until his retirement in 2018.  Prior to his role as Treasurer and Chief Tax Officer, Chip served as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Tax Counsel at Bank of America.  Chip also served a three-year assignment in Tokyo, Japan, where he acted as Bank of America’s Division Tax Counsel.  Chip is an active participant in the non-profit community in the SF Bay Area.  He has chaired or is chairing the boards of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Junior Achievement of Northern California and the Regional Parks Foundation, while serving on the board of Golden Gate University, a private not for profit 100+ year-old university in San Francisco, and a recognized leader in adult education.  Chip also chairs the Oakland Tax Board of Review, an appellate venue for taxpayer disputes, and serves on committees of several other non-profit boards. Mr. Conradi obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor (cum laude) and Master of Science (Tax) from Golden Gate University.

James Isbester is a Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton where he advises and represents clients in intellectual property and technology-related matters, mostly with high technology and medical device companies. Jamie has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials, bench trials, various state and federal courts of appeal, and arbitrations. As a member of the Northern District of California’s panel of court-appointed mediators, he has conducted mediations in dozens of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret disputes. Jamie is active in advising clients in mergers, acquisitions, new product introductions, and initial public offerings. He has been recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in the areas of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation each year since 2006 by Super Lawyers magazine. Jamie has also done pro bono work in the juvenile dependency court through EBCLO and in the juvenile delinquency court through Public Counsel. He has a BSE from Princeton in chemical engineering, a JD from UC Davis and an LLB from Osgoode Hall School of Law.

Katuri Kaye is a Director at the law firm of Trucker Huss, where she focuses her practice primarily on qualified retirement plans and plans of tax exempt entities and public schools and universities. Prior to Trucker Huss, she was Managing Attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. She is admitted to the bar in California, New York, and Virginia. She was the recipient of the National Bar Association’s 2012 Top 40 Advocates Under 40 Award and was also named to the Lawyers of Color 2013 Inaugural Hot 100 List. In addition to practicing law, Katuri founded the TKK Program to consult with educators, students, and employers regarding diversity and inclusion matters and provide scholarships for high school and college students. Katuri has a BA from UC Berkeley, a masters from San Francisco State University and her JD from Howard University School of Law.

David J. Madson currently serves as Chief Development Officer with Sequoia Living, where he builds enduring philanthropic relationships with supporters.  Most recently, he served as the Senior Associate Director of Development, Interdisciplinary Biosciences, with Stanford University.  Previously, David was Director of Leadership and Planned Giving for the Alameda Health System Foundation and held similar leadership positions with Sutter Health: CPMC Foundation; California State University, East Bay, and the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley campuses, and his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.  He has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, and as faculty at international conferences on fundraising.  David holds an Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive credential and in 2018, received the Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate chapter.  As a teenager, David was under the guardianship of the county child protection services and continues to stay in touch with his now-retired social worker. 

Dianne D. Peebles is a civil trial attorney practicing in Oakland for over 30 years. She is presently with the law firm Hartsuyker, Stratman & Williams-Abrego. She was previously with The Law Offices of Dianne D. Peebles; a partner at Knox Ricksen LLP; Haims, McGowan, Valentino & Peebles; and Haims, Johnson, MacGowan and McInerney. Dianne has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Courts of San Francisco and Alameda Counties. She has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 2015. Dianne holds ABs in philosophy and political science from UC Berkeley and earned her JD at Golden Gate University.

Greg Roberts brings to EBCLO more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. He currently serves as Philanthropic Advisor to Give TV, a nationally televised NBC show featuring connecting nonprofits to crowdfunding. He was previously the President/CEO of the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF), President/CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center (MAC), President/CEO of Greater DC Cares, and Interim Executive Director of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE). Since 2014, he has been a Partner with Dale Consulting, where he manages their education, nonprofit and government clients. Though he lives on the east coast, many of his clients and connections are based in the Bay Area so he finds himself here regularly. He would like to help EBCLO grow its board and diversify its funding through his connections and ideas. He has a BS as well as a Masters in Counseling in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State College, New Britain.

Katherine Steadwell is an attorney at Kaiser Permanente where she serves as a Contracts Manager for their National Facilities Services Core Team in Oakland.  She has been with Kaiser since 2011 in various capacities across the country relocating to Oakland in 2018.  Prior to joining Kaiser, practiced at several firms in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia & New York.  She is licensed in both New York and Washington, D.C.  Katherine has her BS (cum laude) in Biology from Spelman College and her JD from New York University. 

Jonna M. Thomas is currently a Vice President, Senior Fiduciary Advisory Specialist at Wells Fargo Private Bank but was one of the original staff attorneys at East Bay Children’s Law Offices in 2009.  She previously practiced child welfare law in the Office of the County Counsel in both Tulare and Alameda Counties. From 2011 to 2019, she practiced at Hartog, Baer & Hand, a trust and estate law firm. She served clients in the firm’s litigation, planning and administration groups. Jonna received her LL.M. in taxation with honors from Golden Gate University in 2014, emphasizing in trusts and estates. Jonna earned her Juris Doctorate with distinction from Pacific-McGeorge School of Law in 2005. She was honored twice with Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in legal study and is a member of the Traynor Honor Society. Jonna has a distinguished reputation in public litigation and trial work. She has conducted over one hundred court trials. She has litigated matters in both state and federal courts.

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