Board of Directors
The Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is governed by a Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors comprised of a representative of the City Council of each County Service Area city and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and a Community Representative. The current Board of Directors are:
Hon. Susan Wengraf. Councilmember City of Berkeley
Hon. John Bauters was first elected to the Emeryville City Council in 2016, where he currently serves as the city's Vice Mayor. Prior to his election, John served on Emeryville's Planning Commission and Housing Committee. He spent nearly a decade as a legal aid attorney where his work was focused on homelessness, tenant rights, and housing quality standards. He is currently employed as the Director of Government Relations at Californians for Safety and Justice, a nonprofit organization that works to replace prison and justice system spending with common sense solutions to create safe neighborhoods and stronger families while saving taxpayer dollars. He received his B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Emeryville with his partner Aaron.
Hon. Desley Brooks, City of Oakland. As a member of Oakland City Council since 2002, Council Member Brooks continues to be a strong advocate for Oakland. Council Member Brooks has served her community in various advisory and leadership positions including the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program where she has served as a Board Member since 2009.
Council Member Desley Brooks is committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of Oakland. To that end, she has dedicated her energies to improving public safety, increasing economic development, improving the physical environment of District 6, and advocating on behalf of children and youth.
Hon. Wilma Chan, Alameda County Supervisor District 3, has been a strong advocate for children and families for more than 35 years. Ms. Chan was elected twice as the first Asian American to serve on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors after completing a term on the Oakland Board of Education. Ms. Chan's work as a Supervisor has included pioneering the Human Impact Budget, which shows how budget cuts affect individuals and families. Ms. Chan also represented Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont in the California State Assembly from 2000-2006. In addition to serving as the first woman Majority Leader of the State Assembly, Ms. Chan authored many groundbreaking bills, including one making California the first state to implement a no-lead standard in drinking water pipes and fixtures. Language similar to Ms. Chan's bill was used in legislation in other states as well as in the federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2011.
Gwen Hardy, Community Representative has served on the JPA Board since the Lead Program's inception in 1992. She is one of the original members of People United for a Better Life in Oakland (PUEBLO), a group of activists who launched a community education and advocacy campaign, demanding a response to high levels of lead poisoning and lead hazards in Oakland resulting in the formation of the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. She has a long history of commitment to improving the lives of children through community organizing and advocacy work.
Hon. Trish Herrera Spencer was elected mayor in November, 2014. She previously served six years on the Alameda Unified School District Board. She serves on the Peralta Colleges Foundation Board, Alameda County Transportation Commission, Alameda County Waste Management Authority and Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and their Families. She is an attorney by profession. As a strong advocate of public education, she served as Alameda PTA Council President (2006-2008).
She is an eight year cancer survivor and enjoys running in her free time. Trish and her husband Joel have raised four girls, one attending California Maritime Academy and another Harvard.