Economic Development 

The purpose of the Economic Development Committee is to explore and engage in projects that address socioeconomic needs while creating wealth for the black community.

Chair Paul Pryde- Economist, Owner of Capital Access Group

Co-Chair Deen Hasaan- Program Director at College Bound Brotherhood


The purpose of the Education Committee is to support outstanding educational projects that primarily impact the lives of Black boys and young men. The committee does this in diverse ways that include volunteer engagement, parent training, and direct service.

Co-chair Ron Bridgeforth, College Counselor and Educator (Ret); Veteran of the Southern Freedom Movement

Co-chair Kelvin Potts, Founder, and CEO, Positive Communication Practices

Health and Wellness

The purpose of the Health and Wellness committee is to develop healing rituals/ceremonies for BOEN participants and to provide them with resources to optimize their personal health as well as the health of their families.

Chair Kweli Tutashinda- Writer, Teacher, Chiropractor, and Holistic Health Practitioner. Owner of Imhotep Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Berkeley, CA

Co Chair Ron Shaw- Program Manager at Youth Service Bureau in Richmond, CA

O.V.O Tech (Our Very Own Tech)

OVO Tech is a project of the BOEN Technology Committee. The purpose of this committee is to increase digital literacy and access to computer technology in low-income communities in Oakland; with a primary emphasis on impacting Black boys and young men.

Co-Chair Dr. Fred Blackwell III Orthopedic Surgeon
Co-Chair Robert Wilkins- (Retired) C.E.O of YMCA Bay Area


To monitor and address policies and practices, in the City of Oakland and Alameda County that contribute to, or undermine African American boys and young men’s ability to thrive.

Co-Chair Joe Brooks Board Member and Senior Fellow at Policy Link

Co-Chair Calvin (Uthman) Williams, Fellow at Movement Strategy Center

Special Events and Activities

The purpose of the Special Events Committee is to plan, coordinate, and facilitate core BOEN events including the Annual Kwanzaa celebration and the Speaker’s series.

Committee Chair Open

Co-Chair open