Our Leadership


The Brotherhood of Elders Network is governed by a seven-member Leadership Council, which includes members of each of the three-generational cohorts: three Elders, two Brothermanhood, and two Warriors.

Arnold Perkins  Elder

Arnold Perkins is an agent for change in Alameda County and beyond. He currently serves as Chair of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Commission and the University of California Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Advisory Board. He is a member of the San Quentin Warden’s Community Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation. He was recently appointed to the City of Oakland’s Police Commission. Arnold is a former Director of the Alameda County Department of Public Health serving from 1994 to 2006, providing leadership and management for a staff of over 500 employees. His background includes such varied positions as high school teacher and principal, non-profit executive director, family counselor, and advocate; foundation program officer, college teacher, and administrator; and restaurant owner and operator.

Jim Hill Elder (Council Chair)

Jim is chair of the Leadership Council. He is President of Hill & Company Communications, a Bay Area social marketing and public relations firm. With more than 35 years of experience in communications, he has held public relations leadership positions with Owens-Corning Fiberglas, Johnson Wax, Sara Lee Corporation, and Kaiser Permanente. As a communication counselor, he has provided public relations counsel to businesses and organizations in the public and private sector including McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, PG&E, On Lok Lifeways, Center for Elders’ Independence, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Alameda County Public Health Department, the City of Chicago, and the State of California Public Health Department. He has served on the Board of numerous Bay Area organizations including West Oakland Health Center, Marcus Foster Education Foundation, American Diabetes Association/San Francisco East Bay, CompassPoint, and the East Bay Community Foundation where he served as Board Chair.

Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and attended the University’s graduate school of journalism. He also is a graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Executive Program, Stanford University.

Joe Brooks Elder

Joe is a founding member of the BOEN Leadership Council. He is a Senior Fellow at PolicyLink, advising the Financial Security for All and Boys and Men of Color Teams. Joe headed the Berkeley Anti-Poverty Agency in the War on Poverty era and was a faculty member of the inaugural Black Studies departments at two Universities—UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. He has published several articles in Journals and written a book chapter focusing on politics and economics. Joe served as the President of the Emergency Land Fund for 13 years, saving Black-owned land in the rural southeast. He also served as an Assistant to the City Manager, Office of Economic Development, and Executive Director of the Rent Board, Berkeley California. He also served as a Program Officer for Neighborhood and Community Development at the San Francisco Foundation. He is currently a board member of OCCUR–Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal, and for 14 years, Chair of the Urban Habitat Program of the Bay Area.

Joe has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics, from San Jose State University. He has been a mentor to scores of young people and has been a commentator on politics, policy, and history.

Howard Pinderhughes Brothaman

Howard Pinderhughes is a member of the BOEN Leadership Council. Howard Pinderhughes, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Pinderhughes is the author of Race in the Hood: Conflict and Violence Among Urban Youth which examined the dynamics of racial violence in New York City and his forthcoming book, Dealing With Danger: How Inner-City Youth Cope with the Violence that Surrounds them, examines the production of youth violence and how urban adolescents think about, experience and make decisions about the use of violence. Howard is also a consultant with The Prevention Institute. Additionally, he served as the Co-Principal Researcher for the Center on Culture, Immigration and Youth Violence Prevention, one of the CDC’s Academic Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention.

Kweli Tutashinda Brothaman

Dr. Kweli Tutashinda is a member of the BOEN Leadership Council. He works with healing generations and is the author of 8 books. He is a founding member of BOEN, has been active since [its start in 2009], and has served on its Leadership Council since its inception. He has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California.  He has practiced Chiropractic since 1989, and owns Imhotep Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Berkeley, California. Also a teacher, he taught English and led workshops in health, science, and technology in the Upward Bound programs of the University of California at Berkeley and Mills College for 31 years, beginning in 1984. Additionally, he taught at Life Chiropractic College West for ten years as well as New College of California and JFK University.

Jason Seals Young Warrior

Jason Seals is a member of the Leadership Council. He is an African-centered educator, carrying the tradition of activist-intellectual to address critical systemic issues and empower individuals for personal and social transformation. An Oakland native, Jason has over two decades of experience serving his community locally, nationally, and globally as an educator, thought leader, speaker, and change agent.

While completing his BA in Sociology at San Jose State University, Jason began his career in youth development serving in multiple roles across the nonprofit, mental health, and juvenile justice sectors. After obtaining his master’s in Africana Studies from the University of Albany, Jason leveraged his love for transformational educational practices and Africana studies in the classroom, teaching ethnic studies and manhood development courses at multiple high schools, colleges, and universities across the Bay Area.

Jason went on to earn a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco and began working fulltime at Merritt College, where he currently serves as the Chair of Ethnic Studies and as a tenured Professor of African American Studies.

Beyond the traditional classroom, Professor Seals facilitates community workshops and professional development trainings on a wide range of topics inclusive of radical healing, anti-racism, parenting/fatherhood, and systems change. Jason is often called upon to provide his expertise as a consultant, curriculum designer, and speaker.

The role that Professor Seals is most passionate about is his role as a father. His love for his own children is reflective in the work he does to rebuild families and communities as a means towards healing and wellness.

Aman Sebahtu Young Warrior

Aman Sebahtu a member of the BOEN Leadership Council. Aman is an attorney and social entrepreneur from Oakland, CA. He is currently Community Violence Prevention Program Manager at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. He was previously a Site Manager at the W. Haywood Burns Institute, working to reduce racial disparities in adult and youth justice systems across the country. Aman has worked directly with youth through several local programs including the Donald P. McCullum Youth Court, Oakland Freedom School, Camp Akili, UC Berkeley’s Center for Youth Development through Law, and University of San Francisco’s Street Law Program. Aman has worked as a consultant to the Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement as well as the Sacramento City Unified School District. Aman is a member of Broccoli City, a social enterprise that promotes health, wellness, and community service in urban communities through an annual music festival, among other events and programs. He received his B.A. in Sociology and African American Studies at Emory University and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco.