Oakland Thrives team

Robert Clinton

Policy and Project Manager

Robert Clinton is a Policy and Project Manager for Oakland Thrives. An East Bay native, Robert is passionate about advancing community-driven, data-supported civic engagement opportunities for marginalized communities. He is the son and grandson of public servants and has spent his career in local government, most recently in the City of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) where he oversaw the City’s 2020 Census outreach and education campaign.

Robert graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study; his undergraduate education examined urban food systems and food (in)security. After NYU, Robert spent two years in the United Kingdom on a Marshall Scholarship, during which time he earned an MPA in Public Administration & Management and an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism, both from University College London. He enjoys cooking/baking, cycling, listening to high fidelity vinyl, and weekend auto repair projects.

Aly Bonde

Policy and Project Manager

Aly Bonde is a Policy and Project Manager for Oakland Thrives, and an East Bay native and fifth-generation Californian. Aly was most recently the Director of Public Policy for the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she led the Chamber’s work in policy advocacy and equitable economic development as well as ran the political action committee and Leadership Oakland - the Chamber's popular civic and professional development program. Previously she worked in housing and real estate policy for the Oakland/Berkeley Association of Realtors as Deputy Government Relations Director.

Aly carries a master's degree from the Goldman School School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communication from the University of California at Davis - where she served as Managing Editor of the award-winning daily newspaper The California Aggie and graduated magna cum laude. Prior to her career in public policy, she worked as a special needs teacher for two years – the most rewarding yet challenging job she’s ever had.

Aly spends as much of her spare time as possible with family and friends and also enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening. She is also a court-appointed advocate for Alameda County foster youth and serves on the boards of several nonprofits.

Jackie Perl

Policy and Project Manager

Jacqueline (Jackie) Calderón Perl is a Policy and Project Manager for Oakland Thrives. Jackie also serves as the By All Means Community Lead for Oakland. Prior to joining Oakland Thrives, Jackie was a Project Manager with the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority where she supported the Education Impact Table. Previously, Jacqueline worked for the Oakland Unified School District, where she served as a 2nd grade bilingual teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and principal. Jacqueline is a Teach for America and New Leaders Alumnus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Global & International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Jacqueline lives in San Leandro with her husband, who works in affordable housing, their two sons (4 years old & 1 year old) and their tabby cat, Lexie.

Palak Shah

Consultant

Melanie Moore

CEO

Melanie Moore is Chief Executive Officer of Oakland Thrives. An experienced, strategic social sector leader specializing in innovation, collaboration, and collective impact in public-private partnerships, she was a professional evaluator for over 15 years, leading projects assessing the impact of youth development, school reform, community development programs, capacity-building initiatives, and funder networks. As a strategic leader in the social sector for over 10 years, she has created strategies for achieving community and population-level results in governmental, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations. Dr. Moore was the lead evaluator for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families first comprehensive outcomes-based evaluation, and also led the Department's citywide strategic planning efforts for the Mayor's Children's Cabinet.

Dr. Moore founded See Change, Inc., an evaluation and strategic consulting firm with the goal of improving critical thinking in organizations working to make social change. After eight years leading the company, she joined the Family Independence Initiative as Managing Partner to promote economic and social mobility for families. In this role, she was a founding partner of ALL IN Alameda County, an initiative to bring an innovation approach to the county’s poverty alleviation efforts, and ultimately she led ALL IN for five years as Director. Most recently, Dr. Moore served two seasons as the Executive Director of the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation. She lives in Oakland with her two daughters and many pets.

Myisha Robertson

Director of Operations

Myisha Robertson, Director of Operations for Oakland Thrives, is an assertive strategic and entrepreneurial leader with the capacity to deliver extraordinary results. Myisha gained her extensive skills in strategic planning, business development, and leadership through her experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, where she served in various strategic and operational compliance roles. During her time in Community Relations with Kaiser Permanente, Myisha collaborated with community-based organizations and nonprofits in support of Kaiser Permanente’s initiatives to address social needs and community conditions. Myisha served two years as the Director of Community Engagement with the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce where she cultivated existing and new business partnerships to help improve organizational growth, spearheaded initiatives to expand brand awareness, and provided value-added programming by producing special events and business development programs. Prior to moving to Oakland in 2017, Myisha worked for the State of California at various agencies as a strategic planning and operations analyst. Myisha is very passionate about supporting the community and enjoys creating connections between people, organizations, and resources.

Myisha's deep passion for change has led her to become heavily involved as a leader in nonprofit organizations such as the OAACC and the National Black MBA Association. In 2021, Myisha was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Myisha's educational background includes a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Business Administration from American InterContinental University, Atlanta, and a Bachelor of Arts from Clark Atlanta University.

Myisha is also a fitness enthusiast who enjoys teaching Zumba, Cardio Dance, HIIT, andStrong group fitness classes.