East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation is a nonprofit community development organization celebrating 40 years of building healthy, vibrant and safe neighborhoods in Oakland and the greater East Bay. We develop and manage high quality affordable apartments and homes, retail spaces for local small businesses and community centers, while fostering increased economic opportunities for low-income families and individuals. These comprehensive programs help families and individuals begin a path toward financially security and access the resources they need to lead healthy, stable and fulfilling lives.
Joshua has been dedicated to building vibrant, healthy neighborhoods throughout his career. Prior to becoming the Executive Director for EBALDC, Joshua was Director of Real Estate Consulting at the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF), where he helped nonprofits deepen their impact in the community by better aligning their programs with their facilities. From 1994–2006, Joshua worked as Senior Project Manager and then Director of EBALDC’s Real Estate Development Department, overseeing the development of major mixed-use complexes that combine affordable rental apartments with community and retail facilities benefitting the broader community. These include Swan's Market, San Pablo Hotel, Hismen Hin-Nu Terrace Apartments and Avalon Senior Housing, among others. Joshua also brings experience working with Innovative Housing, Project Artaud and Chinatown Community Development Center. Throughout his career, Joshua has been an active civic leader, serving for 11 years on the board of the Emeryville Unified School District and various education and housing committees. He also serves as Vice President of Emeryville's Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Committee. Joshua holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a MS in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Charise works closely with all of EBALDC’s programs to align and continuously improve impact evaluation, information systems, and cross-departmental collaboration. For nearly 20 years, she has worked to create opportunities and resources for low-income families and to build healthy and vibrant communities. Charise started her career as a litigation attorney in Los Angeles. She transitioned into the nonprofit sector to work on policy advocacy at CAA in San Francisco and then served as Program Director at Mission Hiring Hall/South of Market Employment Center. Charise has also worked in business development for a technology startup. As an independent consultant, she has assisted nonprofit clients with program development, research and fundraising. She first came to EBALDC in 2006 as the Director of Neighborhood and Economic Development. During this time, she launched the Resident Services program and significantly expanded Family Economic Success programs. She was also a core member of the team that conceptualized EBALDC’s Healthy Neighborhoods strategy. She continues to support this vision through her role as COO. Charise holds a BA in history from UCLA and a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.