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Board of Directors

The Jack London Improvement District Board is working on making the district cleaner, safer, and more thriving. The Board of Directors is made up of 11 volunteers who represent the diverse interests of the district. The Board meets once a quarter to discuss the goals of the organization, while smaller task force groups are led by Board Members who wish to make a specific impact in the district. 

2024 Board

Kim Cole
Property Owner and Business Owner, Kim Cole Real Estate
President of the Board

As a Jack London Business owner, resident, and investor, Kim continues to be bullish on the future of our community from both a business perspective, and as an involved resident. After raising her two sons in the East Bay suburbs, and a brief stint in San Francisco, Kim quickly embraced the evolving urban neighborhood of Jack London Square as her home and the home of her new business. Kim opened Kim Cole Real Estate Inc. in 2015, a boutique brokerage that focuses on high-density luxury and modern condominiums. Taking her 30 years of residential real estate sales, marketing, and development expertise, Kim and her talented team have been awarded as an area leader in the Oakland condominium market. Kim hopes to share her passion for thoughtful living, respectful awareness, and smart growth to support the JLDA and all those impacted by the activities and decisions within the District. 

Jen Nettles
General Manager, VP Onsite Property Management CIM
Secretary of the Board

Jen brings leadership experience in large scale commercial property management in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the US, including Bay Street in Emeryville, in a diversity of urban contexts and working with a diversity of tenant types. In addition to extensive private sector real estate experience, Jen brings the unique perspective of managing publicly owned properties, as Portfolio Manager of the City of Alexandria, VA. Jen has created and managed marketing programs that include numerous non-profit collaborative events, concert series, farmers markets, tours, and festivals. Jen has served on numerous non-profit and community boards and committees including the Silver Spring Advisory Board, City of Emeryville Commercial Economic Development Committee, and the Birch Run Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Jonathan Fong
CUESA, Former Operator, Jack London Square Farmers Market
Treasurer of the Board

Jonathan served as the Market Manager and Community Liaison at the weekly CUESA Jack London Square Farmers Market from 2016 to 2020, where he was dedicated to local economic development through the market by providing pathways for new and emerging entrepreneurs, showcasing the impactful work of local non-profits and community organizations, and cultivating relationships with East Bay food, environment, social justice and activism communities, including working closely with the Jack London Improvement District. Currently, Jonathan is a community weaver at the Berrett-Koehler Foundation, a freelance photographer and video producer, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the OCA Asian American Advocates: East Bay Chapter. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

John Eric Henry
Founder of Strategic EMS Consulting

John Eric leverages data, workflow, AI analytics, and Six Sigma principles to optimize business operations and healthcare processes.

Also, as the Founder and Principal of Drone Light Shows and The Drone Command Post, John Eric brings 20+ years of experience in drone engineering and live event coordination, focusing on innovative entertainment solutions and navigating complex regulatory landscapes.

Peter Gertler
Property Owner

Peter has lived and raised his family in Oakland for over 30 years, and has been an owner and resident in the Jack London District for over 5 years. He has been a Board member of JLID for 3 years, and has served on the Executive Committee as Secretary and led the Train Quiet Zone Initiative during his tenure. Peter has over 30 years of experience in the development, design and program management of transportation infrastructure and rail projects. He has held various leadership positions in major US based engineering consulting firms, global technology firms and with the Bay Area Transit District (BART). Currently he is a Senior Vice President for strategic sales and advisory services at HNTB, and previously was a Director of their High Speed, and Rail and Transit Practice. Peter leads strategic program business development and practice building in the transportation infrastructure market and serves as a subject matter expert on rail programs. HNTB is a national leader in transportation and rail projects and is currently leading major sections on the California High Speed Rail Program and other projects and program in the US.

Lisa Vilhauer
VP of Design and Entitlement, Riaz Capital

Lisa Vilhauer brings over 15 years of commercial and residential development experience to our board. With two large projects currently underway in our district, Lisa's priority is creating a safer neighborhood for Riaz Captial's workers and residents. The Z-Hotel conversion project will soon be complete, bringing dozens of new, state-of-the-art units to our district.

Greg Pasquali
Director of Development, Carmel Partners

Greg has a degree in Architecture from Yale University and is currently Director of Development with Carmel Partners, leading entitlement and execution of multiple large-scale multifamily projects in the East Bay. In the entitlement and development of 4th Street East, Greg and his team worked with staff to engage the community. In Jack London he has worked closely with the Improvement District to advocate for over $300K of impact fees allocated towards façade improvement funds and the Waterfront Warehouse District Signage program. Greg also is working to address the condition of the I-880 underpass gateways to the District, having advocated for the change of a council ordinance to allow the project’s 1% for Art funds to be implemented for an installation at the Madison Street Underpass. Greg also advocates for better access to the District through attendance at the Oakland Alameda Access Project and Downtown Specific Plan project meetings.

Keith Stephenson
Property and Business Owner, Purple Heart

Keith is the CEO and founder of Purple Heart Patient Center in Oakland, and is the first African American in the United States to run a medical cannabis dispensary. He started the dispensary 11 years ago and now serves 10,000 patients a month. He was appointed to the California Cannabis Commission Advisory Panel, where he advises the state on regulations protecting consumer health and safety.

Michael Carilli
Property and Business Owner, The Port Workspaces

Michael co-founded The Port Workspaces in 2012 to reinvent beautiful old spaces and bring new flexibility, resources & community to today’s pioneers. The Port currently has two locations in the District at Broadway and Washington. Michael is also the Principal at Carilli Development that combines decades of achievement in architecture, urban planning, construction, project management, investment management and commercial and residential building development which seeks to cultivate dynamic, self-reinforcing business hubs, often by investing in multiple properties and businesses in closely contiguous areas. Michael previously served on the JLID Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017.

Ener Chiu
Executive Vice President, Community Building, EBALDC

Ener Chiu has been with EBALDC since 2004. The majority of his time has been in the Real Estate Development, where he was most recently the Department Director, overseeing a team of 10 staff, a pipeline of more than 550 affordable homes, and several large- scale joint venture public-private partnerships. Since 2008, Ener has been deeply involved in community planning and development projects within Downtown Oakland and Chinatown. As a Steering Committee member of the Oakland Chinatown Coalition, he organizes nonprofits, residents, and business owners and employees to advocate for planning policies and development projects that would directly benefit the people who currently live and work in Oakland, while making space for the new residents and businesses that are moving to this city. Ener has helped to start community benefit organizations, a Mandarin immersion charter school, a public park Friends committee, and served on the boards of housing advocacy and community safety organizations. Ener holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, and lives in Oakland with his wife, two daughters, and pit-terrier.

Join Our Board

Are you interested in serving on the Jack London Improvement District Board of Directors? We are seeking enthusiastic partners who will work to drive our projects and improvements forward.

An applicant may be a property owner within the boundaries of the district, a representative of a property owner (such as a property manager), or an Oakland Business licensee within the boundaries of the district. Applications accepted continuously. The Board of Directors meets on the second Monday of each month. A board member can expect to dedicate 50 hours annually, in addition to special projects and events of interest.

All eligible candidates will be brought as nominees before the Board of Directors for election of new directors at the annual meeting in November. Candidates will be considered based on their participation in Jack London Improvement District's programs and projects, and relevant expertise to the Board and organization.

Board Member Application