Board of Directors
Arnold Hart, President
Arnold Hart has been actively involved in the East Palo Alto community for almost two decades. Arnold has dedicated almost 20 years to volunteerism in the East Palo Community including EHP, the East Palo Alto Kiwanis Club, and the East Palo Alto Ravenswood Little League. He has also served as co-chair of the City of East Palo Alto's Rent Stabilization Board.
Arnold has a singular career focus, activism. His work has centered on government policy and changes, and community activism through critical roles in various non-profit organizations.
Arnold received his education at Evergreen College and San Jose State University with a focus on physical education and sociology.
Albert Macklin, Co-Vice President
Pastor Albert C. Macklin IV, a native of California is the third son born to Reverend and Mrs. A. C. Macklin III. Pastor Macklin completed his general education in the Mountain View Public School system. In 2004, he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from San Jose Christian College. Albert C. Macklin IV was appointed Senior Pastor of New Sweet Home - The Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ in 2004 following the demise of his father.
Pastor Macklin has served in various capacities within the church. He has a great passion for ministry, preaching / teaching, praise & worship and music which all are at the top of his list. He is a prolific speaker, an anointed psalmist, a skilled songwriter and musician. Pastor Macklin is an interactive leader in the City of East Palo Alto, California. He serves on several community boards and management teams offering his expertise from a social, psychological and economic perspective in an effort to enhance the community at large.
Celebrating the release of his latest Gospel CD, “I Believe God,” recorded during a live concert, Pastor Albert continues in his calling to enhance the lives of others. He endeavors to be a “Servant,” called by God, loyal, dependable and committed to a life of purity, integrity and excellence. He maintains his focus through the power of God to impact the lives of others throughout the world, sharing his testimony of strength and endurance despite any opposition. His voice is heard in churches, convention centers and campuses alike, as he shares his message of perseverance and faith in God.
Pastor Albert Macklin is the husband of Lady Evelyn Macklin, the father of four children: Alec, Alissa, twin boys: Addicus and Ayden. He has dedicated himself to a life of prayer and holiness and lives by the following principle:
MY WAY IS MADE, MY NEED IS MET, AND THE DOOR IS OPENED UNTO ME……. I BELIEVE GOD!”
Thayer Mullins, Co-Vice President
Thayer Mullins is a board member at the Ecumenical Hunger Program and a transactional real estate attorney with DLA Piper, Thayer continues the long relationship between EHP and the East Palo Alto office of DLA Piper.
Thayer grew up in the Bay Area , attended the University of San Francisco School of Law and resides in San Francisco. He is consistently inspired by the dedication and resiliency of the EHP community and believes that EHP’s staff, volunteers, pro bono attorneys, board, donors, and neighbors in need embody the spirit of service and compassion that is vital to our society today.
Mansi H. Shah, Treasurer
Mansi Shah is a respected technology lawyer, dedicated advocate, mentor, and leader within the legal and tech communities in Silicon Valley. As a young lawyer, Mansi's first pro bono client was a Mexican transgender immigrant with HIV, who was seeking asylum. Her work on the case was recognized by the State Bar of California. In addition to her legal work, Mansi relies on her engineering perspective and computer science background to bring a distinct perspective to her public service work.
Mansi is a leader and member in several local and national non-profit organizations because she fiercely believes in public service as a part of her everyday work. She knows that America can only live up to its promise if every American's basic needs are met. It is why she sought to be involved, both as a board member and a volunteer, with the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) because EHP directly serves her neighbors in need with respect and empathy. She actively introduces the larger Bay Area community to EHP every chance she gets. In fact, she sees her children and her friends' children volunteering with EHP directly as an important part of living in the Peninsula and being a part of the larger community fabric.
As a champion of diversity and inclusion initiatives, Mansi— a partner in Kilpatrick Townsend's Silicon Valley office—has endeavored to improve the racial and gender diversity in both technology companies and law firms. Mansi has received recognition for her advocacy and work, she was named a Woman of Achievement by Legal Momentum, named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a Women of Influence, chosen to be a Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, was named Best Under 40 by NAPABA, and made the Lawyers of Color Power List.
Court Skinner, Secretary
Court Skinner graduated from MIT in 1966 with a Ph. D. in metallurgy and spent 30 years as a process technologist in the Silicon Valley semiconductor industry. He retired as Director of Research for National Semiconductor Corp. in 1998 ten years after moving to East Palo Alto. He has since become active in East Palo Alto as a planning commissioner, city council candidate, and public works and transportation commissioner. He is also active as a board member of the EPA Senior Center, Creative Montessori Learning Center, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, the East Palo Alto Community Media Center and most recently the Ecumenical Hunger Project. He is also the founder and current president of Computers for Everyone, Inc, a non profit for refurbishing and repairing computers in East Palo Alto and neighboring communities.
Jenny Varghese Bloom
Jenny is an East Palo Alto resident and community member who is excited to serve the EHP Board. She is a Board Trustee of the Ravenswood City School District and also a Senior College Admissions Counselor at Insight Education. She grew up in Texas and graduated with a BS in Human Development Family Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. She then moved to Los Angeles and worked with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at UCLA mentoring, pastoring and leading college students. She received her MA at Loyola Marymount University in Early Childhood Education and moved to the Bay Area shortly after.
Jenny’s background in community organization, education, mentoring and teaching allows her to contribute to the EHP Board. She has a passion to serve her community and create avenues of access for all people in order to create a more equitable world.
Maria Vazquez Mata
Maria’s passion for public service began as an outgrowth from her experiences growing up in East Palo Alto. She is currently the Deputy Director at Community Legal Services in EPA. Prior to that, Maria worked as an immigration and government benefits attorney. Maria holds a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. She received her B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies from Santa Clara University.
With nearly a decade working in Marketing and Operations, Mr. Seyi Oshinowo is now working as the Global Operations Program Lead at Facebook. He was the former Operations Associate for Global Project Resourcing at Salesforce, and was an Operations Specialist at Boeing as well.
Seyi holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communication at University of Washington and graduated Cum Laude among his class. He then received his MBA at the University of California, San Diego - Rady School of Management.
Out of the office, he is an advocate to serving the community and providing resources for others, especially the youth.
Doug grew up in San Bruno, and Millbrae in the North Peninsula area of San Mateo County and attended Mills High School before attending the University of California, Riverside and graduating with a degree in Economics/Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Financial Accounting. During his career he has worked in the Big 4 public accounting firms KPMG, PwC, and EY and as an accounting manager and interim controller for various technology companies and nonprofits. He is currently an active licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California and a sole proprietor providing advisory, audit, and tax services based out of Mountain View, CA.
Doug also serves on the board of directors of the local chapter of CalCPA Peninsula/Silicon Valley chapter. Doug became aware of EHP from a fellow CPA in the community and felt the call to serve the organization as a volunteer and board member.
You can learn more about Doug and his practice at http://www.radtkecpa.com.
Join our Board
EHP is looking for committed volunteers to fill board positions with interest and expertise in the following areas: Development (Fund-Raising), Governance/Finance, Events Planning, Outreach Ambassadors, and Community Awareness/Volunteer Recruitment. We seek passionate, dedicated persons to join our experienced board of professionals who are long-time volunteers, serving a diverse community in the East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and surrounding areas.
The key responsibilities of the board are to support EHP’s mission and purpose, provide financial oversight, ensure adequate resources, and raise funds to enable EHP to fulfill its mission, and provide support to the Executive Director, for three-year terms, renewable for a second three years. Board members volunteer on-site, serve on committees, participate in fund-raising events, and attend monthly board meetings on-site at EHP on the third Tuesday of each month from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
Please email a completed application to Executive Director, Lesia Preston at Lesia@ehpcares.org.