Staff

 

Bob Uyeki, Chief Executive Officer

Bob joined the Foundation in 2004 as Senior Program Officer and was promoted to CEO in 2008.  He oversees all of the Foundation's grantmaking strategies and community leadership work, as well as its finance and administrative functions.  Bob has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the Bay Area, having previously worked at the East Bay Community Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation and as the Director of the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival. 

Bob has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the East Bay Community Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, Rise Together, the Foundation Consortium for California's Children and Youth, the Family Independence Initiative and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.  He currently serves on the Local Advisory Board of Bay Area LISC.  Bob holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College and a Master in Public Administration with an emphasis in strategic planning and management from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.  In his leisure time, Bob enjoys jogging, cycling and hiking throughout the East Bay.  

 

Kappy Dye, CFO and Grants Manager

Kappy joined the Foundation in 2001 and is responsible for oversight of accounting functions; implementation of investment strategies; and supervision of grant processing and reporting. In addition to her operational responsibilities, Kappy has a small grant portfolio that includes the Foundation’s Program Related Investment. Kappy has more than two decades of experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit and private sector.  She earned her CPA at Price Waterhouse where her clients included the San Francisco Foundation, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and Chevron. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics at The Colorado College and received her Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Kappy spends much of her free time serving on the board of an Oakland based nonprofit focused on supporting transitional age foster youth.

 

Aimee Durfee, Senior Program Officer

Aimee joined the Foundation in January 2012 and is responsible for our Family Economic Success strategies and grantmaking.  Aimee has been working on economic justice issues for over twenty years, as a policy advocate, collaborative leader and funder. Prior to joining the Y & H Soda Foundation, Aimee worked at United Way of the Bay Area, Transgender Law Center, Insight Center for Community Economic Development and Equal Rights Advocates.  Aimee holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and is a member of the California State Bar. She lives with her family (including dogs, birds and fish) in Martinez, where she is also very involved in community work on pollution and climate change.    

 

Mary Doyle, Senior Program Officer    

Mary joined the Foundation in 2007 after a long career in parish, campus, and social justice ministry. She served as the Social Justice Coordinator for the Diocese of Oakland where she worked on global and local issues with many inspiring leaders from the faith communities. She also served as an Adjunct Professor of Church Administration at the Graduate Theological Union, where she shared the joys and challenges of nonprofit administration. Mary manages three grantmaking areas at the Foundation: Immigration Legal Services, Grassroots Community Organizing, and our Urban Catholic School Initiative. She’s a longtime resident of Berkeley where she received both her BA in Biology from Cal, and a Masters of Divinity from the Franciscan School of Theology.

 

Debbie Nakamura, Accountant and Grants Assistant

Debbie joined the Foundation in a part-time accounting role in November 2013 and transitioned into a full-time position in February 2014, when she assumed the responsibilities of grants administrative support and office management. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a tax preparer for a public accounting firm and as a bookkeeper/finance manager for a law practice. She is enjoying her shift into the non-profit sector, particularly the wide range of working relationships and the diversity of roles that her position offers. Debbie is a CPA and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and an Accounting Certificate from Diablo Valley College. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, running, and hiking.

 
 

Board of Directors

 

Rosemary Soda, Chairman of the Board

Alfred Dossa, Secretary  

William McLeod, Treasurer

James Dye   

Judith Murphy