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President of Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd.
Eleanor Mason Ramsey, Ph.D. is President of Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd. located in Oakland, California. She earned her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and her baccalaureate in psychology from Hunter College in New York, New York. In 1978, she founded Mason Tillman, a nationally recognized leader in the area of local business program development, contract compliance, and local business program evaluation. Mason Tillman employs an accomplished team of public policy analysts, communication specialists, statisticians, and attorneys. They work closely together to craft and monitor its clients’ affirmative action policies, programs, practices and social marketing programs."
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Assistant Project Manager
Theresako Jones Harris has an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College. Theresako Harris joined Mason Tillman in 2020 and is the assistant project manager for the Alameda County Disparity Study. She has over 15 years of experience in the information technology, education, and services industries, most recently as the finance manager for Williams Learning Solutions, a global learning platform that helps students achieve their learning potential in science. Prior to Williams Learning Solutions, she worked in a variety of finance and management capacities for Cisco Systems, IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Darden Restaurants, where she honed her skills in business partnering, cross-functional team leadership, people management, process improvements, and strategic messaging.

Ms. Harris will manage project schedules and staff, prepare project reports and presentations, coordinate project activities and communication with internal and external audiences, and conduct literature searches and other independent research for the study.
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Accounting Solutions Team. Inc.
Accounting Solutions Team. Inc. is a consulting firm headed by Sally Hawkins, who has over 30 years of experience in accounting, tax preparation and data research for corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious entities. The MBE/WBE/SBE/DBE-certified firm has performed data collection and research duties for the Port of Oakland Disparity Study and provided technical assistance for the City of Oakland Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project. Ms. Hawkins began her working relationship with Mason Tillman Associates in 1986 and was the first full-time, in-house bookkeeper for the firm. She has a B.A. in Accounting from California State University, East Bay. Accounting Solutions Team will perform subcontract data collection for the study.
Varner PR Agency
Varner PR Agency is a public relations firm headed by Sandra Varner, who has over 25 years of business and leadership experience in program enhancement, media planning and outreach strategy. Past clients include AC Transit, Alameda County Fair, Alameda Health System, Alameda County Probation, Allen Temple Baptist Church, East Oakland Youth Development, and the City of Oakland. The firm is a registered Small Local Enterprise Business with Alameda County and is located in Oakland.

As a community outreach and event coordination specialist, Varner PR will be responsible for coordinating community meetings to announce the study and promote participation in surveys.
Director of Claremont Development
Carl Chan is the Director of Claremont Development, an East Bay real estate company, and serves as Board Chair of Asian Health Services. He is widely known as the “Mayor” of Oakland Chinatown for his leadership in organizations such as the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council. As an immigrant and community leader, Mr. Chan is focused on making Oakland Chinatown a better place to live and work, especially in the wake of recent anti-Asian hate crimes. Mr. Chan will act as the liaison to the County’s Asian American community and aid in the organization of focus groups for the study.
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