JULIA ANN FORTE FRUDDEN, CHAIR
Julia first joined the Child Care Law Center in 2016. She directs advocacy and engagement efforts for the organization’s community development initiatives. In her role, she advocates for fair business and zoning laws for family child care homes. Previously in her career, Ms. Frudden taught first grade in under-served communities in East Palo Alto and in Five Points, Denver, CO. She also has experience supporting youth in juvenile probation camps in Los Angeles. Ms. Frudden graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Political Science.
NATHAN KLEINER, VICE CHAIR
Nathan is an attorney and the founder and CEO of Critical Pass, a leading educational company focused on helping law school students excel and pass the bar exam. He was born and raised in Oakland, CA, where he currently lives with his wife. Before Critical Pass, Nathan worked at Cooley LLP in San Francisco, where he focused on internet privacy litigation. During his legal career, he has also worked for the Hawai’i State Judiciary. Prior to law school, Nathan worked as an advocate for medical and mental health care for incarcerated inmates in California. He is passionate about providing equal opportunities and resources for families. Nathan holds a JD from the University of California, Davis and a BA in Political Science and American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He really likes dogs.
TODD BRANTLEY, TREASURER
Working primarily from First Republic Bank’s Oakland office, Todd has 20 years of banking experience advising and lending to business clientele of various types: private equity/VC firms, technology firms, nonprofits, law firms, medical practices, and real estate investors, as well as other professional services providers. In addition, he provides financing for clients with commercial real estate needs for both owner-occupied and investment purposes. Todd received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce in Charlottesville, Virginia, with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. He also completed his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
LINDSAY KEMP BRUCKSTEIN, SECRETARY
Lindsay juggles staying at home with her toddler while also working in digital marketing. Prior to that, she spent 10+ years in the wine and spirits industry in market research. As a new parent, she quickly discovered how challenging it is for families to find quality, affordable childcare. After campaigning for Alameda County’s Measure A (Childcare and Early Education sales tax), she decided to continue her advocacy for childcare and is excited to be a part of BANANAS. Lindsay also serves on the board of Alameda Family Collective, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and activities for families of young children in Alameda. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and entertaining.
ANTHONY BARR, MEMBER
Anthony Barr brings wide-ranging consulting, tax, and accounting experience as a partner at the Henry Levy Group. His primary areas of focus include the real estate sector and international taxation issues, including tax reporting for foreign assets and financial activity. Anthony’s approach to problem-solving involves digging into the details as well as taking in the big picture to come up with comprehensive and sustainable solutions that fit individual client needs. His background includes consulting roles with the Center for Applied Local Research and the federal GSA Region IX Public Building System.
Anthony is co-editor of a respected reference book on international accounting standards and a regular speaker for international tax and accounting professional audiences. He has served as pro bono advisor to an Oakland-based business incubator and their in-house startup companies, also leading a series of educational seminars and presentations to help these new business leaders reach their full potential.
Growing up as a third-generation resident of Berkeley, CA, Anthony helped in his mother’s accounting business before earning a degree in American History from the University of Pennsylvania. When it came time to pick a career, he realized that he loved what he had been doing for so long already and entered the accounting profession. Anthony and his wife, another Bay Area native, are the parents of two young children.
Anthony serves on the board of Oakland Field of Dreams, a nonprofit organization that built and maintains Oakland Technical High School’s new baseball field and supports the school’s baseball and softball programs as well as other surrounding neighborhood youth sports programs. He is also the Treasurer of the Rockridge District Association and Director at Bananas, Inc. In his leisure hours, Anthony enjoys lifting weights, spending time with his family and traveling. Someday he’d like to visit Serbia, where his grandfather’s family lived in generations past.
BRANDY BEAZLEY, MEMBER
Brandy is a registered nurse whose focus and dedication is geared towards community health and social justice. She became aware of the struggles facing children and families after becoming a mother and working with children and families at Head Start. She has lived in Oakland for 9 years, and the Bay Area for 22 years. She feels a special calling to advocate for families.
NANCY HARVEY, MEMBER
Nancy is a child care provider, child care advocate, and a proud member of SEIU Local 521. Nurture, care, and educate is the philosophy behind Nancy’s mission whether she is serving children in her family day care, Lil Nancy’s Primary Schoolhouse in West Oakland, supporting parents in raising their children, or advocating for other child care providers. Her passion is to advocate for child care providers, fight for better wages and overall respect for the profession, and push policymakers to fix California’s inequitable child care system. Harvey feels that by being on the Board for BANANAS, she can better represent child care providers and make their voices heard. She loves BANANAS wide array of programs and is extremely fond of parent and provider workshops. In her free time, Harvey goes out for nature walks, indulges in interior design showcases, and spends time with her three children.
SANAM JORJANI, MEMBER
A native Farsi speaker, Sanam is both believer and witness to the power of language and literacy as a tool for empowering identity and social change. In her role as Co-Director for the Oakland Literacy Coalition, Sanam is responsible for strategic development, direction, and management of the coalition network and various initiatives. Sanam started her role as Co-Director in 2016 after four years of supporting the coalition and leading the Oakland Reads campaign, while a part of the Rogers Family Foundation. Prior to her work with the coalition, Sanam coordinated international projects for the Teachers College, Columbia University, where she completed her Masters in International Educational Development in 2011. Sanam worked for several years in after school programs around the Bay Area. Her passion for youth development has kept her involved as a volunteer delegation advisor working with the Albany delegation of the California YMCA Youth & Government for over 10 years where she supports high schoolers in leadership and civic engagement. She came to BANANAS because her work in education and literacy has proven how critical supporting young children and families is to ensure a strong start and future success for Bay Area children. Sanam grew up in the East Bay by way of Iran and lives in Oakland with her extra adventurous cattle dog/pit bull mix.
PAULA MATHIS, MEMBER
Paula has worked as a community volunteer and advocate for young children and their families for more than 25 years. She and her husband recently moved to Alameda from Southern California and she has been searching for the perfect organization to continue her work in helping very young children get a great start in life. She is thrilled she and BANANAS found each other. Ensuring that BANANAS programs to help families and caregivers provide the highest quality care to all children is one of her top priorities. Paula enjoys live theatre, art museums, reading, walking, and being with her family.
JOLANKA NICKERMAN, MEMBER
Jolanka is a global lead for energy and data center site selection at Google. Prior to Google, she worked in the energy field at First Solar, the International Energy Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission. Jolanka cares deeply about giving all kids the best possible start at life through access to affordable, quality early childhood care and education. Jolanka was born and raised in Berkeley and now lives in Albany with her husband and three crazy kids.
ROBIN PHIPPS, MEMBER
Robin is an active community volunteer and the parent of two teenagers. She had worn many hats at BANANAS over the years: staff member, volunteer, President of Friends of BANANAS, and now Board Member. She loves being part of BANANAS and is proud that the organization is always ready and willing to help everyone with any and all child care issues. Robin is interested in child development, especially cognitive function and the value of play.
LAURA SCHEWEL, MEMBER
Laura is the Chief Executive Officer of StreetLight Data, which provides advanced analytics for sustainable urban design and transportation engineering. As an employer, Laura began to see how deeply child care (and the lack thereof) could affect success at work and economic equity for women especially. Every day BANANAS helps close this gap, and Laura is thrilled to be a part of such an impactful organization. Laura, originally from Virginia, now lives in downtown Oakland.
KYLE SCHRINER, MEMBER
Kyle is an attorney and president of the Schriner Law Firm, PC. Before the birth of his first child, he and his wife came to BANANAS to attend a class about child care options. Prior to joining BANANAS, Kyle served as vice president of the board for APA Family Support Services, a family resource center in San Francisco. He is dedicated to assisting families in obtaining information and access to quality child care. Kyle lives in Berkeley with his wife and their two young children.