New Leaders Step Forward in Oakland’s Affordable Housing Crisis

February 2017

Oakland, CA – Alameda County Public Health Department Director Muntu Davis, M.D., M.P.H. and political leader and small business owner Sean Sullivan were recently selected to the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) Board of Directors.

Davis is currently the Alameda County Public Health Department Director (ACPHD). As the Director, he provides leadership, direction and oversight to the department and its divisions and programs to ensure the optimal health and well-being of all County residents. As the County Health Officer, he provides direction for public health protection, health policy development and serves as an advisor to elected and appointed officials, members of the medical profession, and the public on matters affecting public health and safety. Prior to working at the ACPHD, he worked in the Immunization Branch of the California Department of Health Services. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, California. He completed The California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy Fellowship and received his Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, where he analyzed policies regarding emergency response planning, implementation, evaluation and modification at the county level in California.

Sullivan was a director at Covenant House California where he oversaw the purchase and renovation of then Mayor Jerry Brown’s home into Covenant House’s 40 bed permanent facility for youth shelter and transitional living. Sullivan is the only person to entitle two locations for emergency shelter in Oakland. Sullivan, a past candidate for Oakland City Council, is the owner of two businesses, West End Strategies, a fund development and communications consultancy and The Port Bar, Oakland’s newest LGBT Bar in Uptown. A West Oakland resident, he also served as vice chair of Alameda County-Oakland’s Community Action Partnership Board (AC-OCAP) for seven years that worked to address the County and City’s poverty issues and as chair of the Khadafy Washington Foundation for Nonviolence which worked with low income families suffering from the loss of a family member to homicide.

“I am proud to continue my work advocating for the building of all forms of housing in the East Bay,” said Sullivan. “More than ever, housing is needed to keep those in Oakland who want to stay in Oakland as well as retain a qualified and diverse workforce to keep Oakland’s renaissance moving.”

Press Release Contact:
Jill Kunishima, Director of Development and Communications
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

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