First 5 Alameda County Gala Dinner

Thursday, April 27, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

$200 per person dinner ticket
Table for eight sponsorships start at $2,000 


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Please join us in honoring key individuals who make it possible for us to support families, providers and communities so that children thrive. The inaugural event will be emceed by five-time Emmy award-winning weather anchor, Roberta Gonzales.

We hope to see you there!

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Helen Mendel at or (510) 506-1874.

For all other event inquiries, please contact Mary Saelee at or (510) 227-6987.

To learn more about the work of First 5 Alameda County, you may visit us at:


Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705 


Your generous Gala Dinner support benefits these two great programs!

Alameda County Diaper Bank

Did you know that diapers can account for up to 14% of some low-income families’ budgets?

First 5 Alameda County is partnering with SupplyBank.Org to distribute diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash cream and other items through partnering agencies such as family resource centers and WIC sites in Alameda County.  More than 50,000 diapers, 100,000 baby wipes, hundreds of diaper backpacks, and other items were distributed to families at the Eastmont Mall WIC Office at the kickoff event in December.’s goal is to create the biggest diaper and related products distribution program in the nation. With 1 in 3 mothers in the United States experiencing diaper need, program scalability is critical.  United States Representative Barbara Lee and Kaiser Permanente are strong supporters.  


Alameda County Fatherhood Corps

The roles of fathers in the lives of small children has a lasting impact. However, services for children ages 0-5 are traditionally focused onmothers as the primary caregiver. The Fathers Corps seeks to change that by increasing the involvement of fathers in their children's lives by focusing on the specific needs of men and the challenges they face in fulfilling their role as Dads. The Fathers Corps is a collaboration between First 5 Alameda County, Alameda County Public Health Department and Alameda County Social Services. Since June 2014, the Fathers Corps has convened a learning community serving over 80 male providers from 40 different agencies and organizations. After participating, 92% of participants agreed that the Fathers Corps helped them to be a more knowledgeable, skillful and engaged provider. 


2017 Honorees


Bernard J. Tyson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals

Bernard J. Tyson is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals — known as Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. With annual operating revenue of nearly $65 billion, Kaiser Permanente serves 11.7 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente continues to focus on providing affordable, accessible, high-quality health care and improving the health of its members and communities. The organization is delivering on its “Thrive” promise by bringing an industry-leading 21st-century approach to health care and coverage that is helping members achieve their aspirations of total health — physical health as well as mental health and wellness. Kaiser Permanente’s 200,000 employees and 20,000 physicians (with Permanente Medical Groups) provide personalized, coordinated and technologically advanced care that consistently delivers some of the best clinical outcomes in the nation, while also leading the country in prevention, patient safety and quality.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Tyson earned a master’s of business degree in health service administration and a bachelor’s degree in health service management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also earned a leadership certificate from Harvard University. Tyson serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and is a member of AHA’s CEO Roundtable, which is focused on workforce wellness. He is a deputy chairman of the International Federation of Health Plans and is on the board of America’s Health Insurance Plans. Tyson is also a steward of the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge on the Future of Health. He was awarded the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s 2014 National Equal Justice Award.


Mialisa Bonta

Chief Executive Officer, Literacy Lab

Mialisa Bonta, Founder and CEO of Literacy Lab, has nearly 20 years of education, youth development, and philanthropy experience in the non-profit sector. She was inspired to launch Literacy Lab after years of working in organizations that address the opportunity gap, particularly for children of color, immigrant families, and communities in poverty. Literacy Lab leverages tools that foster interactive learning through the fusion of technology, learning resources, innovation, and parent and caregiver support for early learners. Since its inception in 2014, Literacy Lab has served nearly 10,000 children and their families throughout Alameda County and the greater Bay Area.

Mialisa has dedicated her career to ensuring that all children have access to quality educational opportunities and every family is supported in their aspirations to see their children succeed. Mialisa began her career as a childcare worker and is a proud mother of three children, Andres (8), Iliana (11), and Reina (17) who remind her and her spouse, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, that it takes a village to help children thrive.  



Rob Bonta

California 18th District Assembly Member

Assemblymember Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly's 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro as the first Filipino American legislator in the 165-year history of California.

Rob’s passion for justice and equality was instilled in him at a very young age by his parents, who taught him to understand injustice and the importance of joining the struggle to empower vulnerable communities. His father was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and stood with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Deep South---marching for equality and justice in Selma. His mother was and continues to be a long-time leader in the Filipino social justice movement.

Growing up in a trailer just a few hundred yards from César Chávez’s home, Bonta watched closely as his parents organized Filipino and Mexican American farm workers, infusing his formative years with first-hand experience of one of the greatest peaceful social, racial, and economic justice movements of all time. This had a huge impact on Rob’s life choices and pursuits, inspiring his life’s commitment to helping people.

In the State Assembly, Bonta currently serves as the Assistant Majority Leader and also chairs the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

Rob and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.


Clarissa Doutherd

Executive Director, Parent Voices Oakland

Clarissa Doutherd is the Executive Director of Parent Voices Oakland, an East Bay chapter of Parent Voices California. She comes to the organization with over a decade of experience working for grassroots, non-profit organizations. Clarissa discovered her passion for child care advocacy when she lost a much needed child care subsidy for her then 3 year old son, Xavier. Clarissa has been a strong advocate for mothers like herself who were caught in the crosshairs of ineffective public policy.

In addition to supporting Parent Voices Statewide campaigns, she has worked to decrease the number of mothers in Oakland waitlisted for child care subsidies. As a collaborative movement builder, Clarissa has forged deep partnerships with large local Government agencies including the County Social Services Agency, Public Health, and Behavioral Health Services. After stepping into leadership as the Co-Chair on the Alameda County Early Childhood Policy Committee with First 5 of Alameda County, Clarissa led efforts to refocus the group to become a cross sector collaborative which brings together community based organizations, parents and service providers to advance innovative strategies for County-wide systems change; and works to elevate parent leadership in public policy. Clarissa is the recipient of the prestigious Gloria Steinem "Woman of Vision" award, and currently sits on the steering committee for the Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council, the 18th Assembly District Education Advisory Committee, and the Alameda County-Oakland Community Partnership Board for the City of Oakland. Clarissa resides in Oakland, California with Xavier who is now 9 years old. 


Barbara Lee

Congresswoman 13th District of California

Congresswoman Barbara Lee received her Masters of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in psychiatric social work. During her graduate work, Congresswoman Lee founded the Community Health Alliance for Neighborhood Growth and Education (CHANGE, Inc.) which provided mental health services to many of the East Bay’s most vulnerable individuals.

In 1975, Congresswoman Lee joined the staff of Congressman Ron Dellums, where she eventually rose from an intern to chief of staff. During the eleven years she worked for Congressman Dellums, Congresswoman Lee was one of only a few women and persons of color to hold a senior position on Capitol Hill.

In 1990, Congresswoman Lee was elected to the California State Assembly, where she served until 1996 when she was elected to the State Senate. As a California legislator, Congresswoman Lee authored 67 bills and resolutions that were signed into law by Republican Governor Pete Wilson. This legislation addressed a wide spectrum of issues, including public safety, education, healthcare, and environmental protections. In the legislature, Congresswoman Lee was an early champion of LGBT issues and authored the 1995 California Schools Hate Crimes Reduction Act. As the first African American woman elected to the State Senate from Northern California, Congresswoman Lee created and presided over the California Commission on the Status of African American Males and the California Legislative Black Caucus, while working to defeat the punitive “three strikes law.” Congresswoman Lee also served as a strong advocate for women in the legislature, where she authored and passed the first California Violence Against Women Act and served as a member of the California Commission on the Status of Women.

In 1998, Congresswoman Barbara Lee was elected to serve California’s 9th congressional district (now the 13th) in a special election. In 2001, Congresswoman Lee received national attention as the only Member of Congress to oppose the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) in the wake of the horrific events on September 11th. 



Our Emcee for the evening


Roberta Gonzales

Five-time Emmy award-winning Roberta Gonzales is the early morning and noon weather anchor and mobile weather reporter, tracking and chasing storms, as well as reporting on how our micro-climates affect local neighborhoods.  She also the morning and afternoon drive meteorologist for KCBS All News Radio.

Previously she was the Weekday Weather Anchor for CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 5, 6, 10 (on The CW 44/Cable 12) and 11PM, Weather Anchor for CBS 5 Early Edition and Noon newscasts and Weather Anchor for KCBS-AM for the midday and evening shows.  Roberta

 is now in her 20th year of calling KPIX 5 her home.



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For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Helen Mendel at or (510) 506-1874.

For all other event inquiries, please contact Mary Saelee at or (510) 227-6987.


Thank you to our generous 2017 First 5 Alameda County sponsors!