The AIMS Board is responsible for ensuring that the academic program of AIMS is successful, that the school's program and operation are faithful to the terms of its charter, and that the school is a viable organization.
The corporation shall have at least five (5) and no more than nine (9) directors and collectively they shall be known as the Board of Directors.
The qualifications for Directors are generally the ability to attend board meetings, a willingness to actively support and promote the corporation and a dedication to its charitable endeavors. The proven ability to raise sizable donations on behalf of a non-profit organization. The evidence of a lack of conflict of interest between the authorizing board, county board, and/or state board, any other entity doing business with AIMS, or any other organization that has an actual or potential financial interest with AIMS. Any waiver of this clause is subject to a waiver of the board and all applicable laws, including but not limited to “the Brown Act” Cal. Gov. Code. § 54950 et seq.
Upcoming Board & Committee Meetings
Past Board & Committee Meetings
Board of Trustees
Director Steven Leung, is President of Outstanding Investment Company, Incorporated, which has provided outstanding property management and investment services for more than 14 years to buyers and sellers in the greater San Francisco Bay area. Steven previously served as Vice President of Sales for Quality Green Building Supplies. He is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and Finance. Steven joined the American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) board in 2012; and currently serves as President. He brings years of experience in financial management and investment. During Steven’s service as President of the AIMS Board of Directors, he devoted countless hours to the restoration of public and parental trust in the AIMS organization’s educational mission and goal. As a result, he was awarded a Board Resolution of Commendation for his outstanding service.
Secretary, Chairperson, Governance Committee
Director Toni Cook joined the AIMS board in 2015 and currently serves as Board Secretary, and Chairperson of the Governance Committee. Toni is a policy director and administrator who served as senior staff in the public sector; chief of staff to a Los Angeles councilmember; and a non-profit executive director. In addition, Toni has been a member of the faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Howard and Morgan State Universities, UC Berkeley and Laney Community College. In addition, Toni served as Associate Dean, Howard University, School of Architecture and Urban Planning; and most recently Dean, Special Programs Grants, College of Alameda. From 1990-1998, Toni was elected for two terms, to serve on the OUSD Board of Directors. Toni has been the recipient of many civic awards including Peralta Chancellor’s Service Award, 2017, and First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Oakland, Living Legend Award, 2012. Toni holds a Bachelors of Arts (Cum Laude) and a Masters of Arts of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles.
Chairperson, Finance Committee
Director Christopher Edington is a “hands-on” solutions-oriented professional with 20 years of functional domain expertise in analytics, project management; as well as a progressive career record that spans a full range of information technology operations and application development for multimillion-dollar projects in government, health care, financial services, and utility industries. In addition, Chris has an extensive background integrating new systems into large-scale informational technology infrastructure using Waterfall and Agile methodologies; and has a proven record of developing, implementing, and integrating cost-saving business solutions and applications across multiple platforms, and environments. Chris is a University of California, Berkeley graduate and a Certified Professional Consultant. In addition, Chris is a Member, Professional and Technical Consultants Association, Project Management Professional, and Project Management Institute. Chris joined the AIMS Board in 2016 and in 2017, President Leung appointed him Chairperson of the Board’s Finance Committee.
Chairperson, Facilities Committee
Director Benson Wan has twenty years of experience serving as a project management; and is very familiar with policies and procedures associated with facilities and construction management. Benson currently serves as a Specialty Combination Inspector with the City of Oakland’s Public Works Department. Benson is University of California, Berkeley graduated with a major in Architecture and minor in City Planning. Benson joined the Board in 2016 and in 2017, President Leung appointed Director Wan as Chairperson of the Board’s Facility Committee. Benson’s daughter is a student at AIMS, and served as an active member of the FAC and SSC. As a member of the Board, Benson remains a strong advocate for parental concerns.
Dr. Clifford Thompson
Director Clifford Thompson is an experienced educator with more than 20 years of service that includes serving as a classroom teacher, elementary, middle and high school public school principal, and higher educator professor. Dr. Thompson was awarded his Bachelor’s of Arts, French & Rhetoric, University of California, Davis, Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts and Master’s of Science, Administration and Supervision, California State University, East Bay, and Ed.D., Organization & Leadership, University of San Francisco. Dr. Thomson also holds a Masters and Doctorate of Theology. Dr. Thompson remains a very active member of Association of California School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Oakland Alliance of Black Educators, National Alliance of Black School Educators and California Alliance of African American Superintendents and Administrators. Dr. Thompson is also a lifetime member of the oldest Civil Rights Organization in American, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Dr. Thompson joined the AIMS Board in 2016; and in 2017 he was selected by the Board to serve as Ombudsmen.
Director Dana Lang is an experienced business advisor and grants manager. She has secured tens of millions in grant funds for local government agencies and has assisted numerous small businesses to gain contract awards. During her more than 20 years of public service, Dana served as a Policy Analyst for Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris; Federal Grants Liaison, Metropolitan Transportation Commission; Grants Unit Manager, San Francisco Police Department, and Small Business Affairs Officer, San Francisco International Airport. Dana received her Bachelor’s of Arts from Wellesley College, Massachusetts; and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Dana remains connected to her Alma Mater as she is the Treasurer, Wellesley College Class Alumnae Board; and is a volunteer for the Cal Berkeley African American Initiative Scholarship Program. In addition, she is a board member and past president of the Northern California Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). Dana joined the AIMS Board, August 2019.
Director Adrien Abuyen, is a University of California Berkeley graduate, with a Bachelors of Arts in Legal Studies, and Associate Degrees from the College of Alameda. While at UC Berkeley, Adrien was selected as a University of California, RepresentEd Leadership Fellow, receiving premier training in human-centered design and social enterprise building. He also served as the Cal American Civil Liberties Union, Vice President. As a former Student Trustee of the Peralta Community College District Board of Directors, Adrien advocated for equity, access, and inclusion by cultivating collaboration amongst student leaders and top-level administrators. He also served on the Peralta Community College District Citizens’ Board and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. In 2018, Adrien served as a Legislative Intern in Washington, D.C. with Senator Diane Feinstein. During his service with Senator Feinstein, his legislative portfolio focused on matters of education and healthcare. Adrien harnesses his diverse experience and community-focused approach to build winning solutions, which is complimented by his analytical strengths and organizational skills. Adrien currently serves as a Public Affairs Associate with Gray, Greer, Shelby & Vaughn, LLC where he engages in the conduct of public affairs and strategic research that focuses on Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, Government Relations and Supplier Diversity.