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
Steven Leung, President of Outstanding Investment Co, Inc., 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 VP Sales, Quality Green Building Supplies. Steven is a graduate of San Jose State University where he received his BS degree in Business & Finance. Steven joined the American Indian Model Schools board in 2012; and he currently serves as President and brings experience in financial management and investment. During Steven Leung’s service as President of the AIMS Board of Directors, he devoted an enormous amount of time that resulted in the restoration of public and parental trust in the AIMS organization’s educational mission and goal; and was awarded a Board Resolution of Commendation for his outstanding service.
Secretary, Chairperson, Governance Committee
Toni Cook joined the AIMS board 2015 and currently serves as Board Secretary, and Chairperson, 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 CSU, 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 AME, Oakland, Living Legend Award, 2012Toni holds a BA (cum laude) from UCLA and a MA Urban Planning, UCLA.
Chairperson, Finance Committee
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 IT 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 IT 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 UC Berkeley graduate and a Certified Professional Consultant (CPC). In addition, Chris is a Member, Professional and Technical Consultants Association, Project Management Professional (PMP), and Project Management Institute. Chris joined the Board 2016 and in 2017, President Leung named Chairperson, Board’s Finance Committee.
Chairperson, Facilities Committee
Director 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 graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a major in Architecture and minor in City Planning. Benson joined the Board in 2016 and in 2017, President Leung selected Director Wan to Chair 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, Director Wan remains a strong advocate for parental concerns.
Dr. Clifford Thompson
Dr. 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 BA, French & Rhetoric, UC Davis, BA, Liberal Arts and MS, Administration and Supervision, CSU, 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. Also, Dr. Thompson is a lifetime member of the oldest Civil Rights Organization in American, NAACP. Dr. Thompson joined the Board 2016; and in 2017 he was selected by the full Board to serve as Ombudsmen.
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 BA from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts; and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) 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 isa 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.
Adrien is the youngest member of the Board who received his BA, Legal Studies, UC Berkeley, 2018 and his AA, College of Alameda 2016. Following his graduation from UC Berkeley, Adrien was selected as the University of California RepresentEd Leadership Fellow. Adrien is currently the Public Affairs Associate with Gray, Greer, Shelby & Vaughn, LLC where he engages in the conduct of strategic research that focuses on Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, Government Relations and Supplier Diversity. From August-December, 2018, Adrien travelled to Washington, D.C. to serve as Legislative Intern with Senator Diane Feinstein. During his term of service with Senator Feinstein, one of his major responsibilities pertained to the utilization of a computer-based constituent response system to craft responses to the more than 300 daily emails the senator pertaining to the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court. In 2015, he was elected to serve as the Student Trustee, Peralta Community College Board of Trustees; and he served on the Peralta Community College District Citizens’ Board and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. Adrien joined the AIMS Board August 2019.