Community Advisory Council

The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay’s dynamic group of Advisory Council members counsels and assists JLOEB with issues, projects, and activities around its mission, goals, and needs.

Suzan Bateson
Executive Director, Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB)

Suzan Bateson has been the Executive Director of the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) for ten years and in the non-profit sector for 20 years. She is particularly driven to help children and families. During Suzan’s tenure, the Food Bank has doubled its food distribution to 20 million pounds annually and currently serves 21,000 children a week. She is married to another nonprofit leader, John Bateson, who directs the Contra Costa Crisis Center, and is proud to have raised 4 children to continue the family legacy of helping others.

Andrea Z. Evans
Principal, Philanthropy Consulting Group

Andrea is the principal of Philanthropy Consulting Group, a practice serving grant seeking, grant making, and intermediary organizations. She has more than twenty years of professional and volunteer nonprofit sector experience, with a major focus on individual, major gift, and capital campaign fundraising. Her clients have included the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Energy Foundation, Kala Art Institute, Operation Access, REDF, San Francisco Opera, and Pamela Cook Development Search.

Prior to consulting, Andrea worked on staff for the Art Institute of Chicago, Sierra Club, Coro Foundation of Northern California, and the California Academy of Sciences.

She attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, where she earned a BBA from the Cox School of Business and a MLA from the Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Andrea has served in a variety of volunteer roles at SMU, as a member of the Junior League of San Francisco, and on the board of directors of the BRAVO! Club of the San Francisco Opera.

Virginia (Ginny) Hooper
San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Endowment

Ginny has lived in the San Ramon Valley since 1970. She and her husband Bick have three children who attended the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

Ginny retired in 2005 as Vice President for Donor Services at the East Bay Community Foundation where she was responsible for raising over $40 million a year in support of the Foundation’s charitable goals. She previously served as Interim Executive Director of the Foundation in 1992-93, and as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1981-89. During this time, she was a consultant in non-profit management. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the College Preparatory School where she was Chair of the Development Committee and is a past Board Chair of the East Bay Estate Planning Council and the Family Stress Center and Vice President for Community Services and Treasurer of the Junior League of Oakland East Bay.

She holds a B.A. degree in organic chemistry from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.A.T. in organic and bio-chemistry from Yale University.

Suzanne Simpkins
Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County

Suzanne attended Villanova University and Santa Clara University School of Law Since 2006, she has worked for the Alameda County District Attorney's office. She is currently assigned to the Law and Motion division in Oakland. She grew up in the East Bay and recently returned to the area with her daughter and husband.

Emily De Falla
Emily has more than 40 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and fundraising, as a founder, board member, board president, executive director, and volunteer. She has worked with a wide range of groups including legal, health, environmental, and arts groups. She currently serves as board vice president for Volti, a professional vocal ensemble with whom she has been associated for two decades. In 2007 she established her consulting firm, Third Force Consulting,providing non-profits with fundraising and strategic planning counsel. Emily practices estate planning and family law in Contra Costa County, representing people with issues related to the most important part of their lives, their family relationships.