Leadership

2022–2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Ericka Nicholes – President
Ericka started her Junior League life in 2014 with the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP). Ericka has always been devoted to the league and served in several capacities from Public Affairs to Training and Development. In 2018, Ericka was honored with AJLI’s Rising Star award for her work in the league and commitment to change the Foster Care system. Ericka holds a Masters of Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management and works professionally as a Marketing Executive for Accenture. When Ericka isn’t working you will find her traveling, eating out at the many East Bay restaurants or on the occasional spa trip! Ericka’s Favorite Quote and Mantra:”… I am so hip, even my errors are correct.”
–From the poem, Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni
Leslie Fisher – President-Elect
Leslie has been in the League for 10+ years and recently joined the Programming committee for AJLI’s Women of Color Affinity Group. She’s President Elect and chair of the Strategic Committee. Prior to being a Sustainer, Leslie held leadership positions on JLOEB New Member, Project Research and Development committees as well as Secretary on the Board. Leslie leverages lived and work diversity, equity and inclusion experience to support the League, including facilitating training on Unconscious Bias and a conversation at this year’s Sustainer Luncheon: Where the League is with Welcoming Diversity. Leslie helped create a roadmap to infuse DEI throughout her League as co-chair for the 2021–2022 JLOEB Strategic Planning committee. Outside the League, Leslie is a Principal consultant with Slalom and spent many years as an independent consultant doing program and change management, marketing and DEI work.. As an army brat she is used to understanding new cultural climates, having lived all over the country and abroad. Her passion is supporting underserved communities including Black people, women, LGBTQI and indigenous. When she’s not working or volunteering she spends time with her friends, wife and fur kids or skipping rope like a jump rope ninja!
Erin Graffius – Executive Vice President
Erin joined the League in 2016 and has held several leadership positions, mainly with California State Public Affairs Committee (CalSPAC), which represents 17 Junior Leagues in California and advocates for legislation supporting women and children in education, healthcare, human trafficking and domestic violence prevention, and family self-sufficiency. She served as the delegate for JLOEB for two years and took a statewide leadership role as Co-Chair, directing 30+ women in awareness toward writing, sponsoring, and passing legislation. Her passion for Junior League is advocacy, and in her first year in CalSPAC,  she helped pass a State Senate Bill focused on violence prevention. She has worked in Talent Acquisition for over 20 years in the East Bay, and currently works as a Director of Talent Acquisition for a sustainable materials company based in Emeryville. Erin and her husband Eric are the proud parents to three cats and two dogs. In her personal life, she is happiest with a glass of wine, watching the San Francisco Giants, while holding her Kindle, preferably in Cabo San Lucas.
Atyia Allen – Treasurer
Atyia Allen became a member of the Junior League in 2012. Previously she was on the finance board for the renovation of the Boston League Headquarters. She worked in various committees until she joined Oakland-East Bay as a transfer from the Junior League of Boston in 2021. She became a member of the MarCom committee in 2021. Professionally, Atyia works for Gilead as a Clinical Supply Chain Manager. Outside of work, Atyia serves the community as a member of  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. All-Star Mentor, CYT Team Lead, and FAMU NAA Life Member. She loves to travel, walk, and try new restaurants.
Alyssa Doke — Secretary
Alyssa joined the Junior League of Oakland East-Bay in the fall of 2020 as a New Member. In her first active year, she was the Assistant to the Executive Vice President on the Management Team and was honored with JLOEB’s Rising Star award. Professionally, Alyssa is an Account Executive with Stealth Partner Group, a general agency in the Insurance field. When not working or volunteering, Alyssa can be found enjoying a glass of wine, working out on her Peloton or enjoying quality time with her Corgi and cat, Walter and Carl.
Lisa Parker — Sustainer Director
Lisa Parker joined JLOEB in 2015 as a Sustainer Transfer. She immediately got involved, joined the Sustainer Council and served as Sustainer Mentor to the Fundraising Committee. Lisa is now serving in her third term as Sustainer Director. Prior to coming to the East Bay, Lisa was a member of the Junior League of Summit, NJ for 20 years. She was an active member with roles as Membership Development VP, Nominating Committee, Transfer Chair, and many more. Lisa has also served on several other non-profit boards including Girl Scouts of the USA, Newcomers Club, and several school boards. She is currently on the Round Hill Ladies Golf Board and the Round Hill Helping Hands non-profit fundraising committee. Her career was spent at Accenture as a technology and business consultant in the health services and insurance industry. Lisa was named Sustainer of the Year for 2021–2022!

Marisol Jenkins — Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Director
Marisol first joined the Junior League in 2015 with the Portland Chapter. In 2017, she moved to Oakland and immediately felt a connection to the Oakland-East Bay Chapter. She has been an active member across various committees and was awarded JLOEB’s Rising Star award in 2020. 

In 2019, Marisol joined the DEI task force to assess current efforts and areas for progress across the league. To continue this work, she was placed on the DEI committee in 2020 and helped lead the development of a DEI roadmap, which now has elements included in the JLOEB Strategic Plan. Marisol is committed to making JLOEB representative of the communities we serve and is excited to help shape the future of the league for generations to come. 

Marisol is passionate about giving back and is a Board of Alumni member of her alma mater (Lewis & Clark College). Professionally, she is an Event Manager in the tech industry. Outside of work and volunteering, she enjoys hosting book clubs, yoga and taking care of her plants.

 

Carolyn Haga — Nominating Director
Carolyn is our Nominating Director and loves being a member of the Junior League and especially her time with JLOEB. When not engaging with JLOEB – you will find her at work, playing with her three kids, cultivating succulents, or eating a tasty snack. She has served our League in various capacities including Community Impact Chair, on the Management Team as the Community Programs Chair and she is honored to sit on the Board a second time.