"I was motivated to be different in part because I was different."
- Donna Brazile
The PRIDE Museum team includes a Board of Directors and Board of Advisors who collectively bring a vast network of relationships that span technology, education, community, finance, military, research, staffing and government, as well as extensive expertise and experience in engineering, IT, administration, business, nonprofit, teaching, communications, marketing, public relations, law and organization management.
We look to our board members to identify, and help vet, collaborators, strategic partners, volunteers, supporters and enduring benefactors.
Board of Directors
Pamala Springs, Executive Director
Pamala is a native Californian, raised in a working class African American community in Sacramento, CA. In 1960 she was included in one of the country’s first waves of affirmative action initiatives and participated in an accelerated learning program that promoted her academically. Her family moved to San Jose in 1965 and settled in a culturally diverse community in Alum Rock School District where she attended Piedmont Hills High School. At 17, Pamala entered San Jose State University, receiving an Equal Opportunity Program grant and majored in Psychology. Expanding her education, she earned accreditations for international marketing, administration, public relations, communications, computer graphics, event planning, property management, fair housing and accessibility courses in Silicon Valley. Her 29 years of corporate employment began in 1980 when Silicon Valley was in its gestation period. Her career as an International Marketing Executive Assistant and Project Manager includes roles within Crocker Bank, Davong, GE Intersil, McDonnell Douglas, British Telecom, Aris Project, Ellipse Peninsula Services, Johnson & Johnson and Self-Help Enterprises. In pursuit of her personal passion for sewing and crafting, Pamala studied textiles and formed her own label in 1973, Kuumba Creations which evolved into Wilma’s Girl brand in 1998.
Pamala has been a consistent champion of civic and cultural education programs for youth and community. Since 1986, while her three children attended school in various districts, she served as a parent advisor to the Black Student Union organization providing guidance and supportive nurturing to adolescents which has resulted in many rewarding associations with students, organizations and community groups. Pamala’s volunteerism also affords her an opportunity to unite with parents, educators, corporations, agencies and civic officials who demonstrate leadership and provide significant cultural activities for the benefit of youth. In 1997 she created Kwanzaa Village Youth Expo, a seasonal holiday program which is free to the general public and delivers educational workshops and a festive cultural affirmation celebration of all that is good in the African American community. In 2010 Pamala founded PRIDE Museum, a nonprofit organization committed to expanding educational perspectives on technology and science for youth in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. In service to her community, Pamala’s wide range of skills and talents has been utilized as a volunteer, organizer, committee member and advisor for many groups which includes; United Way, American Cancer Society, Walk for AIDS, Jack & Jill of America, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pegasus High School, African American Community Services, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), African American Art Store, Johnson & Johnson Corporation: Community Grant Board, Interior Image Design, MLK Celebration, National Medical Association (NMA), Juneteenth Celebration, African American Women on Tour and The Alhambra Group, Self-Help Enterprises After School Program, Hispanic After School Program (HASP) and Tutoring, Adult ESL Education and Toys for Tots. She is the recipient of the NAACP President’s Award for Community Service and Alpha Kappa Alpha Eta Rho Omega Chapter Community Service Award.
Outside of her professional interests, Pamala enjoys family time spent with her husband, a Silicon Valley technology professional, three children, a daughter-in-law and son-in-law, all who work in various professional roles in the technology and law industry and three delightful grandchildren.
Jacqueline Anderson, Executive Secretary and Sr. Technologist
Jacqueline Anderson is an accomplished Executive IT and Business consultant with 15+ years of experience in directing staffs in identifying, thoroughly comprehending and utilizing new technology to achieve superior business results. Jacqueline’s hands-on, demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, design, development and implementation of cutting edge technology adds to business value and increases operational efficiency and productivity.
Jaqueline’s passion is to motivate and manage staffs to employ strong business process solutions while utilizing extensive expertise in transforming and integrating change. Jacqueline is an exceptional innovator in human resources management, project management, product development, change management and release management utilizing standards and “Best Practice” approaches, such as IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Rational Unified Process (RUP), PMP, Agile Development with SCRUM, and waterfall development methodologies.
Jacqueline’s corporate roles includes work in the United States, Canada and Mexico, serving as; Managing Director at Kaiser Permanente; Sr. IT Team Manager at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Brokerage/Bank) and Vice President and Manager at Bank of America. Jacqueline’s senior responsibilities involves overseeing business and technical partner relationships, directing banking divestitures, managing software engineers, onshore/offshore software developers, technical project managers, quality assurance engineers, and 24/7 production support teams.
Jacqueline is a multiple recipient of Schwab's “Key Contributor” Award, in recognition of her consistently high levels of performance.
Jacqueline’s interests include continuous education, all running events, philanthropy, and volunteerism. She frequently fuses these activities, which recently resulted in a marathon run in Alaska -- an activity which she rates as one of her highest achievements.
Jacqueline earned her Executive MBA from Golden Gate University and her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from California State University, Hayward.
Alicia Jackson, Executive Treasurer
Alicia Jackson has dedicated her life to the education of children and their families. In a system that focuses on the academic success of children, Ms. Jackson takes a wholistic perspective. As an elementary school teacher, mentor teacher, and tutor, she maintains personal relationships with both her students and their families, keeping track of their progress and following them through their educational career until college. With over fifteen years of educational experience, throughout the elementary and high school profession, she is knowledgeable of the affects of the classroom and home environment on the whole child.
Ms. Jackson has recently taken her tutoring and teacher mentorship experience and used it to create an enrichment program for elementary students to receive more in depth understanding of the curriculum, while training new teachers in the process. Ms. Jackson is looked upon by her colleagues and the community she serves as a “warrior” in the fight for equal education for all. “We are our experiences. They must be acknowledged and accepted to get the results we are desire for ourselves and our children. Education is not just found in a book, but in our relationships with one another.”
As the founder of Jackie Hall Summer Enrichment Academy, Ms. Jackson operates a summer program that focuses on providing elementary school students with intensive skills and concept practice in preparation for the next grade level. It is a four-week program, made up of small class sizes and two trained educators per classroom.
Ms. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and a Teaching Credential with an emphasis in Cultural Diversity.
Yakiciwey Washington-Mitchell, Executive Chair
Yakiciwey Mitchell is Senior Director of the Los Angeles County Field Office and Strategic Consultation for Casey Family Programs. In this role, Yakiciwey directs service delivery to youth and families in the foster care system, and consults with public child welfare and related systems to promote the reduction of youth in care and improved outcomes for youth in care.
Yakiciwey was raised in Lynwood, CA, with family roots in South Los Angeles. After college, Yakiciwey began her career developing and implementing community-based social service programs through public/private partnerships in South Los Angeles. She is skilled in results-based facilitation, strategic planning, collaborative partnerships, community engagement, and constituency engagement. Prior to joining Casey, Yakiciwey directed a large community-based organization serving South Los Angeles; managing a multi-million dollar budget and over 100 employees to administer family preservation, family support and mental health programs.
Yakiciwey has a strong belief in the value of community and family. She is passionate about improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families. She is committed to developing and promoting community and public/private partnerships to improve systems.
Ms. Mitchell received her Bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara, and her Master’s degree in social welfare from UCLA.
Christine Willhite, Executive Events and Programs Management
Christine Willhite is a professional Events Management consultant and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Christine became a supporter and promoter of environmental peacemaking, recognizing the need for sustainability practices in event planning. Utilizing her natural talents as a luminous communicator and innovator, she incorporated her life sciences background and skills in strategic planning, social etiquette and decorum, to focus on the production of earth friendly Catwalk and Fashion Shows, Private Venues, Group Meetings, Banquets and Retreats.
Christine built a successful and influential career in the pharmaceutical industry and her technical and scientific work flourished in clinical data management, research biology, study protocol, early drug development, clinical trials, therapeutic specialist and pharmaceutical sales, calling on primary care physicians, allergists and pulmonologists, which included corporate roles within Syntex Pharmaceuticals, Resource Biometrics and Glaxo Wellcome.
In 2002, Christine became involved in community and civic affairs, directing her skills and talents to small business ownership, specializing in high-end private home theater design and installation, as co-founder of Premier Home Theater, Inc., in Livermore.
Through dedication and service, Christine broadened her leadership skills and profound commitment to the development of youth by offering her expertise as an active board member, vice-president, Chaplin, program director, committee member, liaison, teen advisor and event coordinator in support of nonprofit organizations such as; PRIDE Museum, Woodside Priory School, Peninsula Bridge, Delta SIGMA Theta Sorority and Jack and Jill of America Inc., Tri-Valley Chapter.
Christine’s academic honors in biology and chemistry earned her recognition and a series of scholarships through college, along with an internship at University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas. Christine graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology at Jarvis Christian College.
Board of Advisors
- Lupe Aguyao
- Eugene Harris
- David Jones
- Yvette Jones
- Tanika Mason
- Gwyndolyn Matson
- Yvonne Oaks
- Paul Seabrook
- Errol Springs, Sr.
- Errol Springs II
- Kibibi Springs
- Stacy Springs
- Anthony Winbush