Oakland Thrives team

Melanie Moore


Melanie Moore is Chief Executive Officer of Oakland Thrives. An experienced, strategic social sector leader specializing in innovation, collaboration, and collective impact in public-private partnerships, she was a professional evaluator for over 15 years, leading projects assessing the impact of youth development, school reform, community development programs, capacity-building initiatives, and funder networks. As a strategic leader in the social sector for over 10 years, she has created strategies for achieving community and population-level results in governmental, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations. Dr. Moore was the lead evaluator for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families first comprehensive outcomes-based evaluation, and also led the Department's citywide strategic planning efforts for the Mayor's Children's Cabinet.

Dr. Moore founded See Change, Inc., an evaluation and strategic consulting firm with the goal of improving critical thinking in organizations working to make social change. After eight years leading the company, she joined the Family Independence Initiative as Managing Partner to promote economic and social mobility for families. In this role, she was a founding partner of ALL IN Alameda County, an initiative to bring an innovation approach to the county’s poverty alleviation efforts, and ultimately she led ALL IN for five years as Director. Most recently, Dr. Moore served two seasons as the Executive Director of the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation. She lives in Oakland with her two daughters and many pets.

Myisha Robertson

Director of Operations

Myisha Robertson, Director of Operations for Oakland Thrives, is an assertive strategic and entrepreneurial leader with the capacity to deliver extraordinary results. Myisha gained her extensive skills in strategic planning, business development, and leadership through her experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, where she served in various strategic and operational compliance roles. During her time in Community Relations with Kaiser Permanente, Myisha collaborated with community-based organizations and nonprofits in support of Kaiser Permanente’s initiatives to address social needs and community conditions. Myisha served two years as the Director of Community Engagement with the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce where she cultivated existing and new business partnerships to help improve organizational growth, spearheaded initiatives to expand brand awareness, and provided value-added programming by producing special events and business development programs. Prior to moving to Oakland in 2017, Myisha worked for the State of California at various agencies as a strategic planning and operations analyst. Myisha is very passionate about supporting the community and enjoys creating connections between people, organizations, and resources.

Myisha's deep passion for change has led her to become heavily involved as a leader in nonprofit organizations such as the OAACC and the National Black MBA Association. In 2021, Myisha was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Myisha's educational background includes a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Business Administration from American InterContinental University, Atlanta, and a Bachelor of Arts from Clark Atlanta University.

Myisha is also a fitness enthusiast who enjoys teaching Zumba, Cardio Dance, HIIT, and Strong group fitness classes.

Aly Bonde

Director of Housing and Economic Security

Aly Bonde is a Policy and Project Manager for Oakland Thrives, and an East Bay native and fifth-generation Californian. Aly was most recently the Director of Public Policy for the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she led the Chamber’s work in policy advocacy and equitable economic development as well as ran the political action committee and Leadership Oakland - the Chamber's popular civic and professional development program. Previously she worked in housing and real estate policy for the Oakland/Berkeley Association of Realtors as Deputy Government Relations Director.

Aly carries a master's degree from the Goldman School School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communication from the University of California at Davis - where she served as Managing Editor of the award-winning daily newspaper The California Aggie and graduated magna cum laude. Prior to her career in public policy, she worked as a special needs teacher for two years – the most rewarding yet challenging job she’s ever had.

Aly spends as much of her spare time as possible with family and friends and also enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening. She is also a court-appointed advocate for Alameda County foster youth and serves on the boards of several nonprofits.

Tammy Lee

Director of Measurement, Evaluation, & Data Strategy

Tammy Lee is Director of Measurement, Evaluation, & Data Strategy for Oakland Thrives.  She has a deep commitment to and extensive experience in partnering with communities & other stakeholders and leveraging data for action to advance health & social equity.  Prior to joining Oakland Thrives, Tammy served as a community epidemiologist at the Alameda County Public Health Department for over 15 years.  Beyond traditional disease surveillance and monitoring health inequities, her work has centered on asking questions of “why” (root causes of inequities) and “so what” (what can and should we do).  She is passionate and skilled in translating data into action, including program design/implementation, community engagement/advocacy, and policy/systems change.

Tammy has a Master of Public Health degree (specializing in Socio-Medical Sciences and applied research methods) from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology (with a concentration in bio-psycho-social aspects of child & adolescent development) from Stanford University.  She is a 2018 national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health leader, with a strategic initiative focused in East Oakland.  She is a proud daughter of Korean immigrants and mother of two boys, who are part of what inspires her to push for change for generations to come. 

Thuy Do

Research and Project Assistant

Thuy Do is a Research and Project Assistant for Oakland Thrives. Before joining the Oakland Thrives team, she was a Project Consultant and Resource Manager for the California WIC Association in collaboration with the National WIC Association and the California Department of Public Health. Thuy also serves the Sacramento and Oakland community as a volunteer birth doula and is certified as a breastfeeding peer counselor.

Thuy received her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Thuy holds a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in Health Management and Policy from San Diego State University, where she served as a graduate student liaison for the American Health Care Executives organization in the San Diego chapter for two years. She is currently an active member in the California Association of Healthcare Leaders chapter of Northern California. 

Thuy often travels between Sacramento and San Leandro with her husband and their chiweenie, Foxy. She is a registered yoga teacher in Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga, an indoor cycling enthusiast, and enjoys climbing when she is not spending her time at the dog park.

Palak Shah


Palak Shah is a consultant providing strategic planning, financial modeling and data analysis to organizations particularly in the public education and policy fields. Palak has provided strategic advice and developed financial models for multiple startups, leading to multi-million dollar investments; she has implemented a new Salesforce instance and provided hundreds of technical trainings at various skill levels at a post-secondary readiness nonprofit; and, she has designed and facilitated culturally relevant community engagement sessions to lift up community voice and inform strategic changes at public school districts.

Previously, Palak was with the Superintendent’s Office of Oakland Unified School District as an Education Pioneers Fellow and then a Strategy Analyst, where she developed and implemented major initiatives such as the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Equity-Based Budgeting, and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Palak holds a BA in Economics and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a first generation South Asian American from Queens, NYC and as a result is quite snobby about pizza and Indian food. In her spare time, Palak enjoys hilly bike rides, boba, and naps on the couch (in that order).