Our Staff

Duane Poe

President, Chief Executive Officer

Duane has almost thirty years of providing services to communities of color. Prior to arriving at BABUF in 2013, Duane was a successful social equity consultant for ten years. As a social equity consultant, Duane amassed a diverse portfolio of clients working on social issues such as violence prevention, workforce development, higher education access and Boys and Men of Color.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Duane was the Executive Director of the SF Black Coalition on AIDS, where he became a regional and national leader in the fight to reduce HIV risk in the Black community. As the Deputy Director of Westside Community Services, he was responsible for fiscal, operations and program management for a multi-site, substance abuse and mental health organization serving thousands of dual and triple diagnosed clients annually in San Francisco.

In prior years, Duane spent a decade working in higher education and academic success programs focused on increasing minority youth access and enrollment into college. Duane holds a BA degree in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration in Organizational Management.


Kirk Hogan 

Chief Financial Officer 

Kirk Hogan, CPA has over thirty years of experience in providing accounting and auditing services to Federal, state, local government and nonprofit agencies in California, Ohio, and Kentucky.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California.

He has worked with BABUF since 2009 as a consultant and finance manager before assuming his role as Chief Financial Officer in 2015.  He also performs consulting services as a sole practitioner Certified Public Accountant providing tax and accounting services to small businesses primarily in Northern California. He has worked as a finance director, controller and an audit manager conducting audits on a variety of government and nonprofit agencies.


Summer N. Jackson, M.A. 

Special Assistant and Board Liaison 

Summer serves as the Special Assistant and Board Liaison for Bay Area Black United Fund. She has unique mix of practical and theoretical training as a social scientist. She has worked with various public and private institutions in the areas of education, youth development, access to health services, evidenced-based therapeutic practices, and nonprofit capacity building. Summer holds a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University and a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College.


Linda Dails 

Office Manager 

Ms. Dails joined the Bay Area Black United Fund, Inc. in April 1991. She has over 20 years of experience managing full scale workplace campaigns. She currently manages all in-house accounting, payroll, office administration and staff supervision.

Ms. Dails helped plan and provided critical support that led to the success of the Bay Area African American Health Summits (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009). Her efforts supported program development, marketing coordination, logistics, vendor coordination, volunteer organization, and budget management. Prior to joining BABUF, she served as an administrator for the New Jersey education system and separately managed accounts payable for a major pharmaceutical company.


Tami Taylor 

Accounting/Human Resources Manager

Tami has over sixteen years of experience in the Accounting and Human Resources field.  One of the newest member of BABUF, Tami joined the team as a consultant in August 2015 and transition to permanent staff in March 2016.  She will lend her accounting and human resources expertise to support the team and the growth of BABUF.

Tami comes from the heavy construction industry where she worked as both an accounting and human resources manager.  In these roles, she has been a part of strategic planning, business planning, audit collaboration, regulatory compliance, and employee/labor relations.  She is a graduate of San Francisco State University, BS Business Administration/Accounting.


Melody Powers

 Workplace Campaign Coordinator 

During workplace campaign season, Melody acts as the lead federation in AC Transit, Port of Oakland, Metro Transportation Commission, BART and Stanford.  In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the campaign.  Some of the major tasks include, budget, print management of campaign materials, planning of kick off events, training of campaign coordinators, scheduling of presentations and pledge processing.

Melody is responsible for the relationship between BABUF the federation and its member agencies. She recruits new member agencies and provides technical assistance.

As Director of Marketing, Melody is responsible for the design of marketing materials and the implementation of all program marketing.  She is responsible for maintaining relationships with print, radio, television, cable and internet media.  Melody has designed and implemented the marketing campaign for all four African American Health Summits hosted by BABUF.  In this campaign she demonstrated the importance of ethnic media in marketing to targeted audiences.


Alai Kahsu

Workplace Campaign Support

Alai has been living in Oakland since he moved from Eritrea to the United States in 2011. He recognizes the significance of the civil rights movement in terms of enabling Africans (such as himself) and others from around the world to find a home away from home, and seek opportunities to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Living in the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States, he is excited and inspired to be part of a team that support African Americans and other marginalized communities to achieve physical and mental health, as well as general wellbeing.

Alai enjoys music, food, good conversation, and other simple things in life. He’s currently studying accounting-finance at College of Alameda.


Tyler Brewington 

Health Policy and Research Intern 

Tyler Brewington is a second year  Masters of Public Health student  at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Tyler is passionate about health policy, qualitative research, racial equity, and health education facilitation. Tyler holds a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Spanish Literary Studies from Occidental College. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Tyler served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala in the Maternal and Child Health project. Tyler is enjoying her summer internship with BABUF, and has learned an immense amount of knowledge from her team.