Meet Our Team
At every level of management, the team we have selected for this project speaks for itself. From vision to execution, we have professionals representing a truly diverse set of backgrounds, experience levels, and skill. Everyone at District Works has dedicated their professional lives to creating vibrant, equitable, and welcoming spaces where everyone belongs.
Our ethos has always been to provide a work environment which brings out the best in our staff, meeting everyone where they are with compassion and respect. To that end, we have removed as many barriers to employment as possible, allowing us to forge alliances with local non-profits, drawing upon their employment pipelines to fill our ranks. Our team understands the importance of being respectful, compassionate, and empathetic to all members of our community. We train our team in the art of de-escalation, engagement, and customer service.
A native of Macon, GA, Chris has been a Bay Area resident since 2007. He is responsible and accountable for all day-to-day operations for District Works. His primary responsibilities are to oversee and facilitate administrative duties as required for the successful operations of the business, with a focus on People Operations, Finance, and Business Development. Chris has over a decade of Ambassador Program management experience, having worked for the Downtown Berkeley Association, Jack London Improvement District, and the Union Square Alliance. Chris will oversee the ongoing training, management, and performance of all District Works staff and will closely monitor all reporting and data collection. In 2022, Chris graduated from International Downtown Association’s Emerging Leader Fellowship Program.
Charles is a native of Detroit, MI, and has been a Bay Area resident since 2003. He has been working for District Works from day one, the very first employee. Having worked for the Uptown Downtown Oakland CBDs since 2018, he has developed a passion for public space management and Ambassador Program operations. Charles cares deeply about his team’s success and completing projects in a safe and timely manner. He is responsible for the oversight of many of the CBDs’ key initiatives. He works with UDO leadership to complete specific projects, obtain permits, and engage with community stakeholders to further the company’s goals and objectives. He has a unique ability to establish rapport with staff and community and facilitates ongoing partnership and collaboration to advance our initiatives.
Chris is the senior Service Technician for the company. Chris has also been instrumental for project services including ornament installations, plywood installation and removal, globe and lighting repair, and signage installation projects for improvement districts throughout the Bay Area. Chris has been with District Works since the inception of the company in 2020. When not providing superb service for clients, Chris enjoys spending time with his two sons, playing league softball, and Audio Engineering. The region provides the best arts, community, culture, food, and passion and Chris is proud to provide service and travel to all the communities throughout the Greater Bay Area.
As the first Team Lead for District Work’s Bart Attendant program, Jahan has created an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture for our team. He enjoys interacting with the diverse customers and coworkers at both 19th and Powell Street Stations. Jahan is a father of two: a son with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Plymouth State University and a daughter finishing her first year at Dean College. Jahan was born and raised in New York CIty and moved to the Bay Area to further his career in management. He is a foodie at heart and enjoys discovering new places for hiking, cycling, and spending time with family and friends. Jahan continues to motivate his colleagues to do their best and remain positive as we continue to evolve and grow in an ever changing industry.
Delante has a passion for leading and team building as shown in his 1-year tenure with District Works. As the Excess Litter Fleet (ELF) team lead, he has learned and harnessed skills to provide greater opportunity for his continued growth within the company. In addition to being a husband and father, Delante is our in-house comedian, food critic, and anime enthusiast. With his interest in learning new skills and becoming a better version of himself daily, he enjoys serving his community and finding ways to improve Oakland. Delante treats all his colleagues and clients like family and has been welcoming and supportive of all that have the privilege of meeting and working with him.
Steve directs the vision of the company through strategic planning, marketing and business development and has a passionate focus on community building and workforce development initiatives. He has served as President of the California Downtown Association Board of Directors and also Chairs the organization’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Task Force. Steve has also served as the Executive Director for the Uptown Downtown Oakland Community Benefit Districts for the past 10 years and has overseen the development and implementation of Oakland Central, downtown Oakland’s only unified marketing and events campaign.
Andrew is an Oakland native. He hires, trains, and develops every member of the District Works team. As a hands-on CEO, he oversees operations for the company. He brings extensive experience to the job and a deep passion for Urban Place Management and Oakland. He enjoys envisioning and executing transformative public realm projects. For the past 14 years, he has served as Program Director for the Uptown Downtown Oakland Community Benefit Districts. In 2018, he graduated from International Downtown Association’s Emerging Leader Fellowship Program.
Joe hires, trains, and provides mentorship for his team while overseeing all of the day-to-day operations of the company. Joe started working in the Clean, Safe, and Hospitality industry in 2015 and has experience managing several programs throughout the Bay Area. Joe loves to design and implement customized deployment programs to tackle the toughest challenges. Joe and his team install and maintain capital improvements and oversee our staffing division for the company.
Amanda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Chico State and an extensive background in Recruiting. She has worked in various Talent Acquisition roles for clients including LinkedIn, Stanford University, and Tesla. Originally from Bishop, CA, the eastern side of the Sierras, she now lives in Chico with her husband and immediate family. Amanda is a strong believer in employee rights and loves people! She will aid managers and employees with policies, compensation, benefits, recruiting, safety, compliance, training, development, and talent management.
Tanicia Jackson is an Oakland native. She recently joined the company as Vice President of Business Operations overseeing the development of financial and operational efficiencies to streamline and support the company’s business development. She brings over twenty years of experience in financial and operational management from the commercial real estate industry and has been an active and supportive board member of the Uptown Downtown Oakland CBDs since its inception in 2009.
As a proven DEI leader, Tanicia is also committed to further development of the company’s DEI policies and initiatives. Working closely with the CEO and General Manager, she will ensure that financial and operational processes effectively serve our clients and comply with industry standards and best practices.
Seth is an Oakland native. Prior to joining District Works, Seth spent a decade and a half in law enforcement serving the Tenderloin community in San Francisco. He has a passion for giving back to his community through mentorship of younger generations and coaching at the college level for Contra Costa College. Seth supports the company and management with oversight of the attendant programs for BART in San Francisco.
A native of New Haven, CT, Al has been a Bay Area resident for three decades. He has over 30 years of people and programs management. He enjoys training staff and tapping into their unknown potential. Al believes people are the greatest asset an organization has. His personal goal is to show love, dignity, and respect to every person he encounters. He also understands the importance of mentoring the next generation of leaders. After serving our country in the United States Army, he graduated from San Jose State in 1992 with a degree in Business Management. He has been serving our communities and involved in Urban Placemaking for the last seven years.
Amy is a Bay Area native. She is passionate about hospitality and creating spaces where everyone feels safe and welcomed. She is responsible for recruiting and assisting potential employees during the hiring process. She also maintains office schedules to support an effective workflow through efficient coordination across all departments for District Works. Amy calls the Bay: home, community, culture, and love. She is a lover of plants, animals, and cooking. Amy is always looking for the next delicious place to enjoy food with friends and family!