The League Board 2018-19


Adena is the youngest and first women of color to be president of our League since 1911. She was first elected president in 2017 and hopes to serve another year. Her focus is on updating our League’s image and bringing relevance to our organization. She has been involved with the League since 2009, and in 2014, she was honored with the Spirit of the League Award for her work connecting students with opportunities for civic engagement and resources for transferring to four year universities. In addition to working for the League as a Membership Growth Consultant for almost two years, she revived the League’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, volunteered on the Prop 13 Reform Team, and worked on opportunities to engage youth through voter registration campaigns and trainings. Adena  serves as a Berkeley Commissioner on the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Product Panel of Experts.


I have always looked up to the League, its activities, and its goals and very much support them!  I was happy to join LWVBAE and help with a few of the fall 2016 pre-election forums. I have become active with the Civics Ed/Prop 13 and Membership teams since then, and I look forward to continuing to support efforts to bring before the California voters a measure to amend Prop 13 and start getting back some of the lost revenue back to our local communities. Particular areas of concern and interest to me are issues related to inequality – from voting and representation issues to even climate change and the protection of our natural resources and health.  I have always worked in public institutions of higher education. First as a student in Pennsylvania & later as staff in Texas and California, working at UC Berkeley as a research administrator for many years. I look forward to this opportunity to support League activities and learn more about the League!


I look forward to continuing to work with the League, while also expanding my horizons and skills. Having worked at Semifreddi’s for since 2004, I am now the Office & Payroll Manager—overseeing sales data analysis, accounts receivables, payables, billing, and scheduling bakery production. I attended Berkeley High School and earned my GED at 17. Previously, I was an active volunteer for the Berkeley/Albany Girl Scouts Service Unit, including serving as the cookie sales manager and co-treasurer. I’m the mother of fifteen year old Micaela, a long-time League volunteer.


Bonnie Bain photoBONNIE BAIN – Program Director

Bonnie Bain has recently returned to the Bay Area and resides in Albany, CA. By day she works in the cleantech startup space, and by evening she is completing her MBA at the University of San Francisco. She is passionate about supporting and sustaining female leadership. Like many, she was galvanized by the 2016 election and spent time with 350MA, Indivisible, and Harvard’s Resistance School in order to learn the basics of grassroots political activism. Bonnie has over a decade of experience in project management and operations and looks forward to putting these skill sets to use to support the League.

reston Jordan photoPRESTON JORDAN – Action Director

As a scientist, I naturally gravitate to the League. Like the scientific community, the League is comprised of strong-minded individuals who have agreed to subject their ideas to review for the greater good. I appreciate the League for keeping alive the memory of our society denying some of its members the vote, and jealously guarding and pursuing the expansion of suffrage. It has been an honor and a pleasure serving as our League’s Action Director for the past year, learning on the job, facilitating the success of other League members, and putting League positions to work making a difference in our communities. If you have a policy idea for the League to potentially pursue, I welcome learning about it and either helping you shepherd the idea or pursuing it myself as you prefer.

Moana Newman photoMoana Newman – Voter Services Director

Moana Newman has worked in nonprofit fund development for more than 15 years, focusing on programs that develop healthy, engaged children and youth.  She is currently the Director of Development for Crowden Music Center, a Berkeley-based arts organization that offers an acclaimed classical music immersion school for students in 4th-8th grades, as well as music instruction and community for all ages.

Before joining the Crowden team, Moana was the head of Development for Family Support Services of the Bay Area. For ten years, she worked to raise unrestricted funds for programs providing mental health, housing support, and other social services; mentoring for vulnerable youth; respite care for children with special needs and who were medically fragile;  programs for seniors raising kinship youth (i.e.: grandparents raising grandchildren), and other services designed to strengthen families and break cycles of poverty and instability. Prior to this, Moana led the Development program at Family Paths, where she was a core member of the team implementing an organizational name change and re-branding, extensive tech systems overhaul and upgrades, and program-wide data mapping and CRM implementation.

For twelve years, Moana served as the annual Holiday ‘Sponsor-a-Family’ Program Director- first for Family Paths, and then for Family Support Services- coordinating community giving for more than 200 families annually, ensuring that basic needs and wishes were met for infants, children, youth, and adults in extreme poverty.

Moana believes strongly in the power of communication and one-to-one connections to create positive impacts. She is motivated to contribute to the enrichment of a healthy democratic process, and looks forward to engaging more fully in ensuring that all voices are heard, respected, and counted.

Ken BukowskiKEN BUKOWSKI – Government Accountability Director

I plan to apply my varied public and business experience, long residence and work in the City of Emeryville and my current familiarity with regional issues  to the Board’s work. During 6 terms as a City Council Member in Emeryville, I served 6 one-year terms as Mayor and helped lead the redevelopment of 65% of Emeryville. I’m a past president of the Emeryville N.A.A.C.P. and a founder of  the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce and the Emeryville Property Owners Association, for which I serve as a consultant. I volunteer for the Public Banking Institute. Since 2014 I have been recording regional public meetings and events, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC)–as well as events for local leagues. The videos are available free on line at Other experience includes: owning two successful nightclubs in Emeryville, being a former private pilot and an avid cyclist.

Ruby MacDonald League board '18-'19Ruby MacDonald – Proposition 13 Reform Director

Prop. 13 Reform/Civics Education Team Leader and 2018-2019 Board Member Ruby MacDonald is a former research scientist who returned with her husband Bob to the Bay Area on her retirement in 2006 for new challenges – teaching high school biology, learning Spanish, working with the League of Women Voters’ Climate, Voter Services and Prop. 13 Reform/Civics Education Teams and enjoying being a grandmother or “tutu” as they say in Hawaii, her home state! Her abiding interest is “educating children, as well as adults, for the best possible future for all our sakes”.