Board Members


Monét R. Crowley, PRESIDENT

Monet has nearly two decades of experience in program management, construction management and general contracting.  He has mastered every phase of public- and private-sector programs, including pre-design, design, procurement, construction and post-construction. He has worked on projects spanning all budget ranges—with the $6 billion California Prison Receivership program among the largest.  In his various roles, Monét has prepared, negotiated and recommended master plans, claims analyses, project schedules, budgets, estimates and contracts, even helping clients with Senate Bill 1022 grant writing applications that have delivered millions of dollars in funding. And community leaders love the way Monét’s team-building and problem solving minimize risks while maximizing productivity.

Pedar Bruce, CFO & SECRETARY

Pedar is Assistant Vice President, Community Development Officer for Wells Fargo. He has 10 years in the financial services industry and works closely with community organizations to support small business, workforce training, affordable housing and financial education efforts in Northern California.

Jay Sales

In 2006, Jay Sales joined VSP Global, an industry-leading organization that brings together high-quality, high-fashion eyewear, customized lenses and ophthalmic technology to help more than 77 million people see. Since then, Jay has been an integral part of launching VSP’s innovation lab, The Shop. Predicated on design thinking, lean methodologies, and disruption theory, The Shop is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds where design, fashion and healthcare collide.

Scott Syphax

Scott Syphax is the President and CEO of Nehemiah Corporation of America (NCA), a Sacramento-based non-profit founded in 1994 that is today one of the largest non-profit community development organizations in the country. Under his leadership, Nehemiah Corporation of America has created over 200,000 new homeowners by providing over $800 million in down payment assistance grants; provided $30 million in investment capital, resulting in more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial revitalization, over 3,000 housing units and nearly 10,000 jobs created; contributed more than $5 million to nonprofit community service organizations across the United States; and created the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program, which aims to develop leaders of diversity who can become catalysts for change in their workplace and community.

Virginia A. Varela

Virginia is currently the CEO of Golden Pacific Bank and member of the Board of Directors for both the Bank and Golden Pacific Bancorp.  Between 1984 and 2007, she worked as an executive level regulator with various Federal banking agencies, eventually moving to Washington DC before accepting a position with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  Virginia has worked at the executive level and in a consultant capacity in both public and private sectors, bringing profitability and efficiency strategies to troubled banks.  



Veronica Smith has more than fifteen years of experience working with public agencies and private businesses on strategic initiatives and large scale economic development projects. Veronica currently works for the City of Sacramento advising the Mayor and Council on developing and implementing strategic initiatives around economic development and revitalization of underserved communities.