About Us

The Oakland Police Foundation was created in 2002 by an endowment from an Oakland police officer who served in the 1950’s. Until 2013, the investment proceeds from the $1.3 million endowment have served as the sole source of funds for grant making. The needs of the officers and the at-risk youth of Oakland far exceed the available funds. The Foundation needs to, and will with your help, become a major source of funding for effective programs serving these two key groups. Programs that make our police officers safe and effective, citizens safe and working in partnership with our officers, and most importantly Oakland a desirable city in which to live and work. Once we are safe, the path is open to thrive. We envision a future where:

  • Oakland citizens, police officers, and visitors are safe;
  • The Oakland Police Department provides high-quality services and functions effectively as an organization; and
  • Oakland residents have strong, positive relationships with the Oakland Police Department and its officers.

Our mission is to promote public safety by supporting and providing critical resources for the Oakland Police Department and engaging community organizations and citizens as partners in support of our police officers and their work.

Board & Staff

The Oakland Police Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization consisting of residents, business owners and civic leaders committed to building a safe community.

Board Members

Gregory Brown Chairman Partner in Oakland Law Firm
Dennis Purpura Vice Chairman Retired Sales Executive
Karen Lu Treasurer Accountant at Oakland Police Department
Craig Chew Secretary Assistant Chief of Alameda DA Investigators
Oliver Cunningham President Oakland Deputy Chief of Police
Jake Bassett Vice President Executive Board Member at OPOA
Douglas Butler Director Acts Gospel Church Director, Cypress Mandela Training Center
Tom Henderson Director Business Developer in Oakland
Mary Boergers Director  Retired State Senator from Maryland

Advisory Board

Geoff Collins Retired RLI Commercial Surety
JDavid Downing Deputy Chief Oakland Police Department