Speakers Bureau

Dr. Thompson

Dr. Stacy Thompson

Commissioner Thompson was raised in the East Bay and has more than 25

years experience as an educator with a focus on supporting students of color

reach their educational goals. She has been a mentor to faculty, staff and

administrators who wish to advance their careers in the community college

setting. Currently, Dr. Thompson serves as the Vice President of Academic

Services at Chabot College in Hayward California. Prior this position she was the

Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Merritt College. For many years she

also served as department chair of Human Development and an instructor in the

Child Development Department. She earned her M.A. in Early Childhood

Education, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership: How education matters, from

Mills College. Dr. Thompson has a long history of implementing community

college innovations designed to increase student success including Math Jam,

Adelante, Emergent Teacher Program, Maximum Acheivement Program, Kids

College and a variety of off-site courses. She also provided leadership in the

community college setting by chairing committees such as the Accreditation, Staff

Development, Health and Safety and Tenure Review. She has been instrumental

in the attainment of key funding from county, state and federal sources to support

students. She serves on local and national boards including Alameda County

Commission on the Status of Women (chair), Western Region Council on Black

American African Affairs and Hayward Rotary.



Danielle McCurry

Commissioner McCurry is an Analyst with the Judicial Council of California,

Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC). During her tenure she has

worked in a number of family and juvenile related areas, including the AB1058

Child Support Program, Research, the Juvenile Court Assistance team, and

currently with the Collaborative Justice Programs.  With a heart for the

rehabilitative side of justice, Danielle works throughout the State with

collaborative court types such as drug courts, juvenile dependency courts, and

community courts.  As a Commissioner, Danielle has deepened her investment

in her local community and is involved in the Commission’s work around

domestic violence prevention and advocacy, human trafficking prevention and

awareness, addressing gender and racial disparities, and an overall champion for

education and parity for women and girls in Alameda County.



Michelle Smith-McDonald

Longtime Bay Area Journalist and 2015 Inductee into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in the

field of Sports and Athletics. Smith-McDonald has spent much of her career covering women’s sports for

major publications and media outlets such as the San Francisco Chronicle, AOL Fanhouse, ESPN.com and

more. Smith-McDonald is an Alameda County native, is currently serving as the Public Information and

Community Relations Officer of the Dublin Unified School District, while continuing to work as a freelance

contributor for espnW, the WNBA, Bleacher Report and the Pac-12 Network. Smith-McDonald has a

national reputation for coverage of women’s sports, is the recipient of an Associated Press Sports Editors

Award and has been a guest on television radio shows from ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”, to National Public

Radio and Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. Smith-McDonald lives in Dublin with her husband and has two

grown children and is an active volunteer in her community



Marie Gilmore

Marie Gilmore was the first elected African American mayor of the City of Alameda. During her tenure as

mayor and while on the Alameda City Council, Gilmore worked to secure ownership of the former Naval

Base at Alameda Point, restore and open the historic Alameda Theatre, build a brand new public library and

certify the first State mandated Housing Element in the City of Alameda in over twenty years. She also

fought to maintain programs for youth such as essential before and after school activities, youth sports, art

programs and library services even during an economic recession. Due to her leadership and fiscal restraint,

the City of Alameda in 2014 saw its first budget surplus in decades. Finally, Gilmore helped establish open

government rules for more transparency and public access to city hall.

In addition to her work on the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women, Marie Gilmore also

serves on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, which acts to preserve and

protect San Francisco Bay. The daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean island of Dominica, she is a

graduate of Stanford University and Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley).