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Directors

Directors

The San Pablo EDC has a five-member Board of Directors, composed of three business community members and two City Council-nominated members who may or may not be City Council members. The diversity of backgrounds enables the organization to strategically link business and educational needs with the San Pablo community.

Xavier Abrams

Xavier Abrams
Board Chair

Xavier C. Abrams is an Area Manager and Vice President of Mechanics Bank in Richmond where she oversees operations of four retail branches, executes planning and implementation of the business development strategy for retail branches, serves as a team leader, and manages solutions standards to provide excellent customer service. 

With over 22 years of banking experience, Ms. Abrams is revered for her reputable problem solving, effective communication, strong interpersonal relationships and exceptional customer service skills.  She has extensive board experience, including AnewAmerica, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Richmond Workforce Development and For Richmond. Ms. Abrams studied Business Administration and Spanish at Cal State University, Hayward (now CSU East Bay).

Genoveva Garcia Calloway
Vice Chair

Genoveva Garcia Calloway is a retired mental health professional and former Mayor and served 16 years as a City Council member of the City of San Pablo. Ms.Calloway is dedicated to better opportunities for youth, investing time in cultivating the next generation of civic leaders, and supporting early childhood literacy, career pathway, and health initiatives. She spent 35 years with the Contra Costa County Mental Health Division as the Program Manager. She further served the City as its elected City Clerk from 1998 to 2002. Ms.Calloway has extensive community involvement and serves or has served on many boards and council committees, including the Contra Costa County Mayors’ Conference, Association of Bay Area Government, West Contra Costa Unified School District Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory, and many more. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and holds a Master of Arts in Social Work from UC Berkeley.

Kanwar Singh
Treasurer

Kanwar Singh is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for LifeLong Medical Care and has worked in finance and accounting in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years. Mr. Singh returned to LifeLong Medical Care as the CFO in 2014. He was the Chief Financial Officer at LifeLong for eight years (1994-2002) and pursued his career for another seven years at the City and County of San Francisco, where he managed a budget of approximately $490 million. Mr. Singh also has worked as CFO at Seneca Centers, a $55 million Behavioral Health organization; at Thunder Road (Sutter Health affiliate) in Oakland; and at Axis Community Health in Pleasanton. Mr. Singh brings expertise in primary care, behavioral health, and social services. Mr. Singh also offers experience in new markets tax credit (NMTC) projects.

Richard Kinney
Director

Rich Kinney is in his second turn as Mayor of the City of San Pablo and has served on the City Council since 2012. He started his career in the insurance industry and was a small business owner. The majority of his career has been as a pastor to the local community and organizing engagement activities for high-needs populations, such as warm meals and clothing. Most recently, Mr. Kinney serves as a substitute teacher in the local school district and Charter Schools and started Apostle City Ministries. Mr. Kinney is a member of San Pablo Rotary and serves on the East Bay Leadership Council’s Transportation Committee, Contra Costa County Mayors’ Conference, Association of Bay Area Government, League of California Cities, Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission, among others. Mr. Kinney is a Californian native and graduated from CSU, Hayward with a Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance/Pedagogy.

Patricia Ponce
Director

Patricia Ponce serves as the City Clerk of the City of San Pablo since her election in November 2018. She has worked her way up at Swinerton Incorporated where she is currently the Accounts Payable Supervisor. Prior to Swinerton, Ms. Ponce worked in the insurance industry. She has been a long-term volunteer at Lake Elementary, serving as PTA President. She is also a community organizer who values teamwork. Ms. Ponce holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. She is a 30-year San Pablo resident, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.