Team & Board


Tracey boutique


                   Tracey Weaver, Founder & Executive Director

Tracey Weaver is the Founder and Executive Director of urban university and is responsible for all phases of the organization’s non-profit to include leading the social enterprise and urban house. Tracey has over 30 years of experience in the profit and non-profit sectors.


Rocio, Social Enterprise Manager

Rocio is the Manager of urban furniture & boutique and is responsible for leading with the sales, donations and visual merchandising of the enterprise.

Board of Directors

Kimberly Christensen, President of the Board

Kimberly D. Christensen leads the board towards achieving the organization’s strategic priorities.  In this role, Kimberly contributes to the development and goals of uu, and supports single mothers in their journey to overcome poverty.  She is committed to enhancing life skills training, mentoring others to grow their abilities, and introducing entry points into today’s expansive healthcare field.  Kimberly currently works as the operations manager for a high-volume outpatient imaging center in Oakland.  She is also a cancer committee administrator where she partners with key members of the medical center to enhance quality oncology care for our community.  Kimberly earned her degree in Molecular Biology from UC San Diego, worked in basic science and clinical research, and transplanted from southern California to Oakland in 2011.







Mark Elo, Advisor 

Mark Elo is an executive in the technology sector and currently holds the position Vice President of Marketing – he is also the product of a single parent family and was the sole parent throughout his children’s teenage years. Originally a British citizen, he grew up and was educated in England and holds an Honors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Salford, Manchester, England and an MBA from Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He began his profession career in Hewlett-Packard’s and has since held various senior management positions at large public companies such as HP, Agilent Technologies, Keithley instruments and Giga-tronics Inc as well as being involved in a number of eCommerce tech start-ups in the Bay Area. Mark has more than 25 years specializing in product realization, operations and life-cycle management. He has also held a number of technical chair positions, participated in international standards committees and has published multiple papers.

Mark’s goal is to bring together his business and single parent family experience to be able to help single mothers to succeed professionally and personally – while also creating a solid foundation for their children to grow and achieve their dreams


Ed Mosley

Ed Mosley, Advisor

Ed Mosley serves as an advisor to the  urban university board and operations team.  In this role, he provides advice and support towards the achievement of the organization’s strategic priorities, ensuring that each single mom reaches her full potential. Ed is an attorney who also brings thirty years of management and consulting experience to his role as President of urban university’s board of directors. As a Senior Director at Kaiser Permanente’s corporate headquarters, Ed is responsible for large, complex supplier programs with annual spend of over a billion dollars and a directive to reduce cost, enhance quality, and improve health outcomes for Kaiser Permanente’s members.

Ed has been active in the public sector since he attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., participated in multiple political campaigns, and worked for the Office of the President. After moving to California, earning his M.A. and J.D., and joining the California Bar Association, Ed has served in multiple roles with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, Oakland Workforce Investment Board, and the Cato Institute. Recognized by the Minority Supplier Diversity Council for developing opportunities for women and minority-owned businesses, Ed, has been an active supporter of urban university for 10 years and is enthusiastic and inspired to be part of urban university’s mission and expansion.


Hou Chia K.  Advisor

Hou Chia K is passionate about using technology and entrepreneurship to empower disadvantaged communities. Hou is currently a software engineer-in-training. He previously worked as an analyst at a California-based health care policy consulting firm, where he worked on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Hou has a degree in Religion and Global Health & Health Policy from Princeton University.


Kimberley Yant, Advisor

Kimberley has over 20 years’ experience in retail merchandising working in the buying offices at Macy’s West and Pottery Barn. For the past 10 years she has worked for Cost Plus World Market as the Divisional Merchandise Manager responsible for merchandise development and procurement of furniture, lighting and storage.

At a young age in Sacramento, Kimberley watched her sister and friends struggle through teenage pregnancy, poverty and domestic abuse. She saw that these young women would never find a way out of the poverty cycle based on current public assistance programs. They needed a program that could interrupt the cycle and provide them a new path. Many years later, walking down Grand Avenue Kimberley came across the newly opened Urban Furniture store. She began volunteering at Urban Furniture and helped to open Urban Boutique bringing her knowledge of business and retail operations to the organization. She is a proud advisor to the urban university Board of Directors.

Educate. Employ. Empower.