​​​​Melissa Cadet, Ph.D. - Executive Director
Dr. Cadet is the Executive Director of the Marin City Community Development Corporation (MCCDC). Members of her family migrated from Louisiana and worked in the Marin shipyards during World War II. She is an outstanding business development manager and expert grant writer. Dr. Cadet has written and secured over $500,000,000 worth of funded grants and proposals. She was the former Executive Director of the Nehemiah Community Foundation, Executive Director of the California Small School District Association, Assistant Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District, Executive Director of the YWCA of Sacramento, and Vice-President of River West Developments, a multi-million real estate and land development company. As the former CEO of Lifepath Works, Inc., she helped nonprofit agencies and school districts secure over $16,000,000 to support a variety of youth workforce development and support services program benefiting low-to-moderate income families and individuals.

Dr. Cadet established the State of California’s Surplus Food Program which distributes millions of dollars of food products to needy families in the state annually. In 2005, she played a critical role in replicating the Sacramento Parent Teacher Home Visit Program and replicated the program in 18 states by securing a $1,100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Cadet served on the Board of the Freedom from Hunger Foundation, an international food assistance and workforce development program, from 2001-2009. She traveled with the foundation to Bolivia to help review and strengthen their credit-with-education programs targeting women in developing countries. In 1992, she was featured in the bestselling Prentice-Hall Publications book, A Few Good Women, along with 11 other Fortune 500 female executives. Dr. Cadet holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University, a Master's Degree in International Affairs from California State University, Sacramento, and a Ph.D. degree in Educational Economics from the University of California, Davis. She enjoys hiking and helping people build their personal, professional and financial assets.

Dr. Gregory Katzen - Empowerment Clubhouse Program Director

Blia Xiong - HR / Operations Director
Blia is an office administrator and human resource professional with over 20 years of experience in ethical administrative and financial management. She is adept at several computer applications/software and a quick-study when confronted with a new one. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations with a Human Resources Management Certification at the University of Phoenix. She provides exceptional administrative, program and management support to MCCDC. Blia is a highly skilled customer and human relations professional. She coordinates and monitors financial best practices, prepares and updates operational proposals, coordinates program evaluation, coordinates financial reports, human resources and administration, coordinates professional development, compensation and benefits, safety compliance, performance evaluation, training and recruiting. She trains and educates MCCDC team members regarding MCCDC tools, resources, policies and procedures. Blia has over 17 years of banking, credit repair and building, and home ownership experience. She is our Affordable Housing Program Coordinator and she helps Marin City and Marin County residents become self-sufficient to buy their dream home or renting. She is committed to the provision of responsive management services.

Blia has over 11 years of grant and proposal writing support, grant and proposal design, and grant and proposal research experience working at Lifepath Works, Inc. She assisted and supported a wide variety of community, management and special projects, and participated in marketing, production, sales, and project management of several businesses and non-profit corporations. From 2006 to 2010, Blia was the Assistant Branch Manager of Heritage Community Credit Union in Fair Oaks/Rancho Cordova, California where she was also the Medallion Signature Guarantee, Notary Public, and top Financial Sales Representative. Blia holds a Certificate in Bookkeeping and an Associate Science Degree in Business Administration from Modesto Junior College. She is currently a Secretary of State California Notary Public. She is a member of the National Notary Association, Sacramento Area Women Chamber of Commerce, and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Blia is an avid Autism Advocate as well as a certified CERT and Mental Health First Aid. Blia likes to read, enjoys spirited exercising, and also speaks Hmong.

Kathleen Roberts - Employment Specialist/Vocational Counselor II

Kathryn Alday - Vocational Counselor I


Demetrius McClinton - Office Assistant
Demetrius came to
MCCDC when she was working on her GED classes at MCCDC’s offices. She completed her program, accepted a position with MCCDC as a receptionist, and has since been promoted to Program Assistant. As a resident of Golden Gate Village in Marin City, Demetrius brings a unique perspective and is an amazing resource for developing and maintaining important communications between MCCDC, partners, stakeholders, and the community. She enjoys social media, providing quality customer services, family time, music and walking.

Brianna Izaguirre -- Research/Operations Assistant
Brianna is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Dr. Melissa Cadet at MCCDC. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Health Education with an emphasis in Community-Based Health, along with a minor in Women's Health Issues. She is eager to apply and develop her Public Health skills while assisting with various programs that support undeserved and low-income communities. Although, she commutes from San Francisco, she is very excited to be a part of the Marin City community and enjoys meeting many of its diverse residents. Her passion for community-based work stems from her own past and lived-experiences. She is very pleased to be a part of the MCCDC team and partake in its work in this community. Brianna enjoys creating music, walking her dogs, and traveling with her loved ones and friends. 

Rayeisha Breaux -- Program Assistant

Rayiesha came to MCCDC as a DOR program participant. Upon completion of her employment services program, she is hired part-time at MCCDC as a Program Assistant. As a Marin City resident, she is proud to be employed by MCCDC. She is deeply invested in her community and enjoys observing its members determination and obtaining their career and employment goals. Her passions are economic and social Justice. She hopes to become a District Attorney. In her spare time, she is honing her entrepreneurial skills. Rayiesha enjoys baking, cooking, singing, literature, and most of all time with her family.

Nathan Williams – Maintenance Specialist




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