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 and financial assets.
Andrew Abou Jaoude - Program Manager
Andrew is the Program Director for MCCDC. He has worked in the Marin City community for over 10 years, and has been a resident since 2008. Prior to MCCDC, Andrew was the Recreation Program Director of the Manzanita Recreation Center in Marin City. At MCCDC, Andrew coordinates and manages numerous programs such as: 1) the Summer Youth Employment Program; 2) Workforce Intermediary Services (WIS) Program; 3) Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Services; and the Construction Training Program (CTP). Andrew works closely with our partners such as Marin Clean Energy (MCE), Marin Housing Authority (MHA), and Thriving Families Network to create viable workforce job opportunities and living wages. He has experience developing a broad spectrum of services which are utilized by the largely underserved population of Marin County. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a B.A. in Urban Studies. For relaxation, he enjoys playing and refereeing basketball, biking, and spending time with his family.
Judith Morgan - Employment Specialist
Judy is the MCCDC Employment Specialist. Prior to MCCDC, she worked for Autodesk, Inc. in Major Account Sales, Marketing, and Multimedia before becoming the Director of School to Career Services for the Autodesk Foundation. In this capacity, she developed the high school internship program, working with interns and managers to develop quality work-based learning experiences. She was also the Event Coordinator for the yearly Project Based Learning Conferences which brought over 500 educators and administrators to the Bay Area to share curriculum, ideas and. At the Marin County Office of Education, she took the model created by the Autodesk Foundation for high school internships and developed over 300 high school internships with local businesses and organizations. As Program Manager, she guided the School to Career Liaisons located in all of the high school districts and assisted them in their work connecting students with businesses and career preparation. She developed a job shadow program with architects, engineers and contractors for high school students and job shadow opportunities for middle school students. In this role, she facilitated countywide collaborations between businesses, government organizations, educators and students.
As a consultant in Workforce Development for the College of Marin, Judy developed business and education job shadow partnerships with major companies, agencies and institutions throughout the North Bay and conducted a student survey design to improve student services. Judy’s expertise as a connector of people and resources, her ability to implement work-based programs and services, and her collaborative spirit and energy makes her a valuable member of the Marin City CDC staff. Judy is a graduate of Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota with a BA in Cultural Anthropology. Judy enjoys camping, bird watching, and landscape artists.
Blia Xiong - Operations/HR Manager
Blia is an office administrator and human resource professional with over 17 years of experience in administrative and financial management. She is adept at several computer applications 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 and management support to MCCDC. Blia is a highly skilled customer relations professional. She coordinates and monitors financial best practices, prepares and updates operational proposals, coordinates program evaluation, coordinates financial, human resources and administration, coordinates professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training and recruiting. She trains and educates MCCDC team members regarding MCCDC tools, resources, policies and procedures. Blia has over 11 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. She is committed to the provision of responsive management services.
Blia has over 5 years of grant and proposal writing support, grant and proposal design, and grant and proposal research experience working at Lifepath Works, Inc. from 2011 to 2015. 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 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 likes to read, enjoys spirited exercising, and also speaks Hmong.
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.
LaDasha Berry - Program Assistant
LaDasha has been with the MCCDC for over a year. She started as a program intern and since become the Summer Youth Employment Program Coordinator/Programs Assistant. She is very excited to be a part of this dynamic team and for the opportunity to utilize her skills and talents to contribute to the social and economic development of the Marin City community, in which she is also a member. LaDasha is passionate about the services we provide and she feels it is an honor and privilege to serve the clients of MCCDC. LaDasha enjoys reading, creating music, youth empowerment, and community organizing. She currently is working on a Master’s in Education at Holy Names University in Oakland.
Rayeisha Breaux -- Program Assistant
Nathan Williams – Maintenance Specialist
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