OAKLAND - Mayor Ron Dellums announced another round of staff appointments Thursday, and said he would concentrate on public safety, health care and youth during his first 100 days in office.

The appointments complete Dellums' staff, which the mayor praised as a strong, highly professional team that would help make Oakland into a model city.

Robert Brauer will be Dellums' director of intergovernmental affairs, working with the mayor on legislative matters and serving as a liaison to the Oakland City Council.

Most recently, Brauer was executive assistant to the president of California State University East Bay. In addition, Brauer served as special counsel to Dellums while he represented Oakland and Berkeley as a congressman.

After Dellums left the House in 1998, he formed a consulting and lobbying firm with Brauer and H. Lee Halterman, the congressman's longtime spokesman. Brauer later worked for Dellums & Associates, after the first firm was dissolved.

Brauer will work with Vashone Huff, an executive aide to the mayor during the election and who managed the Dellums transition office. Huff, named intergovernmental affairs administrator, previously worked as an aide to former State Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Fremont, and in the office of governmental affairs at the Port of Oakland.

Kitty Kelly Epstein, a former education professor at Holy Names University, will serve as director of education. Her primary focus will be on developing "collaborative programs" to enhance the education of Oakland's youth.


Kelly Epstein headed up the 41 task forces that developed a host of recommendations for Dellums on a variety of issues facing the city, including police issues and affordable housing.

In addition to her work on the weeklong inaugural celebration, Kelly Epstein was among the first Oaklanders to urge Dellums to run for mayor.

Josie Camacho, a former organizer with Service Employees International Union Local 790, has been tapped as director of constituent services. In addition to making sure residents' concerns are addressed quickly, Camacho will oversee the Oaklanders Assistance Center, located on the first floor of City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza.

In addition, Bouapha Toommaly, a former community organizer, will serve as special assistant to boards and commissions.

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