Bouapha Toommaly serves as the Chief Financial Officer at ISEEED, bringing hands-on fiscal and operational management experience to the I-SEEED team with a top-level, holistic perspective focused on maximizing impact for our communities.
Bouapha Toommaly has worked for the past 20 years for a variety of national and local social change, social service, and governance organizations as an agent of change. Her career has focused on building, maintaining, and improving integrity of financial, programmatic and operational infrastructure that supports organizations in achieving their mission.
Ms. Toommaly began her career as a Youth Organizer at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), where she worked with young women in the Laotian community to organize around environmental justice issues in Richmond, CA. During her tenure with APEN, she lead the organization of the youth component of the Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 2002 in Washington DC. Soon after Ms. Toommaly moved to Washington, DC to work on Trade and Agriculture issues, focusing on the impacts of free trade agreements on small/minority farmers and farm workers with the Rural Coalition.
Ms. Toommaly has also worked on prominent political campaigns including the 2004 Kerry-Edwards Victory Campaign, 2006 Ronald V. Dellums Oakland Mayoral Campaign and most recently the 2008 Obama-Biden Presidential Campaign (through the APIA Leadership Committee).
In 2007, she was appointed Special Assistant to Mayor of Oakland Ronald V. Dellums to track legislation from City Council, appointments to the City’s boards and commissions. Additionally, Ms. Toommaly was responsible for the management and oversight of the City’s workforce development program budgets.