Melvin Cowan MPA is Deputy Director of Housing, Quality Assurance and Operations at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS). Melvin Cowan develops strategic partnerships with local government, community-based organizations, and community members to foster safer communities for youth and their families. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco’s School of Management.
In 2017, Mr. Cowan led efforts with community and local leadership in Oakland, California to create the City’s first Department of Violence Prevention to address inner-communal violence.
Currently, he helps to oversee one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest organizations providing supportive services that address homelessness, incarceration, community violence and COVID-19 disparities impacting vulnerable communities in Oakland. Term Expires: 12/31/2023