State Of The City 2020

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Agent/Broker & AFFILIATE Spotlight

Broker Spotlight


Tammy Willis

Tammy Willis is a licensed Real Estate Broker and the President/CEO of Shoebox Financial Solutions where she provides Accounting, Forensic Auditing and Tax Consulting services to over 200 individuals and small business clients a year, including several local non-profit organizations. Tammy provides these services while underscoring the importance of promoting and cultivating African American businesses to reach their full potential. Prior to becoming a remarkable entrepreneur Tammy’s experience includes both federal and local government auditing where she was previously employed with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General and the City of Oakland, Office of the City Auditor. In both roles Tammy managed numerous high-profile audits including assessments of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the City of Oakland’s Police Department (OPD) operations. During her tenure, Tammy received many accolades for her professional excellence, including the coveted U.S Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Achievement Award for outstanding audit work.  Tammy was also the recipient of the 2018 Dr. C. Diane Howell Entrepreneur Award for the 9th Annual Powerful Women of the Bay Awards. Tammy is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC) and the Contra Costa Chapter of the Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA).  

Affiliate Spotlight


Jain Williams

Jain Williams has operated a successful State Farm Insurance Agency in Oakland for over 30 years.  She works with individuals, families, and small business owners throughout California to develop insurance plans that protect their assets and their income.  Jain’s agency offers a family products to meet her client’s needs that include: home, auto, small business, disability and life insurance.  She has found throughout the years that having the proper insurance plan in place helps to build the foundation for wealth accumulation.

Jain is active in many community organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Rotary Club of Oakland and the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce.

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