Oakland Ballet Company is pleased to bring you: “Behind Graham Lustig’s ‘The Nutcracker’” as part of our “Behind Oakland Ballet” blog. Throughout December, we will be posting interviews with professional dancers, staff, volunteers, and superfans! Make sure to check out these fun, behind-the-scenes features and learn why Oakland Ballet Company is so loved by our community.
America Foy is a top-producing real estate agent with 10+ years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area with expertise is in buying and selling high-end real estate in the East Bay. America is also known for his extensive knowledge of the EB-5 program and being a compassionate advocate for the foreign investor. As a member of the board of directors of the Oakland Ballet, America believes that art is a powerful, positive way to strengthen a community. Read on to find out why America is passionate about OBC!
I am a new board member for the Oakland Ballet Company. I got involved in 2013 as a sponsor for the Spring Repertory Season and had a big opinion about the attendance at the annual spring gala. I was then asked to be on the Development Committee and soon also nominated to the board.
OBC, along with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, is the foundation of the arts in Oakland and the East Bay. The strength that OBC lends to the arts in Oakland is invaluable, the community outreach the company does for the at-risk or forgotten Oakland residents is priceless.
Why did you want to volunteer for OBC?
I volunteered for OBC because I feel that at this point in time, Oakland is going through a renaissance. Art, dance, and culture is a place where dynamic things happen. A strong art community makes a strong and lasting overall community, which makes Oakland – where I live and work – and the East Bay a better place.
What do you do for the Board?
I am the Gala Committee Chairman and a board member for the board.
What would you tell someone looking to volunteer for OBC?
OBC is wide open for people looking to volunteer. We have so many opportunities to reach out into the community, experience some culture, learn about artists, and get some hands on, satisfying, volunteer opportunities. Everyone involved with OBC are lovely people and this is a fantastic opportunity to give back to the community.