PMF Executive Director & Staff

Stalfana A. Bello, M.P.A.

Executive Director

STALFANA BELLO has been the Executive Director of Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) since 2002. PMF’s primary mission is to encourage recruitment and retention of African American physicians in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area.

Her vision and leadership of the organization’s goals and objectives focus on programs and initiatives related to retaining and increasing the number of practicing African American physicians while eliminating health disparities and improving the quality of life for patients and the overall community. She has worked with the Sinkler Miller Medical Association, the National Medical Association and various hospitals and healthcare organizations in developing policy, healthcare initiatives, and fund development.

Bello received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Public Administration from Cornell University. In 2007, she completed an Executive Management Program at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.

She worked in Municipal Government for the City of Oakland in various positions including Agency Administration Manager for several of the key departments, including the Public Works Agency and the Office of Information Technology. She also worked as a Legislative Assistant in Sacramento for an Assemblyman representing the Richmond area in Contra Costa County.

In addition to reading, her special interests include screenwriting, filmmaking and fund development.



JULIE SHIELDS-STRANE has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience in administrative services and training working as a paralegal, program/project manager and office manager.

She has a strong background in computer software applications and networking, specializing in installation, maintenance, upgrading and configuration of hardware and software.

Julie has been involved in community services working with numerous organizations doing event planning, database management for sponsorships and contributions, coordination programs and volunteer services, and public relations and social media marketing.

She has excellent people skills and is active with youth, healthcare, and other organizations whose mission is to enhance wellness and education throughout the community. Her special interest, in addition to event planning, includes tennis, gardening and growing cactus and succulents plants. Julie is married and has one daughter.



Doctors On Board Pipeline Program
Doctors Rock: Match & Mentor
Doctors Rock: Workshop Series (Test Prep, Essay/Writing, Interview/Communication skill building)
Doctors On Board Program Virtual
External Communications



MITTIE GRIGSBY has over 34 years of finance, accounting, cash management and tax expertise. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Hayward (now Cal-State East Bay). Mittie built an impressive career and reputation in the Bay Area working for local and national retail giants such as Gap, Inc, Mervyn’s, The Nature Company, Inc., Crescent Jewelers, Inc. She served as Chief Financial Officer for Andronico’s Markets for 9 years where she successfully managed the company through financial difficulties to a multi-million dollar recapitalization.

Mittie has served on the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Community Child Care Council. She is an enrolled agent in good standing and a registered representative with Transamerica Financial Advisors, holding several security licenses.

Amaka Nwigwe

Amaka Nwigwe


Creative and highly motivated event professional and project manager with years of experience in event operations, project and budget management, budget forecasting & management, quickbooks on-line, experiential marketing, concert touring, event promotions, multimedia design, and social engagement marketing



MD/PhD Candidate
Kriegstein Lab
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program
Eli & Edythe Broad Center for Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research
University of California, San Francisco



Graduated from San Lorenzo High School
A.A. Degree from Merritt College
Currently waiting on acceptance to SFSU or CSU East Bay
Major: Psychology
10+ years working with youth organizations in education, sports & fitness, and health & wellness



UC Berkeley, Class of 2018
Public Health, Pre-Med
Completed Doctors On Board and Community Health Ambassadors Internship Program
Currently doing research for Kaiser Permanente
Aspiring physician in Emergency medicine or Orthopedics



University of California, Berkeley Class of 2018
Candidate for Medical School 2021
I am interested in pursuing Internal Medicine to become a primary care physician. My passions are addressing breast cancer disparities in African-American women. I plan to promote breast cancer prevention and education in a primary care setting. As a physician, I hope to be involved in community health, mentorship, and health disparities research.