AFRICAN AMERICAN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
The AASEG (African American Sports & Entertainment Group) was founded in 20 with the primary purpose of using the vehicle of sports and entertainment to create a path for enhanced economic equity for the Black community. We were founded in Oakland CA, a city that is world renowned for having a large, innovative and forward thinking African American community that for decades has been at the forefront of issues pertinent to Black people across the country.
Our most talked about venture is the formation of the first majority Black owned NFL franchise here in Oakland, CA accompanied by a thriving sports, entertainment, educational and business district in East Oakland at the Coliseum Site. The development will serve as the catalyst for the implementation of the Coliseum Site Specific Plan.
SOME KEY MEMBERS
Ray Bobbitt is the Founder of the AASEG. He also serves as the President and sole shareholder of the Nacirfa Corporation, a Facility Management and Urban Consulting company founded 22 years ago in Oakland CA.
As a community leader, Mr. Bobbitt has served as Founder, Co-Founder, or Advisory Board member of multiple Community Boards and Committees including:
The Arroyo Park Community Advisory Council in East Oakland, the Webster Elementary Tutoring and Mentoring program East Oakland, Yerba Buena Community Benefits District in San Francisco, Yerba Buena Entertainment Coalition San Francisco, SFPD Southern Station Community Police Advisory Board, FPD Chief's African American Advisory Committee, Cal PAC-Northern California, Oakland The Parks and Recreation Commission, Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation, Father Figure Mentoring Project in Oakland, East Bay Youth Football Cheer League, the Oakland Coliseum Economic Impact and Legal Action Committee ( which was formed to keep Professional Sports in Oakland)
In addition, Mr. Bobbitt is a Decorated Veteran of Desert Storm as a US Marine (United Stated Marine Corps 4th LAAM Battalion)
Robert C. Bobb leverages more than 40 years of executive management experience in both the private and public sectors. He is the owner, President and CEO of The Robert Bobb Group, LLC (RBG), a multi-faceted private/public sector consulting firm specializing in: Public and Private Sector Turnaround Consulting and Advisory Services; Financial and Organizational Restructuring; Budget Management Services; Labor Relations; Economic Development Advisory Services; Emergency Planning, Public Safety and Policing, Real Estate and Asset Management Services, Education, Local/State/Federal Government turnaround and contract negotiations.
Mr. Bobb is the former City Administrator and Deputy Mayor for Washington, D.C. and served as the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security Advisor. Prior to this, Mr. Bobb served as the City Manager of Oakland California and Executive Director of the Oakland Redevelopment Agency; City Manager of Richmond, Virginia; City Manager of Santa Ana, California; and City Manager of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mr. Bobb is also the Founding President of the City of Oakland, California African American Chamber of Commerce.
In 2005, while serving as the former City Administrator and Deputy Mayor for Washington D.C., Mr. Bobb was primarily responsible for that city acquiring the 2019 World Series Champions, Washington Nationals.
john jones iii
John Jones III is currently on staff for Just Cities as the Director of Community and Political Engagement. As a father of three and third generation East Oakland resident, John is also a formerly incarcerated advocate seeking to transform his community. After being un-sheltered and unemployed for eighteen month, John became involved in community organizing and advocacy to empower himself and others by utilizing his personal story of pain, trauma, faith and transformation to inspire young people, as well as fight for policy change.
John has worked on several local and state campaigns and ballot measures, and is a passionate and vocal advocate for affordable housing, jobs and employment, ending mass incarceration and racial equity. As a result, John has been recognized as a community leader and voice, receiving a number of awards and accolades for his work in the Community.