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Mr. Joseph R. Debro Sr.

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San Francisco Bay View (California) news
Phone: (415) ***-****  HQ Phone
San Francisco Bay View
4917 Third St.
San Francisco , California 94124
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MS degree , Biochemistry
    University of California at Berkeley
  • AB degree , Bacteriology
    University of California at Berkeley
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Griot Leon A. Waters leads a Hidden History tour on the New Orleans General Strike of 1892, the first one organized by Blacks and whites together. Three unions – two white and one Black – demanded a shorter work day of 10 hours, overtime pay after 60 hours and a union shop. The 25,000 striking workers won a 25 percent wage increase, a shorter work day and other gains. – Photo: | Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 5 | No comments yet San Francisco Bay View > Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 5 Sf Bayview Logo
Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 5
by Joseph Debro
A 1968 book-length report, titled "A Study of the Manpower Implications of Small Business Financing: A Survey of 149 Minority and 202 Anglo-Owned Small Businesses in Oakland, California," was sent to the Bay View by its author, Joseph Debro, prior to his death in November 2013, and his family has kindly permitted the Bay View to publish it. The survey it's based on was conducted by the Oakland Small Business Development Center, which Debro headed, "in cooperation with the small businessmen of Oakland, supported in part by a grant, No. 91-05-67-29, from the U.S. Department of Labor, Manpower Administration, Office of Manpower, Policy, Evaluation and Research. Project co-directors were Jack Brown and Joseph Debro, and survey coordinator was Agustin Jimenez.
Joseph Debro, born Nov. 27, 1928, in Jackson, Miss., and a pillar of Oakland until his death on Nov. 5, 2013, was president of Bay Area Black Builders and of Transbay Builders, a general engineering contractor, former director of the Oakland Small Business Development Center and the California Office of Small Business, co-founder of the National Association of Minority Contractors and a bio-chemical engineer.
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Joseph Debro Transbay Engineering & Builders - Principal
Joseph Debro currently serves as the Building Committee Chair. Mr. Debro learned his initial engineering skills during his two years of service in the Army Corp. of Engineers. Following this service, he earned an AB degree in Bacteriology and an MS degree in Biochemistry at the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a Bio-chemical Engineer at NASA in the environment of the first space capsule, tasked with designing systems to dispose of waste in space. Mr. Debro co-founded TransBay Engineering and worked as its first project manager. He co-founded the National Association of Minority Contractors and served as its first Executive Director. He was the Director of the state of California office of Small Business. He founded the first minority-owned surety company in the country, Builders Mutual Surety Company. He wrote the proposal for the Small Business Association (SBA) surety bond guarantee program and lobbied for its passage through Congress. Mr. Debro has arguably brought more minority trainees into the unions than anyone in Northern California.
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Joseph Debro
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by Joseph Debro
Transbay Engineering, under the leadership of the late Ray Dones and Joe Debro, trained more Black workers for union membership than any other construction company in the country. Workers were trained by OJT (on-the-job training), not by apprenticeship.
Joseph Debro is president of Bay Area Black Builders, co-founder of the National Association of Minority Contractors, president of Transbay Engineering and a bio-chemical engineer. He can be reached at
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Joseph Debro is president of the new organization, Bay Area Black Builders, Black construction workers and contractors fighting together for economic justice. He is also president of the Visitacion Valley Community Development Corp., co-founder of the National Association of Minority Contractors, a general engineering contractor and a bio-chemical engineer. He can be reached at
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