In the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute all fellows meet monthly in Oakland, and then they meet monthly in their spokes or sub-cohorts. The bios of the 2018 BCLI cohort are organized geographically by spokes:
Dru lives in Berkeley, and is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She works for the Berkeley Unified School District as an instructional technician, and is both a mother and grandmother. She earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from UC Berkeley, and a Master’s in Religious Leadership for Social Change from Starr King School for the Ministry. Dru spends her free time working with and for her communities.
José has lived in disinvested and polluted communities. His outdoor childhood memories generated an interest for the built environment, which developed into a lifetime commitment to fight for economic, environmental, and social equity. José has devoted his career to advance an equity agenda and create opportunities for disadvantaged communities to be at the decision-making table.
Wendy was bred in the streets of East Los Angeles and came to the Bay Area to pursue higher education. She currently works at the Youth Leadership Institute supporting youth in engaging in local politics. Wendy looks forward to further building a tool kit that will allow her to contribute to safer, healthier, and more equitable circumstances for low-income communities of color, especially for women and young girls.
South Alameda Spoke
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Derrick has lived in the Bay Area since 1988. He and his family have lived in Union City since 2005. Derrick has been a Mechanical Engineer for over 20 years. He currently works as a technology consultant in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Derrick was appointed to the Union City Human Relations Commission in 2016.
Rebeca is a mom and a Senior Community Political Organizer for SEIU-USWW. She serves on the Housing Advisory Council and as Vice Chair of the Gilroy Planning Commission. She served as co-chair of the Measure H campaign for an Urban Growth Boundary in Gilroy and is a founding member of Community Agency for Advocacy (CARAS) and Gilroy Growing Smarter. Rebeca helped launch the Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network.
Steven is a proud Bay Area native and passionate activist and advocate with over seven years of experience working with non-profits; committed to advancing equity and justice for underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized people and communities. He currently works as Program Coordinator at the ACLU of Northern California, where he manages major events and sponsorships and serves as liaison for needs ranging from speaker and know-your-rights materials requests to volunteer support.
Fredricka is a transgender affordable housing advocate and community activist in Oakland. She is originally from Los Angeles, and she moved to the Bay Area to earn a degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University. Fredricka worked on Oakland’s Measure JJ campaign to increase tenant’s rights for just cause evictions, and is on the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) steering committee for the San Pablo revitalization project.
Holly is a nonprofit leader and a campaign organizer. She holds a BA in Political Science/Law and Society from UC Riverside and an MA in Asian American Studies from SFSU. She is the Director of Public Allies SF/Silicon Valley. She taught Asian American Studies at local colleges and is focused on tenants’ rights and fundraising as the Board Vice President for Filipino Advocates for Justice.
Jackie is a native of Oakland. She is a retired mother of two children and has two grandchildren. She decided to step into public service after taking a twelve-week leadership course through the Oakland Housing Authority, a program that was designed to equip leaders with the tools they need to bring positive change to their communities. Jackie looks forward to learning and growing with her cohort!
Saabir is an advocate for criminal justice reform and lives in Oakland. His work stems from his experience spending 22 years in California State Prison where he advocated for reduced prison sentences. He is a machinist at Pacific Panels incorporated, and a member of both the Bay Area Black Worker Center and Revive Oakland. Currently, Saabir advocates for formerly incarcerated individuals, and works on campaigns to fight for an affirmative countywide re-entry hiring program.
San Francisco Spoke
Jordan is a low-income disabled transgender woman that was appointed in May 2017 to San Francisco's Single Room Occupancy Task Force, where she focuses on equity issues and making sure building and health codes and tenant rights work for everyone. Jordan has provided major contributions to a SRO Directory for tenants and is doing unpaid consulting with other Supervisors on SRO/supportive housing legislation.
Misty is a partnership and distribution specialist for a non-profit in San Francisco. She previously worked in the solid waste industry for over ten years educating the community about the importance of resource conservation. She received her B.A. from San Jose State University and is completing her M.A. in Geography from San Francisco State University. Misty serves as am the environmental justice representative on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Moisés has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years and is currently the director of San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District. He is a co-founder of the SF Cultural District Coalition, board member of Acción Latina, and a member/secretary of Danza Azteca Xitlalli, SF’s oldest Aztec dance group. Moisés is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in political economy and public policy focused on sustainable development and income inequality.
San Mateo Spoke
Karen is a John Gardner Public Service Fellow at the ACLU of Northern California, and works as an organizer and policy advocate on criminal justice and reproductive rights issues. Prior to working at the ACLU, Karen completed her bachelor’s and master’s at Stanford University. She was born in Mexico, and grew up in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. She hopes to serve on the rent stabilization board.
Michelle moved to San Mateo County three years ago from Kansas. She currently attends College of San Mateo and is majoring in Political Science with a certificate in Business Management. When she’s not organizing on her campus or exploring the Bay, Michelle has a passion for working with fellow youth across the county to advocate for their needs and create more equity within their community.
Montzerrat grew up in a low-income household, is a first-generation college graduate, and has dedicated over 9 years to community organizing efforts to create social change. Montzerrat currently works as the Program Manager for the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) in San Mateo County. YLI works with non-traditional youth leaders and their adult allies to create policy change in their communities on several social justice campaigns.
Rebecca is a policy analyst and investigator at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, where she works to confront discrimination. Previously, Rebecca practiced holistic public defense and client-centered advocacy at the Bronx Defenders. Rebecca received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and B.A. from Georgetown University. She is also a passionate cook and eater of stinky foods.