Jemahl Ämen (nominated by PolicyLink) is the California Director of Outreach for the Center for Responsible Lending. He has worked for several California Speakers and the State Legislature and has knowledge and experience related to planning/community economic development issues. He was a Coro Fellow from 1997 to 1998. He currently lives in Oakland.
|Utuma Belfrey (nominated by Brightline Defense Project) is a journey-level member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and currently sits on the San Francisco Hunters Point Shipyard Citizens’ Advisory Committee and the San Francisco Citizen’s Committee in Community Development. She is also a member of Mayor Edwin Lee's 100% Renewable Energy Task Force. She is a multi-generational resident of Bayview-Hunters Point and has practical expertise related to increasing opportunity for economically disadvantaged San Francisco residents. With the Earned Asset Resource Network, she founded Sustainable Futures, Inc., through which she has worked with the Port of Oakland to oversee local hiring compliance.|
Lynette Gailord (nominated by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5) is a Shop Steward and a long-standing member of Allen Temple Baptist Church. She has a wealth of practical experience for improving the lives of workers, their families, and our communities. She is a graduate of the C.L. Dellums African American Union Leadership School. She is a delegate representing the 13th Congressional District for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Juanita Nimfa Yamsuan Gamez (nominated by the Filipina Women’s Network) came to the US in 1995 from the Philippines and is the Founder, President, and Executive Director of the Mission-Hope Day Program and Residential Facility. In 2007, she was awarded recognition for being one of “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the US.” She currently sits on the Contra Costa County Commission on the Status of Women and was previously seated on the Contra Costa County Economic Opportunity Council.
Vince Gibbs (nominated by Bay Area Council) is the Project Developer for Beletric, Inc which builds generation grade PV Solar power plants. He is a graduate of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project Community Leadership Academy and is a member of the Train Station Partnership, for which he serves as President. He is owner and CEO of East Bay Property Inspections. He was previously seated on the Oakland Planning Commission.
Charles Jones (nominated by the UC Berkeley Labor Center) works for the San Mateo Community College District and has been a full-time volunteer for the California Advocates United to Save Education (CAUSE). He has served as chapter president for his union (the California School Employees Association). He is a graduate of the C.L. Dellums African American Union Leadership School. He lives in Half Moon Bay.
Dahianna Lopez (nominated by the San Francisco Injury Center) is a PhD candidate in Health Policy at Harvard University with an area of specialty of Evaluative Sciences and Statistics and a health topic of transportation-related injury outcomes and violence-related gun control policies. She will focus primarily on preventing injuries among vulnerable road users in developing countries. She previously worked as a public health research nurse in San Francisco, and served as the Vice Chair of the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Agency’s Pedestrian Safety Advisory Commission.
Adhi Nagraj (nominated by the East Bay Housing Organization) is a Project Manager for MidPen Housing Corporation, where he develops affordable housing across the Bay Area for families, seniors, and low-income individuals. He is also a Board Member for Youth Uprising in East Oakland, and RAILS - a nonprofit dedicated to the revitalization of the historic 16th Street Train Station in West Oakland. Prior to MidPen Housing, Adhi was a Project Manager at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. A licensed attorney, he is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School. He currently sits on the Oakland Housing Authority where he serves on the Housing/Education Sub-Committee.
Jenab-i Pareja (nominated by the RYSE Center) is a 1.5 generation immigrant and a recent graduate from UC Berkeley’s Development Studies program. He works for the RYSE Center, having started his affiliation with RYSE as a 9th grade youth organizer at Kennedy High School. He is also the Region 8 Northern California Youth Chair for the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. He currently sits on the Richmond Human Rights and Human Relations Commission.
Dairo Romero (nominated by the Mission Economic Development Agency) is a Community Organizing and Advocacy Program Manager at MEDA. He has over 15 years of experience as a social activist serving and organizing communities with diverse populations. He earned his Master of Public Administration degree in 2005. He lives in San Francisco. He currently sits on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Citizens’ Advisory Committee.
Keonnis Taylor (nominated by Comfort Homesake) chairs the Administration Standing Committee of the Black Economic Council and serves as Executive Director of Comfort Homesake. She received a Masters Degree in Public Administration as a National Urban Fellow, which included a mentorship assignment with Communities for a Better Environment.
Cheryl Vaughn (nominated by Opportunity West) is active in her hometown, the City of Richmond. She currently serves as interim Treasurer for the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council and sits on the Healthy Richmond Transition Team. Cheryl serves on the Richmond Economic Development Commission, is a director on the Board of Solar Richmond, and is a member of the Healthy Richmond Steering Committee. She is passionate about innovative education strategies and to that end, she has enrolled her grandson in the California Virtual Academy. Cheryl is committed to lifelong learning and is taking the Nonprofit Management Certificate Course at Cal State East Bay.
Beverly A. Williams (nominated by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment) is a long-time East Bay community organizer, having worked on community issues ranging from foreclosures to transportation justice for over 17 years. She is a Member-Leader with ACCE and an active member of the Block By Block Oakland Organizing Network (BBBON). She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Oakland Housing, Residential Rent, and Relocation Board and Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Improvement Council.
John Williams (nominated by United Way of the Bay Area) is passionate about designing and implementing innovative programs for employment training. Previously, he was the North Bay Region Program Office for United Way of the Bay Area, with a focus on workforce development for eradicating poverty. He lives in Oakland.
Ariana Zeno (nominated by PolicyLink) is a candidate for dual Masters Degrees in City Planning and Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. She hopes to combine the social justice and community organizing elements of social work with the systems-based, place-based elements of community organizing. She previously worked as a Program Assistant at PolicyLink where she provided support for the Center for Infrastructure Equity, particularly on projects dealing with workforce development and the green economy, inequitable infrastructure investments, and the systemic underpinnings of conflict between Latino and African-American communities.