Oakland 2017 fellows

Meet the 2017 Oakland Fellows
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Akua Apraku, Health Care Consultant

Akua_Apraku.pngAkua Apraku is a consultant with over ten years of relevant experience in the health sector. She has worked with city, national and international agencies such as New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, United Nations, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Her professional experience includes collaborating with high-level international public servants on development initiatives that integrate the resources of the private sector, civil society and academic institutions. As an administrator she leveraged private-public partnerships to extend public services to marginalized populations.  She has also designed training materials on performance measurement tools that assess the impact of national and corporate social responsibility volunteer programs. Her career, thus far, demonstrates a commitment to public service on a local and international scale. As a volunteer for the Michelle Nunn for U.S Senate campaign, she worked to engage other progressives to foster diversity in the nation’s capital. Akua looks forward to civic engagement opportunities and expanding her network as part of the NLC Oakland chapter. She received her BA from Tufts University, with a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Art History. Her Master’s in Public Administration is from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, with a specialization in Policy and Management.



Andres Albarran, Immigration Pro Bono Coordinator, Centro Legal

Andres_Albarran.jpgAndres joined Centro Legal in September 2015 as an Immigration Pro Bono Coordinator focusing on developing Centro’s pro bono program and working with the surge of unaccompanied minors and families seeking asylum in the United States from the northern Central American triangle nations—Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Prior to joining Centro Legal Andres worked as an immigration paralegal in private practice. Andres graduated with highest distinction from U.C. San Diego in 2014. While at UCSD, Andres served as a team researcher for the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) and researched the self-efficacy of initial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients.

 

 



Allison Bernstein, Program Manager- Business Inclusion, Google

Allison_Bernstein.jpgAllison Bernstein is a program manager on the Business Inclusion team at Google where she focuses her time on developing the capacity of Google teams to level the playing field for communities that have unequal access to technology and economic opportunity. Prior to this role at Google, Allison focused her efforts on empowering minority business owners to survive and thrive online. She also previously worked in Sales focusing on consulting on online growth strategies with companies whose primary customers were other businesses. In the community of Oakland, she currently serves as a board member at Oakland Digital focusing on creating economic impact and opportunity for young graphic designers and business owners in Oakland. She was also previously appointed to the Citizen's Police Review Board and served on that commission in 2013. Allison is a proud Management Leadership for Tomorrow Fellow (MBA Prep 2017 and Career Prep 2009) and she graduated from the University of Southern California in 2010 with a B.S. in Business Administration. While at the University of Southern California, Allison served as the President of the Black Business Student Association, worked as a Student Athlete Academic Services Tutor, produced a Visions and Voices event entitled “From BeBop to DooWop to HipHop”, worked on the Events team in the Admissions Department, and minored in Music Industry. Allison is from Long Beach, CA and has proudly resided  in Oakland, CA since 2012.



Frank Clayton, Owner, Frank Clayton's Training & Consulting
CO-Creator & Executive Director, The MenTouring Project

Frank_Clayton.jpgFrank Clayton is a father and business owner in Oakland, CA. He is the owner of Frank Clayton's Training and Consulting and CO-Creator and Executive Director of The MenTouring Project. He was born in Long Beach, CA and since the age of 3 years-old has lived in Oakland. He is proud product of the Oakland public system where he started his leadership efforts as vice president of his primary school's student council. Clayton graduated from Iowa Wesleyan University with a degree in Communication with a focus on Journalism. There he was awarded the Priceless Member award from the schools Black Awareness Organization. Additional honors included being part of the College President's welcoming team and receiving the Outstanding Diversity Contribution by a Student award as a Student LIfe Leadership Council member. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Performance Psychology at National University while running a successful fitness and nutrition business.   Frank is committed to supported and educating members of his community and advocate for fairness and equity for all. Speaking and inspiring others to meet challenges in a passion of his. In 2006 he became a member of the Black Professional Speakers Association of Oakland. He can often be found volunteering in his community leading career preparedness workshops or encouraging youth. Recently he became a member of The East Oakland Collective. This organization is dedicated to serving the Deep East Oakland community in which he grew up, in the area of community economics, housing, and blight elimination.   In 2016, Frank Clayton co-founding The MenTouring Project. This organization seeks to create events and partnerships that support young men in learning the importance of having mentors, building communication skills and choosing self-development as a way of life.



Lance Coleman, Community and Digital Activist

Lance_Coleman.jpgLance Coleman (born March 2nd), also known as Lance Is A Genius , is an Oakland-based digital strategist, hip hop artist, and social weaver. He is also well known for music albums including Lance Is A Genius, Tell Me Something Good, Legend of A King, One Black Man, The Audacity of Soul, and Boom Boom Clap. He has been featured on SF Gate, MTV ,Revolt,  XXL, Black Enterprise , and more.   He is the founder of IV The Love  where his company has provided digital strategy some leading brands which include Lil Wayne, Common, Nicki Minaj, The Roots, Hit Boy, G-Eazy, Euro, Lil Twist, Audio Push, Jake Troth, Stacy Barthe, Jaunt, Music Business Toolbox, Antonique Smith, Fantastic Negrito, Blackalicious, Chris Willits, Mack Maine, Ester Dean, Bosko Kante, Colette Carr, Howard University, Common, Jill Scott, Noble Black Society, McPherson Business Council, ElectroSpit. In 2015, he also worked as a Social Weaver for Zoo Labs in West Oakland and venture advisor for Binary Capital. Previously, he created an app, Playola, that helps artists to connect with fans to build a bigger fanbase by allowing fans to get paid to listen to music. Coleman exercised his philanthropic work in being a founder of Noble Black Society. He was named MTV’s The Freshman as well as awarded as HBCU artist of the year in 2012. Coleman was a speaker at the white house tech summit for Computer Science Education Week where he focused on creating sustainable interest in technology careers for young students. He is also a speaker at the SF MusicTech summit held in San Francisco, CA in 2014 and 2016. He was selected to be the keynote speaker of the European Commerce Conference. He also spoke at the Berkeley Haas Play Conference with Ryan Leslie held in 2015. In 2016 he was named by the registry 40 under 40 in tech diversity and completed a nationwide tour off of his album Lance Is A Genius. 



Alberto Galindo, Development Officer, Mission Economic Development Agency

Alberto_Galindo.jpgAlberto Hilario Galindo is a passionate believer in economic empowerment's capacity to spur positive community change, so working with the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), an economic equity focused organization, is perfect for his interests. In his current role as a Development Officer, Alberto supports national and local development operations and building strategic relationships. To do this, Alberto leverages his vast experience working with the Bay Area’s Latino community when introducing the organization’s asset-building programs to new partners. Before joining MEDA, Alberto worked with Full Circle Fund as a New Sector Senior Fellow, where he conducted a 15-year impact study to better understand the impact of the organization’s philanthropic model on both nonprofit grantees and community members. Prior to his fellowship, Alberto’s commitment to Latino community empowerment was cemented through roles with a variety of mission-driven organizations in San Francisco and New York City, including a national microfinance network, an immigrant services program, and a college access nonprofit. A proud son of immigrant parents from México and Perú, Alberto graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA in Politics and earned a Master’s Degree in International Development from NYU, where his thesis focused on assessing the impact of microfinance and communal monetary practices among immigrant communities. A Bay Area native and West Oakland resident, Alberto spends his free time exploring the region’s many parks, watching and playing soccer, listening to classic 90’s hip-hop records, and mentoring young men of color at John O’Connell High School.



Fanna Gamal, Education Attorney, East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)

FannaGamal_NLC_Oakland.JPGFanna Gamal is an education attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). An East Bay native, Fanna joined EBCLC's education and youth defense practice as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Her work helps protect the education and due process rights of young people facing school expulsion, school-based arrests, and juvenile delinquency cases. Fanna holds a law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University. Before law school, she worked as an Associate for ColorofChange.org -- America's largest online civil rights organization. Fanna has held research positions at the UC Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and trained with civil rights lawyers at the National Center for Youth Law. During law school, she served on the Executive Committee of the Boalt Law Students of African Descent and was a member of the California Law Review. She is passionate about education policy, critical race studies and people-powered advocacy. Her writing has been published in the California Law Review. 



Philip Hernandez, Associate Attorney, Law Firm of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann, & Bernstein

Philip_Hernandez.pngPhil Hernandez is a licensed attorney and public policy professional. He currently serves as an Associate with the plaintiff-side law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, which aims to protect consumers, workers, and the environment, both in California and across the United States. During his time at Berkeley Law School and the East Bay Community Law Center, Phil spearheaded a legislative proposal designed to protect innocent tenants facing eviction lawsuits and prevent homelessness. That idea ultimately became AB 2819, which was authored by Assemblymember David Chiu and signed into law by Governor Brown. Beginning in 2017, the law will protect tens of thousands of families across the state every year. Phil also served in the Obama White House as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Domestic Policy Council. In that role, he focused on a broad array of energy and climate change initiatives, including the most ambitious fuel economy standards for vehicles, new standards to reduce mercury and greenhouse gas pollution from power plants, and deployment of clean energy on public lands. He also helped coordinate the work of the federal agencies to develop the Administration’s 2013 Climate Action Plan and shape the President’s major speeches on climate change. Phil holds a J.D. from Berkeley Law and degrees in Jazz Music and Political Science from the College of William & Mary. He’s also fluent in American Sign Language.



Kim Hess, Creative, Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategist

Kimberly_Hess.jpgKim Hess is a multi-passionate creative, digital marketing and social media strategist and content writer who has worked on national and international marketing campaigns. She is a Program Manager for Adobe Systems Inc. working on the Global Marketing team in San Francisco, CA. Her past experience in event and digital marketing speaks to her many years of marketing experience which includes working with large multi-national companies to small, local non-profits. She has created marketing plans to brand websites, products and start ups which included article marketing, using social media platforms ,blogging, YouTube channels, and an internet radio show heard in 41 countries. Her prior entrepreneurial venture was approached by producers of the Oprah Winfrey Network and the “Today Show”. She has appeared on national television,wrote for the Examiner, co-authored the book "From Ex to Next: An Empowered Woman's Guide to Dating Again" and has hosted two radio shows in San Francisco which broadcast nationally and worldwide. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in social justice. Her studies most recently have taken her to Mexico to study a social justice movement of the indigenous people and their use of technology to spread their message. Her chosen field work consists of conducting research on the lack of underrepresented minorities in the technology field, particularly in Silicon Valley. She is active in civic technology, and holds leadership positions with Oakland Votes and CityCamp which is affiliated with Open Oakland. She lives in Oakland, CA and has two wonderful sons. View her writings on culture, race, and social justice issues on www.kimhess.com.



Romilda Justilien, Social Impact Consultant, FSG

Romilda_Justilien.jpgRomilda Justilien, also known as Romy, is a social impact consultant at FSG, a management consulting firm that advises foundations, corporations, and nonprofit entities on social change strategies. She has advised the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Houston Endowment, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Children. Romy is excited to advance an equity framework as well as policy and system change for transformative philanthropy. Her primary focus areas are collective impact, corporate social responsibility, social welfare programs, and community-led change initiatives. Prior to joining FSG, Romy served as a consultant and researcher with BCT Partners to address racial disparities and gender inequities through strategic planning, qualitative research, developmental evaluation, and collective impact in the social sector. She coordinated technical assistance and provided capacity building support for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise grantees around program design and collective impact efforts to strengthen behavioral health interventions for young men of color across 16 sites. With Annie E. Casey Foundation, she engaged in a developmental evaluation to scale up the Center for Urban Families’ Couples Advancing Together program to address family stability and economic success for African American families in Baltimore. With Northwest Area Foundation, she provided research and programmatic support for their African American wealth creation initiative, including an environmental scan and strategy sessions with national and local leaders, including NAACP, CFED, BCT Partners, and the African American Leadership Forum. Romy’s expertise lies in research, policy analysis, project management, and strategy development that advance social equity in national projects and local initiatives in the government, non- profit, and philanthropic sector. She obtained her Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Bachelors in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida.



Stephanie Krol, Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid

StephanieKrol_NLC_Oakland.jpg”Stephanie Krol is a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid. Stephanie works in the economic justice unit, which helps individuals qualify for benefits to which they are entitled. Stephanie is also a volunteer with Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Before BayLegal, Stephanie was a bridge fellow at the National Center for Youth Law, where she worked with the child welfare team assisting in ongoing class action litigation on behalf of foster youth. As a former foster child, Stephanie’s own experience has motivated her to pursue a career as an advocate for low-income families. Stephanie earned her J.D. from USC Gould School of Law. During law school, Stephanie also volunteered at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’s (LAFLA) Domestic Violence Clinic, Public Counsel’s Adoption Project, and Children’s Law Center of California. Stephanie graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in History and Political Science.”



Yana Kusayeva, Policy Research and Management Analyst, MDRC

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Yana currently serves as a policy research and management analyst at MDRC, a social research organization. Her projects focus on evaluations of programs that serve disadvantaged youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, and noncustodial parents. At MDRC, she has assisted with random assignment processes, conducted field research, analyzed qualitative data, and co-authored reports. In addition, as a project manager and resource manager on multiple projects in the Health and Barriers to Employment policy area, she works with project directors and task leaders on the day-to-day project management, including the development, maintenance, and monitoring of work plans and budgets, staffing and deployment, and serves as a liaison to funding agencies, subcontractors, and other outside partners. In the past, she served as assistant director of an interdisciplinary global leadership program, Levermore Global Scholars (LGS) at Adelphi University. In 2009, she co-founded a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focusing on anti-bias and human rights education – Dialogue Beyond Borders (DBB).  She had served on DBB’s board of directors as board president and director of programs until 2015. She also spent 3 months in Tajikistan, conducting monitoring and evaluation of youth programs for Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia-Tajikistan; interned with the Women’s Refugee Commission, researching and writing a chapter on best practices in livelihoods programs for refugees; and conducted research for a database on anti-discrimination and equality law at the Public Institute Law Institute in Budapest, Hungary.  Yana immigrated to the US when she was 13 years old.  She grew up in a multicultural, biracial family in Uzbekistan and New York City. She holds a BA (magna cum laude) in international studies from Adelphi University’s Honors College, a certificate in advanced international studies from Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) program, and a MPA in public and nonprofit policy and management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In her free time, Yana enjoys taking dance lessons, traveling, volunteering with local arts and educational institutions, and exploring the Bay Area and California. She is fluent in Russian and proficient in Spanish.

 



Reetu Mody, Campaign Manager, Presente.org

Reetu is a dancer, writer, lawyer, and organizer. She currently works as a Campaign Manager for presente.org, the largest Latinx digital organizing platform in the country. She was a former public defender in Nashville, Tennessee, as a Gideon's Promise Fellow. She received a Master of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was the Program in Criminal Justice and Policy Management Summer Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Summer Fellow, and the Keta Taylor Colby Fellow for Death Penalty Law. Her thesis research was used to support the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights publication: “Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Our Communities.” She also received a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was awarded the Francine Diaz Award for Social Justice. During law school, Reetu worked at the Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office, the Death Penalty Clinic, the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana, and the East Bay Community Law Center’s Youth Defense and Education Clinic. Prior to graduate school Reetu was a community educator and organizer for a domestic violence agency, developing a prototype statewide curriculum on violence, gender identity, sexism, patriarchy, and racism for California youth. Reetu has advocated and organized at the intersection of racial, economic, criminal, and immigration rights.  Reetu’s understanding of the world has been deeply influenced by her family and South Asian ancestry, organizers willing to share their experiences, growing up in Concord, living in South America and Africa, and from the experiences and voices of the young people, people of color, and other systemically marginalized yet resilient communities with whom she has worked and belonged. Reetu works to ensure that people are seen as whole, multidimensional, and nuanced as systems of oppression try to replace their wholeness with one-dimensional caricatures. In that light, whether as a classical Kathak dancer, a folk dancer, a performance poet, a former performer, director and producer of Vagina Monologues, or a current Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Freedom Fellow, Reetu believes that art, performance, and rule-bending create the pathway for liberation.



Tracey Ross, Associate Director - All-In Cities Initiative, PolicyLink

Tracey_Ross.jpgTracey Ross, Associate Director of the All-In Cities Initiative at PolicyLink, works with cities across the country to adopt policies and practices to promote racial inclusion and equitable growth. She also serves as a delegate to the US-Japan Leadership Program, which fosters connections between leaders in both countries. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Tracey worked at the Center for American Progress focused on urban poverty and environmental justice, and at Living Cities on place-based solutions to addressing concentrated poverty. In 2012, she was selected as a “Next Vanguard,” Next City magazine’s recognition of 40 urban leaders under 40. Tracey has been a guest on The Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC and Inside Story on Al Jazeera English, and was a regular commentator for SiriusXM’s The Agenda. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Root, The Nation, EBONY.com, and ThinkProgress. Tracey began her career in the offices of former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO). She completed her master’s in public affairs with a focus on urban policy and planning at Princeton University, and received a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from UC Berkeley.



Ayushi Roy, Community Advocate

Ayushi_Roy.jpgA human rights advocate and technology enthusiast, Ayushi is passionate about designing civic tools for social justice. She puts her passion into play at Oakland City Hall by digitizing the delivery of public information with an eye to the range of income, access and ableism of neighborhood users. Ayushi’s upbringing by Kashmiri and Bangladeshi-Nigerian parents, forced to flee after the India-Pakistan partition, centered her family’s history of displacement as a foundation for active community and place-based engagement. As a refugee advocate in a variety of cities – NYC, DC, London, and Nablus (West Bank) – Ayushi began to use digital platforms to connect people with safety and services. She is the cofounder of an award-winning text helpline for sexual assault survivors on college campuses in New York City and collaborated as a member of NYC Mayor’s Interagency Task Force Against Domestic Violence. In short, Ayushi developed a passion for making technology work for cities and their people, not the other way around. She has worked with organizations including Human Rights Watch, International Rescue Committee, the U.S. Department of State, and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Near East Refugees (UNRWA). Ayushi received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, has deferred graduate studies at Oxford University, and is an alumna of Coro Northern California.   



Jennifer Tran, PhD Candidate, University of Southern California

Jennifer_Tran.jpgJennifer is completing her PhD in the department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her scholarly interests include interracial relations, immigration politics, and women of color feminist methodologies. Her dissertation seeks to magnify refugee perspectives on race and politics in order to more ethically engage immigrant and refugee communities in building collective power in the Bay Area. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Growing up as a daughter of Vietnamese refugees in East Oakland, she maintains a unique position and sense of urgency to ask hard questions, search for concrete solutions, and improve the quality of life for all of our communities. Jennifer has applied her Ethnic Studies and Urban Planning skills to spearhead community advocacy projects in Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, and Santiago, Chile. Some of this work included no-cost college preparatory academies for English Language Learners, increasing outdoor access to underrepresented youth, and community food justice outreach. Returning home from Southern California, Jennifer actively participates in local campaigns around affordable housing, police accountability, and capacity building with immigrant and refugee groups. She currently serves on the steering committee for Building Home Together (BHT), a network of thirty community-based organizations and resettlement agencies that support immigrants and refugees in Alameda County. BHT evolved out of a desire and need to create a Newcomer Welcome Center (est. in April 2014) for immigrant and refugee community members to share resources and build leadership capacity. What started off as an idea grew into a Welcoming County Resolution that was unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors. Most recently, Jennifer’s experience as an educator, scholar, and community member inspired her to establish Bay Area Workforce Connections and Enrichment (BAWCE)—a racial justice employment agency designed to increase workforce diversity by building deliberate cross-sector partnerships. She believes that developing community-centered recruitment and hiring practices within the local workplace will pave a way for nuanced dialogues toward a just future. She sees great promise in mobilizing minority and women business owners to engage in racial equity strategies and progressive politics in Oakland. Jennifer is thrilled to be part of the diverse NLC Oakland team, whose members strive to constructively challenge one another and collectively actualize our vision to make our communities stronger than ever.



Karolyn Wong

Karolyn_Wong.jpgKarolyn Wong is a proud Oakland native passionate about increasing the opportunities and capacities of underrepresented communities to solve complex social issues and cultivate greater leadership in our political systems. Karolyn holds a B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and she is also a Certified Paralegal. Karolyn previously worked in corporate immigration law as an Immigration Assistant with Berry, Appleman & Leiden, LLC. Karolyn has also worked for Independent Television Service, coordinating funding initiatives to increase representation of filmmakers and communities of color in public media. In 2015, Karolyn interned with Prayasam, a nonprofit in Kolkata, India that uses a youth- and community-led participation model to empower residents of informal settlement communities to educate, organize, and advocate for public health solutions locally and globally. This year, Karolyn worked as a Business Outreach Manager with Main Street Launch (formerly OBDC), a Community Development Financial Institution, supporting small business owners along the new Alameda County Bus Rapid Transit route with one-on-one marketing and financial consultation to scale their businesses for sustainability during growth of the corridor. Karolyn also worked as a Community Organizer and Associate for East Bay Housing Organizations where she supported resident-led organizing and facilitated presentations to help pass the Alameda County Affordable Housing Bond, Measure A1, that will provide over $400 million for much needed funding for affordable housing. As a queer woman of color, Karolyn is passionate about advocating for LGBTQ issues, recently facilitating a listening session with LGBTQ homeless youth in Oakland to inform policymaking through Alameda County’s All-In Campaign. As part of the Oakland Chinatown Coalition, Karolyn worked in coalition with the Black Arts Movements and Business District, organized labor, and City of Oakland leaders to ensure millions of dollars in Community Benefits, including affordable housing and retail, local jobs and apprenticeships, and neighborhood stabilization funds into arts, culture, safety and parks, from developers building in their historic cultural districts. Karolyn is excited to continue advancing work for community and economic empowerment, equitable community-led development, youth, women and LGBTQ communities, and issues of race, environment, and social equity. Karolyn is also interested in advancing research on how inequitable policies and systems can have disproportionate impacts on the experiences of intergenerational stress, trauma, and decreased life expectancy in communities of color. Karolyn hopes to gain new skills to empower communities to educate, organize, and advocate for their communities through systems and policy change. 



Dennis Yee, Operations Director, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA)

Dennis_Yee.jpgDennis Yee is a fourth generation Chinese American with ancestors who worked in the mines at California and ran a supermarket chain in San Jose, California.  His family’s past sparked his interest for listening to stories that are often unheard and ultimately ignited his passion for working in the Asian American community.  At UC Berkeley, Dennis began his community work through student affairs with his involvement in the Asian Pacific American Student Development Office, Asian Pacific American Theme House, and Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program.  He also learned how to tell stories through numbers and voices, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in Statistics and Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies, with highest honors and departmental citation in Ethnic Studies. Dennis currently works as the Operations Director at Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA), where he supports the empowerment of low-income, limited English speaking Asian immigrant women workers to create positive changes in their workplaces, communities and broader society.   Outside of work, Dennis serves as president for the Berkeley Asian American Pacific Islander Alumni Association Chapter, which seeks to financially support students dedicated to activism, community organizing, or Asian American Studies, provide community resources and mentoring for the AAPI community at UC Berkeley, support Asian American Studies nationally, and share the legacy of Asian Americans in the struggle for social justice.  Dennis is also the secretary for the Lacuna Giving Circle, a democratic philanthropic fund committed to giving and raising money for non-profits serving the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.