Oakland Chapter

Growing our fearless legacy of servant-leadership in the fight for equity

Rooted in a historical legacy of community-led activism and cross-cultural coalition-building, NLC Oakland develops a new generation of leaders to build a more inclusive and equitable society. We do this by identifying leaders with a demonstrated engagement in our local communities and a commitment to centering economic and racial equity. We help propel these leaders forward by giving them the tools and network to turn their ideas into reality.

The NLC fellowship helps foster the kind of experience needed to meaningfully address the challenges facing our democracy.

– Jignasha Pandya (she/her)
2020 NLC Oakland Fellow

NLC Oakland helps build a pipeline of diverse, progressive leaders who are committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice for our communities. The time has never been more urgent for bold, visionary leadership.

– Rodney Nickens (he/him)
2020 NLC Oakland Fellow

2021 Fellows

Alejandra Ramirez

Artist, Arts Educator, Arts Administrator

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Andrew Greenia

Consultant, Promise54

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Cecilia Perez-Mejia

Community Organizer, First 5 Contra Costa

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Christian Beauvoir

Organizer and Policy Analyst

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Dalia Gomez

Founder/ED, Vertical Skillz Outreach

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Ezra Kong

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Reflex Design Collective

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Fiona Tang

Data and Policy Analyst, Acumen

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Julia Velasco Guerrero

Teacher, Oakland Unified School District

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Kevin Williams

Manager of Equity and Inclusion, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission

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Lucia Mattox

Policy & Outreach Associate, Center for Responsible Lending

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Mar Velez

Program Associate, Resource Development Associates (RDA)

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Mauricio Amaral

Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Black Girls Code

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Meher Dhaliwal

Civil Rights Program Manager, Equal Justice Society

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Michelle Wright

Interim Director of Policy and Advocacy, National Harm Reduction Coalition

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Monica Balanoff

Program Manager, Launchpads, Freedom Forward

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Nadia Kim

Communications Coordinator, The Greenlining Institute

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Sadia Khan

Student Parent Advocate, Community Activist and Candidate for BA, University of California, Berkeley

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Stacy Maldonado

Social Entrepreneur

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Tasha Lo Porto

Community Engagement Planner, US Forest Service

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Anna Salem

Cassandra James

Cathleen Li

Chiemeka Okoronkwo

De’Zhon Grace

Jamina Ovbude

Jeanét Moore

Jessica Flores

Jignasha Pandya

Julia Silbergeld

Rodney Nickens

Tomás Quiñonez-Riegos

Verenice Andrade

Vince Steele

Xidi Ma

Yadira Sanchez


Amanda Baker

Angelica Zabanal

Courtney Welch

Daniela Bayon

Gabriel Villarreal

Ioana Tchoukleva

Kimberly Munoz

Lindley Mease

Lisa Hu

Menaka Mohan

Miguel Alvarez

Mitzi Iniguez

Miya Cain

Parker Rugeley

Roxana Bekemohammadi

Seema Rupani

Sharon Velasquez

Thato Ramoabi

Thomas Omolo

Thomas Pryor

Yoana Tchoukleva


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Alberto Galindo

Allison Bernstein

Andres Albarran

Ayushi Roy

Dennis Yee

Fanna Gamal

Frank Clayton

Jennifer Tran

Karolyn Wong

Kimberly Hess

Lance Coleman

Philip Hernandez

Reetu Mody

Romilda Justilien

Stephanie Krol

Steven Medeiros

Tracey Ross


Akeem Brown

Alisha Cannon

Amalia Greenberg Delgado

Erick Chavarria

Ezekiel Gorrocino

Janee Carter

Jme McLean

Leila Pedersen

Liana Molina

Maria Dominguez

Matthew Griffith

Michele Stillwell-Parvensky

Orlando White

Rosalyn Reed

Samantha Akwei

Sasha Werblin

Scott Hugo

Shreya Shah


Aldo Gallardo

Azadeh Zohrabi

Brian Bingham

Chris Bridges

Christman Bowers

Claudia Paredes

Courtney Baxter

Ellie Tumbuan

Emma Gibbens Gibbens

Ismael Armendariz

Jas Johl

Jennifer Lopez

Laksmi Lagares

Leo Esclamado

Maritza Perez

Michael Chavez

Shaun Haines

Tommy Hayes

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