Fellow, Anchoring Communities
Maisha Quint is the Fellow for the Anchoring Communities pathway at The San Francisco Foundation. A Bay Area native, Maisha’s 20-year career has been as a social justice organizer, cultural worker, arts and policy manager, and communications director. Most recently, Maisha served as the Community Programs Director at EastSide Arts Alliance, where she led efforts to advance place-based equity and develop a Black Cultural Zone (BCZ) in East Oakland. The focus of BCZ is to combat the disparate impact that decades of disinvestment and displacement have had on the East Oakland African American community. A key achievement of her work was to get an MOU of over 40 public, business, community, faith, labor, and philanthropic institutions to commit to improve equity outcomes over the next 10 years in East Oakland. Prior to her work at EastSide, Maisha was the Communications Director and Family Advocacy Coordinator at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children in San Francisco. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Poetry from Mills College and a BA in African American Studies from Columbia University.