Associate Initiative Officer, ReWork the Bay
Why do you do what you do?
I’ll never forget being at a disadvantage being a system-impacted Black girl with no access to power. Today, I understand the phrase, “to whom much is given, much is required.” Hence, it is my duty to fight for equity and freedom! I find great pleasure in using the power in my voice to amplify the many unheard voices.
What drew you to the foundation?
Honestly, the bold and radical leadership of our CEO, Fred Blackwell, is what drew me to the foundation. Additionally, joining SFF was a priority for me because the funding strategies allow staff to center the needs of “community” in a way that shifts and builds power. Lastly, I wanted to join a diverse team of amazing people who are truly about action!
How would you describe your role?
I work with the Rework The Bay team. We bring together leaders in economic justice, education and training, business, and philanthropy to advance collective solutions for a diverse and equitable Bay Area. In my current role, I manage several projects that aim to improve job quality and build worker power for workers all over the Bay.
Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
I currently volunteer as a board member for the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area (BBBSBA). I also serve as a mentor to several Black female-identified high school students all over the Bay Area. I assist with increasing their access to higher education. I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated currently affiliated with Berkeley Bay Area Alumni Chapter (BBAAC).