We find common ground and build on it
When marginalized people are afforded equal rights and justice, everyone wins.
Community-based organizations closest to the problems are also closest to the solutions.
We all have something to learn from one another and something to teach each other.
Founder of Akoben Organizing
Originally from Cleveland, I have been rooted in the Bay since 2000. The son of a social worker, I am inspired to lend my expertise to community development efforts. I firmly believe that educating our young people is the best investment we can make in building a healthier, safer, more vibrant, and more inclusive community for everyone in Oakland.
With 30+ years of volunteerism experience, and 22+ years of experience in the technology and public sectors, I have significant experience in research, quantitative analysis, consulting, project management, higher ed curriculum development & teaching, tutoring/mentoring, entrepreneurship, and community organizing. I earned a BA in Finance from Ohio University and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
We must develop systems that produce healthy, well-educated people. ”
I founded the Black Lives Voter Guide, produced the BYD Book, serve the Brotherhood of Elders Network as COO and Education Committee Co-chair, and served on the OUSD Reparations for Black Students Task Force. I accept my responsibility to lead positive change in our community, and am intensely motivated to continue the good work laid down by our ancestors.
What does Akoben mean?
Akoben is a Adinkra symbol from West Africa that means to be ready when called to righteous action. I believe I am answering a calling from my ancestors to continue working in service to our community, for as long as I am able.