Introducing Reetu Mody, Restore Oakland’s Interim Executive Director

We are proud to introduce Reetu Mody as our new interim Executive Director. Reetu joins us just as we are set to open our doors to the Restore Oakland Building this spring!

Reetu brings years of working as an organizer, lawyer, and policy worker to the movement. We are delighted that she offers a deep commitment and skill set to help us leverage and coordinate all the resources that will be available for job building, community organizing, and restorative justice under one roof.

In sharing her excitement to joining our team, she said “I’m excited for the possibilities that Restore Oakland offers to build upon the years of organizing and cultural strengthening communities in Oakland have done, particularly in the Fruitvale and Deep East. Restore Oakland Inc. has been bringing together organizations and organizers throughout Oakland to layer and cross-pollinate liberation work in order to build community-governed and power-shifting policies that help our community members flourish. I’m looking forward to working closely, learning from, imagining, and creating new worlds together.”

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 the East Bay, 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.

Before coming to Restore Oakland Inc., Reetu supported organizing, legal, and policy analysis to stop SB 452, anti-immigrant legislation in Georgia, and pass the Trust Act Resolution for the City of Orlando as an attorney with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Law Caucus. She also worked as a digital campaign manager for presente.org, working on criminal justice, corporate accountability, and economic equity campaigns, while envisioning how to deepen digital to on-the-ground organizing. 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 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall).

With Reetu’s leadership, Restore Oakland will be more than a building that houses several different organizations – it will be a catalyst for intersectional movement-building in the Bay Area. We are so excited to have Reetu on board to take Restore Oakland through the next stage of its evolution.

We also want to wish our former Executive Director, Liam Chinn, well in his future endeavors. Liam had pressing family matters that needed his full attention.  He worked tirelessly to launch our initiative and to set up the infrastructure for our new organization. He will be greatly missed.