We take pride in being rooted in the Oakland community and we see people power as our greatest strength. We are grateful to be a catalyst for restorative justice and economics in our shared fight for liberation.
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members… a heart of grace and a soul generated by love.”
-Coretta Scott King
Tash [she/they] was born and raised in the Bay Area as a daughter of Vietnamese refugees and brings their lived experience to their advocacy work as a young person funneled through the school to prison pipeline. They lead Restore Oakland’s political campaigns and oversees our restorative economics and restorative justice programs. Committed to creating spaces of transformation and healing through accountability, Tash brings over a decade experience organizing in movements against policing and imprisonment. They proudly serve on the board of the REAL People’s Fund.
Prior to joining Restore Oakland, Tash was a Senior Advocate and Organizer at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC). Tash’s dedication to resisting systems of domination is fueled by the deep ties they have in the Bay and their broader vision of liberation. They’re into the great outdoors, noodles, and nerding out over music, film, and poetry.
Ashley [she/they] is a proud citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona surrounded by her loving, resilient family and beautiful culture. As Development Manager of Restore Oakland, Ashley is dedicated to shifting resources away from prisons and punishment and towards re-investing in our communities so everyone can thrive and feel like they belong.
Ashley is a first-generation college graduate with a BA in Public Policy Studies and Minor in Sociology from Duke University. Ashley is led by her ancestors’ wisdom to fight against the monsters of Capitalism, Colonialism, Racism, and the Patriarchy.
Kinyaa’áanii nishłį́nishłį́., Tótsohnii bashishchiin, Hashk’ąą Hadzohi dashicheii, áádóó Tsi’naajinii dashinalí. Ákót’éego Diné Asdzáán nishłį́.
Decarcerate Alameda County Organizer
Cynthia was born in Hayward as the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and a Bay Area native. Cynthia brings to her advocacy work her lived experience of having tragically lost her cousin at the hands of Hayward Police in 2018. As Decarcerate Alameda County’s (DAC) full-time Organizer, she oversees the organization’s plans to reduce the incarcerated population in Santa Rita Jail and Alameda County Sheriff’s budget.
Prior to joining DAC, Cynthia was a founding member of the Hayward Community Coalition (HayCocoa), where she currently serves as the Chair of HayCoCoa’s Committee to Defund the Hayward Police Department. Cynthia is committed to healing and restorative justice with a focus on building community. She hopes to use her passion for justice and her own lived experiences to build a strong community across Alameda County that will work together for true safety and healing.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Alex [they/them] was born in Ecuador and grew up in a few countries. Throughout their life, they have felt passionate about social justice and been active in the community in different capacities – from housing rights and advocacy to food justice, to activism and art. One of their favorite projects so far was co-founding and facilitating an expressive arts group at a homeless shelter in Oakland.
Alex supports RO staff and programs by maintaining office facilities, ensuring that team operations are running smoothly and coordinating facilities rentals.
Alex has an interest in somatic healing and the mind-body connection. They enjoy learning about and practicing ways to move and release trauma and emotions held in our bodies. Other joys in life include city biking, spending time in the sun, reading, and looking after animals.
Nwamaka is the CEO of the Kataly Foundation and Managing Director of the Restorative Economies Fund. In her roles, Nwamaka collaborates with the Kataly Team to lead the foundation’s day to day operations, while holding the community-centered strategy and vision for the Fund.
With a background in community organizing, electoral campaigns, policy and advocacy work on racial, social and environmental justice issues, Nwamaka is deeply committed to supporting projects that build resilient, healthy and self-determined communities rooted in shared prosperity.
Prior to joining the Kataly Team, Nwamaka built an independent consulting practice guided by her framework on Restorative Economics. As a consultant, she provided technical assistance and strategic guidance to community owned and governed community wealth building initiatives like Restore Oakland, Black Land & Power and others. Her work with these community driven projects led her to providing trainings and advisory services to donors, foundations and impact investment firms including institutions like The San Francisco Foundation and RSF Social Finance. Nwamaka has served as a fellow for the Center for Economic Democracy and the Movement Strategy Center. She proudly serves on the board of Thousand Currents, Restore Oakland, Inc. and Resource Generation.
To relax and unwind, Nwamaka enjoys spending quiet time in her Oakland backyard savoring sips of bourbon.
Matt Nelson is the Colombian-born, Midwest-raised Executive Director of Presente.org, the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group, which advances social justice through technology, media, and culture. Before his work at Presente.org, Matt was the Organizing Director at ColorOfChange.org and cofounded several worker-owned cooperatives in multiple Midwestern cities. He is a seasoned campaign strategist who has won dozens of local and national campaigns and a skilled community organizer who has trained thousands of activists. He was recently featured in the first major book on the Ferguson Uprising, entitled Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion. He also contributed to the book Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times.
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