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CEO James Head Brings a Revolutionary Approach to East Bay Community Foundation

Under Head’s leadership, the foundation has engaged in direct campaign work, and has asked its donors not only for their money but also their expertise.
June 10, 2019

Allen Baptist Temple Church Congregation Chooses Jacqueline Thompson as Pastor

The Oakland native is the storied church’s first female pastor and plans to continue its long history of social justice and community service.
June 07, 2019

Diane Barnes Uses Her Stroke for a Second Act

The retired radiologist who suffered a stroke turned to improv after retirement and now found the biggest catastrophic nightmare of her life has become her golden opportunity.
May 31, 2019

Johnny Lopez Launched TURFinc to Spread an Art Form

In 2012, Lopez started TURFinc with the goal of helping kids like him. Through the organization, beginners can learn the dance style, and experienced dancers can learn how to grow their careers and reputations.
May 20, 2019

Andrés Soto Plays the Music of Change

The Richmond musician and KPFA radio host is an activists’ activist, championing causes from workers rights and gun violence to the environment.
May 03, 2019

Aimee Allison Builds the Power of Women of Color

As the she behind ‘She the People,’ Oakland’s Aimee Allison works hard to network and connect women of color nationwide to transform democracy.
April 03, 2019

Sheng Thao Breaks Through

The new Oakland city councilmember representing the hills is the first Hmong-American woman elected to that office in the state.
March 04, 2019

Bringing ‘Light and Love’

Theresa Gonzales, the new executive director of Oakland’s Centro Legal de La Raza, is combatting the current climate of “fear and isolation” for immigrants and people of color.
February 06, 2019

The Tick That Took Me Out

My story of getting and coping with late-stage Lyme disease—one of the fastest spreading, most debilitating, and least understood diseases in the nation.
January 21, 2019

Rigel Robinson Represents the Next Generation

At 22, the recent Cal grad is the youngest-ever member of the Berkeley City Council, and he’s replacing 22-year council veteran Kriss Worthington.
January 04, 2019