Ron Dellums, president
Cynthia Dellums, senior advisor
Ron is a transformative world humanitarian and social justice leader who has stood for the rights of all peoples to live in peace, dignity, and security, even when those positions were unpopular. He has been a leader in movements to end the Vietnam War, apartheid in South Africa, nuclear de-militarization and also an early leader in movements to promote the environment and social justice for women, immigrants, gays and lesbians, AIDS prevention, and boys and men of color.
Ron's visionary leadership has been responsible for watershed social justice outcomes such as the federal divestment of South Africa's apartheid regime, end to dangerous nuclear weaponry, creation of the Global AIDS Fund and PEPFAR programs to stem the HIV/AIDS pandemic, end to genocide in Bosnia, policy solutions to structural discrimination against Boys and Men of Color, and consistently serving as the radical and effective activist in the halls of Congress.
Ron has engaged in public service for over fifty years as a Congressman, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, founder of the Dellums Commission on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, and Mayor of Oakland.
He is renowned for his principled leadership, brilliant strategies, big heart, and bi-partisanship abilities. He received a Masters in Social Work from UC Berkeley and a BA from San Francisco State University.
Social Justice Organizer
Urban Equity Fellow
JOhN Jones III
Community & Political Engagement Director
Founding Board of Directors
Inter-generational leaders from government, community justice, cultural arts, and business serve on the inaugural advisory Board.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair, long-time political and social justice leader.
Dan Lindheim, economist, planner, software developer, attorney, and educator.
Arnold Perkins, longtime community and health equity leader and co-founder of the Brotherhood of Elders.
Ise Lyfe, social marketing entrepreneur; award-winning spoken word performer, artist, and recording artist; and founder of Lyfe Productives.
Margaret Gordon, long-time environmental justice activist, co-founder of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, recipient of President Obama's Champions of Change.
Marisol Lopez, project manager at Platinum Advisors, former chief of staff to Mayor Ron Dellums.
boona cheema, homeless advocate, former Executive Director of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency.