Ron Dellums, president

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. 

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MARGARETTA LIN, PRINCIPAL

Margaretta is passionate about big change solutions, young people leading change, and people coming across divisions to care about justice and one another.  She combines her unique experiences in government, community activism, law, youth development, social enterprises, and collaboration into a force for equity and hope.   She has pioneered innovations and created new community institutions working at the intersections of equitable development, race, class, community healing, government transformation, youth violence, and educational equity.   Fruits of her love and labor include the Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap, the Oakland Housing Assistance Center, the OSNI Collaborative for East Oakland development without displacement, the City of Oakland's foreclosure prevention, foreclosed properties, and vacant lots initiatives, affordable housing in West Oakland and Oakland Chinatown, the preservation of the historic West Oakland train station and community reuse plan, Youth Together, Youth Uprising, and the Skyline High School One Land, One People Youth Center. Margaretta served as the Deputy City Administrator and Founding Director of Strategic Initiatives for the City of Oakland and Senior Advisor to Mayor Dellums.  Prior to government service, she served as Director of Community Economic Justice for the East Bay Community Law Center, Founding Director of Youth Together, researcher at ARC Associates, and Staff Attorney at Public Advocates. Margaretta received a J.D. and Masters in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Asian Studies and Religious Studies from University of Virginia. 

Margaretta is passionate about big change solutions, young people leading change, and people coming across divisions to care about justice and one another.  She combines her unique experiences in government, community activism, law, youth development, social enterprises, and collaboration into a force for equity and hope.   She has pioneered innovations and created new community institutions working at the intersections of equitable development, race, class, community healing, government transformation, youth violence, and educational equity.  

Fruits of her love and labor include the Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap, the Oakland Housing Assistance Center, the OSNI Collaborative for East Oakland development without displacement, the City of Oakland's foreclosure prevention, foreclosed properties, and vacant lots initiatives, affordable housing in West Oakland and Oakland Chinatown, the preservation of the historic West Oakland train station and community reuse plan, Youth Together, Youth Uprising, and the Skyline High School One Land, One People Youth Center.

Margaretta served as the Deputy City Administrator and Founding Director of Strategic Initiatives for the City of Oakland and Senior Advisor to Mayor Dellums.  Prior to government service, she served as Director of Community Economic Justice for the East Bay Community Law Center, Founding Director of Youth Together, researcher at ARC Associates, and Staff Attorney at Public Advocates.

Margaretta received a J.D. and Masters in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Asian Studies and Religious Studies from University of Virginia. 

Ndidi Okwelogu,

Social Justice Organizer

Dan Lindheim,

Senior Advisor

Dan is an economist, planner, software developer, attorney, and educator.  He served as City Manager for the City of Oakland and as Director of its Community and Economic Development Agency. Previously, Dan was a senior economist at the World Bank and a policy director for then Congressman Dellums. Dan also headed a regional development office for the Chilean government, taught at the University of Chile, and was a health researcher at Johns Hopkins. Dan also spent many years in the private sector as President and CEO of two leading high tech video and computer graphic software companies. Dan currently teaches at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School for Public Policy.  He has a PhD in Regional Economics, Masters degrees in both City Planning and Public Health, and a B.A. in Economics, all from UC Berkeley.  He also has a J.D. from Georgetown Law School and is a member of the California Bar. 

Dan is an economist, planner, software developer, attorney, and educator.  He served as City Manager for the City of Oakland and as Director of its Community and Economic Development Agency. Previously, Dan was a senior economist at the World Bank and a policy director for then Congressman Dellums. Dan also headed a regional development office for the Chilean government, taught at the University of Chile, and was a health researcher at Johns Hopkins.

Dan also spent many years in the private sector as President and CEO of two leading high tech video and computer graphic software companies.

Dan currently teaches at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School for Public Policy.  He has a PhD in Regional Economics, Masters degrees in both City Planning and Public Health, and a B.A. in Economics, all from UC Berkeley.  He also has a J.D. from Georgetown Law School and is a member of the California Bar. 

A recent graduate of UC Davis receiving Bachelors of Arts in Black Studies and Sociology, strives to better the condition of Black people in all corners of the globe. Currently assisting her people as the Social Justice Coordinator, she hopes to help propel the Dellums Institue to even higher echelons of service. As a bibliophile and lover of coffee, Ndidi spends her time reading and raising her acumen. In a constant process of decolonization, she supports others in challenging themselves, critical thinking, and resisting the powers that be. Ndidi agrees with the sentiment of Kwame Turé when he eloquently stated that, “We were aware of the fact that death walks hand in hand with struggle”. She lives by this idea and works to eradicate the systems that oppress her people.

A recent graduate of UC Davis receiving Bachelors of Arts in Black Studies and Sociology, strives to better the condition of Black people in all corners of the globe. Currently assisting her people as the Social Justice Coordinator, she hopes to help propel the Dellums Institue to even higher echelons of service.

As a bibliophile and lover of coffee, Ndidi spends her time reading and raising her acumen. In a constant process of decolonization, she supports others in challenging themselves, critical thinking, and resisting the powers that be. Ndidi agrees with the sentiment of Kwame Turé when he eloquently stated that, “We were aware of the fact that death walks hand in hand with struggle”. She lives by this idea and works to eradicate the systems that oppress her people.

Dellums Institute Student Staff

Resource Justice Organizer,

Lily Augus

Lily Augus is a freshman at UC Berkeley pursuing Political Science and Economics.  She is interested in fundraising and resource management, and is concerned primarily with mobilizing funds and resources while keeping in mind both the Dellums Institute and the wider community. Since attending Phillips Academy Andover, she has been involved with coordinating social justice and awareness clubs and programs; she also taught a class for sophomores regarding personal and community identity with respect to issues of social justice.

Lily Augus is a freshman at UC Berkeley pursuing Political Science and Economics. 

She is interested in fundraising and resource management, and is concerned primarily with mobilizing funds and resources while keeping in mind both the Dellums Institute and the wider community.

Since attending Phillips Academy Andover, she has been involved with coordinating social justice and awareness clubs and programs; she also taught a class for sophomores regarding personal and community identity with respect to issues of social justice.

Research Justice Organizer,

Denim Ohmit

Denim Ohmit is a senior Urban Studies major and Public Policy minor at UC Berkeley with a focus on economic justice and affordable housing.  Growing up in a low-income rural community in Humboldt County, California, Denim became interested in the intersections of geography, economic (dis)investment, politics, and built and natural environments. At Berkeley, he is grateful for the opportunity to apply these interests to community-engaged research and practice in the Bay Area.

Denim Ohmit is a senior Urban Studies major and Public Policy minor at UC Berkeley with a focus on economic justice and affordable housing.  Growing up in a low-income rural community in Humboldt County, California, Denim became interested in the intersections of geography, economic (dis)investment, politics, and built and natural environments.

At Berkeley, he is grateful for the opportunity to apply these interests to community-engaged research and practice in the Bay Area.

Social Media Organizer,

Kojin Glick

Kojin Glick is a sophomore at UC Berkeley pursuing a double major in Political Science and Media Studies, as well as an undergraduate certificate in New Media. Concerned with the interactions of social media technologies and social issues like displacement and inequality, he assists in developing an online presence for the Dellums Institute. He also is working to find a permanent home for the Dellums Institute at UC Berkeley, an inter-generational hub for social activism in the Bay Area and beyond.

Kojin Glick is a sophomore at UC Berkeley pursuing a double major in Political Science and Media Studies, as well as an undergraduate certificate in New Media.

Concerned with the interactions of social media technologies and social issues like displacement and inequality, he assists in developing an online presence for the Dellums Institute. He also is working to find a permanent home for the Dellums Institute at UC Berkeley, an inter-generational hub for social activism in the Bay Area and beyond.

Research Justice Organizer,

Minkah Smith

Minkah is a transfer student from Los Angeles whose interests reside in environmental justice and the politics of displacement in urban centers. She began her work as a grassroots organizer working with the Labor Community Strategy Center in Koreatown. While there she was involved in campaigns surrounding the unfair truancy legislation in LAUSD schools as well as transit and environmental justice in LA’s historically disenfranchised communities. She is a transfer student currently in her senior year at the University of California, Berkeley studying Society and Environment; specifically focused on the growing effects of climate change induced disasters on socioeconomically vulnerable populations around the globe. She plans to pursue a J.D. in environmental law so as to be more involved in the world of climate legislation to help secure a future for the planet at large.

Minkah is a transfer student from Los Angeles whose interests reside in environmental justice and the politics of displacement in urban centers. She began her work as a grassroots organizer working with the Labor Community Strategy Center in Koreatown. While there she was involved in campaigns surrounding the unfair truancy legislation in LAUSD schools as well as transit and environmental justice in LA’s historically disenfranchised communities. She is a transfer student currently in her senior year at the University of California, Berkeley studying Society and Environment; specifically focused on the growing effects of climate change induced disasters on socioeconomically vulnerable populations around the globe. She plans to pursue a J.D. in environmental law so as to be more involved in the world of climate legislation to help secure a future for the planet at large.

Dellums Institute Alumni

Leaders of all ages that have served the Dellums Institute, employing the connections, resources and motivation of the younger generations. 
Iris Stegman is a rising senior at Carnegie Mellon University double majoring in Decision Science and Policy.  Her top policy priorities include dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and mitigating gentrification's negative effects on poor communities of color. She has been highly involved in her school's chapters of College Democrats and The Roosevelt Institute, a student run think tank. Upon graduation, Iris plans on returning to her hometown of Oakland, CA and fight against the increasing marginalization of people of color.  She hopes to use her Decision Science degree to prove that big data and data analytics has a place in the social sector and can improve judgment and decision-making.

Iris Stegman is a rising senior at Carnegie Mellon University double majoring in Decision Science and Policy.  Her top policy priorities include dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and mitigating gentrification's negative effects on poor communities of color. She has been highly involved in her school's chapters of College Democrats and The Roosevelt Institute, a student run think tank.

Upon graduation, Iris plans on returning to her hometown of Oakland, CA and fight against the increasing marginalization of people of color.  She hopes to use her Decision Science degree to prove that big data and data analytics has a place in the social sector and can improve judgment and decision-making.

Taylor Smiley recently graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. She is committed to leveraging data and quantitative methods in service of equitable policy change. Taylor brings her experience as a social worker, community organizer, policy and legislative analyst, and policy advocate to her work as a Policy Analyst for the Dellums Institute. Taylor’s recent work includes: co-authorship of “A Place to Be: Alternatives to Unsanctioned Homeless Encampments” for Oakland’s Human Services Department, research assistance for Robert Reich’s most recent book Saving Capitalism, A Full Employment For All Analysis with PolicyLink, and “California’s Housing Affordability and Displacement Crisis: The Role of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act” with the Dellums Institute. 

Taylor Smiley recently graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. She is committed to leveraging data and quantitative methods in service of equitable policy change. Taylor brings her experience as a social worker, community organizer, policy and legislative analyst, and policy advocate to her work as a Policy Analyst for the Dellums Institute.

Taylor’s recent work includes: co-authorship of “A Place to Be: Alternatives to Unsanctioned Homeless Encampments” for Oakland’s Human Services Department, research assistance for Robert Reich’s most recent book Saving Capitalism, A Full Employment For All Analysis with PolicyLink, and “California’s Housing Affordability and Displacement Crisis: The Role of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act” with the Dellums Institute. 

Lola Keene is a freshman at Hamilton College who is interested in Neuroscience and Classics.   Growing up in Berkeley, her exposure to the diversity in backgrounds fostered a concern in social justice and activism. She led efforts to expand the Dellums Institute's presence online.

Lola Keene is a freshman at Hamilton College who is interested in Neuroscience and Classics.  

Growing up in Berkeley, her exposure to the diversity in backgrounds fostered a concern in social justice and activism. She led efforts to expand the Dellums Institute's presence online.

Finn Collom is a freshman at Wesleyan University who is interested in Political Science. He is a political thinker working primarily as a student organizer who is interested in pursuing civil rights and constitutional law.

Finn Collom is a freshman at Wesleyan University who is interested in Political Science.

He is a political thinker working primarily as a student organizer who is interested in pursuing civil rights and constitutional law.

Advisory Council

Inter-generational leaders from government, community service, business, cultural arts and entertainment, and labor serve on the inaugural Advisory Council.  

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair, long-time political and social justice leader.

Congresswoman Barbara LeeCo-Chair, long-time political and social justice leader.

David Warr, government affairs, former head of government affairs for Bristol Myers Squibb and partner in the creation of the Global AIDS Fund.

David Warr, government affairs, former head of government affairs for Bristol Myers Squibb and partner in the creation of the Global AIDS Fund.

Nicole Isaac, Head of Economic Graph Policy Partnerships for LinkedIn, former Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of Vice President Biden.

Nicole Isaac, Head of Economic Graph Policy Partnerships for LinkedIn, former Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of Vice President Biden.

Dr. Allen Herman, epidemiologist, former dean of Republic of South Africa's National Public Health School and National Institute for Health scientist.

Dr. Allen Herman, epidemiologist, former dean of Republic of South Africa's National Public Health School and National Institute for Health scientist.

Ise Lyfe, social marketing entrepreneur; award-winning spoken word performer, artist, and recording artist; and founder of Lyfe Productives.

Ise Lyfe, social marketing entrepreneur; award-winning spoken word performer, artist, and recording artist; and founder of Lyfe Productives.

Olga Bolotina, environmental activist, board member of Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters for the East Bay.

Olga Bolotina, environmental activist, board member of Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters for the East Bay.

Carl Anthony, co-founder of environmental justice and regional equity movements and organizations including Breakthrough Communities and Urban Habitat.

Carl Anthony, co-founder of environmental justice and regional equity movements and organizations including Breakthrough Communities and Urban Habitat.

Margaret Gordon, long-time environmental justice activist, co-founder of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, recipient of President Obama's Champions of Change.

Margaret Gordon, long-time environmental justice activist, co-founder of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, recipient of President Obama's Champions of Change.

Seema Patel, Deputy Director for San Francisco's Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, former Staff Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor, former Senior Advisor for White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

Seema Patel, Deputy Director for San Francisco's Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, former Staff Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor, former Senior Advisor for White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and senior fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.  Former director of the City of Seattle's Office for Civil Rights.

Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and senior fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.  Former director of the City of Seattle's Office for Civil Rights.

Marisol Lopez, chief of staff at Kenwood Investments, former chief of staff to Mayor Ron Dellums.

Marisol Lopez, chief of staff at Kenwood Investments, former chief of staff to Mayor Ron Dellums.

Congresswoman Barbara LeeCo-Chair, long-time political and social justice leader.

Dr. Allen Herman, epidemiologist, former dean of Republic of South Africa's National Public Health School and National Institute for Health scientist.

Carl Anthony, co-founder of environmental justice and regional equity movements and organizations including Breakthrough Communities and Urban Habitat.

David Warr, government affairs, former head of government affairs for Bristol Myers Squibb and partner in the creation of the Global AIDS Fund.

Ise Lyfe, social marketing entrepreneur; award-winning spoken word performer, artist, and recording artist; and founder of Lyfe Productives.

Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and senior fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.  Former director of the City of Seattle's Office for Civil Rights.

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.

Nicole Isaac, Head of Economic Graph Policy Partnerships for LinkedIn, former Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of Vice President Biden.

Olga Bolotina, environmental activist, board member of Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters for the East Bay.

Seema Patel, Deputy Director for San Francisco's Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, former Staff Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor, former Senior Advisor for White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

 

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