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.
MARGARETTA LIN, PRINCIPAL
Social Justice Organizer
Dellums Institute Student Staff
Resource Justice Organizer,
Research Justice Organizer,
Social Media Organizer,
Research Justice Organizer,
Dellums Institute Alumni
Leaders of all ages that have served the Dellums Institute, employing the connections, resources and motivation of the younger generations.
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.
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.