Meet Our Team

 
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Sandhya Jha, Executive director

Sandhya Jha comes from a background in community organizing and political engagement, including recently serving as Director of Interfaith Programs at East Bay Housing Organizations and currently serving on the board of East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy and on the steering committee of Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy. She is an anti-racism trainer for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a regular public speaker across the country on issues of race and social justice. Her most recent book, Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines was one of Publishers Weekly’s top five books on race and religion in 2015. She also loves to sing and play guitar and to cook meals for her expansive family of choice here in Oakland. You can reach her by clicking here.

 
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alexandra candia, operations manager

Alexandra Candia is an artist, organizer, dancer, and Bay Area native. She has been working with youth in various capacities for over 15 years, and is honored to have been a part of their formative years and see what many are accomplishing now as young adults. She brings a strong organizing background to Oakland Peace Center, developed initially while running her own non profit in college, and developed over the years at various Bay Area non profits and as the Director of Youth Programming for Fogo Na Roupa (Bay Area Grupo Carnavalesco). While she is not working at the OPC she teaches dance at Melrose Leadership Academy (Oakland) and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (SF) and works as a freelance costume designer. You can reach her at operations@oaklandpeacecenter.org.

 
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J. K. Fowler, director of communications for peace and partnerships

J. K. Fowler is the founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, a community-focused literary and arts non-profit with operations in Oakland, CA, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY. He serves on Cogswell College’s English and Humanities Professional Advisory Board, has taught at Rutgers University, and guest lectured at Mills College. He has been published in a wide range of publications, including Oakland Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook SF, Bay Area Reporter, Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, COG Magazine, and elsewhere, has performed across the Bay Area and Brooklyn, and has been featured in a number of radio shows and online podcasts, including KPFA, Fuel My Fiction, StoryCorps, and others. He is the recipient of the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award and travels this world with a Kelpie named Stella. You can reach him at communications@oaklandpeacecenter.org.

 
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sabrina patrick-urrutia, director of programs and partnerships

Sabrina Patrick­-Urrutia is a social sector leader and non­profit executive with experience working in different sectors such as mental health, international community development, education, disability and conflict transformation. Sabrina is passionate about conflict transformation and peacebuilding and has lived and worked in several countries including Papua New Guinea, the U.K., Mexico and Australia. Her interest in social justice has led her to work with global teams on many projects including an advocacy app, an educational mobile platform and Sipala Labs, a project aimed to teach tweens social-emotional skills through gaming which received an award by the UNAOC for the most innovative PeaceApp idea in 2014. She also co-founded a consulting firm in 2015 in the Bay Area allowing her to work with different entrepreneurs and founders in project areas of diversity & inclusion, strategic plans and on the Census 2020. Sabrina is Australian born to Chilean parents, earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Macquarie University, Australia. You can reach her by clicking here.

 
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clidell “franceyez” jackson, facilities coordinator

Clidell “Franceyez” Jackson is an avid green jobs advocate, athlete, artist and activist. Jackson is the Chairman and CEO of AMG7 Entertainment and Green Team Leader of Green Carpet Clean LLC. As a youth he co-founded and facilitated the eco-justice, hip-hop and digital arts based United Roots Center in Oakland, Ca. At the age of 18 he became a international basketball star touring professionally; later he created the fashion lines AMG7, Moment Of Truth and Straight Independent. He has worked with PIC, Youth Radio, Green For All, NASA, the Port Of Oakland, the Golden State Warriors, Community Grows SF and countless others. He knows the heart of this work as well as the logistics and seeks to build power through peace. Read an article about Clidell HERE! You can reach him by clicking here.