Director, Leilani Salvador
Leilani Salvador was born and raised throughout the Bay Area to a single Filipina immigrant mother while her dad, also an immigrant, was incarcerated for most of her lifetime. Beginning her artistic journey in Polynesian Dance at the age of 5, she later expanded her arts practice to include other styles of dance, acting on screens and stages, as well as music. While completing her BA’s in Sociology and History of Art and Visual Culture, she pursued a minor in Dance and directed multiple arts-based organizations. After also acquiring her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art and Writing, she has developed a specialized practice in creating Community Based Artworks with youth and other marginalized communities throughout the Bay Area. As a mother of 3 Black boys, she is also committed to dismantling patriarchy and racism through arts, education, healing and community building in her home and work life.
Development/Communications, julianna horcasitas
Julianna Horcasitas was born and raised in the East Bay. Surrounding her was strong women mentors such as her mother, sister, and grandmothers. Growing up in strong hispanic culture and values she wanted to focus more on empowerment and transformation. She is attaining a bachelors degree in Psychology while working with non profits around the Bay Area. She has build her strong skills of market media and communications since she was in high school being apart of academy focusing on Business and Finance. Julianna is a peace advocate for her community and the world. Focuses on decolonization and healing ancestral traumas while her purpose is to be a positive light within the community by supporting transformation and healing by using peaceful ways to challenge violent ways.
Organizing Associate, Cinthya Barron-Broussard
Cinthya Barron - Broussard is a student at Mills College. Her art in all it’s many forms, Familia, Grassroots organizations, and servicing at risk low income youth of color, psychology, and sexual assault awareness changes she hopes to make: To give at risk youth of color affected by trauma in all forms a space to be free, cultivate their own lives, and work through their trauma and that of their own family. Whether she does that through her poetry, or her drive to provide the care needed especially in the Black community and other minority groups alike.
advisory board members
Lara Kaur was raised in a family separated across continents, photographs have always served as a way to stay emotionally connected despite the distance. She believes photography offers us a universal form of connection, healing, resistance, and historical memory. Lara holds this power of photography close to her work as a photographer, social worker, and educator. Based in Oakland, CA, she is dedicated to highlighting and documenting community narratives, and creating space for people to be seen and recognized as they see themselves.
Rodrael Guadalupe is a singer/songwriter from the East Bay Area. He started writing songs at 14, while attending performing arts high school in Oakland. Studying creative writing, he continued to cultivate his journey as a young recording artist in college. Attending University of California Santa Cruz, Rodrael joined organizing groups that integrated social justice with the performing arts. Studying political movements of oppressed communities, he understood the transformative and healing power of music...
Jada Imani is 23 year old MC, vocalist, and songwriter based in Oakland, California. She began organizing and hosting regular events for underground artists and revolutionaries at age 15 and hasn’t stopped since. She’s passionate about grassroots cultural arts movements and how they can inspire historical change, meet local needs and help people reach self-actualization.
Joshua Lee is a former organizer and current funder, he views his role in the community as rooted in supporting and being an ally to movement work. His role is also to apply his experience as an organizer into the field of philanthropy to leverage resources for our communities. His passions include centering the voice, agency, and power of BIPOC youth. Youth are the courageous, creative, and hopeful leaders that we need to follow in our communities, doing so is not only “the right thing to do”, moreover, it is a core strategy towards liberation.
Susan Quinlan is a life-long peace and justice activist who has been working and/or living in Oakland, California for over 30 years. Susan believes that the creativity and brilliance of youth of color is essential to the success of struggles to overcome racism, militarism and other forms of structural violence. It has been her honor to work directly with hundreds of thoughtful and dynamic students and young adults. Susan co-founded BAY-Peace and served as Coordinator on a volunteer basis from 2007-2017. She is currently a free-lance activist and community food distribution volunteer.
cOMMUNITY ORGANIZING INTERNSHIP
Christopher Dominguez, a 15 year old sophomore at MetWest High School, is a compassionate individual driven by a commitment to supporting and uplifting his community. He aspires to combat racism, advocating for equality while nurturing his passion for music with the ultimate goal of creating his own.