Susan Quinlan is a life-long peace and justice activist who has been working and/or living in Oakland for over 25 years. Since discovered the joy of working with Oakland youth in 1994, she has been involved in teaching and mentoring in a number of nonprofit youth leadership programs and within the Oakland public schools. Valuing the transformative power of community based education, Susan co-founded BAY-Peace and has served as Coordinator on a volunteer basis for the last ten years. It has been her honor to work directly with hundreds of thoughtful and dynamic high school students and young adults, introducing many of them to activism, and learning countless lessons from them that only youth can teach. She is passionate about redirecting resources away from systems of violence, and back into the life-affirming purposes that serve the people and the planet. As a community organizer, Susan is always looking for opportunities to bring young people together to raise their voices within social justice movements. She believes that the creativity and brilliance of Oakland youth is essential to the success of struggles to overcome racism, militarism and other forms of structural violence.
Arts Programs Manager, Leilani Salvador-Jones
Leilani has been working with youth in after-school programs since she was 12. She chose to do dance classes at a local after-school elementary after running into some trouble and hasn't turned her back on educational arts programs for youth since! As an at-risk youth herself, she felt empowered by her ability to lead and the enthusiasm of her students. Since, she has continued to develop her pedagogy for arts education, graduating with a double-major in History of Art and Visual Culture and Sociology, as well as a minor in Dance, from UC Santa Cruz, where she co-founded Rainbow Theater's multicultural dance troupe and served on the Board of Director's for the Cultural Arts and Diversity Resource Center. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Creative Inquiry/Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in Art and Social Justice. With her extensive background in dance, singing, spoken word and acting, she strives to support young emerging artists to use their arts practices as a form of transformation, healing and empowerment for themselves and their communities.
Operations Manager, Tierney Yates
Tierney has had a strong passion for youth in education coming from his previous experience working for the South-Valley YMCA and the Cesar Chavez Community Action Center in San Jose, CA. A professional driven to create an environment that promotes hands-on learning for students at all stages of the learning process. Former Program Manager for Strive for College, Tierney supervised college mentors at San Jose State University who helped high school juniors and seniors complete college applications and scholarships. These students were first generation college seekers and Tierney made it his mission that every one of his students got accepted into a four year university. Tierney also has a background working with at-risk youth that promoted success among young men and women of color in Los Angeles, CA.
Being involved in STEM education in his recent work, Tierney found STEM professionals to mentor/tutor middle and high school students in math as the Senior Program Manager of the We Teach Science Foundation. Growing recruitment and student interest, Tierney was able to create trainings around Cultural Relevancy and the Power of Privilege. He prides himself on understanding the social, emotional, mental, and educational needs of each student he comes into contact with. "I am so excited to be continuing my experience with BAY-Peace and look forward to continue the advancement of today's youth."
Bookkeeper, Monica Sandoval
Monica graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. In addition to business, she also had a profound interest in Human Sexuality and Ethnic Studies. She was the co-founder of the Ethnic Studies Student Organization at SFSU that focused on empowering youth and other students in the defense of Ethnic Studies and higher education. Her strive for love and justice is the motivation for supporting organizations that give back and fight for their communities.
Theater of the Oppressed consultant, Tatiana chaterji
TATIANA CHATERJI is a restorative justice practitioner, youth organizer, artist and educator. She uses liberation arts to heal and activate young people and community members. She currently works as an RJ Coordinator within Oakland Unified School District, also leading circles and theater classes in Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center. A 2016 recipient of the Bay Area Inspire Awards, she guides workshops in arts-based leadership for a group of young women at the intersections of criminalization, social neglect, and commercial-sexual exploitation. Tatiana is a core member at Partners for Collaborative Change, offering coaching and curriculum-building for equity. She facilitates a performance-based residency at the Dublin federal women’s prison through California Shakespeare Theater. She served on the 2015-17 Program Team for Essie Justice Group, a network of advocacy and healing for women with incarcerated loved ones. She conspires with political theatre collectives in her second home of Kolkata, West Bengal (India) and organizes “Beyond Partition,” a space for critical consciousness and healing for members of the South Asian diaspora. Tatiana was Program Leader at BAY-Peace from 2013-15, instrumental in bridging youth power, Theatre of the Oppressed, and counter-militarism. Among her projects were Oakland’s Geography of Resistance, Voices of Formerly Incarcerated Youth (with RJOY/Camp Sweeney), Oakland Listening Sessions (with Crystallee Crain and candidates in 2014 city of Oakland elections), mobilizing youth contingent at crime victims’ summit for healing-centered, alternative CJ reform, youth arts interventions for North Oakland RJ Council, workshops at Ethnic Studies (OUSD) and Free Minds Free People convenings. She is endlessly proud of the legacy and continued growth of BAY-Peace!