Oakland Leaf was founded in 2001 by a collective of East Oakland educators intent on empowering youth voice. At the time, Oakland was experiencing a surge in crime and violence, the country was about to enter a war, and many kids in Oakland didn’t have an outlet or a platform to examine and express their fears and anxieties, their hopes and dreams. Oakland Leaf’s first program was the All Oakland Youth Talent Show. Over more than two decades, we have evolved into a youth development leader in afterschool and summer programming.


Oakland Leaf’s core values guide every aspect of our work.
Oakland Leaf plants seeds to grow. We root in, rise up, and branch out.
We’re committed to stay.

CULTIVATION: We acknowledge, honor and nurture potential by providing space for growth. We look to the future.

COMMUNITY: We create safe space filled with Much Loves, support, healthy relationships, celebration and breaking bread.

VOICE: We hear, respect and develop voice and creative expression. We provide opportunities for input and accountability for ourselves and others.

CRITICAL THINKING: We embrace the process of challenging the dominant narrative. We believe in the power of reflecting, questioning and digging deeper with intention.

LOVE IN ACTION: We are rooted in love, transformational justice and restorative practices. We see the whole person. We practice peace, self care, and empathy.





Gail Camacho, Board-Chair
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Informing Change

Marina Ortega, Secretary
Physician Assistant, UCSF Health

Howard Joyce, Treasurer
Managing Partner, Morgan Hill Partners

Harris Bostic II
Strategic Senior Advisor, Tides

Kim Bronson
Sourcing Manager, Genentech

Kim Duff
Director of Product Marketing, Rally Health

Monica Guzman
Vice Principal, Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Leo Kremer
Co Founder, Founders Restaurant Table Group

Debra Levinsky
Retired Medical Doctor, Private Practice

Jose Luis Rodriguez
Project Manager, Growing Together

Scott Sillers
Board of Trustees, Health Professions Edu Fndn.

Steven Tindall
Partner at Gibbs Law Group LLP

Stephen Walrod,
Retired Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

Audrey Yang
User Experience Research Consultant