Meet the fellows who have been selected to join the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). The biographies of the 2021 BCLI cohort are organized geographically by spokes, which are sub-cohorts that meet in their local area.

East Bay

Samantha Columbus

Samantha Columbus is a Program Assistant at the City of Alameda Housing Authority. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and has called Oakland home for six years. Samantha is passionate about social justice and animal rights and hopes to be a changing force in this world through political action. She is a recent San Francisco State University graduate in Urban Studies and Planning.

 

Carina Lieu

Carina turned into a leader after working to restore relationships between Black and A/PI students in high school. She recently helped to launch the Youth Advisory Board for Oakland’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force. She has been an educator and led multiple racial justice institutions. Carina received an M.A of Urban Planning and Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Laura Nakamura

Laura Nakamura is a co-founder of Concord Communities Alliance, an organizing member of Labor Slate, and a Union Steward with National Healthcare Workers Union. She is a Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer who has worked in healthcare for more than 30 years. As an activist, Laura has stood with tenants for increased protections during the housing crisis and pandemic; advocated for increased bicycle infrastructure; and supported district elections for election integrity in Concord.

 

Rahima Muhammad

Rahima Muhammad started the Oakland-based Ruh Ar Rahm/Spirit of the Womb, a nonprofit organization that has been feeding the homeless since 2015. She teaches Islam at the San Francisco County Jail and, for the last 25 years, has taught at nearly every prison institution in California. Rahima is a proud member of All of Us or None, an organization that facilitates the rights of formerly incarcerated individuals.

 

 

Kenneth Tang

Kenneth Tang is an Oakland Housing Lead Organizer for Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). His natural gifts include attention to detail and the ability to connect with others, which has made him a great organizer in the Chinese community. Kenneth is committed to being an agent of change and pursuing justice. He seeks to collectively build toward a regenerative economy where all people can thrive. Kenneth is a mediocre home cook who loves to explore new recipes. 

 

 

Peninsula & San Francisco

 

Nadia Bick

Nadia Conrad Bick is a Mission Koshland Fellow. She was born and raised in San Francisco and moved to the peninsula in 2017. Nadia's previous experience consists of being a Program Manager at Emerge California, a Field Representative for Assembly District 17, a Teen Programs Manager for Jamestown Community Center, and a Community Organizer for Faith In Action Bay Area. She lives in Daly City with her husband, father, son, dog, and cat.

 

Juthaporn Chaloeicheep

Juthaporn Chaloeicheep is an active Resident Leader of Community Housing Partnership. Her skills include community advocacy, organizing, and policy change. Juthaporn helped to pass Free City, making City College of San Francisco free for all residents. She also worked to eliminate court fines and fees for low-income people who are in the criminal justice system and helped champion Prop A, which was on the November 2019 ballot, to make housing affordable for all.

 

Reneé Daniel

Reneé Daniel is a Grief Support Facilitator at Oceanside Healing in Pacifica and a member of Pacifica Social Justice (PSJ). Reneé is a grief worker and community organizer who is helping to form a virtual healing collective that seeks to address inequities in the wellness world. She studied Social Justice at Prescott College in Arizona, where she had the opportunity to do work on various issues, including advocating for indigenous rights and ethnic studies.

 

Evelyn Fung

Evelyn Fung is a Prevention Project Supervisor at Asian American Recovery Services. She works on environmental prevention in regards to substances in the Northeast region of San Mateo County. Evelyn possesses over 5 years of experience in sexual health and substance use prevention advocacy, education, and outreach. She has a B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Women’s Health Issues from San Francisco State University. 

 

Vanessa Smith

Vanessa is a Paralegal for the County of Santa Cruz and Program Associate at EPA Can Do. Her work meets at the intersection of race and housing rights. Vanessa is an Afro-Latina who advocates for immigration, mental health, and LGBTQIA issues. She is a first-generation college student raised by a single mother. Vanessa earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from San Diego State University and an M.A. in History from the University of Leeds.

 

Deodor Tronco

Deodor is an Assistant Inventory Manager at Señor Sisig. Born in San Francisco and raised in Daly City, Deodor has been a resident in San Mateo County for over 30 years. He is involved in different nonprofits and grassroots organizations, such as the Filipino Mental Health Initiative - San Mateo County and the Justice for Rainbow Bright Workers Campaign. Deodor received his B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from San Francisco State University and is currently working towards a B.A. in Asian American Studies.

 

North Bay

 

Audrianna Jones

Audrianna Jones is a Community Kitchen Manager at St. Vincent de Paul. She ran a houseless community kitchen for two years after fourteen years of restaurant experience. She aspires to start her own nonprofit organization that will feed the hungry. Audrianna grew up in Santa Rosa and is passionate about her community and the beautiful people and cultures in it. She is passionate about legislation that makes it possible for all to thrive.

 

 

Samra Tekle

Samra Tekle is a student activist for the Black Lives Matter movement in Santa Rosa. She has taken an interest in understanding the policies and dynamics that perpetuate housing insecurity in her community. Samra is often seen speaking at local protests and actively participates in city council meetings. She is a first-generation college student who is currently attending California State University Long Beach in pursuit of a degree in Mechanical Engineering.