Patricia St. Onge – Interim Executive Director
Patricia St. Onge is the founder of Seven Generations Consulting and brings over twenty years of experience leading and working with nonprofit and public sector agencies. She provides training, consulting and technical assistance in the areas of community organizing, social justice advocacy, organizational development, cross-cultural effectiveness, consensus building, spiritual & personal coaching. Patricia serves on the board of directors for Common Counsel Foundation in Oakland. Prior to launching Seven Generations Consulting, Patricia was Executive Director of several nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, where she also served as Western Regional Director. She also served as Director of Education and Training at National Community Development Institute (NCDI). These experiences have enabled Patricia to serve as interim Executive Director for 7 nonprofits and foundations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, assisting with the executive search, and coaching their board through the transition.
Patricia writes and speaks on an array of issues including executive coaching, executive transitions, board development and engagement, and cultural competency. She is the lead writer for Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders published by the Fieldstone Alliance, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit publishers. A trainer and coach for over 15 years, Patricia works with organizations to deepen their cultural competency skills as part of an ongoing journey that involves nonprofit leaders, their boards, and broad based communities, resulting in a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Southern NH University and Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. Between them, she and her life partner have six daughters and seven grandchildren. Patricia is of Six Nations (Mohawk) and Quebecois descent.
Email Patricia or contact her at Ext. 21
Jumoke Hinton-Hodge – Program Director
Jumoke has worked as a community and youth development consultant in the Bay Area for the last two decades. For the past ten years she has devoted her efforts to strengthening West Oakland. She co-founded the Parent Leadership and Engagement Academy Initiative (PLEA) and the West Oakland Education Task Force. Jumoke collaborated with California Tomorrow in the development of programs aimed at increasing parental competencies and ability to navigate the public school system. She co-facilitated diversity and youth development workshops with the Community Network of Youth Development, California Tomorrow and other statewide initiatives.
Jumoke served as the President of the Board for the 7th Street McClymond’s Neighborhood Improvement Initiative from 2001 to 2003 and served on the West Oakland Project Area Committee and co-chaired the Equitable Development Sub-committee from 2002 to 2004. Jumoke represented District Three on the Oakland Children and Youth Planning and Oversight Committee from 2003 to 2005. She currently sits on the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education representing District 3 – which covers West Oakland. Her term will end January of 2013. Jumoke holds a Bachelor degree in Black Studies and English from Oberlin College. She is a mother to four children, ranging in ages from 17 to 26. Email Jumoke or contact her at Ext. 24
Monica Woodworth – Administrative Coordinator
Monica is thrilled to be part of the People’s Grocery family. Her interest in food justice sprouted through her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Inspired by their community work, Monica became involved with People’s Grocery as a full-time Ally during the Summer and Fall of 2011; organizing programs at the California Hotel like Flavas of the Garden and supporting the Growing Justice Institute. She recently received her BA in Community Studies with an emphasis in Food and Agriculture from UCSC and is looking forward to contributing to the food justice movement as People’s Grocery’s new Administrative Coordinator. Email Monica or contact her at Ext. 22.
Larry Davis – Garden & Greenhouse Coordinator
Larry is excited to join the People’s Grocery team as its garden coordinator. Before coming to People’s Grocery Larry managed retail at Wauzi Records, which became the number one Mom and Pop store in the Bay Area. He had the opportunity to meet many recording artists and participate in many concerts, promotions, & events. After 20 years in the music industry, he changed professions and began landscaping and independent promotions. After moving to West Oakland from San Francisco, Larry entered the Backyard Gardeners Program at City Slicker Farms and solidified his love for working the earth – he enjoys farming and hopes to do it for years to come. Email Larry or contact him at Ext. 20
Lissa Vanderbeck – Garden Coordinator
After a noisy phone call to our Program Director, Jumoke, from a phone booth in Peru Lissa decided to join the People's Grocery Team as an ally in 2012. She was inspired by the way People's Grocery works, merging community building, food access, political education, and the soul that flows through it all. Lissa has been working in agriculture for 5 years, mostly in Northern California, and recognized the revolutionary nature of growing your own food, coming together in community over healthy food, and making connections with so many other realms of community organizing. She now is co-coordinating both the Garden and Allyship Program. She loves to dance, be outside, laugh, and plays well in the dirt and with others!
Kelly Curry – Growing Justice Institute Coordinator
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Evette Brandon has worked with a number of community-based organizations and public agencies with an explicit commitment to eliminating economic injustice, health disparities, sexism and racism. She has worked with the Community Health Academy, The Center for Third World Organizing, The Applied Research Center, Girls After School Academy, the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), Youth UpRising, and the Alameda County Public Health Department. A grassroots fundraiser by trade, Ms. Brandon has also served as a Board member with GIFT, The Todos Institute, Conciliation Forms of Oakland, and the Alumnae Association of Mills College. Ms. Brandon received her Master in Public Health from San Jose State University.
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Ms. Newton is a partner and member of Fitzgerald Abbot and Beardsley’s Business & Corporate Transactions Practice Group. Her practice focuses on intellectual property and franchise matters, and she bears the Certified Legal Specialist designation in the area of Franchise and Distribution Law from the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has expertise in representing franchise start-ups as well as established franchise systems, managing their registrations, renewals, and relationship issues, as well as defending against adverse and nuisance claims.
Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont is the Executive Director of Oakland Rising. Esperanza grew up in East Oakland where drug dealing and violence riddled the streets. Thanks to close guidance from her politically active parents, she remained grounded in the political struggle for freedom locally, nationally, and internationally. Her experience includes being a worksite organizer with SEIU Local 1000, Administrative Director for the People’s Organizing Committee, Northern California Regional Field Director for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, and Political Director of Barbara Lee for Congress. Esperanza serves on the State Board of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) as a Political Action Co-Chair, the 1st Vice President of BWOPA’s Oakland/Berkeley Chapter, Member-At-Large for National Women’s Political Caucus- Alameda North Chapter and is an elected 16th Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party.
Sarah Shanley Hope
Sarah Shanley Hope is the Executive Director of Alliance for Climate Education. She was formerly Chief Development Officer at Green for All, raising funds for the $5M+ national organization and positioning it as a new leader in the environmental movement. At Green For All, she grew the organization’s funding base and evolved its positioning. Prior to Green For All, she served as a Corporate Brand Manager at Cargill, as a consultant to a range of non-profit, corporate and public sector clients and as an Individual Gifts Coordinator for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Sarah received a Masters of Business Administration in marketing and social entrepreneurship from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Vassar College.