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
Christine Hernandez – Administrative Coordinator
Christine is thrilled to be part of the People’s Grocery family as the new Administrative Coordinator. 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
Heather Smith – Garden Coordinator
Back in 2008, while enjoying a perfectly good career as a pediatric occupational therapist, Heather stumbled upon an urban farm in west Philadelphia, PA. This proved to be a moment that would develop into a passion for urban agriculture that she continues to cultivate to this day. Through volunteering at the farm, life experiences, research, and classes, she became increasingly aware of the injustices in our food system, and increasingly concerned about the health challenges which negatively affect her family as well as minority populations in communities where she lived and worked.
Heather has her Masters degree in occupational therapy, her bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in sociology and social work, and a certificate in Permaculture Design. She has traveled to Swaziland, India, and Haiti, and volunteered her time and skills to promote health, education, and community development. She completed internships in sustainable agriculture in Virginia and in Pennsylvania, and has now made her way to California, landing serendipitously at People’s Grocery; at the intersection of urban agriculture, healthcare, and social justice.
She is thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to join the team at People’s Grocery and believes that this work is the most authentic expression of herself that she can employ.
When not in the garden or at the office, she enjoys playing her guitar, zymurgy, and zipping around the Bay Area on her Triumph. Heather can be reached on her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Curry – Growing Justice Institute Coordinator
Kelly Curry is the Growing Justice Institute Coordinator. She connects West Oakland entrepreneurs in their nascence to resources that support their growth and development; grounding them in an awareness of their own inner power beyond internalized oppression, through the lense of food justice and racial equity.
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.
Keba Armand Konte was born and bread in San Francisco and buttered in Oakland. He is an artist, food entrepreneur and community man. His artwork has been published widely and exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. He is the co-founder of Guerilla Cafe, founder of Chasing Lions Cafe and Founder/Lead Roaster for Red Bay Coffee Roasters. In his spare time he enjoys aquaponic gardening, judo and making vegan waffles for his family while listening to Nina Simon.
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.