Staff and Board




Larry2015.jpgLarry 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.


 Karissa Lewis - Program Director

Karissa Lewis is a Black Radical Farmer from Oakland California and is the co-founder of an urban farm in East Oakland, Full Harvest Urban Farm. Karissa directs People's Grocery's programs where she brings her love of land and her race analysis to the table. She also works with CTWO a national training institute building the next generation of organizers, where she is the Training Director. She hopes to fuse her organizing work with her food justice work to build a sustainable and thriving black led food justice movement in Oakland. She has organized around issues ranging from gentrification to environmental racism, gang injunctions, and police brutality. Karissa believes that the movement for social justice has to be led by the people most affected, by building leadership in communities of color. She became politicized during the rebellions fighting for justice for Oscar Grant and through CTWOs MAAP program which she is a graduate. She is an active member of the BlackOut collective and the Bay Area Black Lives Matter chapter.


Heather2015.jpgHeather Smith – Garden Coordinator

Heather brings over a decade of experience in the healthcare field as an occupational therapist to the team at People’s Grocery. Through developing and implementing innovative programs at the California Hotel, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to weave this health lens with social justice, her love for growing food, and to share the healing effects of connecting with the land with others.



AgboNwamaka2015.jpegNwamaka Agbo

Nwamaka has served as a board member for People's Grocery since June 2014. She brings over 10 years of experience in working on social and economic justice issues and campaigns that help support the sustainable and equitable development of thriving and prosperous communities to her role as the New Economy Innovation Fellow for Movement Strategy Center. Nwamaka has previously worked for award winning social and racial justice organizations like the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, EcoDistricts and Transform Finance.


ellen_photo2012.jpgEllen Choy

Ellen grew up in the LA area as the daughter and granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants. She is an organizer, trainer, and artist working at the intersection of racial, economic, and ecological justice. Since 2011, she has been a staff collective member of Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project. Before that she gained her experience in environmental justice and youth organizing -- both locally in the Bay Area and nationally. Ellen is active with a group of young anti-imperialist koreans called Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans. She also was a radio producer / host on APEX Express (KPFA) for 5 years, and continues to make the people move as a hiphop / funk / soul DJ. Ellen joined the board of People's Grocery in June 2014.


Faron McLurkin

[bio + photo coming soon]


Sarah Shanley Hope

Sarah Shanley Hope is the Executive Director of The Solutions Project, a national organization with a mission to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for all people and purposes. Solutions has reached over 25 million people through its media and inspired dozens of decision-makers from business, government and the social sector to take action through its advocacy and engagement efforts. In her role as Board Chair of People's Grocery, Sarah pulls from her breadth of experience – including leading strategic change as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Climate Education, driving growth at Green For All as Chief Development Officer, and previous governing or advising roles with Manufacturing Renaissance in Chicago, PUSH Buffalo, and Asian Pacific Environmental Network in Oakland. Sarah received her MBA in Marketing and Social Enterprise from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Vassar College. She grew up in Buffalo, New York and now lives with her husband, daughters and dog in Oakland, California.



Thomas Gregory Quinn, MD

Thomas Gregory Quinn, MD is an interventional cardiologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation in Oakland, California.  This is a large multispecialty medical group for which he served as a board director for nine years.  He attended medical school at the University of California, Davis.  His internal medicine residency was performed at the UCLA/West LA VA Medical Center.  From 1990 to 1993 he performed a dual fellowship at Stanford in Cardiology and in Disease Prevention.

Although Dr. Quinn is an interventional cardiologist he believes the most effective intervention is prevention.  As a result he has served on the advisory panel for the Institute of Heart Math, an innovative leading organization in the field of stress reduction.  He is also a co-founder and CEO of MedHealth Solutions, Inc, a medical technology start up offering novel tools and services for promoting sustainable healthy lifestyle interventions.   He is board certified in cardiology and internal medicine and lectures regularly on the topic of cardiovascular disease prevention.


Bonnie2015.jpgBonnie Wills

Bonnie received her Bachelors’ Degree in Social Ecology at John F. Kennedy University, a Masters in Culture and Spirituality at Holy Names University, and a Masters in Religion and Philosophy at California Institute of Integral Studies. Bonnie currently facilitates Restorative Justice Groups at San Quentin Prison, San Francisco’s Jail re-entry pod. Bonnie is committed to a just, compassionate and inclusive planet. Through her work, she strives to support the eradication of social injustice within our homes, workplaces, communities and institutions.

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