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Meet our newest Black Citizen Changemakers!

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

We are thrilled to partner with 5 incredible Changemakers building power and transforming their local community. Our approach to this year’s selection is centered around identifying community organizers who are actively evoking change and making a lasting impact in their neighborhoods, businesses, or the broader community. We are providing each Changemaker with: a microgrant to fund their existing community work, professional 1:1 leadership coaching facilitated by A-Plan Coaching, monthly group coaching to share experiences, discuss strategies about how to fight against oppressive systems, as well as, share knowledge about building a personal brand, career exploration, and tools to deal with the stress associated with work and organizing in the community. In addition, each member will be provided the opportunity to showcase their expertise through a cohort-wide book with our partner LastGen Publishing and a profile video with our partner #Smoothpix.

After 6 months in our program, we hope each Changemaker will leave with a better define social agency, increased competency around movement building, personal tools to collectively challenge oppressive systems, and a thought leadership platform to scale their work with others.

It is with great pleasure that we share a bit more about the 2022-23 Black Citizen Changemakers:

Brittney Doyle | Wise Health

Wise Health will develop an engagement strategy and conduct community listening sessions with Black women around San Francisco to hear firsthand their experiences participating in local government and the voting process. We plan to educate Black women on the civic engagement process, increase voter registration, and address health inequities facing Black communities as it relates to civic involvement.

Check out Brittney's video profile:

Courtney Jones | I.D.E.A in Arts

I.D.E.A in Arts will assist art institutions to become a place maker in their communities as well as learn how they can support underrepresented individuals. Courtney’s work is informed by being born and raised in Oakland native and over 10 years of experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space.

Check out Courtney's video profile:

Genevieve Leighton-Armah | Bay Area Black Leaders

Promote great opportunities for Black leaders to restore, sustain, and grow their efforts. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Our intent is to raise enough funds to have a comprehensive retreat for the inaugural cohort of Black leaders.

Check out Genevieve's video profile:

The West Oakland Cultural Action Network's Black Liberation Walking Tour is a dynamic and intentional effort to celebrate Hoover Durant’s Black and multigenerational history, assert resident voice, celebrate the visual character of its murals, and document sites of cultural and historical importance.

Check out David's video profile:

Jasper Smith | The #BuildWealth Movement™

The mission is to "break bread" with Black people and discuss the importance of financial planning. The goal is to help Black people understand why they need to have a financial plan that's unique to their situation.

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This program was made possible by the generous donation from the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, AT&T, Salesforce, CA Black Freedom Fund, Dibianca Impact Fund, Ellington Promise Fund, and the Baugher-Casteel Family.

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