Meet The Board & Staff


Dr. Kay Lawson, PhD

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University

Sharon Rose

Co-Founder & Chair
Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TEOSL), Co-chair, Block by Block Organizing Network


Mary Hackenbracht, JD


Formerly Sr. Assistant Attorney General, 
State of California, Volunteer, Writer Coach


Dr. Sam Lu, MD

Board Member

Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Oakland


Ina Zhang, MPH

Publicity Chair and Clearance Coordinator

Senior Research Scientist, PRECISIONheor

Ingrid Bran


Mentor for Oakland Serves

Dr. Maya Friedman, PhD

Board Member

Lecturer, UC Santa Cruz

Mentor for Oakland Serves


Celsa Snead

Board Member

Executive Director of the Mentoring Center


If you would be interested in working with the Oakland Serves Team, please say what kind of help you would like to give, which committee interests you, and what your relevant experience has been.



Sujata Neurgaonkar, JD

Outreach Consultant
Former Deputy District Attorney

Isabel Pratt Herman

Outreach Consultant

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