Supporting equity for all families and children.
Yusni has more than a decade of professional administrative experiences and extensive program support skills. This knowledge equips her with a multitude of skills in developing and coordinating programs for LGBTQ families, their allies, and others from diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Yusni is a natural in event management. Her enthusiastic personality, vision, and passion, along with flawless precision and attention to detail has helped contribute to the success of every Our Family Coalition event and the organization’s commitment to excellence. She cultivates relationships with families, provides parents with tools to advocate on behalf of their children and families, and supports strong parent leadership within the organization. She also represents Our Family Coalition in the community and at various venues including meetings, interagency collaborations, and media. Yusni founded Family Now, a family group supporting LGBTQ families and allies in Berkeley. She serves as the VP of LGBTQ Affairs on the PTA Executive Board at her son’s school.
Yusni holds a BA in Business Communications, Public Relations and is in the process of completing her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She resides in Berkeley with her family and their cat Frederic. When she’s not planning fabulous LGBTQ family events, she enjoys singing, reading, traveling, inventing new recipes, and playing Tetris, while remaining dedicated to her son’s school and several local community organizations.
Naomi has been working as a graphic designer in various capacities since middle school. She graduated from Bard College in 2010 with a BA in Studio Arts. Since then, she has attended classes and workshops in graphic design and illustration at the California College of the Arts and the UC Berkeley Extension. Naomi has worked at Our Family Coalition since 2013, coordinating and designing promotional materials, building and scheduling emails, creating the bimonthly e-newsletter, editing the print newsletter, managing the organization's social media presence, and more. She is always looking to new ways to expand OFC’s digital and web-based resources. She lives in Oakland with her boyfriend Avery and their dog Luna, where she draws animals, works on her illustration portfolio, and experiments with vegan cooking.
Shareena C. Clark is joining Our Family for her fifteenth year of service in the world of non-profit enrichment programming and community engagement. She brings with her the resourcefulness of CBO veteran (well, a baby veteran), and the optimism of a person who sees the world-altering potential in any community devoted to systems change.
Shareena earned her BA in English from California State University San Bernardino, her MFA in Fiction from Mills College and is fervently pursuing her PhD in Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Shareena enjoys reading, watching films, picking things up off the sand at the beach, Aikido, the 1990’s, sneakers, comics, cartoons, all things Hip Hop and thinks Oscar Wilde was right when he said, “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
Tarah Fleming is the Director of Education, supporting the Welcoming and Inclusive Schools Program. The Schools Team at OFC works with families, teachers, administrators, and other child-serving professionals to create more inclusive and respectful learning environments for all children. We train educators to teach lessons that address family diversity, gender stereotypes, and anti-bullying strategies, specifically those that break down anti-gay bias.
Tarah is also the West Coast Regional Consultant for Welcoming Schools, a comprehensive approach to improve elementary-school climate through tools and resources for educators. Ms. Fleming has over twenty years of experience in the classroom internationally and locally as an educator and facilitator of dialog on cultural responsiveness, anti-bias education, issues of power and privilege, and developing equitable and inclusive curriculum for all ages. After living internationally for almost a decade, she received her MA in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. She spent five years as the Executive Director for iPride, an organization dedicated to mixed-heritage families. Ms. Fleming also developed and co-directed the Youth Action Project, which exists within the White Privilege Conference, one of the most progressive racial justice movements in the U.S. Tarah is a fierce ally and the mother of a middle school aged son. Her family has lived on Northern Californian land for five generations.
Jennifer Grant, Operations Manager, is the nuts and bolts of the organization. From accounting to human resources, editing to restocking supplies, scheduling to correspondence, she keeps everything flowing smoothly. Jennifer joined OFC in November 2011, bringing 25+ years of experience in non-profit program management. Her expertise is in the field of domestic violence, specifically serving the LGBTQ community. Jennifer is the recipient of the Isabel Cerna/Del Martin Award for Individual Activism in Domestic Violence and has presented nationally on Transgender Women in Battered Women's Shelters and Woman-to-Woman Battering. She has worked at domestic violence agencies across the Bay Area, most recently managing the emergency shelters at La Casa de las Madres and the Riley Center. She received a Masters of Social Work from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. Jennifer and her wife, Carol, live in San Francisco and are trying to survive the teen years with their twins, Sam and Ruby.
As the Donor Engagement Associate, Allen strives to expand our impact and seek various forms of financial and physical support for Our Families. Allen graduated from CSU East Bay with a major in English and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Prior to joining Our Family Coalition, he has worked in various capacities managing volunteers, developing programs and events for entertainment, education and critical dialogue, and organizing actions in East Bay communities. He enjoys anything James Baldwin, is a strict vegetarian, and will talk your ear off with immense love for the Bay Area (particularly Oakland). He seeks to enact change and work to create an equitable society where all people have the tools and resources to be empowered in their identities.
As the Education Coordinator, Rick collaborates with educators and school administrators to implement Welcoming Schools to create safe and LGBTQ-inclusive elementary schools. Rick provides training and support focusing on the recognition and celebration of all families, challenging gender stereotypes, and addressing name-calling and anti-LGBTQ bias and harassment in schools. Formerly the Youth Service Coordinator at Billy DeFrank LGBT Center in San José, Rick developed programs that addressed LGBT youth issues and created the first transgender youth support group in the area. An accomplished speaker and presenter, Rick has conducted trainings for hundreds of students, educators, and youth workers focusing on diversity, harassment, gender stereotypes, and other LGBT issues. Rick holds a dual B.A. degree in Psychology and Spanish from Seattle University in Washington and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley specializing in management and planning. Currently, he sits on the board of Streetside Stories, a youth-focused, media arts literacy organization in San Francisco. Additionally, he coordinates volunteer events for SF Gaymers, a social group that recognizes diversity within the gaming community and creates safe spaces for LGBT individuals to game with one another. Rick lives and games in San Francisco and frequently visits his family in the South Bay.
Polly brings more than twenty years’ experience as a writer, teacher, public speaker, editor, educational program administrator, and small group facilitator to her work at OFC. Across all this work—whether with outreach or undergraduate educational programs at UC Berkeley, or in social media conference programming at BlogHer—Polly has worked to strengthen understanding across barriers of social difference via connection, education, and mutual support. They've been an active and appreciative member of OFC since early in her parenthood, which began in 2004 with the birth of their first child. In 2007 their second child was born, by which time it was clear that parenting was handily their most valuable life teacher and journey. Work at OFC is a combination of a lifelong mission and an act of grace (which they do not consider a coincidence, since the OFC office sits at the intersection of Mission and Grace Streets in the city).
Nora is thrilled to join OFC as the East Bay Family Programs Associate through the Public Allies Americorps Program. After graduating from Mills College in 2012 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Nora worked as a tutor and writing instructor before spending a year at OFC as a Family Programs Intern. She is excited to continue supporting and advocating for our families, and to help build inclusive communities where all people are valued, respected, and empowered.
Jessica graduated from Wellesley College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Africana Studies. Since then she has studied Early Childhood Education at the graduate level and enjoys providing childcare at OFC events. She began working at OFC as a summer intern for our Education Team and has now transitioned onto staff as the Operations Associate. In her free time, Jessica enjoys house sitting and pet sitting for friends and family throughout the Bay Area.
Grayson joins OFC with experience in and commitment to education, advocacy, and programming. More recently joining us from the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Grayson is a Bay Area transplant from the East Coast where he has done extensive work in undergraduate peer education programming, LGBTQ+ programs & policy, and teaching low-income First Generation students of color. He received a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a BA in Women’s & Gender Studies. Grayson is currently completing his MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College with a future eye on a PhD. He loves movies, literature, sugar, comic book franchises, and queering social critical theory. Grayson is a cowboy, an Instagram curator, a dancer, and is probably one of the only folx left that loves Nickelback.
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