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Our Family Coalition

Yusni Bakar

Yusni Bakar

Family Programs Director
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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 a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). 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 Bardoff

Naomi Bardoff

Design and Communications Coordinator
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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, where she draws animals, works on her illustration portfolio, and experiments with vegan cooking.

Tarah Fleming

Tarah Fleming

Education Director
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Tarah Fleming is the Education Director, supporting the Welcoming and Inclusive Schools Program. WISP at OFC works with families, teachers, administrators, and other child-serving professionals to create more inclusive and respectful learning environments for all children. WISP supports K-12 educators to implement lessons that include LGBTQ History, family diversity, challenging gender stereotypes, supporting transgender and gender non-binary identities, and anti-bullying strategies.


One of her roles at OFC is the West Coast Expert Trainer for Welcoming Schools, a program of the Human Rights Campaign to improve elementary-school climate through LGBTQ inclusive resources for educators. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the classroom internationally and locally as an educator and facilitator on topics of social justice, equity literacy, anti-bias education and the dynamics of power and privilege. As a white identified, cisgender, heterosexual mother of a mixed heritage teenager, she brings a radical perspective on allied behavior, and a strong desire to work as change agent in multiple solidarity movements. Previously she was the Co-Director for iPride; an organization dedicated to mixed heritage and multiethnic families, and also developed and co-directed the Youth Action Project, an anti-racist youth conference within the White Privilege Conference. For the past 10 years Tarah has enjoyed directing her consulting practice called “Start Dialog” where she currently provides facilitation and coaching to activists and educators for real system change.

Jennifer Grant

Jennifer Grant

Operations Manager
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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.

Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson

Donor Engagement Coordinator
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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.

Renata Moreira

Renata Moreira

Executive Director
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Renata has more than 17 years of experience with educational and non-profit organizations working to advance the issues of low income, immigrant, and LGBTQ people through trainings, voter mobilization, community engagement, and advocacy campaigns. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the California Immigrant Policy Institute and is a thought partner to many interfaith initiatives throughout the U.S. aiming to advance inclusion and equity for LGBTQ-headed families. She has served as a member of the SF Human Rights Commission LGBTQ Advisory Committee, and co-chaired the state-wide Breakthrough Coalition with the goal of expanding LGBTQ acceptance throughout California. Prior to joining OFC, Renata directed a Women's Center, served on the Board of the LGBTQ Pride Center of Northern NJ, and led public education campaigns on sexual assault/DV prevention, and economic justice issues. She also served as VP of Community Relations for Hudson Diversity Action Council and continues to offer strategic planning consulting services to public and private organizations that are committed to advancing equity for LGBTQ and people of color. She is a skilled mediator and passionate proponent of heart-centered leadership. Renata has taught sexuality and gender studies courses at NJ City University, Hunter College, and Montclair State University. She holds a cum laude B.A in Political Science and an M.A. in Gender Studies from the City University of New York. She had a pleasure of serving OFC as Acting Executive Director during the summer of 2015 and was selected as a 2015-2016 Changemaker Fellow for the new Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change at the Pacific School of Religion. Renata lives in Oakland with her wife Lori and wonder dog Petey. She was born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil.

Rick Oculto

Rick Oculto

Education Manager
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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.

Jeannette Page

Jeannette Page

Family Programs Coordinator
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Jeannette is a dedicated and passionate advocate for youth and families, with ten years of nonprofit programming experience. She has worked primarily in sexual assault response and prevention providing direct services to survivors of violence and their loved ones, navigating criminal justice and social service systems, and facilitating community education workshops on abuse prevention. Jeannette also has significant experience in youth social justice programs, empowering youth to take action and be change agents in their schools and communities. Jeannette was raised in her mom's home daycare on the Sacramento River, and has been helping raise children since she herself was a child. She's a queer femme who enjoys puppies, swimming, and progressive social change. Jeannette has a B.A. in Sociology, is a California state-certified sexual assault and domestic violence counselor, and is excited to bring her skills and training to OFC's family programs.

Polly Pagenhart

Polly Pagenhart

Communications & Policy Director
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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 Roberts-Hosley

Nora Roberts-Hosley

Family Programs Associate
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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 Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez

Grants & Contracts Coordinator
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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 created OFC's Early Literacy Curriculum. She began working at OFC as a summer intern for our Education Team and has now transitioned onto staff. In her free time, Jessica enjoys taking in the sunshine at Dolores Park.

Nadi Suhaimi

Nadi Suhaimi

Family Programs Coordinator
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Nadi graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA in Sociology. He has over 8 years of experience working with incarcerated people and their families. His work with incarcerated people has included counselling and case management. He also has experience with policy writing, program management, and event coordination. An annual event that Nadi was actively involved with was the Yellow Ribbon Project. The mission of the Yellow Ribbon Project is to help people released from prison reintegrate into society by engaging the support of their families, their community, and community organizations. Nadi is a trained Prison Hostage Negotiator, a skill that he probably won’t need at Our Family Coalition. His experience working within the prison system has made him acutely aware of systemic oppression inherent in our societies.

 

Nadi is excited to join Our Family Coalition as the East Bay Family Program Coordinator where he has the opportunity to advocate for and connect with LGBTQI families. This is the first time that he has been able to be “out” as queer and trans at work. Nadi is a recent transplant to the Bay Area from Singapore and is happy to be a part of the Bay Area’s many queer communities. When he’s not working, he likes to chill on beaches with palm trees and eat spicy food.

 

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