Anthony Galace
Anthony’s passion for advocacy lies at the nexus of public policy, health equity, and racial justice. He currently serves as the Director of Health Equity with The Greenlining Institute, where he works to improve local and state policies to address racial and ethnic health disparities. Anthony previously served as the Chair of the Alameda County Public Health Commission and currently sits on the Board of Filipino Advocates for Justice, a community-based organization dedicated to empowering the Filipino community and other disadvantaged communities across the Bay Area.

Kathy Neal
Through her company, Kneal Resource System, Inc., Kathy supports clients from major corporations, government agencies, school districts and non-profit organizations with strategic and tactical planning, public affairs outreach and communications, and project management. She has represented the California State Assembly on both the CA Integrated Waste Management Board and State Bar Board of Governors, was a gubernatorial appointee to the CA Community Colleges Board of Governors and a Port of Oakland Commissioner. Kathy is an elected officer of the Alameda County Democratic Party as well as President of the Oakland Community Fund.

Dwight Jackson
Dwight is President and founder of Metro Contract Group, a full-service office furniture dealership and interior design firm based in Oakland.  His company services a diverse group of clients, including public agencies, the federal government, cities, counties, and school districts (including Oakland Unified School District), as well as  non-profits including Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, National Center for Youth Law, and many more. Dwight also sits on the board of the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC).

nilofarNilofar Gardezi, PhD
Nilofar is currently a Senior Analyst at the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) where she leads planning and evaluation efforts for statewide programs that serve all Californians. She led the strategic planning effort for the UC Master Food Preserver Program which has over 400 staff across 17 counties working to combat food insecurity in California. Prior to UCOP, Nilofar was a Mellon-ACLS Public Fellow and Program Impact Analyst at BAVC, an award-winning arts and social justice nonprofit serving Bay Area artists. Nilofar earned her Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. from Yale College.

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