Jakada Imani, Chair
Jakada is a spiritually-rooted coach and trainer with more than 20 years experience working in social and economic justice movements. He served for six years as executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC), taking over from the center's founder, Van Jones. In his 13 years there, he served as the lead strategist for some of the organization's most high-profile campaigns and was a lead team member in the successful efforts to stop the construction of one of the nation's largest juvenile halls -- an enormous "Super Jail for Kids."
He also led two successful statewide ballot measure campaigns (No on Prop 6 in 2008 and No on Prop 23 in 2010). Over the last two decades, Jakada has worked on a range of issues, including racial and economic justice, workers' rights, tenant organizing, and green jobs. In 2013, he received a ChangeMaker Fellowship from Pacific School of Religion, where he served for two years leading a center for spiritual and social transformation. He is the father of four powerful and creative daughters.