Staff

Lukas Brekke-Miesner, Executive Director

Lukas Brekke-Meisner

Lukas oversees both the PASS-2 and REAL HARD youth leadership programs to ensure positive youth development practices are implemented across all programs at all partner school sites, and ensures student leaders participate in district-wide All City Council leadership activities. Lukas was born and raised in Oakland and graduated from Oakland Tech High School. He became active as a high-school student as a member of TryUMF (Trying to Uplift My Folks), Youth Speaks, the Youth Employment Partnership, and the Project YES! Council, before heading to UCLA to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree. He spent his time at UCLA studying Sociology and Education, hosting a Bay Area hip-hop radio show, and providing academic counseling and social justice curriculum to high school students as part of the Afrikan Student Union. Lukas is a huge advocate of Oakland and a writer of poetry and social commentary.

lukas@kidsfirstoakland.org

Kimberly Miyoshi, Director of Justice 4 Oakland Schools

Kim Miyoshi

Kim has been with Oakland Kids First for over fifteen years. She secures resources to support the program, assists with program design and strategy, helps standardize and strengthen core curriculum, and works with district partners to expand the Engagement for Equity initiative. Kim has spent the past 19 years providing training, facilitation and coordination to numerous efforts to improve schools and communities in the Bay Area. As OKF’s Executive Director from 2000-2018, Kim brings comprehensive experience in curriculum design program development and implementation.

kim@kidsfirstoakland.org


Paloma Salazar, Operations Manager

Paloma oversees office operations, carries out human relations duties, helps develop and track budgets, and supports with fundraising and project management. She graduated from Oakland High School where she was involved in the very first cohort of REAL HARD, the Visual Arts Academy Magnet Program (VAAMP) and she is excited about bringing innovative tools to the team at OKF. Her background is in arts education with work at East L.A. Classic Theatre in Los Angeles, La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, and most recently at Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre in Oakland. Paloma’s passion for improving education systems in the country and around the globe drives her work and creativity. In her spare time she creates pen & ink creations, enjoys bike rides, and watches documentaries.

paloma@kidsfirstoakland.org

Christina Chung, Special Projects Lead

Christina Chung

Christina implements the PASS-2 peer academic mentoring program at Oakland Tech in the Civic Engagement and Social Movements leadership class in partnership with the Restorative Justice Coordinator. Christina also supports curriculum and materials development for PASS-2. Prior to her time at Oakland Kids First, Christina spent nearly a decade helping develop MetWest High School in OUSD from a new, teeny tiny alternative school to an established internship and project-based school, and started the arts and academic after school program with community collaborators and partnerships. Prior to that, she attended California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia where she was introduced to community-based arts teaching through the CAP (California Arts Partnership) program and unearthed a deep passion for teaching (and learning through teaching) during her time at KAOS Projects in Leimert Park. Beyond that, you can find her DJing with the Sweater Funk crew, lettering late at night, and cooking and making endless things with her two incredible daughters.

christina@kidsfirstoakland.org

Brieana Johnson, Curriculum Lead

Brieana Johnson

Originally from Compton, California, Brieana attended UCLA, where she first began to develop a passion for education and social justice. After earning her B.A. in Women’s Studies, she remained at UCLA to earn her teaching credential and Master’s in Education, while completing her first year as an English teacher in the Watts area of Los Angeles. Having a strong desire to serve young people in marginalized communities as a public school teacher, she moved to the Bay Area with her husband and young daughter in 2012 to teach at Castlemont High School, where she served as an English teacher for 5 years, before transitioning into her current role.

In her free time, Brieana enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Khalila and Rani, as well as dedicating time to creating handcrafted jewelry and accessories.

brieana@kidsfirstoakland.org

PASS-2

Peter Truong, Program Manager

Peter TruongPeter implements the PASS-2 peer academic mentoring program at Fremont High School in the Civic Engagement and Social Movements leadership class, and at Skyline High School. Peter is a former 12th Grade and 8th Grade English teacher at the St. Hope Public Schools in Sacramento, where he served as the school’s Black Student Union advisor.

Peter earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Chinese from University of Oregon.

peter@kidsfirstoakland.org


Sabaa Shoraka, Community Schools Manager at Castlemont High School

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sabaa joined Oakland Kids First as Community Program Manager at Castlemont High School in June of 2018. Prior to coming to Oakland Kids First, Sabaa served as the Community Program Manger with Alternatives in Action at Life Academy, Career Pathways Manager at Youth Uprising and Director of Administration and Finance at Institute for Sustainable Education Economic and Environmental Design. Sabaa has lived and worked in Oakland for the past 15 years. She hold a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration on Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sabaa is passionate about developing the skills of young people to become active agents for social justice and equity. In her free time, Sabaa enjoys baking and cooking, photography and traveling

sabaa@kidsfirstoakland.org

REAL HARD

Roxana Franco, Site Lead at Castlemont High School

Roxana Franco

Roxana implements the Queer Student Union and the REAL HARD after school youth leadership development program at Castlemont High School. Roxana started working at Oakland Kids First as an intern in the Meaningful Student and Family Engagement initiative supporting the school committees, engagement forums, and Parent Leads cohort. Roxana grew up in South Central, Los Angeles, after migrating from El Salvador in 1998. From a young age, Roxana loved building community and became aware of the disparities among working class and low income communities of color. She revamped as a passionate community leader and learned to critically analyze intersectional social structures of oppression including: homophobia, xenophobia, inequity within the public education system, immigrant rights, and displacement due to modern-day colonialism.

Roxana has experience facilitating workshops discussing lack of equity in schools, the ways that the School to Prison Pipeline shows up in schools, LGBTQIA+ rights, tenant rights, and Know Your Rights workshops catered to the undocumented community.

roxana@kidsfirstoakland.org

Domenichi Morris, REAL HARD Program Coordinator

Domenichi leads the REAL HARD program at Oakland High and Oakland Technical high schools.

domenichi@kidsfirstoakland.org