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 since 2000, Kim brings comprehensive experience in curriculum design program development and implementation.
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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.
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 afterschool 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.
Brieana is the Community Programs Manager at Castlemont High School, serving as the liaison between Oakland Kids First and community partners in order to provide robust, high-quality after school programs to students in East Oakland. Additionally, she implements the PASS-2 peer academic mentoring program at Castlemont High in the Civic Engagement and Social Movements class. 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 marginzalied 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.
Peter 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.
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.
Grayson leads the REAL HARD program at Oakland High and Oakland Tech high schools. Prior to OKF, Grayson has served this work in various capacities from working as a middle and high school educator and sexual violence prevention educator to working with LGBTQ+ families. He is grounded by his commitment to exploring how we all can truly lift and honor our youth who survive systemic structures that harm, silence, and erase their narratives. Grayson advocates for solutions that create and re-imagine realities where schools and systems widen their reach to hold our most “left out”. When he has free time, Grayson enjoys country music, movies, outdoor adventures, and tackling a daunting Netflix watchlist.