Meet Our Team!
A native of St louis Missouri, Keith has been in Oakland for the last 12 years organizing in both labor and in the community. This work has been a big part in forming how Keith thinks and moves in relation to social justice and building relationships with folks in the community. His belief is that building leadership through relationship building in the community is key to a greater movement that reaches deep into regular people.
Keith spent 8 years organizing at SEIU locate 1021. There he was able to sharpen his skills in running successful campaigns, negotiating contracts, and getting a clear understanding of the importance of leadership development. He also spent time at AFSCME local 3299 as Negotiations and Grievance Coordinator managing the statewide grievance database and also defending members in arbitration hearings. As Director at Bay Area Black Worker Center Keith hopes to continue the work of developing the skills of members and in doing so build real power in the community.
justin has been a organizer in the black community since 2012, most recently with the bay area black worker center. he previously interned in atlanta with the racial justice action center (rjac) around issues of race, gender, and mass incarceration. he also has served as youth mentor for many years back home in virginia and in new york city, focusing on the arts as a way to fight against white supremacy. justin knows he gets his fighting spirit from his parents and older siblings who have all organized in some type of capacity. justin has worked low wage jobs and it is from this and his life experiences that justin found himself within the mission of the bay area black worker center.
Juanita moved to Oakland in 2012 and has been actively involved in the Bay Area social justice movement. Previous to joining the BABWC team, she was a hairstylist for 13 years and Salon Owner for 3 of those years. Juanita has always been involved in segments of communications through her roles in the hair industry by building and maintaining her own websites, creating creative and efficient ways to keep open communication between herself, her salon employees and their clients. She is thankful & excited to begin this journey with BABWC as their Communications Coordinator!
Tichelle got involved with BABWC through another organization she is working for, she has worked as a retail customer service manager for 5 years, and completed real estate classes at Merritt College. Now she is in administrative work and really enjoying it, especially when she gets to do it for organizations that are passionate about the same pressing issues she is passionate about! Tichelle believes in my role here because any support that will help BABWC stay organized and efficient is important to the revolutionary path BABWC is paving.