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About The Ella Baker Center

The Ella Baker Center is named for an unsung hero of the the civil rights movement who inspired and guided emerging leaders. We build on her legacy by giving people opportunities and skills to work together to strengthen our communities so that all of us can thrive.

  • For more information read our About Us page
  • For Analysis, Inspiration and Action please visit our widely read blog Ella's Voice
  • For our news coverage visit: In the News
To interview Zachary Norris, other staff, or learn more about our work, contact:


Nwamaka Agbo, Deputy Director

Office: 510-428-3939 x247

Interview Opportunities

The Ella Baker Center is home to more than 25 human rights activists working to promote creative solutions to some of our communities' most pressing problems. Our staff provide a grounded voice on various issue areas including:

  • Juvenile justice and prison reform
  • Race in urban America
  • Community empowerment and civic engagement, especially in communities of color and low-income communities.
  • Violence prevention, and
  • The legacies and relevance of civil rights movements in today's social change work.

Zachary Norris, Executive Director

Zachary is an attorney from Oakland, CA and is a former Soros Justice Fellow and a former director of Ella Baker Center's Books Not Bars Campaign. He is the founder and former co-director of Justice for Families. 



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