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About the Ella Baker Center

The Ella Baker Center is named for an unsung hero of 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 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:

Zaineb Mohammed, Communications Manager

Office: 510.428.3939 x236

Interview Opportunities

The Ella Baker Center staff are all 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, a former Soros Justice Fellow, and a former director of Ella Baker Center's Books Not Bars Campaign. He is the co-founder and former co-director of Justice for Families. 


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