Our Team

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights boasts a staff of world-class human rights activists, based in our headquarters in downtown Oakland, CA. Meet our team.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Zachary Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and a former director of our Books Not Bars campaign. Prior to rejoining the organization, Zachary co-founded and co-directed Justice for Families, a national alliance of family-driven organizations working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic. During the seven years he led the campaign, Books Not Bars built California’s first statewide network for families of incarcerated youth, led the...
Director of Finance and Operations
As the Director of Finance and Operations for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Payal works to maintain the organization's administrative efficiency and financial health. She is responsible for refining and implementing policies and practices in the areas of finance, operations and human resources. Payal comes to the organization with years of experience in leadership, operations, and human resources in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings. Payal's passion for the work the...
Organizing Director
Vince Steele is the Organizing Director with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Here he manages the organizing team and leads the expansion and development of the Ella Baker Center membership. Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, Vince comes to us from a union family where he continued his family’s legacy working in the labor movement in southern California. He served many years with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) as a labor organizer, winning major victories for low...
Director of Development
As the Director of Development, Nolan leads the Ella Baker Center’s fundraising efforts. He partners with foundations, individual donors, and other supporters to secure the resources necessary to advance the Center’s mission. With roots in activist spaces and coalition organizing, Nolan approaches development work as a movement building tool that – when centered on the needs and experiences of impacted communities – can be a powerful catalyst for social change. Prior to...
Communications Director
Terence Anthony Long is the Communications Director of the Ella Baker Center. Prior to joining the organization, Terence worked to amplify the voices of working people and communities of color on numerous campaigns for labor organizations, non-profits and arts-based groups in Los Angeles. He started his career at the Service Employees International Union as an organizer on the historic campaign to win union rights for majority African American security officers in South Los Angeles. Terence has...
Policy Manager
Tunisia M. Owens is a passionate advocate on issues of Black Economic Empowerment, Diversity and Inclusion, Criminal Justice Reform, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth, and Education Equity. She is originally from Oakland, California and has served the public at non-profit organizations and government agencies in the Bay Area. She returned to Oakland after a career as a diplomat proudly representing the United States in Africa, the Middle East, and South America. When she is not raising...
Senior Campaigner
In her role as State Field Director, Emily oversees state and local campaigns, develops a statewide membership structure, and builds and coordinates relationships with other state organizations, community leaders, allies, and key local and state officials. Emily has served as the Statewide Coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) , a coalition of 65 anti-prison organizations (including theElla Baker Center), for four years. Her prior work experience includes working...
Policy Associate
Eric Henderson is a Policy Associate at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. In this role, he works on various local and state policies to end mass incarceration and redirect resources to programs that increase housing, healthcare, education, and jobs. Eric is an appointed member of the San Francisco Sentencing Commission, and serves as an advocate for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. He is also a member of the San Francisco Reentry Council - Legislation,...
Senior Organizer and Advocate
Angelo Isaac Sandoval is a Senior Organizer and Advocate at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. He works to empower low-income communities of color to dismantle the institutional racism that propagates cycles violence, substance abuse and poverty. He served as a California State Senate Fellow in the office of Senator Denise Ducheny, who was the Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. At the end of his fellowship he joined the Senator’s staff as a Legislative Aide, where he advised the...
Senior Organizer and Advocate
Jose is a Senior Organizer and Advocate at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Jose comes from a family of first generation immigrants. He grew up in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. In late 2016, Jose was unanimously appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to serve on the San Francisco Reentry Council. While on the council, Jose has been a very active force in advocating for local restorative justice policies. Currently, he serves as Co-chair of the Reentry...
Operations Manager
As the Operations Manager at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Deborah’s primary responsibility is providing the support needed to ensure optimal operational efficiency, effectiveness and compliance. A native New Yorker, Deborah relocated to the Bay Area in 2009. She comes to the organization with many years of experience in the non-profit sector working in Human Services as well as, Economic and Workforce Development supporting finance, human resources and operational functions...
Digital Communications Associate
Norma Orozco is the Digital Communications Associate at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She hopes to use social media and other digital platforms as a means to engage, educate and motivate people to action for social justice. Her goal is to create a more just and loving world. As a daughter of immigrants who has been directly impacted by the incarceration and detention of family members, she understands the intersections that affect communities of color. Norma began her career as a...
Development Associate
As the Development Associate, Omar works to support the fundraising efforts and database development to build on resources and enhance organizational growth to advance EBC's mission. He has expertise in various advocacy spaces from grassroots organizing, direct services, and education equality. Originally from Egypt, he received his Human Rights Education Master's Degree from the University of San Francisco...
Restore Oakland Adviser
As restorative economics practitioner, Nwamaka Agbo brings a solutions-oriented approach to her project management consulting. With a background in organizing, electoral campaigns, policy and advocacy on racial, social and environmental justice issues, Nwamaka supports projects that build resilient, healthy and self-determined communities rooted in shared prosperity. Nwamaka is supporting the Ella Baker Center and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United in the development of the property at...

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