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.
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...
Senior 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...
Interim Director of Finance and Operations
As the Interim Director of Finance and Operations 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...
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...
Organizer and Advocate
Monifa Akosua is a Richmond native with a passion for advocating and healing communities. Her mission is to heal systematic trauma and help people reach Black/Brown joy. She first became passionate about the community while working at Youth Radio. There she found her drive for youth development and community wellness. She spent over seven years working in communities and she knows what it takes to empower and elevate the people to seek change. She believes that healing through action and...
Policy Associate
Derick Morgan is the Policy Associate for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. As part of the Ella Baker Center’s legislative arm, he provides leadership on campaigns to expand principles of truth and reinvestment at the state level. Derick provides analysis of policy and helps the Ella Baker Center collaborate with different groups. Before joining EBC as a Policy Associate, Derick contributed to campaigns to end mass incarceration and repeal ineffective sentencing as a legislative...
Communications Associate
Ashley Chambers is the Communications Associate at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. In this role, she manages media relations and executes communications strategies for local, statewide and national campaigns to elevate the work of the Ella Baker Center. A native of Oakland, California, proud mother and former journalist, Ashley has a passion for lifting up her community and helping people of color gain access to social, educational and economic opportunity. Prior to joining the Ella...
Development Specialist
Lina Eid is the Development Specialist at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She works to enhance productivity and maximize the Ella Baker Center’s impact through development and financial reconciliation. Originally from Palestine, she received her Global Affairs Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University with a concentration in the Middle East and North Africa. Her passion to contribute to an organization that fights the mass incarceration epidemic stems from the parallel...
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Zach Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and co-founder of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center that will empower Bay Area community members to transform local economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families. Zach is also a co-founder of Justice for Families, a national alliance of family-driven organizations working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic...
Policy Manager
In her role, 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 the Ella Baker Center), for four years. Her prior work experience includes working with women in prison...
Restore Oakland Compliance Manager
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 Ella Baker Center draws from her own personal experience with the impact of mass incarceration on her own family. She is a single mother to a wonderful active young man. Payal is an active volunteer with youth organizations and enjoys promoting health and recreation in her community. When she isn't...
Digital Communications Associate
Norma Orozco is the Digital Communications Associate at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She utilizes email, websites, social media, and other digital platforms as a means to engage, educate and motivate people to action. As a daughter of immigrants whose life has been impacted by incarceration and detention, she understands the intersections that affect communities of color. Norma is currently a candidate for a Masters in Migration Studies from the University of San Francisco. Norma...
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...
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...