HOPE is a collaborative of public agencies, community-based organizations, and Oakland residents. Leadership bodies and individuals within the collaborative work together to pursue our vision of a healthier, more vibrant Oakland.
The Steering Committee is responsible for the leadership of the collaborative and for making all major decisions.
HOPE staff is responsible for the overall coordination of HOPE’s work.
Kimi Watkins-Tartt serves as Director of the Alameda County Public Health Department. In this capacity she is responsible for providing overall direction, planning and organization of the programs and operations of the Public Health Department. Prior to this, and in the role of Deputy Director, Ms. Watkins-Tartt was responsible for the oversight of the department’s programmatic divisions which include Family Health Services, Community Health Services, Public Health Nursing and Communicable Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Ms. Watkins-Tartt oversaw the management of internal department policies, program budget, grant coordination and personnel management. Ms. Watkins-Tartt has worked for over 25 years within the local public health community and brings a wealth of experience in public health administration, policy development, as well as community health planning and coordination. Prior to taking on the role of Deputy Director, Ms. Watkins-Tartt led the Division of Community Health Services, driving the division’s strategic initiatives including the launching of new efforts that aligned with the department’s strategic direction to achieve health equity. Ms. Watkins-Tartt was instrumental in helping the department design and implement its health equity and local policy efforts and recently spearheaded the department’s first Chronic Disease Prevention Planning process. Ms. Watkins-Tartt has a long standing passion and commitment to health equity and social justice. She is a founding member and current Co-Chair for the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) and serves as Vice Chair of the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee of the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCH)
Michelle has been the Wellness Coordinator at Oakland Unified School District for the past 10 years and builds resources, systems and partnerships to oversee the District’s Wellness Policy, Site Wellness Champion program, nutrition and garden education; as well as physical activity and physical education. Her latest project is working on the education and community programming for the District’s new Central Kitchen, Farm and Education Center. Prior to working at OUSD, Michelle spent 10 years working in a variety of public sectors in California and she has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan. She lives in Oakland with her husband and 2 daughters.
Paul Hoàng Nguyễn
Paul holds a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Before joining HOPE, Paul was organizing a Community Supported Agriculture program that focused on working with Asian Farmers to bring culturally relevant produce to community members in his hometown of Garden Grove, CA. In Los Angeles, he continued to learn and work on Food Justice Issues. Working to expand the CSA program as well as address public health issues in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. During his time in LA, Paul also worked with high school students in the San Gabriel Valley to advocate for better air quality and worked with youth toward becoming leaders in their community. Paul is excited to lead the food work that HOPE has been championing here in the City of Oakland and looks forward to learning more about the Oakland community.
Contact Paul at email@example.com.
Ryan Thayer has a decade of experience working to promote equitable community-based food systems. He has established community led processes that cultivate local leaders to build power on a neighborhood level. Ryan co-founded the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition and previously served on the SF Soda Tax Committee and SF Food Security Task Force. He currently works in Alameda County to promote a regional community-based food system.
I am Sarahy Dominguez, I consider myself an Oakland native but I was not born in Oakland. Oakland is my home pero I am Mexican, I grew up in the Fruitvale District, and I am also an introvert that grew up in the hyphy movement. HOPE has been able to provide me with opportunities an undocumented brown girl might not have had otherwise I joined HOPE when I was 15, and have not left. I am also a Taurus. I am now the Youth Engagement Organizer. The best part of my job is getting to work with amazing young people.
Shreya Shankar is the Policy & Campaigns Program Manager at HOPE. With a degree in Environmental Policy, Environmental Design & Urbanism from UC Berkeley, Shreya has practiced urban planning and environmental policy in the Bay Area for over 4 years. Before she joined the team at HOPE, Shreya worked to center community voice in policymaking through creativity, youth leadership, and movement-building as Executive Director at Rooted in Resilience.