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Our Family Coalition

Yusni Bakar

Yusni Bakar

Family Programs Director
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Yusni has more than a decade of professional administrative experiences and extensive program support skills. This knowledge equips her with a multitude of skills in developing and coordinating programs for LGBTQ families, their allies, and others from diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Yusni is a natural in event management. Her enthusiastic personality, vision, and passion, along with flawless precision and attention to detail has helped contribute to the success of every Our Family Coalition event and the organization’s commitment to excellence. She cultivates relationships with families, provides parents with tools to advocate on behalf of their children and families, and supports strong parent leadership within the organization. She also represents Our Family Coalition in the community and at various venues including meetings, interagency collaborations, and media. Yusni founded Family Now, a family group supporting LGBTQ families and allies in Berkeley. She serves as the VP of LGBTQ Affairs on the PTA Executive Board at her son’s school.

Yusni holds a BA in Business Communications, Public Relations and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She resides in Berkeley with her family and their cat Frederic. When she’s not planning fabulous LGBTQ family events, she enjoys singing, reading, traveling, inventing new recipes, and playing Tetris, while remaining dedicated to her son’s school and several local community organizations.

Tarah Fleming

Tarah Fleming

Education Director
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Tarah Fleming is the Education Director, supporting the Welcoming and Inclusive Schools Program. WISP at OFC works with families, teachers, administrators, and other child-serving professionals to create more inclusive and respectful learning environments for all children. WISP supports K-12 educators to implement lessons that include LGBTQ History, family diversity, challenging gender stereotypes, supporting transgender and gender non-binary identities, and anti-bullying strategies.


One of her roles at OFC is the West Coast Expert Trainer for Welcoming Schools, a program of the Human Rights Campaign to improve elementary-school climate through LGBTQ inclusive resources for educators. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the classroom internationally and locally as an educator and facilitator on topics of social justice, equity literacy, anti-bias education and the dynamics of power and privilege. As a white identified, cisgender, heterosexual mother of a mixed heritage teenager, she brings a radical perspective on allied behavior, and a strong desire to work as change agent in multiple solidarity movements. Previously she was the Co-Director for iPride; an organization dedicated to mixed heritage and multiethnic families, and also developed and co-directed the Youth Action Project, an anti-racist youth conference within the White Privilege Conference. For the past 10 years Tarah has enjoyed directing her consulting practice called “Start Dialog” where she currently provides facilitation and coaching to activists and educators for real system change.

Jennifer Grant

Jennifer Grant

Operations Manager
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Jennifer Grant, Operations Manager, is the nuts and bolts of the organization. From accounting to human resources, editing to restocking supplies, scheduling to correspondence, she keeps everything flowing smoothly. Jennifer joined OFC in November 2011, bringing 25+ years of experience in non-profit program management. Her expertise is in the field of domestic violence, specifically serving the LGBTQ community. Jennifer is the recipient of the Isabel Cerna/Del Martin Award for Individual Activism in Domestic Violence and has presented nationally on Transgender Women in Battered Women's Shelters and Woman-to-Woman Battering. She has worked at domestic violence agencies across the Bay Area, most recently managing the emergency shelters at La Casa de las Madres and the Riley Center. She received a Masters of Social Work from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. Jennifer and her wife, Carol, live in San Francisco and are trying to survive the teen years with their twins, Sam and Ruby.

Renata Moreira

Renata Moreira

Executive Director
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Ms. Renata Moreira has worked for nearly two decades to advance equity for LGBTQ populations, women, and immigrant families through trainings, voter mobilization, and advocacy campaigns. She is the Executive Director of Our Family Coalition and serves on the California Work and Family Coalition as well on as the Advisory Board of the California Immigrant Policy Institute. Renata provides thought leadership on numerous interfaith equity initiatives across the country and was named a 2015-2016 Changemaker Fellow for the Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change program at the Pacific School of Religion. She is a political scientist by training, a skilled mediator, and a passionate proponent of heart-centered leadership. Renata lives in a sustainable co-housing community in Oakland, CA with her beloved toddler Mayla. Renata was born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil.

Rick Oculto

Rick Oculto

Education Manager
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As the Education Coordinator, Rick collaborates with educators and school administrators to implement Welcoming Schools to create safe and LGBTQ-inclusive elementary schools. Rick provides training and support focusing on the recognition and celebration of all families, challenging gender stereotypes, and addressing name-calling and anti-LGBTQ bias and harassment in schools. Formerly the Youth Service Coordinator at Billy DeFrank LGBT Center in San José, Rick developed programs that addressed LGBT youth issues and created the first transgender youth support group in the area. An accomplished speaker and presenter, Rick has conducted trainings for hundreds of students, educators, and youth workers focusing on diversity, harassment, gender stereotypes, and other LGBT issues. Rick holds a dual B.A. degree in Psychology and Spanish from Seattle University in Washington and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley specializing in management and planning. Currently, he sits on the board of Streetside Stories, a youth-focused, media arts literacy organization in San Francisco. Additionally, he coordinates volunteer events for SF Gaymers, a social group that recognizes diversity within the gaming community and creates safe spaces for LGBT individuals to game with one another. Rick lives and games in San Francisco and frequently visits his family in the South Bay.

Jeannette Page

Jeannette Page

Family Programs Coordinator
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Jeannette is a dedicated and passionate advocate for youth and families, with ten years of nonprofit programming experience. She has worked primarily in sexual assault response and prevention providing direct services to survivors of violence and their loved ones, navigating criminal justice and social service systems, and facilitating community education workshops on abuse prevention. Jeannette also has significant experience in youth social justice programs, empowering youth to take action and be change agents in their schools and communities. Jeannette was raised in her mom's home daycare on the Sacramento River, and has been helping raise children since she herself was a child. She's a queer femme who enjoys puppies, swimming, and progressive social change. Jeannette has a B.A. in Sociology, is a California state-certified sexual assault and domestic violence counselor, and is excited to bring her skills and training to OFC's family programs.

Polly Pagenhart

Polly Pagenhart

Communications & Policy Director
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Polly brings more than twenty years’ experience as a writer, teacher, public speaker, editor, educational program administrator, and small group facilitator to work at OFC. Across all this work—whether with outreach and undergraduate educational programs at UC Berkeley, or social media conference programming at BlogHer—Polly's focus has been strengthening understanding across barriers of social difference using authentic connection, education, and mutual support. They've been an active and appreciative member of OFC since their early parenthood, which began in 2004 with the birth of their first child. In 2007 their second child was born, by which time it was clear that parenting was handily their most valuable life teacher and journey. Work at OFC is a combination of a lifelong mission and an act of grace (which they do not consider a coincidence: the OFC office sits at the intersection of Mission and Grace Streets in San Francisco).

Carla M. Peña

Carla M. Peña

Social Media and Communications Coordinator
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Carla has built her career around a variety of experiences, roles, and initiatives, equipping her with a breadth of skills and a knack for storytelling. The most personal and deeply rooted connection in her social justice advocacy work has been around LGBTQ rights, youth work, and community organizing.

Previously, Carla served as the Public Education Manager for SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone), the oldest LGBTQ advocacy organization in South Florida. As a Public Allies AmeriCorps alum she has also worked at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center as Program Assistant and Outreach Specialist for Project Q Youth Services, assisting in development and implementation of youth programming, case management, and public education.

Born and raised in New York City to a Cuban father and Nuyorican mother, Carla is a first generation, Queer Latinx graduate of New York University. As a recent East Coast transplant, she now lives in Oakland with her partner, Mireya, and their shorkie, Rumi. 

Nikki Rudi

Nikki Rudi

Family Programs Associate
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Nikki has a B.A. in Communication Arts and has previously worked in advertising and communications. She has experience planning and executing campaigns and organizing events, among other things. She helped put together and run an advocacy campaign for adoption which led her to her journey of advocating for youth and families.

Nikki is thrilled to be part of Our Family Coalition as the San Francisco Public Ally and is ready to do her part in advancing equity for LGBTQ families.

 

In her free time, Nikki enjoys hiking and photography. She likes art and loves traveling. She has committed to getting out of her bubble and getting more new experiences to grow both personally and professionally.

 

Nadi Suhaimi

Nadi Suhaimi

Family Programs Coordinator
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Nadi graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA in Sociology. He has over 8 years of experience working with incarcerated people and their families. His work with incarcerated people has included counselling and case management. He also has experience with policy writing, program management, and event coordination. An annual event that Nadi was actively involved with was the Yellow Ribbon Project. The mission of the Yellow Ribbon Project is to help people released from prison reintegrate into society by engaging the support of their families, their community, and community organizations. Nadi is a trained Prison Hostage Negotiator, a skill that he probably won’t need at Our Family Coalition. His experience working within the prison system has made him acutely aware of systemic oppression inherent in our societies.

 

Nadi is excited to join Our Family Coalition as the East Bay Family Program Coordinator where he has the opportunity to advocate for and connect with LGBTQI families. This is the first time that he has been able to be “out” as queer and trans at work. Nadi is a recent transplant to the Bay Area from Singapore and is happy to be a part of the Bay Area’s many queer communities. When he’s not working, he likes to chill on beaches with palm trees and eat spicy food.

 

Caroline Truong

Caroline Truong

Family Programs Associate
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 Caroline is a first generation queer and non-binary Chinese-Vietnamese San Franciscan. They hold a triple B.A. degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Psychology and Social Behavior, and Education Sciences from University of California, Irvine. As a student, they were actively involved in student organizing, curriculum development and facilitating spaces that support students' learning and understanding of their identities, privilege, and oppression, and supporting them as they navigate complex institutions of higher education to become socially conscious change agents.

Since moving back to the Bay Area, Caroline has been living out their identity politics through both their community-based work and personal relationships with Brown Boi Project and APIENC. In these spaces, they celebrate their trans and queer self and learn to heal from intergenerational trauma. Outside of what they do, they find space to be who they are in their writings. Their work is a poetic expression rooted in the multiple identities they hold and how they intersect with their day to day fight for liberation in our lifetime.

Caroline is excited to join Our Family Coalition as the East Bay Public Ally where they will be connecting and collaborating with LGBTQIA* families and community organizations. What they hope to bring to spaces is theirself, a work in progress, alive with possibilities, a spirit that refuses to be stomped out and committed to a world where we can all just be thriving and free.

 

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