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Our Family Coalition

Yusni Bakar

Yusni Bakar

Family Programs Director
yusni@ourfamily.org
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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.

Renata Moreira

Renata Moreira

Executive Director
renata@ourfamily.org
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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 Director
rick@ourfamily.org
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As the Education Manager, Rick collaborates with educators and school administrators to create safe and LGBTQ-inclusive 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 thousands of students, educators, and youth workers focusing on diversity, harassment, gender stereotypes, and other LGBTQ 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 Performing Arts Workshop, a youth-focused, arts 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
jeannette@ourfamily.org
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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
polly@ourfamily.org
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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

Education Manager
carla@ourfamily.org
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Carla is a queer, non-binary, Latinx writer, educator, and activist. Passionate about equity and social justice, they have focused their life’s work on LGBTQ+ rights, inclusive education, youth work, and community organizing. Born and raised in Queens, New York (land of the Matinecock/Rockaway people) Carla is the proud child of an immigrant Cuban father and Nuyorican mother. They believe it is everyone’s birthright to thrive and they are expressly dedicated to the liberation and prosperity of QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of color) communities.


Carla previously 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 they have 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.

A graduate of New York University, and recent East Coast transplant, they now live in Oakland with their partner, Mireya, and their shorkie, Rumi.

Karlon Zee

Karlon Zee

Family Programs and Data Entry Specialist
karlon@ourfamily.org
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Karlon started to develop a conscious lens of grassroot work through the Social Justice Academy (SJA) at San Leandro High School ℅ 2015. By dissecting and understanding the intersectionality of community building and organizing through social, economical and political work, he was able to apply and deliver those practices and theories of change to his own community of poc, queer and LGBTQ+ parents and caregivers.

Karlon has approximately 8 years of diverse and direct community work experience. During Summer of 2011, he completed the San Leandro Teen Police Academy through the SLPD and received “Best Communication Award”. A year later, he completed the District Attorney Justice Academy (DAJA) in Alameda County at Hayward City Hall. After applying to the Metro College Success Program at San Francisco State University for Child Adolescence & Development in Fall of 2015, Karlon was able to gain additional direct work experience through a semester-long internship through EDvance and Jumpstart.

 

Karlon was raised in the East Bay all his life in Oakland and San Leandro, however he was adopted from an orphanage in Guangzhou, China and came to live in the U.S. when he was 6 months old. When Karlon was born, his assigned sex was female. Throughout his youth, he constantly struggled to confront his own sexuality and gender identity while simultaneously living as a QPOC (queer poc) while trying to make sense of it all and everything else going on in the world. With the support of his mom, many pets, and amazing educators and friends, Karlon was able to lead and direct his own life to a path of becoming a positive and charismatic agent of change to the QTPOC LGBTQ+ community.

Jenny Raviv

Jenny Raviv

Development Coordinator
jenny@ourfamily.org
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Jenny brings decades of strategic communications and advocacy experience to Our Family Coalition’s development and strategic planning work. Jenny is also an organizer for racial justice and co-founded SURJ SF, the San Francisco chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, to move White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. Jenny participated in the Fundraising Bright Spots Program by Compasspoint and uses those approaches to shape OFC’s fundraising work.

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