Staff & Board


Our staff is always working hard to build a just economy in the East Bay by developing alliances among community, faith, and labor. For general information about EBASE or to learn more about getting involved, send an e-mail to


Maria Elena Allain (EBASE Staff)Maria Elena Allain: Director of Finance & Operations  |  (510) 893-7106 x 311

Maria Elena uses her “MacGyvering skills” to manage EBASE’s finance, HR, and daily operations, creating the operational backbone for our campaigns for racial, social, and economic justice. Prior to coming to EBASE, Maria Elena was a full-time SFSU Academic Program Analyst while earning her Masters in Public Administration. Her 12+ years experience in the field and 30+ years as her immigrants family’s administrator, has served to shape her view on how a solid operations foundation can propel an organization forward. When she’s not creating beautiful spreadsheets, Maria Elena spends her time with her dog, Gnome Chomsky, and her cat, Nancy Pelosi.


david-smallDavid Brazil: Program Coordinator, Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME)  |  (510) 893-7106 x 312

David connects spiritual life with a passion for economic justice by leading FAME, EBASE’s faith organizing program. He has been involved in community organizing in the Bay Area for over a decade and helped to found the Bay Area Public School, a free university, as well as the Omni Commons social center. He is the co-pastor of a house church, the Agape Fellowship, and is a member of Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in West Oakland. David is also a published poet, translator and anthologist.



Kristi Laughlin (EBASE Staff)Kristi Laughlin: Senior Campaign Director  |  (510) 893-7106 x 314

Kristi guides and supports the inspiring network of FAME faith leaders and spiritual activists. She is passionate about connecting the gifts of the faith communities to the economic justice movement. She has been involved in community organizing and advocacy for over fifteen years, working at the Volunteer Legal Services Program and Global Exchange, as well as engaging deeply in immigrant rights work since her days with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Kristi has her masters from the Graduate Theological Union and is a lay associate of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She lives in an Oakland co-housing community with her husband and son.


Cynthia Morfin: Oakland Organizer  |  
(510) 893-7106 x 320

Cynthia strengthens the bedrock of our work, developing community leaders and fostering relationships with partners that work towards our collective vision. Prior to EBASE, Cynthia interned at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco, where she became passionate about fighting for good jobs, respect and dignity in the workplace, and keeping working class people in the Bay Area. Cynthia has a B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis in Latin American Studies from San Francisco State University. When she’s not out organizing, you can find Cynthia tending to her community garden, cooking with loved ones, or dancing Cumbias.


Jahmese Meyers (EBASE Staff)Jahmese Myres: Deputy Director  |  (510) 893-7106 x 316

Jahmese leads Revive Oakland’s incredible group of community, labor, and faith allies to win and implement community benefits policies that improve job quality and access. Prior to EBASE, Jahmese worked at several county, regional, and state agencies with an emphasis on research and community engagement. She holds a B.S. in Economics from Saint Mary’s College and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from U.C. Irvine. Jahmese lives in Oakland and can be found walking her beagle, on the bullhorn at rallies, running (slowly) around Lake Merritt, and occasionally starring on KTOP.


Kate O'Hara (EBASE Staff)Kate O’Hara: Executive Director  |  (510) 893-7106 x 317

Kate O’Hara leads EBASE, focused on building powerful partnerships and creating a strong foundation from which staff can drive winning campaigns for change. In her 10th year at EBASE, Kate previously directed the Revive Oakland campaign which won a 2012 landmark good jobs agreement for the Oakland Army Base redevelopment, followed by a construction careers agreement for AC Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit Project. Kate loves spending time with her husband, also a movement activist, reading, playing and having dancing parties with their two young children, Mabel and Miles.


Nicole Zapata: Contra Costa Organizer  |  (510) 893-7106 x 320

Nicole returns to her home in Contra Costa County as the Concord Organizer, ready to build a strong movement of immigrants and low-wage workers in the suburbs. Prior to EBASE, she interned at UNITE HERE Local 2850 as an organizer fighting to win respect and good jobs for food service workers in the East and North Bay. She also worked with Local 19 organizing South Bay tech cafeteria workers. Nicole has her B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. Outside of work, you can catch her throwing karaoke parties in the car or beating her bass drum for the movement.


Board of Directors


Danielle Mahones, President
Bay Area Black Worker Center *

Andreas Cluver, Vice-President
Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, AFL-CIO*

Larisa Casillas, Secretary-Treasurer
Urban Habitat*

Annette Bernhardt
Labor Center, University of California, Berkeley*

Brandon Sturdivant
National People’s Action*

Josie Camacho
Alameda County Labor Council, AFL-CIO*

Sanjay Garla
SEIU United Service Workers West*

Ty Hudson
UNITE-HERE Local 2850*

Reverend Sandhya Jha
Oakland Peace Center*

Reverend Kurt A. Kuhwald
Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy*


*organizations listed for identification purposes only