Staff

Our staff are 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 info[at]workingeastbay.org.

 

Maria Elena Allain (EBASE Staff)Maria Elena Allain: Operations Manager
maria.elena@workingeastbay.org * (510) 893-7106 x 311

Maria 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 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 spends her time with her dog Gnome Chomsky and her cat, Nancy Pelosi.

 

david-smallDavid Brazil: Coordinator
Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME) 
david@workingeastbay.org * (510) 893-7106 x 315

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.

 

Patricia Contreras-Flores (EBASE Staff)Patricia Contreras Flores: Community Organizer
Patricia@workingeastbay.org * (510) 893-7106 x 330

Patricia dedicates her talents and skills to fighting the good fight by connecting and building with workers, organizations, and community members alike so that they feel supported and inspired to be a part of our growing movement. Michoacana/Purepecha, Mexico born, and Bay Area raised, Patricia is an artist, and was a youth organizer for over a decade before EBASE. She is a huge advocate of intersecting art with multi-sector activism. A two time marathoner, her running, along with writing, bonding with her loved ones, mentoring youth, and Cumbia dancing, all keep her spiritually healthy and rooted in the work.

 

Asha DuMonthier: Research & Policy Associate
Asha@workingeastbay.org * (510) 893-7106 x 302

Asha provides strategic research, data analysis, and policy development to EBASE campaigns. She was previously a Research Assistant at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). There, she led a project on the status of Black women in the United States and contributed to research on various topics, including the economic consequences of domestic violence on survivors’ lives. Asha holds a B.A. in Economics with a double major in Women and Gender Studies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and reading science fiction.

 

Kristi Laughlin (EBASE Staff)Kristi Laughlin: Campaign Director
Kristi@workingeastbay.org * (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.

 

Jennifer Lin (EBASE Staff)Jennifer Lin: Deputy Director
Jenny@workingeastbay.org * (510) 893-7106 x 321

Jennifer coordinates program alignment, organizational planning, and staff development. Previously as Research Director, she managed EBASE’s strategic research. Jennifer has been organizing in the student, environmental justice, and labor movements since 1998. Before joining EBASE in 2006, she conducted research and coordinated a community benefits campaign while at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). Jennifer holds a BA from Oberlin College and a Master of Public Policy from the UCLA School of Public Affairs. She speaks Taiwanese as well as some toddler and picket-line Spanish.

 

Jahmese Meyers (EBASE Staff)Jahmese Myres: Campaign Director
Jahmese@workingeastbay.org * (510) 893-7106 x 329

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 public 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 ordinarily 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
Kate@workingeastbay.org * (510) 893-7106 x 318

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 8th year at EBASE, Kate previously directed the Revive Oakland campaign which won a landmark good jobs agreement for the Oakland Army Base redevelopment in 2012, followed up by a construction careers agreement for AC Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit Project in 2013. 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.

 

Sunil Prasad: Development Associate
Sunil@workingeastbay.org * (510) 893-7106 x 303

Sunil brings his passion for fundraising and project management to ensure that EBASE’s foundation and donor relations are running smoothly. Before joining EBASE, Sunil’s work spanned from Fiji to the US. He has a Masters Degree in Conservation Science and has managed projects for the Bronx-based Wildlife Conservation Society; Coral Reef Alliance; Project Management Institute. Born and raised on the tropical paradise of Fiji, Sunil moved to the East Bay in 2010. He can usually be spotted around many of our watering holes from San Francisco to the East Bay.

 

Beth Trimarco (EBASE Staff)Beth Trimarco: Communications Director
Beth@workingeastbay.org * (510) 760-4202

Beth is focused on shifting the public debate around Progressive issues through media work, sound messaging, and empowering low-wage workers, residents, and staff to move broad audiences. Before coming on staff, she served as a consultant with EBASE for many years and brings 20 years of advocacy communications and marketing experience to the organization. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog and friends with dogs; eating out in Oakland’s many restaurants; and hip hop dance class.