Who are the people who make your block, your neighborhood, your school, your life better in Oakland?  Who are the people who put in extra hours organizing projects, reaching out to city government, giving their times, bringing others together—to help solve local problems in Oakland?

The Oakland Local team would like to write about and recognize these people—we’d like to cover them in articles, videos and photos this year. And we’d like you to tell us who—in your experience—they are. Maybe it’s the person who organizes all the weeding and clean-ups. Or the one who calls the City repeatedly about blighted buildings and dumping. Or the one feeding some homeless people in the local park. Or the person who gets school supplies and plans a backpack drive every fall for our youth…Or…

You know who these people are.

And we’d like to hear from you about them so we can get in touch and share their stories.

Please email us information about the local leaders you think we should recognize, or fill out this form.

We will share your info, and turn these posts into interviews, photo shoots, videos and stories.

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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