Come celebrate with us at the Oakland Local Community Voices Awards + Holiday Fundraiser

Oakland Local is honoring entrepreneurs and change makers behind Oakland’s economic and cultural sustainability and transformation for the second year in a row.  Our 2013 awardees–all of whom will be on hand to receive their awards, are:

Gavin Raders and Haleh Zandi, Co-Executive Directors, Planting Justice, for practicing sustainable agriculture in Oakland while creating jobs for re entry gardeners

Jennifer Palhka, Executive Director, Code for America, for the impact CfA has had in improving civic data and tech community in Oakland

Konda Mason, CEO, Ashara Ekundayo, COO, Impact HUB Oakland: for bringing new life to downtown’s core with evening workshops & events

Lori Fogarty, Executive Director, Oakland Museum of California and team,  for launching Friday Nights at OMCA and Off the Grid to make the museum an evening destination

Regina Jackson, Executive Director, East Oakland Youth Development Center, for bringing EOYDC youth to China and broadening their world

Tanya Holland, Exec Chef and owner, Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ, for being a tireless ambassador for Oakland

And the Community Voices contributor award goes to Krea Gomez, Community Action Learning Instructor & Extended Day Program Coordinator at North Oakland Community Charter School for her  essay So, um. I just came from “Fruitvale.”

Join Oakland Local and the  2012 honorees Effie TesfahunJakada Imani, and Joyce Gordon, in honoring our new 2013 awardees.  

We’ll have great food from Blue Heron Catering, local wine and beer, tasty music from DJ Juan, and amazing local people in attendance, includng OL editors, writers and business folks.

The Community Voices Awards are an annual honor bestowed on local leaders who make a difference in the life of Oakland, and whose values and organizations reflect values of diversity, equity, and transformation through economic development and innovation.

Tickets are $25; $20 pre-sale till Dec. 6. BUY NOW AND SAVE event starts 6 PM.

Music by DJ Juan; MC Oakland’s own Steve Snider


Menu includes:

  • Thai Vegetable Satay Skewers
  • Smoked Salmon Crepes
  • Duck confit and Shredded Vegetable Tart
  • Scallop, Avocado and Papaya Salad

Beer donated by Linden Brewery, wine from Two MIle Wines and Urban Legend Cellars, Food from Whole Foods and Blue Heron.


Funds raised from this party will suport education, city hall & zoning, arts & culture, and general assignment reporting from Oakland Local, Oakland’s non-profit news resource since 2009. Come celebrate the year with us, and give directly at RazooOakland Local is a project of The Center for Media Change, a 501c3.



This event is a fundraiser to support Oakland Local’s operational expenses and coverage of local education news, police and city government. Give to support coverage of your city by independent, non-profit media.

Oakland Local is the independent, non-profit news resource for what’s happening in education, city government, food, innovative tech, arts & culture, youth & more in Oakland.  We are journalists, educators, women, people of color and entrepreneurs funded by Google, the Investigative News Network, the California Endowment, the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism and more.

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( 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, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

2 Responses

  1. Joan Lichterman

    I may be able to come on 12/11 and I’d like to share the event on Facebook, but what’s the time? Please post. Thanks.


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