Do you have your tickets for the Dec 11 Oakland Local  Holiday Party and Community Voices Awards?  If not, please get some now–we really want you there!

Oakland Local is going into our 5th year of operation, and this is going to be our best celebration yet.  We’ll have great food from Blue Heron Catering, local wine and beer, tasty music from DJ Juan, and amazing local people in attendance, including OL editors, writers and business folks.

In addition to great eats and drink, we’ll have Steve Snider as our Master of Ceremonies and lots of good energy. We’ll be taping and shooting the event and will capture everyone having fun–and celebrating our great awardees.

This is a chance to celebrate Oakland and leaders working for positive change. With the 2nd Annual Community Voices Awards, 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.”

We want you there as well–get tickets now!

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.


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.

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