About Oakland/Berkeley Chapter


  • LaNiece Jones, Chapter President
  • Kamika Dunlap, 1st Vice President
  • Gwen Booze, Treasurer
  • Simone Thelemaque and Chantal Reynolds, Political Action Chairs
  • Secretary
  • Parlimentarian


2018 Meeting Dates
* Thereafter Monthly on 4th Saturday.  Locations tbd
General Membership Meeting
Saturday, February 10, 2018. 11am
Red Bay Coffee HQ's, 3089 East 10th, Oakland
Special Event - Women's History Month Celebration
Powerful Women of the Bay
March 9th, 11:30am - Scott's Seafood Pavilion
Special Event - Women's History Month Celebration
Black Girls Night @ the Oracle Arena w/ the Warriors vs. Pacers
March 27th, 6pm 
General Membership Meeting
Saturday, April 28th
11am - location to be announced


[ 2018 MEMBERS ]  Irella Blackwood Latoya Calvo | Gloria Crowell | Shirley Coaston | Lazandra Dial | Camile Duria | Relena Ellis | Jamila English | Tamika Greenwood  | Larene Pare | Nichole Jordan | April Madison-Ramsey  | Brendylnn Goodall |  Loren Taylor | Phyllis White-Ayanruoh | Tammy Willis |  


[ LIFETIME MEMBERS ] Alfreda Abbott | Anita M Black | Mildred Oliver | LaNiece JonesFran David | Melanie Shelby | Yolanda Smith | 

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Questions - email LaNiece Jones, staff@bwopa.org


BWOPA Oakland/Berkeley Chapter Officers 2018-2020


LaNiece Jones - President



Simone Thelemaque

Immediate Past President, BWOPA/TILE inaugural 2015 cohort & 2016 DWJ Public Policy Senior Fellow 

Simone has over 10 years of experience in community engagement, self-love, advocacy and policy analysis, with emphasis around housing and development.  She believes in the power of self-actualization and find that identifying the root cause allows us to examine issues with holistic approaches. The intention to mindfulness continues to show up as an asset on many projects and within organizations.  She believes in order to think BIG and create change, we need to think wholeheartedly.  Simone practices techniques which focus on emotional intelligence and empathy in the workplace.  These conversations often challenge current pedagogy and realign systems so that they are accountable to the people they serve.   
In November of 2015, she founded “Table 4 All” a food redistribution company fighting hunger in Alameda County. Table 4 All delivers unconsumed and edible food from events and meetings to local agencies assisting people without a place to call home. Food is NOT waste!  Since inception, Table 4 All has fed over 1,500 people and hope to triple the number by 2017.
In Fall 2016, Simone is transferring from Merritt College to Cal State East Bay to earn her Bachelor's in two areas of discipline: Organizational Psychology and Women's Studies.  Her academic goal include earning her Masters in Public Policy.  She OUT & PROUD and a nontraditional student, LGBTQ activist and lovingly intentionally enjoying the responsibilities of parenting her seven year old daughter.  She loves her job as studio coordinator at Gensler and enjoy the intersections of art, architecture, responsibility to the community, responsibility to myself and all the many steps in between. Email Simone @ sthelemaque@gmail.com.
Treasurer-  Gwen Booze


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