- LaNiece Jones, Chapter President
- Peggy Moore, 1st Vice President
- Simone Thelemaque, 2nd Vice President
- Chantal Reynolds, 3rd Vice President
- Gwen Booze, Treasurer
- Crystal Hebert Johnson, Secretary
- Tatiana Larkin, Parlimentarian
- Eileen Pippins, Historian
- Voter Registration | Irella Blackwood | Rita Forte
- Political Action Chairs | Chantal Reynolds | Simone Thelemaque
- Membership Co-Chairs | Gwen Booze | Tatiana Larkin
- YYAC Chair | Ericka Harris* | Camile Duria*
- Hospitality Chair | Larene Pare
Leadership Monthly Meetings
May/June Campaign / GOTV
Irella Blackwood | Pamela Price | Measure A
General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, June 13th
Greater St Paul Church
Oakland Family Day
Sat. June 23rd, 12noon - 4pm
Verdese Carter Park
[ 2018 MEMBERS ] Irella Blackwood | Latoya Calvo | Hon. Gay Cobb | Lois Corrin | Gloria Crowell | Shirley Coaston | Lazandra Dial | Karen Davis | Kamika Dunlap | Camile Duria | Relena Ellis | Jamila English | Tamika Greenwood | Larene Pare | Nichole Jordan | April Madison-Ramsey | Brendylnn Goodall | Loren Taylor | Phyllis White-Ayanruoh | Kimberly Mayfield | Tammy Willis | Rebecca Kaplan | Anne Williams | Barisha Spriggs | Marlo Rodriguez | Tanya Washington | Patricia Brooks | Tracey Edwards Moore* | Chantal Reynolds* | Denise Lombard | Carolyn Abbott | Natasha Middleton | Alessia Simmonds
[ LIFETIME MEMBERS ] Alfreda Abbott | Anita M Black | Mildred Oliver | LaNiece Jones | Fran David | Melanie Shelby | Yolanda Smith | Tina Marie Laguerre
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BWOPA Oakland/Berkeley Chapter Officers 2018-2020
LaNiece Jones - President
LaNiece spent over 15 years working in corporate sales and marketing roles at Businessland, Citicorp, IBM, AT&T/Comcast. In 1991, LaNiece founded lajones&associates, a marketing public relations and events firm, which now specializes in organizational strategy, electoral campaigns and community organizing.
The Oakland native attended Oakland public schools, earned her Bachelor’s degree from CSU Hayward and Master’s degree from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles in Social Entrepreneurship & Change.
LaNiece is passionate about designing programs, events and initiatives to increase the efficiency and productivity for social business, social enterprises and community organizations. Her particular interest is supporting black women to be authentic leaders and building coalitions to empower the community-at-large for economic success.
LaNiece serves as BWOPA/TILE's Executive Director since 1995, is a past President of Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO) and appointed member on the KQED Community Advisory Panel.
Simone Thelemaque - 2nd Vice President
Immediate Past President, BWOPA/TILE inaugural 2015 cohort & 2016 DWJ Public Policy Senior Fellow
Simone has worked alongside nonprofit organizations and community leaders in capacity building and organizational development for over a decade. She has focused on community engagement, raising awareness around emotional intelligence, strength based coaching and empathy-based practice as tools for effective, innovative organizational transformation. In 2015, she founded Table 4 All, a food redistribution organization fighting hunger in Alameda County.
Simone is passionate about healing inter-generational trauma within black and brown communities by working to dismantle systems, institutions, and personal practices. Her work centers self-identifying womxn, non-traditional students, and LGBTQIA communities uplifting restorative practices that promote the healing of trauma due to racism, sexism, and homophobia.
Simone is working toward earning her Bachelor's in two areas of discipline: Organizational Psychology and Women's Studies at Cal State East Bay. Outside of "work", you can catch her being a fairy, challenging narratives, reading, exploring affordable but tasty restaurants, dancing in the sun, and playing alongside her nine year old child. Email Simone @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chantal Reynolds is a Bay Area native. She has worked in public policy, education, and in the private, non-profit, and public sectors of municipal and federal government in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, California and Newark, New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in History, where she also minored in Education and African American Studies. She earned her Master of Arts degree in History from the Federated Department of History at Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Chantal has served as staff for a member of Congress in the United States House of Representatives and as Legislative Director for an Oakland City Councilmember. She has worked on local public policy in education and public safety as a Program Analyst staffing a Commission for the City of Oakland. Chantal has also worked in the Field Operations Department for the national office of the NAACP providing direction and support to NAACP units operating within the Western Region of the United States.
She has worked as an educator teaching in public schools in Oakland and Los Angeles, California and as an instructor in Newark, New Jersey. She serves on the Measure A Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee for Peralta Colleges. She was a state delegate of the California Democratic Party and served on the county’s Alameda Democratic Central Committee. Chantal is also a member of a number of political and civic engagement organizations.
Crystal is a native Oakland resident and longtime BWOPA friend. Crystal has worked in the field of Social Services for over 20 years and currently is working for an East Bay nonprofit as a liaison for Child and Family Services. A graduate of San Francisco State University and UCLA Extension, Crystal earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology and is also a Certified Patient Advocate. Crystal is most passionate about encouraging positive behavioral health among parent-child relationships. She is a mother of two and enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.
Voter Registration Co-Chair