Bay Area

Oakland Progressives Party + Townie Awards

Oakland Rising's 2016 Annual Oakland Progressives Party + Townie Awards brings together social justice leaders, elected officials and community members committed to working together to build a united Oakland for everyone. Together, Oakland Rising will raise over $22,000 in grassroots support to power our voter outreach and civic engagement campaigns that will reach 50,000 east and west Oakland voters this year.

Bend the Arc has been part of the Oakland Rising Collaborative since 2013.

Ari Breakstone

Born and raised in Berkeley, Ari has lived in the Bay Area for most of his life. After attending UC Santa Cruz, where he studied Anthropology and History and was editor-in-chief of a student newspaper, he began his career as a nonprofit development professional at the Jewish Community Federation.

Joel Gerwein

Dr. Joel Gerwein is an ecologist who manages environmental projects for the California Coastal Conservancy.  Joel has a longstanding interest in the connection between Judaism and the environment.  He co-wrote a curriculum on the subject entitled "Roots and Branches" for the Boston chapter of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and continues to teach and advocate about the subject at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley.  While studying at UMass Boston, he helped unionize his fellow graduate students. Joel grew up in the Washington, D.C.

Linda Rhine

Linda Rhine is a recent retiree after a 35+ year career in transportation planning. She was as a public sector employee at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) before joining Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates in 1992. Nelson\Nygaard is a San Francisco based progressive transportation planning firm committed to developing transportation systems that promote vibrant, sustainable and accessible communities. Linda was a principal, shareholder and longtime member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Pages