Meet Our Team


       Full stack user experience design researcher and strategist, Alexandra specializes in social impact and innovations. In her former years as a humanitarian architect, Alexandra founded New Zealand's first non-profit service design agency in 2007, whose primary mission is to make design accessible. Alexandra is also an author of design methods book, "Resilience by Design" (Springer: 2016).      

 

 

Full stack user experience design researcher and strategist, Alexandra specializes in social impact and innovations. In her former years as a humanitarian architect, Alexandra founded New Zealand's first non-profit service design agency in 2007, whose primary mission is to make design accessible. Alexandra is also an author of design methods book, "Resilience by Design" (Springer: 2016).

 

 

Alexandra Lee

The Civic Design Lab's Creative Director

    Prior to joining the Office of the Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Jose was CEO of Inner City Advisors (ICA) since 2005, creating work opportunities for people with highest need. Jose is committed to responsibly growing Oakland into a vibrant and equitable city.      

 

Prior to joining the Office of the Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Jose was CEO of Inner City Advisors (ICA) since 2005, creating work opportunities for people with highest need. Jose is committed to responsibly growing Oakland into a vibrant and equitable city.

 

 

Jose Corona

Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships, Office of the Mayor, City of Oakland 

 As the Civic Design Lab's full stack bureaucrat, Ethan oversees the execution of the Resilient Oakland Playbook strategies and action plans, while leading the City of Oakland's efforts on equitable data collection. Ethan is most passionate about helping create housing policies that enable all Oaklanders to lead healthy, safe, and dignified lives.

As the Civic Design Lab's full stack bureaucrat, Ethan oversees the execution of the Resilient Oakland Playbook strategies and action plans, while leading the City of Oakland's efforts on equitable data collection. Ethan is most passionate about helping create housing policies that enable all Oaklanders to lead healthy, safe, and dignified lives.

Ethan Guy

Acting Chief Resilience Officer, City Administrator Office, City of Oakland

 Karely Ordaz Salto currently serves as Special Assistant to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. She is an Oakland native who attended Oakland Unified School District public schools from grades K-12. She graduated with honors from American Indian Public High School (AIPHS) and a full academic scholarship. Karely received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in American Studies with a concentration in Environment, Policy, and Public Health in only in three years. She is committed to serving her community and excited to represent Oakland residents.

Karely Ordaz Salto currently serves as Special Assistant to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. She is an Oakland native who attended Oakland Unified School District public schools from grades K-12. She graduated with honors from American Indian Public High School (AIPHS) and a full academic scholarship. Karely received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in American Studies with a concentration in Environment, Policy, and Public Health in only in three years. She is committed to serving her community and excited to represent Oakland residents.

Karely Ordaz Salto

Special Assistant to Oakland Mayor

 Shanta' earned a BS in Biology and Servant Leadership from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. She began working with the CDL through an AmeriCorps Cities of Service Volunteer Program, and has experience in HCD, multi-cultural experiences, and experience working with at risk youth.   

Shanta' earned a BS in Biology and Servant Leadership from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. She began working with the CDL through an AmeriCorps Cities of Service Volunteer Program, and has experience in HCD, multi-cultural experiences, and experience working with at risk youth.

 

Shanta ́ Krick-Gathright

AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

 Sam is doing a year of AmeriCorps service working in Oakland City Hall with the Civic Design Lab and the Mayors Office to pursue his passion of community outreach and building resilience within neighborhoods. He received a BA in Sociology from the University of North Florida with a focus in the criminal justice field   

Sam is doing a year of AmeriCorps service working in Oakland City Hall with the Civic Design Lab and the Mayors Office to pursue his passion of community outreach and building resilience within neighborhoods. He received a BA in Sociology from the University of North Florida with a focus in the criminal justice field

 

Samuel Becker

AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

 Gabija is a recent UC Berkeley graduate, with a double BA in Interdisciplinary Field Studies and Social Welfare. She is passionate about HCD and inspiring innovation and efficiency in the nonprofit and government sectors. Her ambition is to continue helping the Bay Area streamline success in addressing wealth inequality and improving access to health and education resources.    

Gabija is a recent UC Berkeley graduate, with a double BA in Interdisciplinary Field Studies and Social Welfare. She is passionate about HCD and inspiring innovation and efficiency in the nonprofit and government sectors. Her ambition is to continue helping the Bay Area streamline success in addressing wealth inequality and improving access to health and education resources. 

 

    Kori is an Oakland native that has built and managed workforce programs hiring the formerly incarcerated at the Oakland-based, mission-driven business, Red Bay Coffee, and serves on the Oakland Workforce Development Board. He is currently pursuing an MBA through the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and is passionate about building an inclusive economy.   

 

Kori is an Oakland native that has built and managed workforce programs hiring the formerly incarcerated at the Oakland-based, mission-driven business, Red Bay Coffee, and serves on the Oakland Workforce Development Board. He is currently pursuing an MBA through the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and is passionate about building an inclusive economy. 
 

Kori Chen

The Civic Design Lab's Design Fellow

Gabija Safranavicius

The Civic Design Lab's Design Fellow


Meet Our Advisors 


 
     Kiran Jain     City of Oakland Chief Resilience Officer  , COO, Neighborly            

Kiran Jain

Founder of Civic Design Lab; COO of Neighborly

       Jennifer Pahlka  Founder of Code for America            

Jennifer Pahlka

Founder of Code for America

          Ratna Amin  Transportation Policy Director, SPUR            

Ratna Amin

Transportation Policy Director at SPUR

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Shawnee Keck

VP, Citi Community Development

 
 
          Karina Moreno  Managing Director of Tipping Point            

Karina Moreno

Managing Director of Tipping Point

          Sabrina Landreth  City Administrator for the City of Oakland             

Sabrina Landreth

City Administrator for the City of Oakland 

       Heather Hood  Deputy Director for Enterprise Community Partners          

Heather Hood

Deputy Director for Enterprise Community Partners