Nana is a Development Officer at Bay Area Legal Aid. She has over four years of experience fundraising for legal service and advocacy organizations. Prior to joining BALA, Nana worked at the East Bay Community Law Center and the ACLU of Northern California, supporting the growth of the organizations’ unrestricted and institutional funding, respectively. Nana is passionate about building up and leveraging resources in her community to support social justice organizations and grassroots movements.
Serina is a Paralegal/Intake Specialist in the Clean State Practice at the East Bay Community Law Center. She has over 9 years of experience working with people who had contact with the criminal justice system, including direct client advocacy and large-scale litigation, to help people overcome barriers to employment, education, housing and civic participation. Serina is an Oakland native who is vitally dedicated to uplifting her community at every turn. In 2015, she received an Award of Merit from the Legal Aid Association of California for her outstanding contributions to the legal field.
Ruben A. Farias
Ruben is a Project Manager supporting the development and implementation of HOPE Collaborative’s Built Environment work. He has over four years of work experience in community-based projects, including recruiting historically underrepresented students to Occidental College, interning at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), and recently completing a Policy Fellowship with ChangeLab Solutions. Ruben grew up in South Central Los Angeles with his mother and siblings and experienced slow, inconvenient, and sometimes dangerous trips using public transportation. Thanks in large part to those trips; Ruben is committed to strengthening the quality and inclusiveness of the communities where low-income families live, work, and play.