TJC is 2 Panelists
Farzana Serang - Multicultural Fellowship Officer, San Francisco Foundation
Farzana is a collaborative leader who has focused her career on advancing racial equity. She brings more than fifteen years of experience in leadership development, coalition-building, public policy, economic development, and community engagement. She brings particular expertise on building the efficacy of low-income people and communities of color to build community wealth. As the Multicultural Fellowship Officer, Farzana works closely on the development, recruitment, and alignment of the Multicultural Fellowship Program to the Foundation’s racial and economic equity strategy.
Darlene Flynn - Director of Department of Race and Equity, City of Oakland
Darlene worked for the Seattle Office for Civil Rights as the Policy Lead from the inception of their Race & Social Justice Initiative. In this capacity she provided strategic planning, implementation and training support to the initiative focused on ending institutional racism in City government. In 2016 Darlene accepted the position of Director of the new Department of Race and Equity in Oakland California, where she is currently applying her years of experience to lead and support Oakland’s efforts to create a more just City.
Joshua Encarnación - Head of People Development, Outco Inc
Joshua serves as Head of People Development at Outco Inc., where his team facilitates technical and non-technical skills development sessions for job-seeking software engineers with an aim of accelerating their job search process. He is also in the process of writing Redefining The Way We Believe In Others, a book that will expand upon an idea he presented as a TEDx talk in 2015. He was first exposed to technical recruitment, and facilitating people development programs at Google as part of their staffing services team. He left Google after an invitation to manage technical recruitment, recruitment partnerships and various people development programs at finance tech startup, Earnest Inc., where he helped the company grow from 60 to 200 employees, hiring software engineers, product managers, and data scientist.
Brandon L. Greene - Staff Attorney, East Bay Community Law Center
Brandon is a staff attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center where he focuses on the decriminalization of poverty and co-chairs the Equity and Inclusion Committee. A graduate of Boston University Law School where he was a Public Interest Scholar and Martin Luther King Social Justice Fellow. He has also held fellowships with the New Leaders Council San Francisco Chapter and with the Front Line Leaders Academy. Brandon has worked on education and civil rights issues while serving as a fellow with Education Pioneers, Education Chair for the Boston NAACP, and as the Northeastern Regional Attorney General with the National Black Law Students Association. Brandon also served as legal fellow with Public Advocates in San Francisco and as a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County. Brandon writes regularly for the Huffington Post and his article Depraved Necessities: Prison Privatization, Educational Attainment and the Path to Profit was published in 2013 by SRBLSA Law Journal.