Green Festival Speakers

Jakada Imani



Jakada became Ella Baker Center's executive director in 2007, after serving as a lead strategist and chief team member on some of its most high profile campaigns for eight years. Most recently, Jakada directed Books Not Bars, the ongoing campaign to replace California's abusive youth prisons with effective rehabilitation programs. Before that, Jakada helped lead the successful Stop the Super Jail Campaign, a twoyear effort to stop Alameda County from building a massive, expensive and remote juvenile hall.

He was a leader in the Justice for Moreno and Pacheco Campaign, the successful fight to free two wrongly convicted Latino boys in Solano County. And he ran Ella Baker Center's youth organizing project, Third Eye Movement, during the No on 21 campaign to educate voters about the dangers of Proposition 21, a draconian ballot measure aimed at putting 14yearolds in adult courts and 16yearolds in adult prisons.

Before joining the Ella Baker Center, Jakada was a constituent liaison for Oakland City Councilwoman Nancy Nadel. He helped launch or lead a number of important Bay Area organizations, including Empowered Youth Educating Society (EYES), Rising Youth for Social Equality (RYSE) and Underground Railroad (an artist collective). Born and raised in Oakland, California, Jakada is the father of three powerful and creative young girls.