STAFF

Nicole Lee

Executive Director

Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee is the Founding Executive Director of Urban Peace Movement, she is a fourth-generation Oakland resident who has spent the past 20 years in labor and community organizing and youth development work, with a focus on economic justice and juvenile justice issues.

Some of the campaigns she has worked on include the Books Not Bars Campaign (a project of the Ella Baker Center), the Silence The Violence Campaign (which Nicole co-founded under the Ella Baker Center), and the Revive Oakland Campaign (a coalition facilitated by the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy). Before founding Urban Peace Movement in 2009, Nicole worked for such organizations as the Unite/HERE Local 2850, the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

E.J. Pavia

Youth Coordinator

E.J. Pavia

E.J. Pavia is the Youth Coordinator of Urban Peace Movement. At UC Santa Cruz he earned a B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies with a concentration in Social Justice, while also gaining experience in multi-cultural theatre and creative writing. He is passionate about providing a safe space for youth to heal from personal and community trauma. The mantra “uplift someone higher than yourself” guides him both personally and professionally.

Rayna Smith

Program Associate

Rayna Smith

Rayna Smith is the Program Associate of Urban Peace Movement. She has been actively involved in community activism and organizing for almost 9 years. She was born and raised in Oakland and is a second generation Oakland native. She has worked on making Oakland a better place by helping people heal from trauma, offering hope through storytelling. Rayna was instrumental in bringing quality jobs and economic opportunities to Oakland through Revive Oakland’s effort to redevelop the Oakland Port.

Prince White

Program and Policy Campaign Coordinator

Prince White

Prince White is the Campaign Coordinator and DetermiNation Facilitator at Urban Peace Movement. He earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University, a master’s degree from Bowie State University in organizational communication, and a B.A. from University of the Pacific in political science. His passion is working to advance the interests of boys of men and color locally and nationally. He has worked to organize community outreach and legal services fairs, reaching more than a thousand Oakland residents, assisting them in reducing barriers to employment and engaging them on issues of justice in their communities. Prince is dedicated to criminal justice reform, fighting displacement and empowering Black youth.

Adimu Madyun

Cultural Healer and Program Facilitator

Adimu Madyun

Adimu Maydun facilitates the Determination Black Men’s Group. He has lived in Oakland for for more than 12 years and lived Southern Africa for 5 years. Adimu has a BA in Black Studies from California State University Long Beach. He’s an artist, musician, filmmaker, actor, and enjoys spending time with his family and traveling the world. Adimu is focused on spreading peace, prosperity, and positive, progressive, universal vibes.

Xiomara Castro

Co-Founder

Xiomara Castro

Xiomara Castro is the co-founder of Urban Peace Movement and assists the organization with special projects. She has a long and dedicated background in youth organizing and popular education in the Bay Area and has worked for organizations including Global Exchange and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. In 2001 she co-founded Art in Action Youth Leadership Program, an arts activism organization that hosted an annual youth summer camp for young adults.

LEADERS

Kamani Holmes

Kamani Holmes

Kamani is a proud father to his four year old son Ky’eir, and has lived in Oakland and Richmond throughout his life. He is the CEO and founder of a magazine called The Reentry Guide, which helps people transition into society from incarceration. He is a member of the Determination Black Men’s Group and the Social Justice Committee, working to bring 1400 full-time, quality jobs to formerly incarcerated folks in Alameda County. Kamani is passionate about being a peace advocate, working with youth and the community, and enjoys doing things that are relevant to his culture and history. One of his future goals is to go to school for his Bachelor’s degree.

Jennifer Franco

Jennifer Franco

Jennifer was born and raised in East Oakland, and has worked for positive change throughout Oakland ever since she was a Junior in high school. She worked for a pilot program to provide free bus passes for students in Alameda County, gathered signatures for Measure FF to raise the minimum wage, and raised awareness on the issue of police brutality. Her life goal is to graduate from the University of California at Davis, and become an immigration attorney to help people in her community. Her hobbies include volleyball, reading, photography, and fighting for social justice.

Xavier Gantt

Xavier Gantt

Xavier has a strong background in theater arts, music, and recently became involved with grassroots organizing. He is an Oakland native, born and raised, and comes from a family of advocates (and a beautiful black queen he calls Mom), who inspired him to become passionate about everything he does. His passion is to not only become a musical icon and important public figure, but also to build a solid foundation of support for Oakland that is grounded from his struggle, and build with his success. Xavier’s life goals are to do as much as he can as a singer, activist, songwriter, youth leader, public speaker, and performer to affect his community and spread the message of hope and brighter days.

DeMario Lewis

DeMario Lewis

DeMario is from West Oakland where his Grandmother raised him. He started learning graphic design with the DetermiNation Black Men’s Group in 2013. He founded his own company called BLK Graphics (Born Living Kings), which offers graphic design to the community for a low and affordable rate to help people bring their vision to life. He is engaged in community work, and has met with legislators and testifed at the State Capitol as part of the effort to improve the lives of boys and men of color. DeMario enjoys hanging out with his son Elijah, listening to rap and jazz music, and playing sports like basketball and bowling. Currently he is taking more of a leadership role in DetermiNation and eventually wants to start a nonprofit for youth to help build self-esteem and a better outlook on life.