STAFF

Nicole Lee

Executive Director

Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee is the Executive Director of Urban Peace Movement (UPM), a grass-roots racial justice organization in Oakland that builds youth leadership to transform the social conditions that drive community violence and mass incarceration. UPM has two youth leadership programs – the Determination Black Men’s Group for young Black men and the Leaders in Training Program, a multi-racial youth organizing program.

Nicole@urbanpeacemovement.org
Joined 2009
She/Her/They

Dieudonné Brou

Coordinator of Juvenile Justice Program Initiatives

Dieudonné Brou

Dieudonné Brou is the Coordinator of Juvenile Justice Program Initiatives of Urban Peace Movement (UPM), which is centered around making tranformative change in the juvenile justice system and seeks alternatives for youth instead of incarceration. Dieudonné is a co-facilitator of Paticipatory Defense, Free our Kids, Black Mens Determination Group and Court Watching.

Dieudonne@urbanpeacemovement.org
IG: @Koffi_Blacc
Joined 2020
He/Him/They

Briana Manning

Community Healing Program Associate

Briana Manning

Briana Manning is the Community Healing Program Associate with Urban Peace Movement (UPM), providing care management to help community members achieve their goals.

Briana@urbanpeacemovement.org
Joined 2020
She/Her

Sikander Iqbal

Deputy Director

Sikander Iqbal

Sikander is the Deputy Director of Urban Peace Movement (UPM). His work centers around general support for programs and operations with a focus on UPM’s Community Healing Initiative.

Sikander@urbanpeacemovement.org
Joined 2019
He/Him
IG: @Sikander_the_profit

E.J. Pavia

Campaign Director

E.J. Pavia

E.J. Pavia is the Campaign Director with Urban Peace Movement (UPM), working on the District Attorney Accountability campaign.

EJ@urbanpeacemovement.org
Joined 2011
He/Him

Kaila Mathis

Participatory Defense Cordinator

Kaila Mathis

Kaila is a Participatory Defense Cordinator with Urban Peace Movement (UPM), where she works to provide support to community members who have loved ones currently fighting the criminal justice system. She also works with youth members who are apart of UPM’s youth cohort, LIT MOB.

Kaila@urbanpeacemovement.org
IG:@Kai_brooke
Joined 2017
She/Her

LEADERS

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.