Shomari Carter is a lifelong Oakland resident dedicated to creating and maintaining vibrant communities. Shomari began his career volunteering countless hours for various community organizations, including McClymonds High School, the West Oakland Job Resource Center, and the North Oakland Senior Center. This service led to a role with the City of Oakland as a Community Capacity Builder. Shomari managed a series of events focusing on community empowerment and violence prevention. Following work with the City of Oakland, Shomari accepted the position of Community Engagement Associate for the Office of Supervisor Keith Carson. As a Community Engagement Associate, Shomari managed programs that served the diverse populations of Alameda County, ranging from disaster preparedness to reentry services to housing and homeless services. Shomari has also held positions as an art instructor, branding specialist and entrepreneur. Shomari currently serves on the board for SPAAT (Student Program for Academic & Athletic Transitioning) and the Oakland Museum of California. Shomari holds a B.A. in sociology from Saint Mary’s College of California, graduating Cum Laude.
I'm committed to maximizing the quality of life for Oakland's low-income residents-people of color.
Charla Montgomery brings over 20 years of corporate business operations and management experience. Her extensive and varied business background includes program administration, process improvement, operations infrastructure design, and implementation, employee training and development and event management.
As Managing Director, she successfully applies her passion and experience to assist in the management and development of the organization’s administration, programming, personnel, and fiscal well being. While her primary business skills and endeavors have been in the “for-profit” industry, over the years she has continued to stay connected to community enrichment programs supporting adult education as well as cultural and artistic awareness projects.
Charla is an effective project thought partner who enjoys serving as a reliable ‘sounding board’ during idea discovery, a supporter of viewing situations from various perspectives and a promoter of innovative thinking. She also supports the Oakland-based nonprofit organization "Leaders Are Readers" as a member of the Board of Directors.
Davina is a well-cultured professional, gifted with an engaging personality and passion for tackling the ongoing needs of the communities we serve. Her experiences traveling to over 15 countries have colored her perspective on the value of community, and our roles as individuals in it.
Prior to joining OCCUR, Davina worked as an office manager at a large San Francisco based financial firm, where she developed and expertise in identifying administrative challenges and developing solutions. While she excelled in this role, her passion to serve the people of her community brought her back to Oakland to OCCUR.
Denise provides essential expertise in community outreach, organizing and program promotions. Denise utilizes her keen ability to identify community challenges as well as determine the applicable programs/services that meet the needs of the communities we serve.
Darrah is a tenured professional specializing in project and operations administration. Darrah's experience includes, contracts management, policies and procedures development and workflow analysis. She enjoys community engagement activities and providing support as an innovative thought partner.
Zahra is a photographer and writer by craft. She has worked in STEM and arts focused youth development and education for the past decade. She loves to work with young people, empowering them to build a good world and happy, useful lives. In life, work and artmaking Zahra likes to play, organize, tinker, be scrappy and problem solve creatively. At the David E. Glover Emerging Tech Center, Zahra is part of the data & evaluation, outreach and operations teams.
Jorge Flores came to the center as a student of humble beginnings, identified and inspired by past director David E. Glover. He has gone on to become the center’s Office Manager and Spanish-language Computer Basics Instructor. You can also find him in the community raising awareness about our upcoming classes. Mr. Flores is passionate about empowering East Oakland residents through computer skills acquisition for workplace success.
Thomas Washington brings over 17 years of experience in creating customized software training modules designed to fit the learning needs of individuals and/or group clients.
Although Mr. Washington has delivered training services for many years to various age groups, his personal goal is to support educational projects that address the needs of the senior community and become an active participant in bridging the digital gap between generations.
Shawn Johnson, MA is the Principal of Leadership for Nonprofit and Community Development LLC and the Associate Director of Community Partnerships with Eden Housing Inc. An Oakland native and passionate community advocate, Shawn provides community and leadership development services, nonprofit technical assistance and programmatic strategies to community stakeholders.
Shawn is committed to advancing the global community's inherent influence to realize a healthier world. He focuses much of his work in activating the power of community members to lead or support initiatives and local collaboratives that will yield thriving communities.
Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University East Bay and Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership Development from the University of San Francisco.