Laneisha is a third generation Oaklander
committed to fighting poor educational
opportunities, criminalization, gentrification and
other injustices in Oakland and in communities
similar to her own.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology
at the University of California, Santa Cruz and
wants to use her education to change public
policies for the better, lift up the voices of people
of color, and spread financial literacy amongst
Her fight is very personal. For decades, members of her family have had to deal with poverty and the challenges that come along with it. However, as a research assistant at UCSC she was exposed to grassroots organizing and movement building electoral organizing and saw how young people in her own community were making a difference. Inspired by youth and the staff who guide them, she realized that she has a role to play in working towards positive change and helping others do the same. With just two years of community organizing experience and one year of electoral organizing experience, she is looking forward to continue to make change and mobilize her peers to do the same.