Meet Our Team

Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt CEO / FOUNDER

Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt is an investor, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Oakland Natives Give Back Fund, Inc., which she founded in 2008 to exemplify an evolved concept of philanthropy and raise awareness around the importance of daily attendance. Her unique background and personal journey uncovered the greatest crack in the foundation of a child’s success: chronic absenteeism, and has given her the ability to see it from a multitude of perspectives.

PROGRAMS
AND SERVICES

Nakeyma Randle
Director of Programs

Nakeyma Randle is a serial entrepreneur, studied at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science and Mass Communications and has served as Strategic Partnerships/External Affairs Director & Chief ofStaff since starting in 2010.

Eric Gant
Senior Programs Coordinator

Eric has been with us since 2008. He grew from volunteer to aiding in the Programs Department. In 2016, he became a Program Coordinator. He was promoted to Senior Program Coordinator after expanding the Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge to Texas.

Erin Gray
CoFounder of GEMs

Erin is the cofounder & Alumni of The Girls Equity Movement. She is a rising Junior at the number one Entrepreneurship College in the world, Babson College. Her ideology behind GEMS was to expose young women to the basics of entrepreneurship.

Kristal Raheem
Coordinator for GEMs

After earning her master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, Kristal returned home to Oakland to continue her growth as a community-based educator and researcher.

Raquell Gant
Lead Recruiter for GEMs

Raquell is an entrepreneur who has been with ONGB since 2021. She is currently in college to become a neonatal nurse. She is the Lead Recruiter for GEMs and is paving a way for young girls to become their own boss.

Stefon C. Dent
Achievement Coordinator

Stefon is a social service worker with 16 years of extensive experience working with at-risk youth and young adults as a program manager, achievement coordinator, case manager, and mental health facilitator.

Heather Davis
Achievement Coach

Heather is an Oakland Native studying American Sign Language at Berkeley City College. She has such a passion for fashion, hair, nails, and FOOD.

Rachelle Bartholemew
Achievement Coordinator

Rachelle graduated magna Cum Laude from Washington State University with a B.A. in Communications and a double major in advertising and psychology. Her passion for advocacy has led to a decades long career serving communities both locally and abroad.

Chantal Winston
KAC Coordinator

Chantal graduated from UC Berkeley and earned her B.A in her two favorite subjects, History and African American Studies. She is a passionate program coordinator with over four years of experience in the education field ensuring students feel loved and supported.

Tommy Cross
Achievement Coordinator

Inspired by his grandmother, Tommy has worked with at-risk youth and disenfranchised communities since 2007. Drawing on his 15 years of experience, he has been of service to those young and elderly who are experiencing housing-instability, mental and physical health, and addiction issues.

Waynisha Butler
Achievement Coordinator

Waynisha is an Achievement Coordinator of Oakland Natives Give Back. In her 12 years of experience, she has studied learning styles that serve as the starting point for progressive intervention and has connected students with resources that contribute to their personal development.

William Brown
Achievement Coordinator

Mr. Brown, a proud Oakland Native, brings 6 years of experience working in the East Bay and San Francisco communities. WIlliam serves as an Achievement Coordinator with ONGB. As a servant of the community, his passions are working with at-risk youth, art therapy and experiential learning.

Rahim Harris
Achievement Coordinator

Rahim Harris is an Oakland Native who brings 15 years of experience working with and supporting youth in various capacities, as a teacher, student support provider, mental health counselor, and case manager. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in African American Studies from Loyola Marymount University.

Anna Rodriguez
Achievement Coordinator

Anna is an Achievement Coordinator with a major in Marine Biology. Working with students across all levels in the Bay Area has reinforced her love for the beautful diverse community of Oakland and its young people. Joining ONGB has granted Anna the ability to now return all the love, help, and resources she received as a young student in public schools.

Savannah Vasquez
Programs Assistant

Savannah is originally from Livermore, CA, but has been in the community of Oakland for five years. She just obtained her BA in Criminology and Psychology and is now pursuing an MA in Forensic Psychology.

Quenee Austria
Programs Assistant

Quenee is currently completing her BS in Accounting while fulfilling the role of assistant in the Programs Department. She has previously worked as an ESL tutor and a personal assistant before joining ONGB.

RESEARCH, STRATEGY &
ORGANIZATIONAL
EFFECTIVENESS

Dr. Chyna Hill
Director of R,S, & OE

Dr. Hill has a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Southern California, an MSW from the University of Southern California, an MA in Africana Women’s Studies, and a BA in Women and Gender Studies from the University of South Florida.

Carren Gopez
RSO&E Assistant

Carren holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology reflecting her interest in people and their behavior. As one of the assistants in ONGB, she offers support to the needs of the organization to ensure that the best is served to ONGB members.

ADMINISTRATION

Wanda Cherry
Office Coordinator

Wanda is the one you
see once you enter the ONGB office. She greets you with a smile and a happy tone. Her role is to keep the office organized and make sure that all supplies are stocked and we operate smoothly.

Maya Richard
Special Assistant to the CEO

Maya is the Special Assistant to the CEO at ONGB. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology from California State University, East Bay. The community of Oakland is home to her heart as her family ties to the Panthers and other critical social justice movements run deep.

Ira Alberto
Executive Assistant

Ira is the assistant to the CEO and to the administrative department. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her education paved the way to her long-term career in providing services to the Admin and HR departments.

Jennet Castro
Finance Assistant

Jennet has a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management and is working on her Masters Degree in Business Administration. Inspired by her three years in non-profit accounting, she is active in multiple local charities.

Maddy Cruz
Marketing Assistant

Maddy is a licensed financial advisor and is now pursuing her third license as a Certified Investment Solicitor. She is also part of a local non-profit organization that helps her brethren Aeta and street children.

Ina Cruz
Graphics Assistant

Ina is ONGB’s in-house graphic assistant. Her background includes advertising, cultural exchange, and trade and investment. From working in the corporate world, she was inspired to learn the art to become a full time working mom.

Jeck Pangilinan
Project Management VA

Jeck is the assistant to the administrative and programs department for project management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree. She is part of a non-profit team that aims to increase the literacy rate in less-privileged communities.