Board of Directors and Staff

Jay Jones

Jay is an educator, counselor, and community advocate originally from Southern California. He graduated from Emory University in 2008 with a degree in Philosophy and as a member of the Phi Sigma Tau Honors Society. He served as the president of the Black Student Alliance. Since moving to Oakland in the fall of the same year, he has dedicated himself to working for the betterment of Bay Area youth and the environment. Jay most recently worked as an Employment Specialist with PUEBLO’s Highway to Work youth internship program, a program coordinator of Oakland Youth Policy Builders, and Case Manager for the Balancing Inner and Outer program. Jay is passionate about deep democracy, solidarity economics, climate justice, and equal rights for all.

Vildred Dawson, Chair/Interim Executive Director

Vildred has been a supporter, member, board member and family of Pueblo since before 2005. She has over 25 years as a civil servant for Alameda County. Her interests include working with the reentry population to stop the community to prison pipeline.

Gwen Hardy

A founding member of Pueblo, Gwen has joined the Board to help launch Pueblo into the new/old Oakland.

Claudine Tong

A long time member of Pueblo, Claudine has joined the Board to strength Pueblo into the future.

Isaiah Toney, Organizer

Isaiah is an organizer from Oakland.


Pathways to Employment

Training local residents and youth for employment » More

Healthy Neighborhoods

Oakland youth creating delicious and nutritious community gardens. » More

Community Peace

Working for community policing. » More