Jakada Imani

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Born and raised in Oakland, California, Jakada Imani became Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Executive Director in 2007, after serving[1]as a lead strategist and chief team member on some of the center's most high profile campaigns for eight years.


Most recently, Jakada directed Books Not Bars, taking the ongoing campaign to replace California's abusive youth prisons with effective rehabilitation programs to ever-increasing heights.

Before that, Jakada Imani helped lead the successful "Stop the Super Jail Campaign," a two-year effort to stop Alameda County from building a massive, expensive and remote juvenile hall that it didn't need.

Imani was a leader in the "Justice for Moreno and Pacheco Campaign," the successful fight to free two wrongly convicted Latino boys in Solano County. He also ran Ella Baker Center's youth organizing project, Third Eye Movement, during the "No on 21" campaign to educate voters about the dangers of Proposition 21, a draconian ballot measure aimed at putting 14-year-olds in adult courts and 16-year-olds in adult prisons. Before joining Ella Baker Center staff, Jakada was a Constituent Liaison for Oakland City Councilwoman Nancy Nadel. Imani helped launch or lead a number of important Bay Area organizations, including Empowered Youth Educating Society (EYES), Rising Youth for Social Equality (RYSE) and Underground Railroad (an artist collective).

Bay Area New Priorities Campaign

Initiating signers, Bay Area New Priorities Campaign were;

National Leading From the Inside Out Alum

Jakada Imani, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, was a 2008 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[3]