our herstory

In 2008, Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt, Dee Dee Abdur-Rahim, and Tameka Raymond, all natives of Oakland, had a vision for their city and Oakland Natives Give Back Fund, Inc. (ONGB) was created. Driven by their passion to serve, their dream was to give back to families in the community in which they were reared. The first ONGB initiative was the annual Attend and Achieve Back to School Rally at Oakland City Hall, which is a fun-filled expo of sorts that creates excitement and enthusiasm for the start of the school year, where families receive fully loaded backpacks, shoes, and school supplies at no cost. The success of the Back to School Rally deepened their desire to expand the reach and impact of ONGB.

 

In the vision for the expansion of ONGB initiatives, each of our founders realized that their younger lives had been touched by struggles with school disengagement and chronic absenteeism that led them to dropping out of High School. Rooted and grounded in the lived experiences of our founders, in 2015 ONGB launched year-round initiatives to address chronic absenteeism to ensure all Oakland students graduate from high school.

our team

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our team

DR. NYEISHA DEWITT
SARAH RICHARDSON BAKER
NAKEYMA RANDLE
DYESE HUNT
RODRICK TRAVIS

RUQAYYAH ABDUL-RAHIM

WANDA CHERRY
ERICA HARRIS
ERIC GANT JR.
KIRSTEN STEPHENSON
MONET GRANT
CHELA SIMMONS
 

our wisdom council

Kitty Kelly Epstein

Dr. Kimberly Mayfield Lynch

Henry Hitz

Ken Epstein

Chantal Reynolds

 
 

our board of directors

President: Dr. Kimberly Mayfield-Lynch

Secretary: Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt

Treasurer: DeLisa Rose

Members: Marlon McWilson, James Ivey

 

our sponsors

our partners

Oakland Parks and Recreation

Oakland Unified School District

Office of Assembly Member, Rob Bonta

City of Oakland

Local 55- Oakland Firefighters

OUSD School Police

Ace Kids Golf 

Attitudinal Healing Connection of Oakland

Hair Gym Academy and Salon

 
 

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