liz suk (Pronouns: she/her)
liz suk grew up in the Bay Area with deep roots in Deep East Oakland. She has a 25+ year career in various non-profit and grassroots organizations in the Bay Area and currently sits as the President for the Board of Directors for Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN). liz joined Oakland Rising as the Leadership Development Manager, transitioned to our Political Director in Fall of 2019, and now serves as our Interim Executive Director. She is committed to social, racial, and environmental justice for Indigenous, Black, and Brown communities and passing on these values to her two children, whom you’ll often see by her side during meetings and during campaigns. She brings a micro to global lens in her coordination, strategy, and politics. She enjoys hiking, camping, creating and sharing herbal remedies, writing poetry, and photography. Most of all, as a connector and protector, liz enjoys cooking and feeding people while imaging a new world rooted in love, liberation, peace, and justice.
Beth Gunston (Pronouns: she/her)
Strategic Partnerships Director
As a proud East Bay native, Beth is excited to be able to give back to her community as the Strategic Partnerships Director at Oakland Rising. After graduating with a double major in Anthropology and Urban Studies from San Francisco State University, Beth knew that she would devote her life to the social justice movement. She earned her stripes at the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) where she spent a decade educating voters and running grassroots campaigns to pass solid public health and environmental protections and elect progressive leaders at the state level. During 6 of her years at CLCV, she fundraised from individual donors, raising over $2 million dollars for political work.
Sol Rhee (Pronouns: them/they)
Director of Operations
Sol joins Oakland Rising as an Operations and Executive Manager. Since immigrating from Korea as a teenager, Sol has called the Bay Area home (even when they were away in Southern California for graduate school). Their passion for economic and racial justice led them to work with organizations like Koreatown Immigrant Worker’s Alliance and Congregations Organizing for Renewal. They are excited to support Oakland Rising’s work in fighting to improve the lives of Oakland’s working class and residents of color. Outside of their work for Oakland Rising, Sol supports domestic violence survivors as a Multi-lingual Access Model advocate at the Asian Women’s Shelter, and organizes with Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK) and Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse (KACEDA). At rallies and community events, they can be spotted with a Korean traditional drumming crew, Ieumsae.
Sol holds a BA from UC Berkeley, with double major in Ethnic Studies and Political Science, and an M.Div from Claremont School of Theology.
LJ Butler (Pronouns: she/her)
LJ is a third-generation Oakland native committed to defeating poverty, criminalization, gentrification, and other injustices amongst the Black community in Oakland in communities similar to her own. In 2017, she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and wants to use her education and her own experiences of injustices to change public policies for the better and uplift voices of her people with Oakland Rising. For LJ, this fight is very personal. For centuries, her ancestors have faced barriers to thriving in a society that was built by them, but not for them. Therefore, she is determined to reclaim what was stripped from her people and continue to pave the way for future generations to do the same.
Raya (Pronouns: she/her)
Driven with the ambition to improve the life of her family and community alike, Raya is passionate about organizing towards socioeconomic and environmental justice. Raised in a family of five by a single mother, the issues of poverty and political disenfranchisement are not foreign to Raya. With the support of her family, Raya is enrolled at Laney College studying Political Science with intentions to transfer next fall. In addition to her work with Sunrise, Raya currently works with Oakland Rising as IVE organizer, building political power and translating her knowledge into public action. Outside of her work Raya enjoys satisfying her curiosity reading, and exploring the city, and spending time with her baby niece.
Joshua Park (Pronouns: he/him)
Digital Organizing Fellow
A participant in Bay Rising’s DOTS (Digital Organizing Training and Strategy) program, Josh is growing our social media presence, and creating eye-catching graphics. Josh is currently a student at Reed College in Portland, Oregon where he studies Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies with a focus in Anthropology. A Bay Area native, he hopes to return after college to continue organizing around issues of police abolition, worker rights, and local issue based campaigns. Prior to the fellowship, Josh worked on granting access to 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in San Francisco, and defeating Trump in the 2020 election.
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