Staff

liz suk (Pronouns: she/her)

liz suk (Pronouns: she/her)

Interim Executive Director

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)

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)

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 her 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.

Laneisha Butler (Pronouns: she/her)

Laneisha Butler (Pronouns: she/her)

Field Manager

Laneisha 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 Laneisha, 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)

Raya (Pronouns: she/her)

IVE Organizer

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.

Ember Kraus (Pronouns: them/they)

Ember Kraus (Pronouns: them/they)

Field Team Member

Born in Portland, Oregon and a grateful Oakland transplant, Miranda organizes around local climate justice, tenant’s rights, and equity-based economic projects such as community land trusts. Most currently, Miranda is a community representative for Oakland’s 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan. While studying environmental policy and the political economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, Miranda produced a radio show that shone light on the city’s environmental policies, for better and worse. Since then, Miranda has been passionate about community radio and practicing citizen journalism. In their spare time, Miranda loves playing the piano, singing, composing, going on bike rides, and meandering in local greenspaces. They are excited to be fundraising for the greater good of Oakland, as well as work with such a talented and amazing team!

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