You are joining a Community of Values
We invite the whole person into the space
and create a container for authenticity to emerge.
We believe in order to create a thriving and resilient community,
all voices and perspectives must be invited to join the conversation.
We thrive because we are diverse and multicultural.
We embody the African proverb:
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Our purpose is creating space for and fostering innovation through collaboration.
We believe a spark of inspiration has the ability to change the world.
We consciously create an atmosphere of inspiration.
We honor each other’s special gifts and differences
and keep sacred our physical environment.
We value the opportunity to give to our
community and receive from it.
We leverage each other’s strengths and resources
and gain the knowledge we need to effectively
contribute to making a better world.
Meet our Team
Imán Benét is a local artist and Human Rights, activist. Her introduction to Impact hub Oakland started after an event she …
Michelle Antoinette Nelson
Director of Events and Community Engagement
Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka LOVE the poet is an artist, host, innovator, and Founder of Brown and Healthy, a global health…
Eugene “Ace” Johnson
Events Production Manager
Eugene “Ace” Johnson is an Oakland native who has been intrigued with the power of words since his youth. He has since th…
Digital Marketing and Communications Manager
Ayana Dionne Ivery is a Graphic Designer and has been creating multi-media art since 2003, professionally since 2005. She has…
Meet our Founders
Konda Mason is the Co-Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, a beautiful inspiring co-working space that supports and connect…
Lisa Chacón, PhD, MS
Lisa is the co-founder, co-director and COO of Impact Hub Oakland. She brings a wealth of experience to her role gained from …
Ashara is a cultural worker of the urban landscape and brings her whole self and more than 20 years of professional experienc…
Edward is an entrepreneur and educator. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, and an MBA from Presidi…
Kristin is an educator, activist, entrepreneur and conscious investor. She began her career as a bilingual elementary school…
Zakiya is is a California native, who has been working as an artist, educator and activist for the past 10 years. She receive…