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JUDITH CHRISTOPHER

Alameda's Participatory Democracy Enthusiast

Summary

Vibrant social change strategist with demonstrated success increasing participatory governance across the East Bay.  Passionate about building productive relationships across tenuous boundaries and preoccupied with the pulse of civil society.  Ferocious Mother and community builder armed with a graduate degree and desire to ignite and empower all neighborhoods.

Education

Sep 2010Jun 2015

MA, Public Administration.  Management and Policy

California State University, East Bay.  GPA 3.98 

Related Coursework: Public Policy Formulation & Evaluation / Social Realities & Human Orgs. / Managing Public Orgs. / Information Management in the Public Sector / Public Administration & Society / Org. Theory & Human Behavior / Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods using SPSS Data Analysis / Leadership in the Public Service

Sep 2002Jun 2006

BA, Honors Double Major.  International Development Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies 

York University. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Related Coursework: Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods / Intercultural Training Skills / Power & Violence in the Making of Modernity / New Perspectives in Int’l Development / Spanish / Swahili / Indigenous Minorities & Human Rights, State & Civil Society in Latin America, New Perspectives in Economic Anthropology / Black Women's Writing

Studies Abroad, Latin American Social Science Institute, University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.                                                                                      

Special Recognition: Named to Faculty of Arts Sessional Academic Achievement List for 2003-2004 & 2004-2005. Representative of the top 5 percent of the student body.

Professional Experience

20122015

Elected Area One Representative

City of Oakland Neighborhood Watch Executive Board
  • Researched and analyzed community policing initiatives at the block, neighborhood, and city level.
  • Developed collaborative relationships with stakeholders across Oakland’s political spectrum to build civic and neighborhood identity.
  • Tracked neighborhood level groups and provided Block Captains with training.

Key Results

  • Authored 3 action items that were submitted to the City Administrator’s Office which represented NWSC’s commitment to the City’s Public Safety Plan.
  • Developed organizational commitment to support restorative justice programs through Oakland Unified School District and a monthly drop in session for Neighborhood Watch captains to be held across Oakland resulting in creation of volunteering opportunities for residents.
  • Spearheaded budget requirement resulting in spending at locally owned businesses supporting Oakland economy.
  • Planned event at the Sail Boat House which enabled over 100 residents to discuss civic engagement.
  • Ensured compliance with mission/notions of social justice by crafting an evaluation requirement of all events.
20132014

Council District 2 Volunteer Captain

Bryan Parker's Oakland Mayoral Campaign
  • Motivated and supervised volunteer base through recruitment, staffing and training.
  • Researched and analyzed resident priorities in order to contribute to policy/strategy. 
  • Grew campaign presence on social media by strategic engagement with D2 stakeholders.

Key Results

  • Supervised and motivated volunteers resulting in continually achieving weekly target of 1300 households visited.
  • Spearheaded a new data entry system for capturing business card data resulting in hours of saved clerical work.
  • Initiated team participation in Oakland Running Festival resulting in improved commitment to health & fitness.
  • Secured and led campaign presentation for 150 unit apartment building in East Oakland which never had a resident meeting which resulted in the formation of a permanent network of residents.

Additional Training

Oakland Citizen's Academy                                                                                                                                                     8 weeks/2014

Neighborhood Services Department, Oakland, CA                                                                 

  • Intensive focus on local governmental structure resulting in ability to identify opportunities for civic engagement and community problem solving.
  • Attended presentations from mayor, department heads, council members, district attorney and chief of police.
  • Networked with community organizers from across Oakland resulting in knowledge of diverse neighborhood issues and community problem solving approaches.

Citizen's of Oakland Respond to Emergency (CORE I&II)                                                                                          10 hours/2013

Emergency Management Services Division, Oakland, CA                                         

  • Emergency preparedness training resulting in capacity to lead neighborhood level disaster response teams.
  • Intensive focus on intergovernmental relations resulting in ability to efficiently work with professional aid agencies when they arrive on scene.
  • Crisis management training resulting in ability to make quick effective decisions, handle a rapidly changing environment, and identify solutions in the midst of chaos.
  • Networked with community organizers from across Oakland resulting in shared knowledge of how to motivate residents to proactively organize and develop a sense of community.

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