Meet Our Team
The success of Hub Oakland will, in large part, be made possible through the strength and diversity of the founding partners…
HUB Oakland Co-Director/CEO
Partner, Earthseed Consulting, LLC
Konda honed her business leadership skills as a Grammy winning artist manager in London, an Academy Award nominated film producer in Hollywood, and an Off Broadway hit theater producer in New York…just to name a few.
Turning her attention to sustainable personal and global living solutions, Konda partnered with actor Woody Harrelson and founded Yoganics, an organic food business in Los Angeles, where she successfully brought to market the first organic produce section in a major grocery store in the LA area.
Additionally, Konda leads ecotourism trips to the Amazon rainforest and is a facilitator trainer for The Pachamama Alliance. She is a partner in Earthseed Consulting, LLC, where she is producing/directing the web series “Green Street Loft”, a program aimed at deepening the connection of the African American community with land, place and the sustainability movement. She was a co-host for the Shift Network’s 2012 Season of Sustainability and is a Certified Permaculture Designer.
Konda’s leadership style leverages her innate wisdom with tools of permaculture, sustainable business practices, yoga, storytelling, Buddhist theory, and Integral theory. A human equity advocate, prolific urban gardener, and social entrepreneur, Konda’s work is driven by the vision of realizing in her lifetime a genuinely just and sustainable world.
Innovation, Sustainability Consultant
Lisa is a trans-disciplinary innovator and creative with a background in innovation, technology R&D, sustainability and transformational change. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s in sustainability from Sweden’s Blekinge Technical Institute.
She has held diverse roles including research scientist, project and functional manager, technology and market analyst, and new business strategist. She has a wealth of experience gained from moving blue sky ideas through early stage innovation, research, development and finally into real-world production. As an inventor, she holds eight patents. In 2010, she started Innovive Group, a consulting firm specializing in innovation for sustainability.
Lisa has lived and worked in Sweden and South Africa, and in her spare time manages Bay Area Integral, a community of practice organized around Integral Theory.
Business & Finance Team
Founder/CEO, Numi Tea
Ahmed, Business & Finance Team is the CEO, co- founder and master blender behind Numi Organic Tea. Before starting the Numi business in 1999 with his sister, Reem, Ahmed spent a decade living, working and traveling throughout Europe as a professional film maker and photographer. Calling home to Paris, London, the German Alps and eventually Prague, Ahmed helped create several teahouses in Prague in the mid-nineties. He became a partner in this enterprise while pursuing his artistic career and building his farm outside of Prague.
Ahmed is fluent in English, Arabic, French, German and Czech. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Theatre from New York University, and has studied film and photography at various universities in New York, Paris and Prague. Ahmed currently sits on seven non-profit boards of directors and consults with more than a dozen for profit companies. He is currently studying architecture to create a sustainable future.
Chief Creative Officer, Omi Arts Gallery Curator
Certified Permaculture Designer
Ashara is a cultural worker of the urban landscape and brings her whole self and more than 20 years of professional experience into the social entrepreneurial movement. Through her company BluBlak Media Consulting, she has worked with local and national organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative practice, exhibition, strategic communications design and project management. She is a non-profit professional, serial entrepreneur, and activist committed to social change, and has supported individuals and grassroots companies in the redesign of their brand strategy through permaculture principles and is an expert at negotiating collaborative space within the intersections of the public and private sector.
In 2009, Ashara was selected by the Ashoka Foundation and the City of Denver in the U.S. launch of the “Change Your City” Campaign as a Social Innovator “stimulating the green economy.” She has worked with indie media outlets such as FreeSpeech TV, GritTv KGNU radio, and Just Media, and has presented at international conferences including the World Social Forum, the Biennial of The Americas and SXSW.
She has held Fellowship positions with the U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs and Green For All, and is currently a member of the “Future Soul Think Tank” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her passions for social media, technology, and civic hacking also find her writing STEAM Curriculum for BlackGirlsCode.com, and hosting a food Tumblr blog and in-person series called “Grits & Greens.”
Ashara is also the Curator for Omi Arts Gallery – a contemporary art space located inside Hub Oakland featuring one-person exhibitions, performances and lectures.
Director of Internal Affairs/Community
Co-Founder Earthseed Consulting, LLC
Non-Profit Executive Director
Zakiya is is a California native, who has been working as an artist, educator and activist for the past 10 years. She received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Rutgers University and attended New College of Law in San Francisco before leaving to pursue her life long passion of teaching. She has taught elementary through collegiate level in a variety of public and private settings.
In 2003, she became the lead trainer at the DJ Project where she facilitated job training and entrepreneurship modules using the medium of hip-hop culture. In 2007, she Co-Founded Grind for the Green, an organization committed to moving young people of color from the margins to the epicenter of the environmental movement using hip-hop, art and culture. In 2008, she became the first African-American Regional Director of the San Francisco Green Festival, the largest sustainability event on the planet, where she served for two years.
Named one to watch by Grist.org, some of her achievements include receiving the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Future Leaders award, serving as a Fellow for Green For All under the direction of Van Jones and becoming a Bold Food Fellow. An accomplished public speaker, she has presented at Green Festivals, TEDx Denver, Toyota Motors Inc and the NAACP national Convention. Her work was recently featured in the October 2011 edition of Readers Digest. She is also an accomplished dancer, vocalist, actor and member of the west coast based neo folkloric ensemble Ase Dance Theater Collective.
Her highest honor in life is being a mother to her beautiful 6 year old daughter.
Business & Finance Team
Co-Founder, Mission Motors
Educator, Sustainable MBA program
Edward is an entrepreneur and educator. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, and an MBA from Presidio Graduate School. In 2006, Edward co-founded Mission Motors, manufacturer of advanced electric powertrains for vehicle manufacturers and high performance electric motorcycles. In the four years after the founding of the company while he served as President, Mission grew to a staff of 35, raised two VC funding rounds and a PE round, and created multiple contracts with major vehicle manufacturers. He is currently teaching the Integrative Capstone class at Presidio Graduate School’s sustainability-focused MBA program where he brings broad and holistic perspectives to creating business ventures with the goal of large scale social, cultural, environmental and systemic change.
Business Development & Strategic Curator
Co-Founder North Oakland Community Charter School
Director, Nia Community Fund
Kristin is an educator, activist, entrepreneur and conscious investor. She began her career as a bilingual elementary school teacher, and then co-founded a Charter school in Oakland (North Oakland Community Charter School) and served on the founding board of George Mark Children’s House, the first free-standing children’s hospice in the United States.
Interested in innovative solutions to leverage resources for social change, Kristin entered the space of impact investing while serving as a board member for various not-for-profit organizations and foundations. She serves on the board of directors for theMosaic Project, the Nicholson Foundation, Playworks and CAFWA.
Later, when her family sold their investing business, and started a foundation, she helped move the foundation assets to being 100% mission aligned. Since then, Kristin started the Nia Community Fund concentrating on conscious investing in Oakland. She is also a co-founder of Hub Oakland and serves as a peer coach urging friends and colleagues to investigate their holdings to ensure their investments are aligned with their personal and organizational values.
Kristin attended Tufts University where she earned her BA and teaching credentials. She holds an MA in Research in Bilingual Education from Stanford University and a PhD in Urban Education from UC Berkeley. She lives in Piedmont with her 2 boys and 4 chickens.
Adding to our founder’s circle are members of the pioneering team from Mission Hub