The East Oakland Collective (EOC) is a member-based community organizing group invested in serving the communities of deep East Oakland by working towards racial and economic equity. With programming in economic development, civic engagement and leadership, we help amplify underserved communities from the ground up. We are committed to driving impact in the landscape, politics and economic climate of deep East Oakland.
Who We Are
The East Oakland Collective is a membership cohort of millennials-plus invested in the state of deep East Oakland. We are community members comprised of natives, homeowners, residents of East Oakland/greater Oakland and allies. We are invested in working towards a better future for the underserved populations and communities of deep East Oakland.
We strive to build upon the following focus areas in deep East Oakland:
Founder and Director
Candice Elder is a native of Oakland and long time resident of East Oakland. She currently resides in District 7 of East Oakland. It was the looming possibility of gentrification and the daily drives through underserved neighborhoods of East Oakland that ignited Candice to form The East Oakland Collective in January 2016.
After being a legal professional for nine years, Candice made a career change to work full time in the non-profit sector as the Partnerships Manager for the Women's Funding Network---the largest philanthropy network of women's funds and foundations in the country. In addition to working full time to make a better world for women and girls, Candice served on the advisory committee for Breaking the Silence Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color in Oakland. The Breaking the Silence dynamic model and initiative is spearheaded by the African American Policy Forum under the great leadership of renowned feminist Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw.
Candice is the 2016 finalist for the Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) Top 6 Under 40 HerStory Empowers award in the arts and entertainment category. It is Candice’s passion for Black art and culture that motivated her to lead the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Vanguard as president between 2014-2016 and serve on the board for five years. Vanguard is MoAD’s young professional and membership auxiliary group committed to supporting the museum through distinctive art, social, education, and philanthropic events that build membership and elevate fundraising.
Candice is the 2016 recipient of a Community Leader Award from the Black Elected Officials and Faith Based Leaders of the East Bay. She received her award alongside Hon. Larry Reid, District 7 Councilmember and Pastors Brondon and Maria Reems, Center of Hope Church.
Candice holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a minor in African-American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Candice currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UC Berkeley Black Alumni Club. Candice enjoys hiking with her rambunctious dog, reading, exploring and engaging with the community.
Urban and Regional Planning Officer
Marquita “Keta” Price is a native of Deep East Oakland. She currently resides in the Stonehurst neighborhood located in district 7. Her civic engagement is driven by her lifetime witnessing of socioeconomic disparities and decline in the inner city of East Oakland and similar low-income neighborhoods across the nation.
Community Engagement Officer
Nicholas “Nick” Houston is a native of Oakland and a community organizer dedicated to serving people of color in the Bay Area, especially youth and young men from underserved communities. Some of his greatest community achievements have been orchestrating the Feed the Hood program which serves the homeless populations of Oakland and the mentorship program through The Focus Leadership Initiative, Inc. ("FLI, Inc.”), which has helped many young men throughout Oakland. Nick founded FLI, Inc. in 2015 after years of working in the community, most notably for his endeavors in feeding the homeless populations of Oakland. FLI, Inc. was founded to instill leadership and maximizing the potential of young men of color in the Bay Area.
Nick is a sought after teacher and speaker of life skills that has spoken to youth at juvenile halls across the Bay Area, California Job Corp, Chabot College and more. Nick currently serves as peer support group facilitator for Downtown TAY's "Brotha 4 Brotha" program.
Nick holds a B.S. in Psychology, Argosy University; A.A. in Criminal Justice/Police Science, Merritt College; and studied Counseling in Psychology at California State East Bay.