Founder and CEO/Executive Director
Candice Elder, an East Oakland native who currently resides in City of Oakland District 7, is the Founder and Director of The East Oakland Collective (EOC). Candice went to Oakland public schools and for high school attended The Head Royce School. Candice has a background in law, philanthropy and nonprofit management. Candice was a legal professional for 10 years and has worked in plaintiff class action law firms in employment and antitrust law fields. Candice previously worked as the Executive Coordinator and Membership Manager for the Women's Funding Network, the largest philanthropy network of women's funds and foundations in the country.
Candice founded EOC to address the disinvestment and lack of resources in East Oakland and lack of representation of East Oakland residents in local politics and governing bodies. Candice brings her wealth of experience serving on community focused committees, boards and more to her leadership role in EOC and the community. Candice served on the advisory committee for Breaking the Silence Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color in Oakland from 2015-2016, an annual town hall creating space to amplify, educate, and advocate in support of girls and women of color in Oakland. It is Candice’s passion for Black arts and culture that led her to serve as the President of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Vanguard from 2014-2016, where she increased membership, visibility and funding. MoAD Vanguard is the young professional and membership group committed to supporting the museum through distinctive art, social, education, and philanthropic initiatives. As an influencer, she also served on the Vanguard board for five years. Candice currently serves on the Board of Directors for East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EBPREC).
Candice has received numerous awards and recognition. In 2019, she was selected as one of The Root's Top 100 Most Influential African Americans. Candice is the 2018 runner up for the Rotary Oakland's Rising Star Award. She is also a 2018 Jefferson Award winner for her efforts to feed the unhoused. Candice is a recipient of the 2017 Trailblazer Award from In the Spirit Awards. She is also a 2016 recipient of the Community Leader Award by Black Elected Officials of the East Bay. Also in 2016, Candice was named Top 6 Under 40 by the Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) HerStory Empowers Award. Candice has been featured in Oakland Magazine, KQED, San Francisco Chronicle, and DemocracyNow! for her work with EOC. Recently, Candice was a special guest on Pod Save America's live tour in San Jose.
Candice has a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a minor in African-American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice, with a concentration on rehabilitation and reform of the criminal justice, from the University of Cincinnati.
Urban and Regional Planning Officer
Marquita “Keta” Price, a deep East Oakland native and District 7 Stonehurst neighborhood resident, is the Urban and Regional Planning Officer for The East Oakland Collective (EOC). Keta has a background in computers and technology, business processes, chemistry, math, and community organizing. She has formerly interned for the City of Oakland’s Department of Planning and Building and University of California, Berkeley’s College of Chemistry biochemistry lab. Keta previously worked part-time as the Constituent Liaison of City of Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen, focusing on the immediate needs of the San Antonio and East Lake communities.
Inspired by the Black Panther Party and Marcus Garvey, Keta’s civic engagement is driven by her passion to develop an economic base for the Black residents of Oakland. Her early advocacy is rooted at Merritt College where she served as the Vice President of The Black Student Union, President of the Kem(istry) Club, President of the Associated Students of Merritt College, and served on the Student Trustees of the Peralta Community College School District. Keta’s goals were to restore the resilience of the student government planted by Chairman Bobby Seale and other former Black Panthers, which focused on leveraging the institution’s resources to address the social justice issues students face in their community prohibiting them to thrive in life and academics. Keta transitioned from student advocacy to neighborhood community organizing focused on racial and economic justice.
Marquita Price received achievement awards for the completion of The Center for Educational Partnerships NIH-UCB. During this project Keta synthesized pro-fluorophores used for live cell RNA imaging. Keta received recognition from the California Legislature Assembly and State of California Senate and commendation from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for her advocacy work with the Tobaccoless Club at Merritt College.
Marquita Price has an Associate in Science degree in Mathematics and Natural Science from Merritt College.
Interim Director of Development
Jabir Faqir, through a partnership with Ansar Partners, joins The East Oakland Collective as Interim Development Director, accepting responsibilities for EOC's fundraising and development strategies through 2019.
Born and raised in Oakland, Jabir serves as CEO of fundraising consulting firm Ansar Partners, and has been a successful fundraising professional for a variety of social justice organizations. Over the past sixteen years, he has helped raise over $33 million for organizations active in social justice, civil rights, higher education and peace activism.
Most recently, he was the Development Manager at the Dream Corps, founded by Van Jones. He was hired by the then-interim CEO John Anner, and later joined John in founding Ansar Partners.
Just prior to the Dream Corps, Jabir was the Senior Development Officer at Muslim Advocates, the leading civil rights organization for Muslims in America. There he managed the annual fundraising campaigns and led the development team.
Jabir played similar roles at Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace and justice lobbying organization. He also managed annual fund campaigns at the University of California, Berkeley, raising money to benefit student aid, faculty excellence, and research across the campus for the College of Engineering, School of Law (Boalt Hall), Haas School of Business, Cal Athletics and many other departments.
Jabir is a passionate community activist, dedicating his time to social justice organizing, youth mentoring, and work in Muslim communities. He spends his free time cooking, enjoying music, and at the ballpark watching the Oakland A’s.