I am a mom, long time Bay Area resident, small business owner and a whole lot more! My small business, Mamacitas Cafe, began to take shape while working at KPFA radio where I served for ten years as a producer, engineer and media justice trainer for women and people of color to tell their own stories. I met my business partner Shana Lancaster in that program and really cultivated my skills as a program manager and advocate. After KPFA, I continued to utilize my background in leadership development, community outreach and communications to organize for racial justice and local investment in Oakland’s youth. I’m inspired by my community and the positive reinforcement my extended network of friends provide.
Mamacitas Cafe is particularly a reflection of friends like Keba Konte of Red Bay Coffee, Sabrina from The Town Kitchen and Rachel from Owl N Wood who have really supported us to pursue our dream for Oakland. This network of fellow movement makers are not only successful business owners, they are advancing their vision through a social justice mission. I am a single mother with a great amount of focus and determination on my life goals and I strive to consistently provide a positive example for my own daughter. I have an amazing business partner named Shana Lancaster, who is born and raised in Oakland. She is an invaluable, dedicated and extremely skilled business partner. She has a gift for bringing art into our work, while building amazing relationships that help to push our business goals forward.