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The Presidio Activator Council is comprised of Bay Area community leaders, activists, and artists representing communities historically underrepresented in national parks. They are developing innovative ways to incorporate art, culture, food, healing, wellness, and music into Presidio Tunnel Tops’ opening season so it feels like a welcoming and inclusive space. The council was formed by the Partnership for the Presidio.
Born and raised in Daly City/San Francisco, Jessica Campos is the Community Engagement lead for the SF Office of Racial Equity (ORE) through the Human Rights Commission. She connects ORE’s work in multi-racial, multilingual communities to eliminate racial disparities in employment, housing, criminal justice, economic advancement, health, transit, education, and homelessness. Previously, she was the manager of a Head Start/Early Head Start program in District 10, developing an environment where children were seen and heard as active learners and participants in their community. Her passion for change guides her to advocate in different levels of community, from being a mentor with City of Dreams to a member of the Board of Directors with Early Care Educators San Francisco.
Mory Chhom is a Cambodian American born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand and raised in Modesto, California. She has spent the last 17 years working with low-income marginalized people of the global majority to support the improvement of their health. She is the Program Director for Youth and Families at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI), an Oakland non-profit with a mission to improve the social, emotional, psychological, economic, and physical health of refugees and immigrants from Southeast Asia affected by war, torture, genocide, or other forms of extreme trauma.
Meifeng Deng immigrated to America at age eight and grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown. She is a recent graduate of UC Davis, where she majored in Managerial Economics. She now serves as a Community Organizer with the Chinatown Community Development Center, where she works with low-income families and small business owners to advocate for improvements in Chinatown.
Maurice Harper, Jr.
Maurice Harper was born in Berkeley, California, and served as an educator for most of his career. For more than 40 years, Maurice took on roles including teacher, counselor, coach, activities director, campus minister, administrator, and dean. He is currently involved in many youth-serving organizations in San Francisco and Oakland, including the Mindful School's Mindful Teacher Certification Program Class of 2022.
Metzi Henriquez, M.A., MFTI, is a native of El Salvador and was raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. She has extensive experience providing direct services to the Latinx and Immigrant communities of San Francisco as an artist and mental health clinician. Currently co-director of the award-winning Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carnavalesco, she shares her love of holistic health through teaching dance and wellness as a mental health therapist to immigrant families.
Khafre Jay hails from San Francisco’s Hunters Point. His experience in merging activism and expressive cultural arts led him to found Hip Hop for Change, Inc., a 501c3 education organization. Through grassroots activism, Hip Hop for Change educates people about socio-economic injustices and advocates solutions through Hip Hop culture. It raises funds for local causes that enrich marginalized and historically oppressed communities. Khafre has touched the lives of more than 25,000 youth in the Bay Area and nationwide.
Rupa Marya is a physician, mother, composer, writer, and activist committed to decolonization practices to improve the health of the people and the planet as outlined in the bestselling book she wrote with Raj Patel, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice. She is the founder and Executive Instigator of the Deep Medicine Circle (DMC), a women of color-led, worker-directed collective committed to healing the wounds of colonialism through food, medicine, story, restoration, and learning. Through the work of the DMC and their Land Back Solidarity Program, she is supporting the return of land to the Ramaytush Ohlone community through the support of the Muchia Te' Indigenous Land Trust and their land rematriation work.
Lucas Tobin serves as Supervisor for Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion and ADA Coordinator for Programmatic Access for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks department. He is also a Lecturer for the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism department at San Francisco State University, teaching Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion to future recreation professionals. His work is about helping ensure that everyone has access to the quality of life recreation brings. He strives to include recreation in his own life through biking, camping, snowboarding, martial arts, and music.
Favianna Rodriguez is an independent artist and cultural strategist, and president of the Center for Cultural Power, which empowers artists to disrupt the status quo and ignite change. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom. She is based in Oakland, California.
Maya Rodgers has worked in the parks sector for more than 10 years as a mother, native San Franciscan, and park advocate. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point, she is committed to building lasting equity in the City's open spaces and currently works as Senior Project Manager at SF Parks Alliance. She believes collaboration and co-creation are the key to successful, equitable, and community-centered engagement in parks and open spaces.
Kaushik ('Co-Sheek') Roy
Kaushik Roy is the Executive Director of Shanti Project, one of San Francisco's pioneering safety-net non-profits. He recently completed a seven-year term on the San Francisco Interfaith Council's Board of Directors, serving as its president for four years. Previous community engagements include appointments to the City's Department of Disability and Aging Services (by the late Mayor Ed Lee) and the City's inaugural LGBTQ+ Aging Policy Task Force (by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors).
Mark Smith is an occupational therapist, Veterans Health Education Coordinator, and Health Equity Council Co-Chair at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. For the past five years, he has partnered with the GGNRA, Parks Conservancy, and Presidio Trust to create meaningful, inclusive, and accessible outdoor experiences for veterans in their local national parks through the San Francisco VA Healthcare System, W.A.R.I.O.R. program. Mark is committed to ensuring that all communities are able to equitably enjoy the many benefits of Bay Area parks and the outdoors.
Sharaya Souza (Taos Pueblo, Ute, Kiowa), is Co-founder and Executive Director of the American Indian Cultural District, dedicated to recognizing, honoring, and celebrating American Indian legacy, culture, people, and contributions. She is an ambassador for promoting equitable resource distribution to American Indian communities, increasing Native visibility and political representation, and protecting and preserving tribal cultural resources in the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves on the Climate Council, SFAC Monuments and Memorials Advisory Committee, Aquatic Park Pier Planning Committee, Housing Policy Committee, HRC Racial Equity in the Arts Working Group, Bay Area Equity Advisory Group, Environmental Justice Working Group, and the Human Rights Commission Roundtable.