A longtime advocate for all Oaklanders

 

Greg Hodge offers his considerable skills as a consensus builder, facilitator, healing practitioner, community attorney, policy advocate, youth mentor, and cultural artist to lead Oakland to realize its fullest potential.

Over the past two years Greg has worked as the lead facilitator of the African American Response Circle Fund (the AARC Fund), which was established by the Brotherhood of Elders Network in partnership with the East Bay Community Foundation. The AARC Fund was created as a response to the public health and economic crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on African Americans of Alameda County, a community that was among those hit the hardest during the pandemic. Established in April 2020, the fund has raised a total of $1.1 million for local non-profit organizations that serve African American communities.

 

 

 

 

An experienced executive leader and intergenerational bridge builder

 

For the past six years, Greg has been the Chief Network Officer of the Brotherhood of Elders Network, an intergenerational network of African American men who are leveraging resources and relationships in the Black community to foster environments where Black boys and young men of Oakland are empowered to flourish.

Greg’s other leadership roles spanning four decades have included: Executive Director of the Executives Alliance for Boys and Men of Color; Executive Director of Safe Passages; Executive Director of Urban Strategies Council; Chair of the Workforce Investment Board; Chair Of the Rockwood Leadership Institute; strategist for the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color; strategist for the Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign; Executive Director of California Tomorrow; and racial equity trainer for the Association of Black Foundation Executives and numerous foundations and nonprofits. Additionally, he has worked for many community organizations as a retreat designer and facilitator.

 

 

 

 

A leading voice for our youth and social justice

 

As a longtime policy advocate and program director for children and youth, Greg managed the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, served as the first director of the Oakland Freedom Schools, and was a founding parent of two schools (Ile Omode and West Oakland Community School). He was the first director of the Oakland Child Health and Safety Initiative (what is now Oakland Thrives/Safe Passages).

From 2001 to 2009, Greg served on the OUSD school board. From 2003 to 2005, he served as OUSD Board President. He ran for Oakland City Council in 2008.

He is the owner and principal consultant of Khepera Consulting, which helps people and organizations strategically think, connect and act in the relationships that spark transformative change.

 

 

 

 

An artist, activist, and healer

 

A drummer, musician and active member of the local arts and culture community, Greg is a founding member-musician for the Bantaba Dance Ensemble. He has performed opening ceremonies for countless community events, and performed in community festivals like Festival at the Lake, The Africans Are Coming, and the SF Ethnic Dance Festival.

As a healing practitioner, Greg served as a lead minister at the Wo’se Community for 23 years. He has been a circle keeper for The California Endowment’s Sons and Brothers Camps, led Movement Warrior retreats with youth and adults, been a counselor and advisor to community members seeking comfort through baby naming ceremonies, hospital end of life care, and memorial services.

As a community attorney, Greg has represented hundreds of clients in a range of civil litigation matters from personal injuries to landlord tenant disputes to family law matters.

 

 

 

 

“Baba Greg”—A community uniter, an Oaklander for 40 years, public school parent, grandparent

 

Greg was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. His parents were both career educators in the public schools of their town. His mother taught reading before becoming an elementary school principal. His father taught music and choir. They were members of the vibrant HBCU community at Arkansas AM&N, now the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, during the 1950s through the 1980s. Like most of their generation, they believed in hard work, perseverance, and integrity and they modeled this for Greg and his two siblings every day. Greg attended segregated public schools up until sixth grade, when segregation ended.

He holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Known around The Town by many as “Baba Greg,” Greg has been living in Oakland for the past 40 years, and in West Oakland since 1992.

Greg is the parent of five amazing children, all of whom are either public school graduates of Oakland Unified or still enrolled in an Oakland public school. He is also a proud new grandparent. He enjoys drumming, talking to people, scuba diving and reading great books.