Fania E. Davis, J.D., Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
RJOY Board Member
Co-founder and Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), a national thought leader in the field, Fania Davis is a long-time social justice activist, a restorative justice scholar and professor, and a civil rights attorney with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Dr. Davis a passionate commitment to social transformation.
For the next decades, she was active in the civil rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, socialist, anti-imperialist, anti-racial violence and antiapartheid movements. After receiving her law degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1979, Dr. Davis practiced almost 27 years as a civil rights trial lawyer with a subspecialty in academic discrimination. During the late 1990’s, she entered a Ph.D. program in indigenous studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and apprenticed with traditional healers around the globe, particularly in Africa. Dr. Davis has since taught Restorative Justice and Indigenous Peacemaking at graduate and undergraduate levels. She has also served as counsel to the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. Dr. Davis speaks and writes on the subjects of School-Based Restorative Justice, Race and Restorative Justice, the Indigenous Roots of Restorative Justice, Social Justice and Restorative Justice, Truth and Reconciliation, Youth-based Restorative Justice, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Mass Incarceration, and other topics.
Numerous honors include the Ubuntu Service to Humanity award, the Maloney award recognizing exceptional contributions in youth-based restorative justice, World Trust’s Healing Justice award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) Award, the Bioneer’s Changemaker Award, and the LaFarge Social Justice Award. She is also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. The Los Angeles Times named Dr. Davis a “New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century”. She is a mother, grandmother, dancer, and yoga and qigong practitioner.
Project Director/ Restorative Re-Entry RJOY COSA
Katherine Culberg, RN, PHN, began her career as a registered nurse who quickly developed a passion for working in public health and social justice. Her focus has been impacted, adolescent youth in urban, under served, under resourced areas. She has worked in remote areas of Nicaragua with teen mothers. She has been active in developing and managing school based health centers in Oakland as well as providing direct service to youth as a school nurse. After years of feeling that traditional intervention and prevention models were limited, she began to look for additional ways to best met the healing needs of those youth she worked with and loved . Over the last few years , she has studied, trained and participated in Restorative Justice work ultimately resulting in a position with RJOY directing the COSA re-entry program at Camp Sweeney and facilitating Victim Offender Education groups at San Quentin State Prison with Insight Prison Project. She is also a COSA facilitator for youth coming back into community from Camp Sweeney. Her passion for and commitment to Restorative Justice continues to grow.
RJOY Administrative Manager
Born in Nairobi, Kenya raised in the East Bay, Louise Nimo Kahara studied Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at San Jose State University. She spent her early career working for corporations such as Bank of America. In 2012, Louise traveled back to Kenya on a volunteer assignment and while in Kenya unearthed a passion for giving back to the community. She later returned to the U.S and now dedicates her business, financial and operational skills to youth driven initiatives that impact communities as she believes the future lies in our youth.
She is also a proud mother of a one year old girl and enjoys the outdoors and traveling.
Teiasha Bankhead, Ph. D., L.C.S.W. has over 20 years of experience as Director of Program Development and Contact Compliance at several Bay Area and Silicon Valley non-profit organizations and has served on numerous non-profit boards including The Girls Afterschool Academy, Edgewood Children’s Center, Lifetime, and Catholic Charities of the East Bay. She served as an expert restorative justice researcher with the Insight Prison Project at San Quentin State Prison and currently is Co-Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth.
A noted author, psychotherapist and university professor, she engages in research and writing on issues of social policy and diversity with particular attention given to race, class, gender and sexual orientation. She lectures internationally on issues of self-care, cultural conflict and social policy. Dr. Bankhead received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees from the university of California at Berkeley. She was a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Minority Research Fellow and a fellow of the United States Psychiatric Congress. She also serves on the Family Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Community Organizing Coordinator
Jodie Geddes is a recent graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where she received her M.A. in Conflict Transformation. During this time she worked with numerous community organizations while leading campaigns for racial healing and the transformation of systems of oppression. For Jodie, it is important to find ways to engage community members both at the micro and macro level through an intersectional and youth centered lens.
Jodie now serves as the Community Organizing Coordinator at Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). Her role involves designing and implementing community organizing training for and with youth seeking to examine the intersection of organizing and restorative justice. The trainings consist of theatre, storytelling, and the exploration of creating a world without incarceration and one that is truly restorative.
She is also a published poet and writer, having her work featured on the online platform For Harriet and Blavity.
Garry “Malachi” Scott
Re-entry/Community Restorative Justice Coordinator
Garry “Malachi” Scott is the re-entry/community restorative justice coordinator for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth. He co-founded the North Oakland Restorative Justice Council and is on the Safety and Services Oversight Commission (Measure Z) in Oakland. Malachi has journalistic experience with written articles in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and featured on other articles around the issue of incarceration. He came to restorative justice through the Victim Offender Education Group, a program of the Insight Prison Project, while incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. During his incarceration he obtain an Associates Degree, co-founded a restorative justice base group called Kid C.A.T. (Creating Awareness Together), and was the sports editor for the San Quentin News.
Cameron, RJOY Youth Advocate is a graduate of Ralph J. Bunche High School, a continuation school in West Oakland. Cameron was suspended repeatedly at Berkeley High School and Caesar Chavez H.S. (Stockton, CA). He was arrested multiple times. The school to prison pipeline was finally interrupted for him when he entered Bunche, where he got involved in restorative justice Circles for African American youth. Cameron now has a job working with middle school youth at Frick Impact Academy and is increasingly giving presentations and co-facilitating trainings with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY).
LeAna Hudson is a Philosophy and Africana Studies major at San Francisco State University and a graduate of Coliseum College Prep Academy. As an intern with the OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) Restorative Justice team, she served as an RJ student coach at Roots International Academy and was a member of the Restorative Justice Youth Council working to increase youth engagement in restorative justice work. RJ is important to her because it gives her great hope for the future; as she has experienced RJ circles help build better relationships between parties in conflict. Using the RJ circle structure, which encourages listening and cooperation, she co-designed and implemented listening circles with the mayor and 100 youth. She was working with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth as a Youth Intern. Now she has moved into being our Communications Associate and helps to facilitate circles within the community. Through her connection with Youth Radio she brings social media skills to engage more youth and enjoys performing spoken word and learning new things. She plans to eventually become a lawyer and use her skills to help youth in Oakland in the future.