Oakland Mutual Aid Collective is a collaborative Mutual Aid and educational effort organized by Council President Pro Tempore Sheng Thao, AAPI Women Lead Executive Director Dr. Connie Wun, UCSF National Center of Excellence for Women’s Heath Executive Director Judy Young, MPH, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Oakland Center for Child Health and Engagement Medical Director Dayna Long. Additional leadership includes Director of Strategic Initiatives UCSF, Baylee DeCastro and Youth Liaison Nadia N’gom.
Council President Pro Tempore Sheng Thao, Oakland District 4
Sheng Thao was elected November 2018 to the Oakland City Council, representing District 4. She is the first Hmong American woman to be elected to City Council in the State of California. Sheng Thao is the daughter of Hmong refugee parents from Laos. She was born and raised in unincorporated Stockton and is the 7th of 10 children. She is a domestic violence survivor and as a single mother, Sheng put herself through college while working and raising her son.
Sheng graduated as Valedictorian from Merritt College and transferred to U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her degree in Legal Studies. During her time at U.C. Berkeley, she helped established the Bear Pantry, a food access program for students with families who could not afford to buy healthy food.
Councilmember Thao lives in Oakland’s Laurel District and enjoys spending time with her 13-year-old son, Benedict. She continues to advocate throughout the United States around her experience as a survivor of domestic violence and her road to becoming California’s first Hmong Woman Councilmember in hopes to inspire, bring awareness, educate and support others.
Dr. Dayna Long
Pediatrician, Medical Director and Researcher
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Center for Child & Community Health
Dr. Dayna Long has been a primary care pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for over 20 years. For the past 5 years, she has also served as the Director of Center for Child and Community Health at University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.
She dedicates her career to eliminating childhood health inequities that lead to poor health, financial and educational outcomes for families and young children on both individual and population levels.
She is a co-Principal Investigator of the Pediatrics Adverse Childhood and Resilience Study (PEARLS).
The PEARLS tool screens and measures children for experiences in their daily environment that can cause stress. She also directs the Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND), along with the FINDconnect technology platform, which address the social and environmental factors affecting children’s health outcomes. As a steering committee member of First 5 Alameda County/Help Me Grow, Dr. Long advocates for children.
In 2014 she received the prestigious National Service Award from the Corporation for National Service for the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. She is the 2016 Girls Inc., Alameda STRONG awardee, received the 2018 Genius Leadership Award from Kapor Capital and Genius Plaza and most recently was given the Keeping the Promise 2020 Award from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Dr. Long received her B.S. from Stanford University in Biology and a B.A. in African and African-American History. She attended medical school at George Washington University and completed her residency and an infectious disease fellowship at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and was subsequently a Harvard Macy Institute Faculty Scholar.
Baylee DeCastro, Director of Strategic Initiatives at UCSF Center for Child and Community Health
Baylee DeCastro is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the UCSF Center for Child and Community Health. She also serves as the Senior Manager for Health Equity Partnership across UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. In these roles, Baylee is responsible for strategy formation, community partnership development, fundraising and resource development. Baylee manages a portfolio of research, clinical, education and training programs designed to address the social determinants of children’s health, address childhood trauma and promote resilience as well as to promote school readines.
Prior to UCSF, Baylee led her own nonprofit consulting practice providing community engagement, philanthropic management, policy and advocacy consulting services to health care organizations across the country including academic medical centers, research programs, foundations and voluntary health associations. She is an experienced health care administration, evaluation, research and policy professional, with 20 years of experience leading and coordinating diverse collaboratives and teams to unlock the health system’s potential to deliver high quality, affordable care and to lead clinical innovation to address the social determinants of health. She has worked at the local, regional, state, national and international levels. Baylee started her career in the office of then State Senator Jackie Speier. Since then, she has worked extensively on maternal, child and adolescent health issues as senior policy advisor at the University of California San Francisco and Executive Director of the National Association of Academic Women’s Health Programs. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from UCLA.
Judy Young, MPH Executive Director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Co-Director of the UCSF Black Women’s Health & Livelihood Initiative
Judy Young, MPH is the Executive Director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Co-Director of the UCSF Black Women’s Health & Livelihood Initiative. As an educator, mentor, activist and advocate, she brings a personal passion and multi-dimensional lens to her work addressing health care disparities and social change. Ms. Young has worked in women’s health and community health for more than 25 years addressing issues including sexual health, HIV/AIDS, leadership development, and health disparities.
Ms. Young’s current work with the Black Women’s Health & Livelihood Initiative focuses on addressing the health inequities of Black women in the Bay Area which includes developing programs and addressing policies and structural change at UCSF so that Black women can lead, thrive and contribute our optimal potential at work, home and in our communities.
Dr. Connie Wun, Executive Director AAPIWL
Connie Wun, Ph.D. is the co-founder of AAPI Women Lead, an organization that works to end violence against Asian and Pacific Islander self-identified women and girls in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and other communities of color. She has been working on issues of violence against women and girls of color for more than 20 years. She is also the founder of Transformative Research, a research consultancy that trains community-based organizations on participatory action and community-driven research. In this capacity, Dr. Wun has worked with organizations including: Girls for Gender Equity in NYC, Monsoon: Asian and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence, Policy Link, Survived and Punished, and the National Sexual Assault Demonstrative Initiative.
Dr. Wun has also been a recipient of the National Science Foundation Fellowship, Ed-Trust West Senior Fellowship, American Association for University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship, Mills College Research at the Intersections Fellowship and UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Fellowship. Her work has been published in Critical Sociology, Educational Policy, Educational Theory and Practice, and Race, Ethnicity, and Education. She has also written for the Feminist Wire, Truthout.org, and is currently working on her book manuscript on schools and violence against girls of color. She will also have a forthcoming chapter on anti-Blackness and the educational system in an anthology on anti-Blackness through Duke University Press.
She has also contributed to discussions hosted by the Congressional Caucus for Black Women and Girls Town Hall, the Angela Rye Show on BET, UC Berkeley Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Teachers for Social Justice, San Francisco State University Women’s Center, the National Association for Vietnamese American Attorneys, and more. Dr. Wun has also taught at high schools, universities, San Quentin State Prison, and community-based youth programs. She is currently working on her book manuscript, “Captive in School: Schools, Discipline, and Violence.” Dr. Wun also spends a lot of time training in the martial art of Muay Thai, and has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years.
Nadia Ngom is a recent graduate of an Oakland high school. She was co-president of the Black Student Union, and co-editor in chief of the student run newspaper. She will be entering her freshman year of college Fall of 2020.
She has previously worked within the Children’s Hospital Research Institute as an intern for FINDConnect, and is passionate about both public policy, equity in medicine, and community engagement.