Board of Directors
We are a movement organization.
At NBOP, we value lived experience over the exclusivity of traditional nonprofit models. We train leaders from our community who are involved in our various task forces and initiatives toward racial, social and economic justice.
I’m a Petaluman at heart, raised here since 8 years of age. I have always had a desire to work with the community, whether through Girl Scouts or volunteering. In early 2017 I sought out local groups that would allow me to work with the community in an engaging way, and that led me to a “Come and See” hosted by NBOP. I was inspired by members presenting and felt I had found a place I could truly grow. During the last 5 years I have gotten the resolution It Won’t Happen Here passed in Rohnert Park, helped coordinate forums with NBOP (I moderated the SoCo Sheriffs Forum in Petaluma), worked on multiple local campaigns, and was part of putting on Petaluma’s 1st Women’s March.
I am an immigrant, a creative, bicultural, multilingual woman, and an inquisitive problem solver. For over ten years, I have worked as a program manager and director with research and non-profit organizations in Latin America and the U.S. I am experienced in data administration, communication, and program management working in a variety of projects alongside disadvantaged populations. Throughout my career, I have been honored to listen, work, and collaborate with people from different socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. I enjoy bringing people together and building bridges among diverse groups by fostering trust and respect. During my free time you can find me happily running trails, dancing, spending time with my loved ones, and helping others. I first learned about NBOP's incredible work in 2013, and since then I have remained involved with it in one way or another. I feel fortunate to serve on the board of NBOP, an organization that shares my values and beliefs of working daily toward a more equitable, diverse, thriving, and peaceful world.
NBOP is Paul’s political home. As part of Redwood Forest Friends Meeting (Quakers), he has been active with NBOP since 2012. Paul is joyfully engaged with NBOP’s Deep Democracy Team. Previously, he was part of NBOP’s task force on Education Justice and served on the NBOP Board during 2018-2021 as President and then as At-Large member. Paul’s lifework is engaging his community to create a multiracial, multiclass, participatory social democracy with his effort focused on universal voting rights and a quality public education as a civil and Constitutional right. As such, Paul is actively engaged in a variety of roles with the We the People—Math Literacy for All Alliance and serves the Alliance as a representative from NBOP. Paul also volunteers with the ACLU on voting rights matters.
I am a white queer Jewish New Yorker who has called California home since 2006. I became involved in housing justice work with Causa Justa:: Just Cause when I was living in Oakland, fighting an illegal rent increase, and learning more about and seeing the vastly disproportionate impacts of gentrification and displacement on BIPOC communities. I believe that everyone deserves safe and stable housing, and that housing should be for people, not profiteering. When I moved to Sonoma County in 2017, I was introduced to NBOP and became involved with the Housing Justice Task force, which then became the Sonoma County Tenants Union. I became more involved in organizing at the height of the pandemic when we pushed for and won eviction moratoriums and rental assistance, started a tenants rights hotline, and distributed air purifiers to tenants during fire season. I am grateful to be in a political home amongst a creative, smart, and dedicated group of people. I continue to learn and grow in my involvement with NBOP and its multi-issue, intersectional work, and I am honored to serve on the board. Outside of this work, I enjoy being outdoors, reading and sharing books, cooking food, and spending quality time with friends, with my spouse, and with our two cats.
Rev. Benjamin Broadbent
Having grown up in Santa Cruz, Benjamin moved back to California from Colorado Springs where he served as a pastor for 17 years. Now Benjamin serves as Lead Minister of the Community Church of Sebastopol (uccseb.org) and enjoys being a part of intergenerational communities, especially when there’s dancing involved. Benjamin is nourished by intellectual conversations, especially about theology, and through direct action on behalf of workers, reproductive rights, and the LGBTQ community. Benjamin has been writing poetry some of which can be found on his blog: benjaminbroadbent.com.