Kelly is an alumnus of UC Santa Barbara (Olé!). She has a BA in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She is passionate about education; her interest in politics in education was sparked during her time spent teaching at high need public schools. Through TOLA, she is looking forward furthering herself as a leader and creator of positive change in preparation for a lifetime of service through leading, teaching, and learning.
Donaciano graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA in Sociology and Ethnic Studies. While growing up in Sonoma County he found the passion to join programs and organizations whose main goals were to foster a better community for all to enjoy. While at Sacramento State, he was able to help create a free Children’s Carnival to promote higher education and literacy to students within the community. He hopes to continue his educational career and pursue a Masters in Sociology and eventually a PhD in Ethnic Studies. Through the TOLA program his goal is to gain more skills that will help him become a better community leader and to create a positive change within the communities he resides in.
Amanda Gallo is the youngest of four children and a native of Oakland, Ca. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Legal Studies. Throughout high school and college, Amanda worked and volunteered with many local non-profit organizations in coaching and teaching youth, as well as helped with program planning. She hopes to pursue a career in public service and community action, with the next step of attending graduate school. As a TOLA fellow she hopes to be able to learn the skills of community organizing and in the future apply them to better her community.
Evan Haarz is a life long resident of Oakland, CA. Following the completion of the TOLA fellowship he will have earned a B.A. in Political Science from California State University East Bay. In high school he worked with the Donald P. McCullum Youth Court of Alameda County as a Lead Attorney, while also playing baseball and swimming for Skyline High School. While completing his degree at CSU East Bay he also worked with the Oakland Builders Alliance as the former executive directors intern. In the future Evan hopes to stay in Oakland and do whatever is necessary to build and benefit the community.
After spending a week with one hundred disabled children in an orphanage in Bangkok, Thailand, Dariana knew she wanted to have a greater impact in the world , especially with families in low-income communities. While studying at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, she frequently worked with the International Business Honor Society (IBHS). In IBHS, she helped plan activities ranging from arts and crafts, to dancing games and gardening as apart of their annual Global Leadership Service Project in Thailand. Dariana recently graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida with a B.A. in Anthropology. As an undergraduate, she felt that it was crucial to study different cultures and understand their differences, as well as their similarities, to be able to help them through public policy. As a TOLA fellow, she hopes to learn about public policy in order to empower people who seek solutions to their day-to-day struggles and further enhance her own knowledge about organizing.
Zachary graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.A. in Humanities. From a young age, he has been actively involved in various social and political matters that have corresponded with his community. Zachary became interested in the distinct opportunity TOLA presented; that in which finite attention could be placed on local matters and grassroots activism was given its greatest chance to flourish. With perseverance, humility, and an outstanding encompassing community, Zachary is looking forward to the challenges and victories that lay ahead.