The core leadership team for The Untokening is comprised of advocates from diverse social and racial backgrounds who work in professional and personal capacities to advance equity in mobility and community development. We are supported in this endeavor by Advisory Committees for specific projects and convenings, including advocates from diverse backgrounds working at a grassroots level across the country. Our project is fiscally sponsored by the Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis, MN, which has been working at the intersection of health and culture to “unleash the power of citizens to heal themselves and to build community.”
Untokening Cali Organizers
Untokening Cali Speakers
mark! Lopez comes from a family with a long history of activism. He was raised in the Madres del Este de Los Angeles Santa Isabel (Mothers of East LA Santa Isabel – MELASI), an organization co-founded by his grandparents, Juana Beatriz Gutierrez and Ricardo Gutierrez. This set his trajectory as a community activist. After serving as Lead Organizer for East Yard Communities and Co-Director with EYCEJ Co-Founder Angelo Logan, mark! is now the Executive Director. He organizes in the area wwhere he was born, raised and continues to live.
Untokening Cali Facilitators
Olatunji Oboi Reed serves as the President & CEO of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement in Chicago, Illinois. An active cyclist for over ten years, Oboi rides at the intersection of community, culture, and health. Oboi was awarded the 2015 White House Transportation Champion of Change award by The White House and the United States Department of Transportation. Oboi served as a Community Representative Member of the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of Streetsblog Chicago.
Yolanda Davis-Overstreet has made it her life’s mission to play a role in outreaching and educating others. In 2011, she used her skill sets of communications and design to create the brand name RIDE IN LIVING COLOR as a first-time filmmaker on a mission to tell the stories of African Americans on bicycles. For her MA in Urban Sustainability at Antioch University Los Angeles, Yolanda is now researching and engaging in local and state conversations on street safety within communities of color. She is also getting trained as a yoga breathing instructor.