Jasmine Sozi, Office Administrator
Jasmine graduated from UC Berkeley in 2021 with a bachelor’s in ethnic studies, where she was an intern with the Death Penalty Clinic, program coordinator for Teach in Prison, and space and programs coordinator at Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center. Dedicated to addressing systemic issues, diverting resources to people in need, and uplifting the organizing power of marginalized communities, she has worked with multiple grassroots organizations, including People’s Programs Oakland. She enjoys working with educational institutions that promote racial, economic, and social justice, and as an aspiring lawyer, is excited to be surrounded by people actively fighting for social change. Jasmine continues to be inspired by the struggles, stories, and resilience of her Black and African communities in the San Fernando Valley and larger Los Angeles Area.
Olivia Layug Balbarin, Director of Administration
Olivia earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Field Studies at UC Berkeley and her law degree from Santa Clara University. Olivia has volunteered at immigration community clinics and received the East Bay Community Law Center’s Community Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013.
Sarah is an experienced editor, writer and reporter and has spent the last eight years working in higher education communications. She has worked as the lead editor and writer on the communications team at Saint Mary’s College of California, and as the communications manager for enrollment services at Cal State East Bay. Prior to working in higher education, Sarah worked for many years as a journalist. She spent six years as editor and co-editor of the East Bay Monthly, and has worked as a daily newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer, frequently focusing on stories about education.