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Our Team

Passionate people working for
Justice, Equity, Healing, and Resilience

We represent the society we seek to inspire by listening and working together from diverse ancestries, ages, gender expressions, and socio-economic situations.  We are artists, community organizers, lawyers, teachers, designers, scholars, musicians, service workers, event producers, entrepreneurs, and we are all ACTIVISTS.

Partners & Advisors

Production Partner

for the Benefit Show and Day of Activation

e2k is recognized as a world leader in large-scale event production, creating innovative events, powerful experiences and magical moments that entertain people, inspire a sense of community, and celebrate humanity. They have designed the video streaming of major events to millions of people around the world, and lead the current industry by integrating self-produced, interactive video into broadcast shows. Signature productions include Super Bowl events, World Cup Soccer Opening Ceremonies, State of the World Forums, and more.

Marketing and Communications Partner

LINK Strategic Partners is a national strategic communications and stakeholder engagement firm, providing high-touch, high-tech expertise and personalized assistance in public and media relations, marketing and communications, community relations, branding, online engagement, digital strategy, event management, and creative services.

This year, LINK SP received 6 additional Hermes Awards (for a total of 46) for their social impact work, spotlighting them as the industry’s best in one of the oldest and largest creative competitions in the world.

Tech Team

for our Interactive Web Platform

Our team of seasoned tech leaders will lead the design and creation of our interactive web platform. This supercharged portal will be an ongoing resource for education, dialogue, and movement-building; will connect people with causes and groups that speak to their passion; and will direct participants to voter-turnout organizations.

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Jennifer Dumpert

User Experience Research Advisor

Jennifer brings over 20 years of experience helping the world’s leading brands build engaging user experiences across digital platforms. She focuses on user research and testing, and interaction design/conceptual design, to give companies a clear understanding of what people see, do, think and feel when they use websites, mobile applications, and other digital products and services. Her client list includes Sony Pictures, Wells Fargo, Siemens, Vevo, Uber, and Facebook.

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Stephanie Geerlings

Web Development Advisor

Stephanie is Cofounder and General Manager of Cloud City Development, a full-service, integrated design and software consultancy specializing in web and mobile apps. As experts in user experience, lean design, agile software development, and product delivery, Cloud City works with innovative and diverse companies, from Fortune 500s to startups to non-profits, and actively seeks out socially responsible clients that make a positive impact in the world.

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Tania Abdul

Web Designer / Boardmember

Tania is an immersive experience producer and web designer whose work leverages the power of music, technology, art, and community to create compelling, transformative experiences for people in the actual and virtual worlds.

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Lawrence Ellis

Project Manager / Boardmember

Lawrence brings 25+ years experience as a complex-systems leader with deep expertise in Business Readiness and Agile Project Management in tech, biotech and sustainability.

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Stuart McCalla

Agile Development Advisor

Stuart McCalla is an investor, Executive & Agile Coach, and Managing Partner at Evolution, a coaching, consulting, and investment firm that partners with start-up and high-growth companies to drive long-term, holistic success through developing leadership, alignment and culture. Evolution works exclusively with companies that strive to be iconic, world-enriching, and evolutionary, such as Slack, Radiology Partners, Change.org, Density, and Dropbox.

Partner Organizations

Hip Hop for Change logoWall of Vets logoAmazon Watch logoGlobal Footprint Network logoGreen 2.0 logoa)plan coaching logoUrban Sustainability Directors Network logoRainforest Action Network logo

Team Bios

According to our bylaws, 75% of Breathe's decision-makers are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).

Board Officer

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Tania Abdul

is an immersive events producer, entrepreneurweb designer, and writer who has worked on social justice and environmental issues from many angles. Highly motivated by this high-stakes, transition moment in the world, Tania is applying her variety of skills, professional experiences, and connections in support of intersectional, systemic solutions. As project manager/ creative lead for experiential art, co-producer of live music concerts, and production staff for festivals, she has a strong grasp of organizational communications, timelines, and budgets, as well as the vision for crafting a compelling, transformative experience. Recently she was at the helm of transferring a beloved annual 4-day festival to an online experience, with surprisingly engaging results.  Informed by her experience in electoral politics, artivism, and community organizing, Tania envisions a fractal approach that leverages the power of music, technology, art, and the vital work of community activism. Only by learning how to support each other can we heal and shift our course.

Board Officer

has been a courageous advocate for working families, youth, seniors, immigrants, tenants of the Richmond District, and the whole of San Francisco for over three decades. He served for eight years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and eight years on the SF Board of Education where he was Commissioner. Currently Eric is an assistant professor at San Francisco State University teaching ethnic studies, public policy, law, and social movements. Eric served on San Francisco’s first elections task force which studied and helped implement ranked choice voting, public financing, and district elections in the City. His history of service includes: shop steward for SEIU Local 1021, director of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, board member of the Chinese Progressive Association, a founding member of both API-FORCE (Asians and Pacific Islanders for Community Empowerment) and the Institute for Multiracial Justice, executive board member of the Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, elected vice-chair and active member of the SF Democratic Party’s Central Committee since 1996, and support for the Green Party and the Working Families Party. He is an advisor to the international organization, Corporate Accountability, which campaigns against greedy, destructive, transnational corporations.

is an artist, activist, ecologist, author and science lover. She’s a sophomore at The New School in New York, studying Interdisciplinary Science. Her artwork has been exhibited at SFMOMA, David Brower Center Gallery, Catharine Clark Gallery, and numerous other galleries. She’s the recipient of the Artist of the Year Award (senior year) from Berkeley High School’s Arts and Humanities Academy. She has produced 15 commissioned works. Through her artwork she seeks to spread awareness and enact change for environmental and racial issues. As a Grassroots Campaigns street canvasser and later Field Manager, she became the seventh highest fundraiser in the U.S. for Doctors Without Borders. She has published four books in the stream-of-consciousness narrative tradition through Lulu Press. Suki is excited and committed to provide one of the voices for youth activism on the Breathe project.

Board Officer

is an activist, teacher, Army veteran, and actor who hails from Buffalo, New York. He is passionate about environmental and racial justice, counts himself as a strong ally of women and LGBTQ people, and is a vegan and an animal rights advocate. Tafik taught health education to 10,000 at-risk youth in public schools, juvenile detention centers and treatment centers, and taught judo at NICYO (National Inner City Youth Opportunities), where he provided youth development and delinquency prevention services. During his time in the Army he developed discipline and leadership qualities, and a strong desire to fight for causes he believes in, especially against any form of marginalization. Tafik visited China in 2006 as part of the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP), where he came to value the role diplomats play in cultivating relationships between countries. He has an insatiable curiosity about world cultures, and recently spent a year traveling through Asia, Europe, and New Zealand, immersing himself in each language and culture he encountered. Tafik also brings theater production experience from acting in many plays, including Antigone, Jesus Hopped the A Train, Grapes of Wrath, Hair, and several by Shakespeare.

is an event producer who co-founded Taylor Street Production with her husband in 2004 so they could fully realize their passion for live events. It's grown from rock concerts into an all-around event business with years of experience creating athletic events, corporate parties, sponsorship activations, music festivals, and far more. Luna continues to seek ways to make the world a better place, which was her mission upon graduating from Hampshire College in Massachusetts where she studied chemistry, botany, environmental science, anthropology, and spent a semester studying medicinal plants in the Himalayas.

is the co-founder of PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, CA. She has worn many hats since 2011: organizational, educational, placemaking projects, partnerships, and community relations & outreach. Her biggest loves are her neighbors and building on those relations to make a difference together. Prior to PLACE, she joined the newly formed The Sustainable Living Roadshow (2007-11), to take her project, Earth Peace Mandala, on the road. As a community altar it serves as a focal point to gather, share, pray, and co-create. She serves on the Board of Directors for Planting Justice, focused on empowering people impacted by mass incarceration via food sovereignty and economic justice. She is also a member of the North Oakland Restorative Justice Council (NORJC), which addresses community violence through a restorative justice lens. In 2017 she was recognized for her community work by the City Council of District 1 in Oakland, CA on Legacy of Cesar Chavez Day. Her curious nature informs and motivates her to create community via her deep love of the natural world, people and the transformation and healing that comes from the co-creative spirit.

is a social justice and environmental activist and tenants' rights lawyer who co-founded Greenstein McDonald, the preeminent tenant law firm in California, in 2001. He was lead counsel on the largest tenant settlement in Bay Area history for nearly 14 years in the amount of $3,825,000 and he has been instrumental in many of the largest verdicts and settlements attained by the firm. Ken has worked on social justice, environmental, and human rights issues for more than 30 years. He worked at the Oakland Eviction Defense Center & Greenpeace, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Amazon Watch. He has also served on the boards of International Rivers, the Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and on the advisory board of the Accountability Counsel, an international NGO. As an activist at UCSB, he organized against apartheid & other issues related to race & the environment.

Board Member

has driven growth as a non-profit leader for organizations across the country, with over two decades of senior management experience, as well as served on numerous community and non-profit boards. Javier’s success comes from creating collaborative partnerships, innovative programs, and inspiring management. A passionate problem-solver, networker, and fundraiser, Javier thrives in situations requiring innovative solutions. Javier has been the CEO of Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), the nation's premier youth leadership and service organization, since 2007. Each year, over 10,000 high school students attend HOBY's 70 leadership seminars held across the U.S. and other countries. Previously he was the COO and VP of Programs for Crystal Stairs, Inc., one of the nation’s largest child development organizations, and California State Director and Pacific Cluster Manager for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

is a teacher, facilitator, poet, writer, artist, and wellness practitioner. Her passion is helping people connect more deeply with themselves, each other, and their communities in an integrated way. Kym is the founding director of The Hive Marin, a community space that hosts events promoting wellness, the arts, sustainability, and personal and societal transformation. She has been engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion work since she was a teenager, and has extensive training in conflict transformation, restorative justice, and the Work That Reconnects. She was a co-facilitator of the Mindfulness, Diversity and Social Change Sangha, one of the first Buddhist groups in the Bay Area to be created by and for BIPOC and LGBTQ practitioners and their allies. During her tenure as a high school English, History, and Journalism teacher, she integrated cultural competency, conflict resolution, social emotional learning, and mindfulness into her curriculum. Currently, she facilitates a discussion group for white people who are committed to anti-racist work.

Board Member

is a complex-systems leader  (environmental, human, and tech systems) on large-scale transformation projects, and a transformational activist. His roles have ranged from Director with one of the oldest change-leadership firms, Interaction Associates, to Executive Change Strategist with VMware, to lead roles with numerous movements. His leadership has helped produce the following project impacts: created 25 landmark national anti-pollution demonstration projects; dramatically strengthened language of EPA legislation; rare 100% user-adoption of new IT system dramatically improving enviro-safety in the largest utility company in the U.S.; and more. He was Executive Producer of the Indigenous Wisdom & Modern Science global tele-summit; and Lead Consulting Producer & Senior Advisor for the sustainability documentary, Planetary. Currently he is jumpstarting an international coalition for developing new products and practices to address climate change and equity, new tools for carbon and bio-productivity footprinting, and models of sustainable organizations. He studied individual and large-scale change at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.
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Nedra Shawler

Board Member

Anna Gomez

Lawrence Ellis

Kym Kuzmic

Javier LaFianza

Eric Mar

Suki Mayeno

Tafik Muhammad

Luna Oxenberg

Veronica Ramirez

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Board Member

returned to the Bay Area after receiving her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law. She currently works as a Deputy County Counsel in the Office of County Counsel – Alameda County, where she has worked for nearly 20 years. She currently represents Alameda County Social Services Agency in Child Abuse and Neglect cases. Prior to that, she litigated matters in both the public and private sector. Ms. Shawler has been actively involved in the legal community in both Alameda and San Francisco County, and served as President of  the Charles Houston Bar Association for two terms, after serving as a Board member for 5 years.  In addition, she has served on the Boards of the Alameda County Bar Association, the California Association of Black Lawyers, and the National Bar Association.  Ms. Shawler remains active in her neighborhood community as well as her church community. She currently serves on the Board of Loss2Life Ministries and acts as an Advisor to many non-profit organizations.

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Board Officer

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Special Advisor to the Board

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is Chief Financial Officer of Leo Burnett, the global advertising firm responsible for creating some of advertising's most well-known characters and campaigns of the 20th century, including Tony the Tiger, the Maytag Repairman, United's "Fly the Friendly Skies", and Allstate's "Good Hands." Parent company, Publicis Groupe, is one of the world's oldest and largest advertising agency networks. As CFO, Anna directs and oversees the financial operations of all Leo Burnett Group agencies across North America, as well as others within Publicis Communications, the creative communications hub of Publicis Groupe. In a large and increasingly complex business, she helps keep the agency financially organized to best ensure its ability to generate powerful creative solutions that drive results for clients. Prior to the Leo Burnett Group, Anna had experience across a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, aviation, and public accounting. An immigrant, a mother of three, and an accidental author, Anna is also actively engaged as the executive sponsor of various employee resource groups for black colleagues and allies, and serves on various boards that support young professionals and women entrepreneurs. Under her pen name, Christine Brae, Anna is also the author of six novels.

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