Chief Network Officer
Gregory Hodge is a social change activist and organizational development consultant with Khepera Consulting. Working as a strategist, meeting designer, facilitator and coach, Gregory works with a range of groups from small nonprofits and foundations to public agencies, particularly school districts. As a leader in his community, Gregory served two four-year terms as a member of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education beginning in January 2000, including a year as president of the board. He served nine years on Workforce Investment Board, City of Oakland.
Hodge has also worked as an attorney in private practice handling a variety of civil litigation matters. His involvements include work with African American youth as a teacher and mentor; minister at the Wo’se Community; drummer with Bantaba Dance Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is a proud father, active gardener and lives in Oakland.
Quinton is a Project Manager for the Brotherhood of Elders Network. He was born and raised on the eastside of Cleveland, Ohio. A strong work ethic with a loving and supportive family helped him navigate the challenges of racism and poverty. He studied Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University and received an M.A in Community Development and Planning from Clark University. Determined to continue his social justice work, Quinton and his soul mate moved to Oakland in 2009. Since then the Town has become the place they call home and the birthplace of their first child, a smart and beautiful little boy. Now, with over 15 years of community based social justice work, Quinton brings an array of skills to the BOEN, such as community organizing, development, strategic planning, and fundraising. You can find out more about Quinton’s work on LinkedIn and his company website, Sirius Creativity.
Calvin “Uthman” Williams
Network Activation Specialist
Calvin “Uthman” Williams is the Network Activation Specialist for the BOEN. Calvin has worked for over a decade at the intersections of leadership development, education, policy, and grassroots organizing. Calvin was an educator in Mississippi and Alabama, teaching high school and junior high. He has also trained college campus organizers. By day he is a Senior Associate at Movement Strategy Center, where Calvin supports youth engagement projects focused on the Boys and Men of Color (BMoC)/Sons & Brothers initiative with the California Endowment. He previously served as Program Coordinator for the Oakland BMoC initiative at the Urban Strategies Council and was an inaugural BMoC Fellow with The California Endowment. Calvin received his BA in Political Science at LaGrange College in Georgia. He received a Master in Public Administration at City University of New York, Baruch College School of Public Affairs. He and his wife now reside in Oakland, CA, where he actively serves on several boards.