Director of Development & Operations
Director of Development & Operations
Thais has been involved in several social justice causes for many years: urban poverty and homelessness, food deserts, and child poverty. She is currently part of a homeless resources center, a community garden, and a children’s ministry. Through this labor of love, Thais has assisted unhoused individuals to obtain resources and nutritional foods, and secured school supplies for children in her community.
Workers spend a great deal of time at their places of employment and Thais believes that that time spent should not be detrimental to the employees’ health and life chances. Thais fundamentally believes in the humanity of all workers, regardless of hierarchical structures. As such, she has advocated for equal pay for equal work, safety at the workplace, and has implemented anti-harassment and grievance processes so that workers feel safe in their work environments.
Stephen has been executive director of Worksafe since January 2020. Stephen is a Bay Area native with a deep background as an advocate for social and economic justice – his career has been dedicated to work on economic inequality, poverty, gender equity, and the environment. Stephen has also worked as a housecleaner, house painter, busser, paralegal, editor, and fundraiser. He is a graduate of Yale University (after being briefly expelled for involvement in anti-Apartheid activities) and UC Law SF (where he worked on litigation against Prop. 187).
Amira-Sade was born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Virginia Beach, VA and "grew up" in New York City where they attended School of Visual Arts to study film. Amira graduated with a BFA in Screenwriting, and spent 10 years in the city holding various positions in tv production offices and studios. Experiencing injustice in different capacities within film & TV, Amira stepped away from the film industry to focus on finding ways to bring mindfulness to everyday life, including the workplace. Amira found their way to the Bay Area in 2019 in pursuit of this venture.
After sustaining an injury on a job in 2021, Amira noticed major flaws in the workplace around the safety of employees, and heard similar concerns voiced by various other coworkers. As of recently, Amira has been dedicating time and energy towards learning and understanding the systems set up in different workplaces, how to make them better, and advocating for mindfulness and safety in these environments. As a creative practice, Amira also expresses these discoveries via abstract painting and storytelling.
Melania was born and grew up in Venezuela. While studying engineering at the Fermin Toro University, she participated in different political and social activities to raise awareness against the dictatorship of Hugo Chavez. She was granted political asylum in San Francisco, United States.
In the United States, she has worked different roles, but her career as an accountant began with ICA Cristo Rey Academy. She was in charge of receiving donations and assisting low-income families. Later, during another work experience, she had the opportunity to work as a Human Resources and Payroll assistant. In this field she discovered a new way to assist people by communicating about Labor Laws and company policies.
Today she is certifying in Human Resources while working on her personal projects. These are dedicated to the purpose of lifting and encouraging the spirit of the people from a message of understanding, humility and forgiveness in order to unite differences and inspire the solution not the conflict.
Chief of Staff & Equity
Chief of Staff & Equity
Jora Trang is the Chief of Staff and Equity of Worksafe. Jora specializes in employment/labor law and has worked for over 30 years to advance social justice issues affecting marginalized populations. Jora joined Worksafe in 2011 and has been instrumental in directing Worksafe’s strategic legal and policy work focused on worker and worker center power; strengthening worker health and safety laws, policies, regulations and standards; ensuring effective remedies for injured workers; and advocating for stronger government enforcement. Jora has also led efforts to increase the capacity of worker leaders, worker advocates, and legal aid organizations to represent vulnerable workers in occupational health & safety issues and advance worker protections.
Jora focuses Worksafe’s reform agenda on building coalitions and solidarity across intersectional issues with many of the worker and community centers in California. Jora participates in statewide and national coalitions and was the former Chair of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and serves as the current Chair of the Legal Aid Association of California. Jora is also a member of the Steering Committee for the National Nail Salon Collaborative and the coordinating committee for the California Coalition for Worker Power.
Jora is also a trained consensus meeting facilitator. Jora focuses on building the capacity of organizations and individuals to develop a deeper understanding of equity issues to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion, and legal access for a diverse constituent. They build capacity through facilitating race equity conversations and providing training and technical assistance. They are trained with Race Forward, the Race Equity Institute of North Carolina, and the Courageous Conversations Academy. They are the Bay Area liaison for REI’s Northern California arm, the California Anti-Racism Alliance (CARA).
Senior Staff Attorney
Karín attended University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she founded the Latin American Law Students Association, reviving and rebuilding a prior organization. As President, she organized panels to engage the community by collaborating with student groups and attorneys from the Pittsburgh Area.
Also, Karín was a recipient of the GE Global Law and Policy Diversity scholarship and attended a conference receiving training on cultural competency, humility, and implicit bias. She also received a tuition-free scholarship to complete a Healthcare Compliance certification at Seton Hall Law School where she learned how organizations develop appropriate procedures and protocols to comply with regulations.
Outside of school, Karín assisted Spanish-speakers in the Baltimore community access healthcare resources. Her interest in occupational health began when she was introduced to a Latino and immigration advocacy-and-assistance organization where she learned about quality of life issues facing workers. She is interested in evaluating the intersection between work and the social determinants of health.
Rachel van Geenhoven
Rachel was born in San Diego but spent most of her young years in Utah. Growing up low-income in a very conservative state, it seemed that the general consensus was that both she and her sisters as well as her parents somehow deserved to struggle and do without, and this, along with her passion for reading, served to raise her class consciousness from an early age.
While attending University of Utah, she participated in a think tank on Domestic Diversity led by Dr. Lynette Danley, who helped her link that fire for social justice to the narrative of race and its role in our collective oppression. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a role with the National College Advising Corps, which furthered her training and understanding in whiteness theory and critical race theory and allowed her to directly assist underserved students in accessing the resources available to them and maximizing their personal assets to attend institutions which might have otherwise seemed out of reach.
While pursuing an MFA in Fiction at the University of Alabama, she took a writing pedagogy class centered on the teachings of Paulo Freire, which inspired her to join Teach For America and lead a sixth grade classroom in San Jose. While this was a deeply fulfilling and enriching year, it reinforced to her that her vocation lies in writing and communication.
Having personally worked for more than one institution which approaches its workers in dehumanizing ways, Rachel is thrilled and inspired to join the network of efforts around the nation to ensure dignity, safety, and justice for all workers everywhere.
AnaStacia Nicol Wright
AnaStacia Nicol Wright is born and bred in Oakland. She’s a 2020 law school graduate but began her legal career as a college intern with Bay Area Legal Aid in Richmond. Since then, she’s worked in a variety of places, but her heart has remained in Oakland, with the communities and people she grew up with.
Throughout those years, her Oakland roots made sure she found a way to service communities similar to Oakland no matter where she was. She’s worked for various non-profit organizations, such as Legal Services of Northern California and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, as well as created her own community campaigns. She ended her law school career by creating an expungement clinic at UC Davis King Hall School of Law.
Although the majority of her career has been working for women and children, particularly in the African-American community, she spent her 2L summer at the Alameda County Public Defender’s office where she was able to explore how she can better serve those of our community affected by the carceral system.
Black Worker Organizing Project
Oraiu Amoni grew up in Watts (Los Angeles) at the height of gang life during the late 80s and early 90s. A child of immigrant parents, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in economics and a minor in mathematics. He has spent over a decade working in politics across the state of California – City of Oakland, California State Assembly, Larry Tramutola political strategist, SEIU-UHW.
Oraiu served as the political director with SEIU-ULTCW. While with ULTCW he was responsible for signing up over 10000 South LA residents to the ACA, helping pass Prop 30, and as co director of an independent expenditure taking a candidate from 5th place in the primary to a win for LA City Council.
He is a graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus Political and Leadership Institute. He has previously served as the political director of United Teachers Los Angeles where he was successful in placing the first Republican on the LAUSD School Board in over 20 years. He has since worked as a Senior Associate with Prime Strategies Commerce, Project Organizer for Edison Planners and Designers on behalf of Engineers and Scientists of California, Local 20, Southern California, a Lobbyist for the California Nurses Association, and the Housing and Workers' Rights Director with Jobs with Justice San Francisco.
He joins Worksafe as a consultant and lead Community Organizer for our Black Worker Organizing Project.
Workers' Rights Educator
Workers' Rights Educator
Derrick H. Muhammad earned his law degree from UC Davis School of Law – King Hall in 2009. It is Muhammad’s experience in the maritime industry that gives him the critical advantage that injured maritime workers need. Following graduation from King Hall, Derrick H. Muhammad maintained his membership in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, working on the docks in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area where he'd been working for a decade.
In 2010 he was appointed by the Mayor of Oakland to the Citizen’s Police Review Board. In 2012 he ran for Oakland City Council to represent Oakland’s District 3. Although he was unsuccessful in his bid for City Council, he garnered a significant amount of community support, which established him as an up and coming person to watch in Oakland politics.
Muhammad is a frequently requested speaker by local youth groups and has been recognized with community service awards by numerous community groups. Muhammad’s biggest accolade is being the proud father of two daughters. Derrick is licensed in Washington, Connecticut, Georgia, and in Federal Court. His federal practice areas include Social Security Disability Appeals, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Claims, Immigration, and Veterans Benefits.
He joins Worksafe as a consultant and as a Workers Rights Educator and a legal clinic host for our Black Worker Organizing Project.