Board of Directors
Laurie Shakur, Rakuten Marketing
Currently, Laurie Shakur is Head of People for Rakuten, USA & B2B, a Division of Rakuten, Inc., the largest ecommerce company in Japan, and third largest ecommerce company worldwide.
As a sought-after speaker and executive coach, Laurie engages audiences with her practical approach and relatable style. Known for Putting the Human Back into Human Resources, she creates inclusive environments that encourage empathy and belonging while getting impactful work done!
A lifetime learner, Laurie holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Loyola University – Chicago and executive education from Cornell, Stanford and Dartmouth. Laurie hosts “master mind” groups on topics such a startup culture, mindful leadership, and building inclusive cultures.
Outside work when not in a pandemic, Laurie enjoys traveling the world with her two daughters, hot yoga and hiking.
Reina Robinson, MA, is a coordinator of services for San Francisco Bay Area justice-involved youth, a certified Community Resiliency Model (CRM) and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) instructor, and the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Excellence (CUE). Reina became a scholar at California State University, East Bay, earning a B.A. in Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color minor, plus a Master of Arts degree in Communication. A child of teen parents, whose father was a murder victim, Reina uses Afrofuturism, poetry and songwriting to share her experiences with hope, healing and resilience to advocate for underrepresented groups.
Daniel Spinka, Sacramento USD
Tiffany Yang is a service and interaction designer, now focused on building intuitive and innovative products at Google. Having worked closely with youth throughout her career, Tiffany cares deeply about building resilience and sparking inspiration within East Bay youth through arts practice and education. Tiffany is an Oakland resident and UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design alum, with a background in city planning and community development.
Lucas is Director of Social Media and Influencer Marketing at Splunk, a Bay Area-based data platform company. Prior to Splunk, Lucas held leadership roles in social media, marketing and communications at leading global technology companies including Visa, Yahoo! and Ellie Mae.
A graduate of Stanford University and the University of San Diego School of Law, Lucas has served on MOCHA’s board for four years. Lucas is focused on driving awareness of MOCHA’s work, while also building and deepening MOCHA’s relationships with the business and technology communities to expand MOCHA’s reach and to connect more kids and their families with arts and literacy education. An avid sneaker collector, Lucas lives in the East Bay with his wife Danielle and their dog Louie.
Thuy Thi Nguyen, Foothill College
Tonika Ellison is a Program Specialist for Alameda County Social Services Agency. She has more than 20 years of county service working on behalf of economically disadvantaged families and individuals within the County’s critical safety-net programs such as CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal and General Assistance programs. Her career spans both the non-profit and government sectors from direct service to policy development and implementation.
Tonika values living authentically, promoting inclusivity and life-long learning. Mother to an adult daughter, Tonika’s current role is mentor to the young adults in her life and a caretaker for aging and disabled loved ones.
Tonika possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Cal State East Bay.
Dr. Lee Porscha Moore
(pronouns: she/her/ella) is a fun-loving lifelong learner committed to walking with children, youth, and families as they reconnect with their inner superhero. Porscha lives in her intersectionality and navigates this world as a Black cisgender woman. Outside of facilitating and guiding trainings, Porscha juggles many hats, which include her role as Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing individual & group therapy and as a college instructor at various CSU, Private, and community colleges throughout the Bay Area.
Porscha is a proud first-generation college graduate who has earned a bachelors in psychology from California State University San Bernardino, two Masters degrees in Social Work with an emphasis in community mental health, and Communications from Cal State East Bay, and a Doctorate in Education from San Francisco State University. Porscha communicates through laughter and sarcasm, as she challenges those she works with and serves to never stop challenging the status quo.
Bianca Mallory, The Allen Group, LLC
Within a data-driven mind and multi-cultural background, Rainy Liao specializes in translating cross-cultural customer insights into marketing campaigns. Had her BA and early career in Beijing, China, she moved to the Bay Area in 2016 to pursue her MA in the United States. Rainy had various experiences in global branding strategy, social media marketing, growth marketing, customer acquisition, agency coordination for B2B and B2C businesses both in China and America. Rainy loves arts, cultures and all the things can bring her new creative ideas. As a global traveler, photographer, and food lover, she likes exploring, sharing, and challenging unknown parts of the world. She is passionate about building up the bridge between arts and educations in MOCHA community for more children from diverse backgrounds.
Marion Fredman, Arts Consultant