Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Spinka, Sacramento USD
CSU East Bay Alumni Relations
Monika Brooks is a community member and advocate for literacy, racial diversity and autism awareness in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Executive Director of the Mocha Autism Network in which she works to spread awareness of autism within communities of color. She has appeared regularly on This Week in Blackness, Altruistic Leadership’s “Take a Lesson: Uncovering Hidden Mentors for Diverse Leaders. As a writer, Monika has been featured on the Classy Black Girl, Altruistic Leadership, and Educated Hood Chicks Websites.
A member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Monika holds a Bachelors Degree in the Area of Black Studies from San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies. She is currently working towards and advanced degree in Educational Leadership.
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 a Oakland resident and UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design alum, with a background in city planning and community development.
Louise Music is the co-founder of CREATE Alameda County (formerly the Alameda County Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership). A visionary leader and bold advocate for equity and creativity in education, Music has developed innovative models of professional practice that tap the capacities of educators to deepen and continuously improve teaching and learning in and through the arts. Music has been a statewide and national leader for transformation of public education practices and policies through arts learning and arts integration. Music served as Executive Director of the Integrated Learning Department at the Alameda County Office of Education, supporting seven Bay Area counties in arts learning and expanded learning until her December 30, 2019 resignation. Publications include “Arts Learning as Equitable and Meaningful Education,” in Artful Teaching (Teacher’s College Press, June 2010), and the foreword to the second edition of Studio Thinking (Teacher’s College Press, September 2012).
Thuy Thi Nguyen, Foothill College
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