Our Team

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Galen Silvestri

Executive Director

Galen is Co-Founder and Co-Director of United Roots, a long-time community organizer, youth educator and media producer, and has worked with organizations like Men’s Story Project and the Y-Step collective for racial equity. He has over sixteen years of experience developing campaigns, projects, and programs in partnership with local and national communities

galen@unitedrootsoakland.org

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aManda Greene

Program Director

aManda is currently the Co-Director of Youth SEED (Social Entrepreneurship for Equitable Development), which provides entrepreneurship training to youth at United Roots as part of the Youth HUB Fellowship. She is the Youth HUB Co-Director at United Roots.

aManda@unitedrootsoakland.org

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De’Mario Lewis

Program & Administrative Coordinator

De’Mario Lewis is from West Oakland, and has participated in programs at United Roots for many years. He is a youth leader from the DetermiNation program, and was selected as a Public Ally AmeriCorps member at United Roots. He is a media maker, and a talented graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. His role at United Roots is managing the Youth Impact Hub co-working space and United Roots media labs, among other things.

DeMario@unitedrootsoakland.org

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Prince White, Ph.D.

DetermiNation Program & Social Justice Committee Coordinator

Prince is a community organizer at Urban Peace Movement and a part-time employee of United Roots. He coordinates Determination Black Men’s Group, which provides media arts training, cultural education, and social justice activism training for young Black men ages 16-24. He works on policy to end the criminalization of youth and increase access to jobs, housing and education.

prince@urbanpeacemovement.org

Damon Packwood

Damon Packwood

Gameheads Program Director & Tech Department Coordinator

Damon Packwood is a Bay Area native with years of experience working with urban youth in academic development and college access. His passion for film and media was ignited as a teen and an early love for movies inspired him to pursue a Film Studies degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and he’s nearly complete with his graduate degree in Multimedia Studies from Cal State, East Bay. Damon is an avid gamer, writer, filmmaker, educator and tech head and movie connoisseur. He is also a passionate advocate of for the use of multimedia and technology as entertainment and a tool for education.

damon@gameheadsoakland.org

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Gino Pastori-Ng

Development Director

Gino is currently the Co-Director of Youth SEED (Social Entrepreneurship for Equitable Development), which provides entrepreneurship training to youth at United Roots as part of the Youth HUB Fellowship. He is the Youth HUB Co-Director at United Roots.

gino@unitedrootsoakland.org

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Tammy Chan

Operations Manager

Tammy has a multidisciplinary background, including over 8 years in Corporate Finance and Informational Technology. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Conversations for Good, a 501(c)(3) charity helping to connect students and job seekers with volunteer job professionals. Tammy is also involved as the Director of Operations for IIIJ Foundation, think tank commissioned by the tech elite, formed to advance the understanding of innovation.

tammy@unitedrootsoakland.org

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Rafael Flores

Media Program Manager

Rafael Flores is a bi-lingual filmmaker and musician of Mexican-Lithuanian ethnicity. His areas of specialization include directing, post-production, screenwriting, documentary film production, digital music production, Chicano Cinema and Third Cinema. Mr. Flores is also the co-founder of Green Eyed Media, a media production company.

rafael@unitedrootsoakland.org

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Adimu Madyun

DetermiNation Program Facilitator & Cultural Educator

Adimu Madyun is an educator, filmmaker and musician. Adimu has produced films and music in both the United States and various countries in Africa. Adimu has worked with the Oakland Unified School District for over 5 years as an educator and youth counselor. Adimu also facilitates a men of color achievement circle at United Roots, DetermiNation, and directly trains youth in media and music production.

393films@gmail.com

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Desmond Holt

Graphics Design Instructor

Desmond Holt (DesignerDesmond formally DB1) is an Autodidact Visual Design and Media expert. He utilizes multiple disciplines from photo retouching to 3d motion graphics to build brands for local bay area musicians to engage their fans and supporters. At the age of 29 he has 10+ yrs of experience working with musicians who present meaningful and impactful music . For the past 5 Years Desmond has been working with small business owners to build online presences for their respective businesses. Using several content management systems, Desmond is able to use his extensive design knowledge with HTML & CSS to create custom websites outfitted with custom product photography.

holt.desmond@gmail.com

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