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Sara Kershnar

Development Director




I have spent thirty-plus years working on social justice, community health, and human and civil rights. After my father tested positive for HIV, I became involved in ACT-UP and started a life-long commitment to social justice activism and organizing. I have a background in reducing drug-related harm, transformative justice approaches to addressing intimate and community violence, prisoner solidarity, and anti-racist organizing. I built two youth centers – Youth Uprising in East Oakland and RYSE Center in Richmond. Disability justice is close to my heart and experience as the sibling and guardian of a creative and wonderful sister with disabilities. I am also the queer mother of a fabulous five-year-old.

Fun Facts

  • I am trained in herbal medicine.

  • I am a massage practitioner.

  • I make jewelry and am a mixologist as a former bartender.

Sara Kershnar
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