That’s a wrap! Our first OSLA cohort spent six months studying, exploring and planning restoration and community development plans for their local shoreline in Oakland. Check out the class recordings here, including the final presentations of our student’s planning proposals. We’re so proud of our graduates and are excited to help bring their plans to life in the coming months.

February 2022

In memory of Prescott Reavis

It’s with a deeply heavy heart that we find ourselves grieving the unexpected loss of Prescott Reavis, our friend and teacher. Prescott was instrumental to the success of the Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy. He brought a a depth of wisdom and a myriad of skills to the project. He was a rare find, having worked as an architect and also led multiple prior community planning processes with several diverse communities. Prescott’s creativity and deep commitment to shaping community spaces gave our students insight and knowledge they simply could not have gotten elsewhere. He always brought humor and kindness to our classes and we are forever grateful that our inaugural semester was shaped by his brilliance and humor.

Rest in power.

Watch the final presentations

The inaugural OSLA cohort completed their semester by developing and presenting their own planning proposals for the Oakland shoreline. Stay tuned as we continue to add the final video presentations…

Introductory remarks

Phoenix Armenta, Keta Price, Prescott Reavis

Linda Tong
California State Coastal Conservancy, SF Bay Restoration Authority

Ms. Margaret Gordon

Adam Garrett-Clark Vacant Toxin Eaters
Andrea Laguna, Irma Mendoza and Bri Gonzales Oakland Environmental Resilience: a Youth Project
Shirley Le Murals Shaping Shorelines
Olugbemiga Oluwole Mobile Nature Education Centers
Mitzy Valdes, Shy Walker, Lauren Atkins Oakland Environmental Stewards
Jennifer Fong Shoreline Voices
Maria Katticaran The Waterfront Project
Sheida Meltone Shoreline for the Kids
Shy Walker and Devani Santos Sacred Spaces
Devani Santos and Shy Walker Oakland Shoreline Action Committee

Class recordings

Unfortunately, module 5 (Economic Development Along the Shoreline) was not recorded due to technical difficulties.

Module 1 | Jul. 24 Understanding the shoreline

Overview of the Climate Crisis

Teron McGrew
Climate Reality Project

Mapping the issues

Phoenix Armenta

Shoreline solutions

Prescott Reavis
OSLA, Kulima Design

Elements of a plan

Keta Price
OSLA, East Oakland Collective

WOEIP communications

Jess Sand, WOEIP volunteer

Phoenix Armenta, OSLA

Shoreline risks

Jessica Ludy and Alev Bilginsoy
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Module 2 | Aug. 21 Climate change and sea level rise

Addressing sea level rise with an environmental justice lens

Nahal Ghoghaie
Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Nature-based solutions

Letitia Grenier
San Francisco Estuary Institute

Oakland’s Equitable Climate Action Plan and General Plan Update

Phoenix Armenta

Lakshmi Rajagopala
Diana Perez-Domincich
City of Oakland Planning & Building Dept.

Communications: Social media storytelling

Keta Price
OSLA, East Oakland Collective

Group breakouts recap

Fundraising: Searching for grants

Phoenix Armenta

Linda Tong
SF Bay Restoration Agency

Module 3 | Sep. 11 Habitat restoration and public access

Overview of habitat restoration

Kenneth Rangel
Save the Bay

Q&A and ecosystem services of wetlands

Kenneth Rangel
Save the Bay

Exploring the iNaturalist app

Allison Young & Rebecca Johnson
California Academy of Science

Environmental risk management communications planning

Gwen Shaunnessy
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Module 4 | Oct. 23 Shoreline toxins & water quality

Overview of toxins

Ian Utz
Dept. of Toxic Substances Control

Water supply & wastewater

Ben Glickstein
East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)

Exploring the housing encampments and land use

Nida B
The Village Oakland community housing

Video production

Adam Garrett Clark
Videographer and documentary filmmaker

Shoreline funding landscape

Julia Kim
Director of Climate and Energy Programs,
Local Government Commission

Water Quality and the Water Board

Sami Harper

San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality
Control Board

No video available at this time.

Module 6 | Dec. 4 Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions

Coming soon

Coming soon