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Comprised of neighborhood residents, city and county officials, and local businesses, the West Oakland Community Action Plan (WOCAP) Steering Committee oversees and advises on implementation of the Owning Our Air community action plan.

Next meeting

December 6, 2023 • 4-7 pm • DeFremery Park

Steering Committee Celebration to close the year!

Get ready to celebrate the West Oakland Community Action Plan, known as Owning Our Air. Join WOEIP and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for our final Steering Commitee of the year. We’ll focus on our success big and small, and share more about this groundbreaking community plan. Stay tuned for more details.

Note: There will be no November meeting.

October recap

This month’s meeting centered around green infrastructure and how we can use trees and plants to improve air quality.

  • We’re excited to welcome new Steering committee members Tram Nguyen, Deputy Director of Health Equity, Policy & Planning at the Alameda County Public Health Department, and Adriana Alvarado, Interim Director of the Asthma Start Program.
  • The City of Oakland presented its draft Urban Forest Plan, which assesses Oakland’s trees and provides an equitable vision for their care, maintenance, and growth. The Urban Forest Plan is part of WOCAP’s Health and Living Buffers strategies (Strategy 10), and the City wants to hear from residents about the trees, services, and locations you want to see addressed. Public comments will be accepted beginning on October 23 (sign up for notifications from the City).

  • WOEIP partners Hyphae Labs and Common Vision shared the work they’re doing to bring more trees to West Oakland, including introducing our upcoming Prescott Greening project, which uses a data-driven approach to designing green infrastructure throughout the Prescott Neighborhood. Using advanced modeling techniques to support community planning, we’ll design and install “greenscaping” to reduce air pollution exposure in this high-risk neighborhood.

About the committee

The WOCAP Steering Committee is comprised of neighborhood residents, independent technical advisors, city and county officials, and local business representatives. The committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month and attendance is open to the public.


Rev. Ambrose Carroll
Resident/Green the Church

Alvirdia Owens

Robert Phillips
West Oakland Health Center

Leila Yasmin Saddat
West Oakland Health Center

Nonprofit and
technical Advisors

Richard Grow
Resident (US EPA, retired)

Brent Bucknam
Hyphae Labs/Urban Biofilter

Fern Uennatornwaranggoon
Alt: Maria Harris, Gabriel Zayas
Environmental Defense Fund

David Wooley
UC Berkeley

Local business

Bill Aboudi
AB Trucking

Steve Lowe
West Oakland Commerce Assoc.


Adriana Alvarado
Alameda County Public Health

Laura Arreola
Alt: Amy Tharpe
Port of Oakland

Khalilha Haynes
City of Oakland

Matt Hoeft

Soni Johnson
Alameda County

Kevin Krewson

Tram Nguyen
Alameda County Public Health

Colin Piethe
Alt: Celina Chan, Cathy DeLuca
Oakland Dept. of Transportation

Tamera White
Alameda Country Transportation Commission/GoPort (consulting)

Lily Wu

Get involved!

Anyone can attend the monthly Steering Committee meeting! If you’d like to get more involved, joining the Steering Committee as a voting member is a wonderful opportunity for West Oakland residents and advocates to learn more and influence the fight for environmental justice in West Oakland. Email us to learn more.

Meetings & documents

There was no meeting in August 2022, nor Jan, Feb, and July of 2023.

Outreach Documents

Steering Committee members are encouraged to use the following documents when engaging with the public about WOCAP.

October 4, 2023

Documents (PDF)

September 6, 2023

Documents and resources

August 2, 2023
Some portions of this video have been removed due to disruptive activity.

Documents and resources

June 7, 2023

Documents and resources

May 3, 2023

Documents and resources

Action items for Steering Committee members

April 5, 2023
March 1, 2023
Dec. 7, 2022
Nov 2, 2022

Due to technical difficulties, this meeting’s recording is not available.


Oct. 5, 2022


Sept. 7, 2022


Jun. 1, 2022
May 4, 2022
Apr. 6, 2022
Mar. 2, 2022
Feb 2, 2022