​John Jones III

Director of Youth Services - West Coast
John Jones III was born and raised in East Oakland and a father of three. He is currently on staff with CURYJ- Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice as a Life Coach. In this capacity, John serves as a mentor to at-risk youth and adults between the ages of 18 -35. John is also an organizer and staunch advocate in the community in the areas of public safety (Measure Z), economic dignity (Measure FF, Revive Oakland), criminal justice reform (AB 109; Prop 47), education (Measure N) and also serves as a member of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Executive Steering Committee for Prop 47. paragraph here.

Andrea Kane


Andrea is an intern at Together We Stand. She joined the movement to become more involved in the fight for justice for all people groups. Andrea is a passionate pro-life advocate for individuals in all people groups: the unborn, the refugee, the elderly, the poor, and every person in-between. Andrea is studying Communications and Social Science and hopes to use her degree to encourage purpose and potential in those around her. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband Brian.

​Marina Orellana-Pollett

​Administrative Assistant

Marina Orellana-Pollett is a Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies student.  She is a community activist working with organizations fighting for race gender equality, criminal justice, education and immigration reform.  Marina is active member of Students for Higher Education (SAHE) and has also established a chapter of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) at her campus, both organizations aiming to support and empower Chicanos to succeed in higher education as well as promote Chicano nationalism. 

What We do

​​​​Together We Stand is more than an organization, it is a Movement. Our mission is to proactively dismantle racism, discrimination and police brutality through education, advocacy and legislation. 

Our work

Dr. John P Fernandez

​Director of Corporate Consulting

Dr. John P. Fernandez is the founder and president of Advanced Research Management Consultants Global, LLC. He also works closely and in collaboration with Diverse World Coaching.
Prior to founding ARMC Global, John worked for 15 years at AT&T, becoming the first Black division level operations manager. 

​Tiara Alvarado

Tiara is a proud mixed, Puerto Rican and Black woman. She currently is attending Emerson College in Boston, MA studying film/media. Here at Together We Stand, she is responsible for the marketing/fundraising components of this organization. She also uses social media, visual media arts, and film to connect to the public, spreading the foundation's mission and sharing what we believe in. Being a part of TWS, it is important to her to not only use her voice but to encourage others to use theirs as well.

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TWS strives to bring people together regardless of race/religion/gender/sexual orientation, in the fight against racism, oppression and discrimination. We believe that with Trust, Respect, Empathy and Ethics, (TREE), this mission will be accomplished.

Carol Laborde

Director of Outreach and Research

Carol Laborde received her BA in Sociology from Nyack College. Carol is retired now and has spent much of the last three decades volunteering her time and skills to various nonprofit organizations. She worked with the Rockland Family Shelter for battered women and children from 1988-2002.

Rhonda Leath

Executive Assistant 


Rhonda majored in Psychology and minored in Journalism at Los Angeles Trade Tech and Southwest College. Rhonda worked as a youth counselor in residential treatment and as an EMT on the Psych Emergency Team. She is a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 7 and is active in her community doing faith based and social justice work.

our Mission

Much of our advocacy falls into the following roles:
• Family support/resource coordination 
• Police/community liaison
• Student/school/university liaison
• Community resource pooling
• Diversity workshops/trainings (community, youth, executive, law enforcement)

  • Sevgi Fernandez

​President and Founder

Sevgi founded Together We Stand in 2016 after many years working with high risk youth in the San Francisco Bay Area both in residential treatment and private practice.
She has a successful blog covering that reaches readers in over 35 countries She is a published author and seasoned speaker. She offers workshops in the following areas:

•Racism and White       Privilege
•Parenting Mixed Race Children: Understanding their Racial Identity Development 
•Navigating the Blended Family
•Youth Empowerment through Community Action

Sevgi is the Senior Vice President of Race and Cultural Diversity at ARMCGlobal providing research, executive coaching and product development.