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.
Paige Fernandez is the Policing Policy Adviser in the ACLU's National Political Advocacy Department. Fernandez develops and implements comprehensive strategies that achieve a clear vision of effective, democratic, and constitutional policing to establish and reinforce community trust in its peacekeepers. She also develops and leads nationwide advocacy around police practices.
Fernandez's approach to police accountability and reform places communities at the forefront of the work, a practice rooted in her grassroots experience. Prior to joining the ACLU she organized and helped lead multiple chapters of Together We Stand. She has a Masters degree in Public Policy from Oxford and a B.A. From Sarah Lawrence College
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.
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.
Together We Stand is more than an organization, it is a Movement. Our mission is to proactively dismantle racism and discrimination through parenting, education, advocacy and community building.
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.
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.
• Family support/resource coordination
• Police/community liaisons
• Student/school/university liaisons
• Community resource pooling
• Diversity workshops/trainings (community, parenting, youth, executive, law enforcement)
• Support Groups
TWS IN ACTION
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 is a published author and seasoned speaker. Sevgi has also worked as a life coach for individuals, couples and families and has run several ongoing support groups for parents in the East Bay. She offers workshops in the following areas:
•Parenting Mixed Race Children: Understanding their Racial Identity Development
•Navigating the Blended Family
•Youth Empowerment through Community Action
Sevgi also worked as the Senior Vice President of Race and Cultural Diversity at ARMCGlobal providing research, executive coaching and product development.