China is Director of Operations and Finance at SumOfUs, a global digital campaign organization working to curb the growing power of corporations. China spent over 20 years at Tides as CFO, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director. She also serves on the boards of 350.org and the ACLU of Northern California.
JESSY D'SANTOS - DIRECTOR
Jessy’s volunteering and activism for the LGBTQIA+ Latinx community started at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant and she later began participating in fundraisers and HIV/PrEP education.
ARATA GOTO - DIRECTOR, TREASURER
Arata brings several years of experience supporting Bay Area non-profit and public agencies with strategic planning, policy analysis and financial management. As a native of Japan, he is passionate about working to promote immigrant/refugee rights and has worked on a number of LGBT asylum cases with founding members of Oasis.
JACK KORNFIELD - DIRECTOR
Jack trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, India and Burma and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He is a founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology, is a father, husband and activist, and author of 15 books.
ANNA LIJPHART - DIRECTOR
Anna grew up in The Netherlands and came to the US when she was thirteen years old. Her last name is pronounced "Lay-part". She graduated from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the era when we still had to feed computers Fortran cards. In her early forties, her career took an unexpected turn when she started volunteering at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC). At EBSC, Anna found her new calling: She became a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative specializing in U Visa and affirmative asylum cases. Anna established EBSC’s U Visa Program for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is one of the co-founders of Oasis and served as volunteer Executive Director for two years before dedicating herself to the Oasis Legal Team. Anna has represented over 250 asylum seekers at their asylum interviews. In 2018, she was a Diablo Valley Magazine Threads of Hope honoree; watch her video here. In her spare time, Anna is an avid hiker, backpacker and mountain climber. She also plays saxophone in local jazz bands. She does not have any pets but wishes she had a Chinese Crested dog and/or a Komondor.
DANIEL OSTROW - BOARD CHAIR
Daniel is a social worker in private practice. Previously, he was a Senior Director at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Dignity Health in San Francisco, where he developed their community services including their HIV services and the Glide medical clinic. He was one of the early innovators in social workers’ response to AIDS. Daniel served for many years on the Board of Dolores Street Community Services in San Francisco and served as Board Chair.
RHINA RAMOS - DIRECTOR
Rev. Rhina Ramos is an ordained United Church of Christ minister leading an open and affirming Spanish speaking congregation in Oakland. Her church, Ministerio Latino, was started in 2011 to welcome Latinx immigrants and also members of the LGBTQ community. Rhina was born in El Salvador and grew up during the civil war. Her understanding of the fight for justice was influenced by watching people rise up to fight for their human rights. In addition, as a lesbian woman, Rhina understands the experience and challenges Oasis clients face. She graduated from Hofstra University Law School in 1995, and practiced labor law for 5 years recuperating thousands of dollars in back pay for immigrant workers.