As a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Hood Incubator, Lanese spearheads the organization's political strategy, including base-building, community organizing, and policy advocacy work. Lanese began her professional career consulting small family businesses by systemizing their operations and developing growth strategies for them. While studying for an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise she began to shift her focus to political organizing and progressive campaigns. Her work as the Field Director for an Oakland-based nonprofit led to deep relationships with non-profits and Black & Brown communities in Oakland and across California. Alternatively, her work as the Field Director for Nancy Skinner's successful 2016 California State Senate race led to strong relationships with elected leaders as well as their staff across the Bay Area. Lanese attained a B.A. in Political Science & Minor in Business from Dominican University of California and later returned for an MBA. In June 2017, Lanese was featured on the cover of DOPE Magazine and in November 2017, she was named to the 2017 Full Color 50 List.
By WVC •Lanese Martin
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