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PROJECT PEACE EAST BAY / 510-402-5060 / CONTACT@PROJECTPEACEEASTBAY.ORG 
PO BOX 3450 / OAKLAND , CA 94609 / UNITED STATES

Project Peace creates and deepens partnerships between local churches and nonprofits in Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding areas to work together for just and sustainable communities.

We serve in Mercy

Mercy — the compassion shown by one person to another. We provide opportunities for individuals and groups to extend mercy to their neighbors through our Day of Service and annual Speaker Series. 

We work for Justice

While mercy might temporarily extract someone in need from a broken system, justice works to repair the inequitable structures of the system. For communities to become truly sustainable, justice requires a long-term involvement in our communities. 

We live for Peace

A world in which God, humans, and all creation are connected in equity, fulfillment, and delight. The Hebrew prophets call this shalom. 

“We call it peace, but it means far more than mere peace of mind or a cease-fire between enemies. In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and delight — a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.” – Cornelius Plantinga

The staff & board of Project Peace adhere to the historic Christian faith as defined by the Apostle’s Creed.

Project Peace East Bay has been active in Berkeley and Oakland since 2006, and was officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 California nonprofit in December 2007.

The Team

Jen McKillips
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Jen is the Executive Director of Project Peace East Bay.  She has over 20 years of experience as a community organizer and non-profit leader playing key roles in growing and managing organizations.  Jen is an expert in mobilizing the faith community to serve and deeply engage in their communities, and is a thought leader on pressing issues facing the East Bay including education systems and eliminating structural inequity.  Jen and her husband, Brian, have 3 children and have lived in Oakland since 2006.

Sarah Park
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Sarah has three years of former non-profit service in Los Angeles with CoachArt, connecting chronically ill children to community resources and volunteer mentors in the arts & athletics. She looks forward to continuing the bridge-building work of Project Peace as she executes the Day of Service. Sarah is also a freelance writer & editor, focusing on cultivating cross-racial conversation about theology and identity politics playing out in the church and society at large. She currently lives in the East Bay and is a member of The Way Christian Center.

Linda Lu
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Linda has over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, operations, and marketing. Her passion is to design systems and execute strategies for growth, using her marketplace experience to make a social impact. Linda worked at an investment bank before changing to the consumer internet industry in 2006. She supports financial literacy, access to higher education (college advisory), and issues impacting older adults. Linda lives with her husband in Oakland and attends Christian Layman Church, where she serves on the worship team.

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Board of Directors

Ben McBride
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Ben is a native of San Francisco and a longtime activist for peace and justice in the Bay Area. As an advocate for youth, he served as a member of the crisis counseling team for West Contra Costa Unified School District and as Program Director for Global Education Partnership, empowering at-risk youth through entrepreneurship. Ben has a history of spiritual leadership beginning as a youth pastor and continuing through his years as collegiate pastor for Greater St. Paul Baptist Church and Shiloh Church. He served as Executive Director of Cityteam, a Christian non-profit providing rescue, recovery, medical, financial and educational opportunities to hurting and homeless people in Oakland for 7 years. Ben founded Empower Initiative in 2014 to provide faith-based, technical assistance around public safety issues affecting the urban core. He is beginning a new journey as Director or Clergy Development with PICO California in June, 2015. Ben has received many honors including the FRED Scholars Award, ONGB Non-Profit Leader of the Year, and the Oakland Police Foundation's Neighborhood Champion Award. Ben & his wife Gynelle have been married for 15 years and have 3 beautiful daughters. They reside in Oakland.

Nate Millheim
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Nate and his family moved to Oakland in the summer of 2008 to launch Shalom of Oakland (now Oakland Leadership Center).  He was inspired by the creative work he had been doing with ReIMAGINE in San Francisco and felt compelled to continue to develop leaders and create systems for life transformation, this time in East Oakland.  He currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Melrose High Hopes NCPC (Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council). Nate lives in East Oakland with his wife Andrea and three young children: Kayla, Chase and Ava.

Calvin Ho
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Calvin Ho served as a pastor at First Covenant Church of Oakland from 2011 - 2018. During his tenure at FCC, he championed volunteer service and a tighter partnership with its neighborhood public schools and pioneered an ESL program for immigrants. He also served as a member on the OUSD Quality School Development Policy Administrative Regulations committee in 2015 to advocate for the students in Oakland.

Calvin and his wife cofounded Compassion Pet Hospice in 2016 to support pets and pets parents through the most difficult journey in life. He is currently developing a new communication platform at his startup Restvo that aims to empower non-profits and faith communities by creating deeper and more meaningful relationships among its members and volunteers. Calvin is married to Tiffany and has two young children.

Deana Dickerson
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Deana was born and raised in the beautiful country of Brazil, where her parents served as missionaries. A year after attending Liberty University in Virginia, she moved to Danville to work at Community Presbyterian Church, Danville in October 2003. She's a fairly adventurous person who loves to travel, and can't live without: coffee, her camera, sunshine, world cup soccer, and Reese's peanut butter cups.

Amy Hood
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Amy moved to the Bay Area from Washington, DC in 2005 with her husband, Alex, who attended UC Berkeley's MBA program. Having lived east of the Mississippi River all of her life except a stint in London, Amy is grateful to now call the Bay Area home with her husband and two children, Celia and William. A fundraiser for over a decade, she now enjoys building infrastructure for non-profit organizations and doing what she can to engage with the community in Oakland, especially through Project Peace as its board president.

Jen McKillips
Jen McKillips
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Jen is the Executive Director of Project Peace East Bay.  She has over 20 years of experience as a community organizer and non-profit leader playing key roles in growing and managing organizations.  Jen is an expert in mobilizing the faith community to serve and deeply engage in their communities, and is a thought leader on pressing issues facing the East Bay including education systems and eliminating structural inequity.  Jen and her husband, Brian, have 3 children and have lived in Oakland since 2006.

founder's seat-Bart Garrett
founder's seat-Bart Garrett
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After completing his Master of Divinity, Bart pastored 20-somethings at Perimeter Church in Atlanta, GA. After four years at Perimeter, Bart moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005 to start Christ Church. Bart most enjoys helping anti-churched, un-churched, de-churched, and re-churched neighbors and friends explore the historic Christian faith. He also loves to read and run--occasionally in tandem. Bart also serves as a church planting coach for Redeemer City-to-City-Asia. He is husband to Katie and father to Caroline, Clair, and Cammie.

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