Nedra Ginwright received her Master of Science in Psychology in 1994 from California State University, Hayward. She has over 15 years of youth development experience working with children and youth from urban communities. In 1989, Ms. Ginwright co-founded Leadership Excellence, a non-profit youth development organization in Oakland, California.
During her tenure at Leadership Excellence she was instrumental in building the agency from a small grassroots organization to a thriving institution that is gaining local and national recognition for the excellence of its’ programs while maintaining the integrity of its’ grassroots approach.
Currently, Nedra Ginwright is a consultant and has worked on projects for Bay Area Black United Fund, Bay Area Americorps and Project YES!-a project of Alameda County and the City of Oakland to establish a 25,000 square foot state of the art youth leadership development center in East Oakland. As a consultant with Project YES!, her primary role involved developing a council of youth and adult allies who play an instrumental role in the planning and decision making of the center. Currently, she serves in a voluntary role with Project YES! as a member of the Integration Team, a team of youth workers and community members responsible for assuring the guiding principles, administrative practices, governance structure and operations are aligned with the mission, vision and goals of the youth center.
Ms. Ginwright was the 2003 recipient of the Vanguard Social Justice Sabbatical Award an award which is granted to individuals for outstanding youth and community activism work. Ms. Ginwright remains an advocate for innovation in youth programming, emphasizing the importance and power of utilizing youth in decision making, as a vehicle for youth development and social change.
Ms. Ginwright is a partner with Akili Consulting Associates which provides consulting services for non-profit organizations. Currently, Ms. Ginwright is consulting with the Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund to provide capacity building support to 15 youth development agencies in the Bayview Hunters Point Community of San Francisco. Additionally, Ms. Ginwright is consulting with The Twenty-First Century Foundation- a New York based foundation-which has launched a National initiative to address the to implement the National Black Men and Boys initiative, locally in Oakland.