OCO is pleased to announce new leadership in the organization. In May, Executive Director Ron Snyder announced his decision to step out of his position by the end of this year. Ron has had an incredible impact in organizing over the last 40 years, both locally and throughout the PICO National Network. The director of OCO since 1996, Snyder has also served as the founding director of affiliates in Kansas City, Southern Alameda County, and our statewide effort PICO California.  In addition, Ron served as the director of OCO from 1984-1990.  He will continue in deep relationship with OCO to facilitate the leadership transition.

On his departure, Ron said: “For 40 years, I have been blessed by the dedication of thousands of OCO leaders and hundreds of OCO staff who have labored tirelessly for their families and communities.  Oakland has the greatest people in the world. As OCO celebrates our 35th anniversary this year, we have lots to be proud of-new schools leading OUSD to be the most improved school district for seven years in a row, assisting thousands of immigrants to move toward citizenship and civic engagement, moving policy to make health care more available to thousands, and our effort to reduce gun violence. We pray and dedicate ourselves to the continued work of equity.  Operating from the mandate of our faith to care for those with greatest need, we will be blessed.”

Over the summer and into the fall, OCO initiated an assessment and planning process that included a search for a new Executive Director. Fr. Jesus Nieto-Ruiz and Richard Speiglman, Co-Chairs of the OCO Board stated, “We are pleased to share the news that Amy Fitzgerald, the current Associate Director for OCO, has accepted the Board’s invitation to become OCO’s next Executive Director, beginning January 1.  With this change in leadership, OCO is proud that we are in a position of strength and power in the City of Oakland and, more broadly, throughout the PICO Network. OCO’s mission is to develop community leaders who organize their institutions to build power to make systemic, positive change in Oakland and beyond. We have a strong track record to build on and many opportunities to grow and expand.  We are confident that the shared leadership between OCO leaders and Amy will support innovation and broader impact for our families.”

Said Amy on accepting her new position: “I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to steward the power and leadership of OCO.  OCO leaders are a passionate, justice-seeking community, and our desire for change for Oakland families is stronger than ever.  Together we will build on Ron’s legacy to serve and empower the next generation of Oaklanders.”

Please join us in welcoming Amy into her new role at OCO!