Dr. Cummings is widely respected across the nation as an effective community leader among people of faith. He will assume his post as Regional Executive Director on October 1. He comes to the position with a wealth of experience in community organizing, including past co-chairperson of OCO’s Board of Directors; member of the PICO National Network’s Board of Directors; and chairperson of the Board of Directors of the PICO Action Fund, a nonprofit that facilitates PICO members’ civic engagement. He also serves as co-chair of the steering committee for Ceasefire, a program that has successfully reduced gun violence in Oakland.

Dr. Cummings is a renowned theologian and author and served for 20 years as a professor and academic dean at American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley. He is the founding pastor of Imani Community Church in Oakland, where he continue to serve as senior pastor.