East Bay State of Mind Gala ft. Luvvie Ajayi

April 12, 2018 • 6:00pm–9:30pm

Community connections are a core part of how Rubicon works to achieve its mission because we know that no one person or organization can break this cycle alone. It takes many collaborators -- our participants, staff, and you. East Bay State of Mind is an opportunity to treat yourself, and your guests, to a fun and inspiring evening in support of Rubicon’s vision of an East Bay without poverty.


Thursday, April 12, 2018
Scottish Rite Center map
Oakland, CA 

6:00pm - Doors open + cocktail hour
6:30pm - Fireside chat with Luvvie // The Power of Social Media for Good
7:30pm - Dinner + Values Awards Ceremony // Keynote by Luvvie; Inspiration by Rubicon
8:45pm - Book signing
9:00pm - After party hosted by Rubicon’s Young Professionals Board


Corporate Sponsors





Individual Sponsors

Ilana DeBare & Sam Schuchat                Dana DuFrane           Paul Leonard       

Claire Levay-Young                                  Sophia Loh                Ereca MIller & John Shrewsberry           

Karen Norwood                                        Scott L. Poland          Mary Purcell                                             

UPS                                                          Travis Credit Union    Michael Wade        


Special Thanks & In-Kind Donors

Black Sands                                             Cream Oakland                  Dashe Cellars

Drake's Brewing Company                      East Brother Beer Co.        Faction Brewery

Fort Point Beer Co.                                 Golden State Warriors        Lagunitas Brewing Company

New Parkway Theater                            Oakland A's                        Oaktown Spice Shop

Old kan Beer                                           Punchdown Cellars            Scribe Winery

Two Mile


Corporate Event Partners

Charles Schwab Foundation

​Heffernan Insurance Brokers

First Republic Bank


About Our Values Awardees

This year, we're doing something special: celebrating the community leaders who made real change happen, all while demonstrating our core values of hope, humility and justice for all. 

Our first annual Values Awards will be given by Rubicon Programs and our partners, the Asian Prisoners Support Committee and the Safe Return Project, at East Bay State of Mind on April 12, and will spotlight the remarkable advocates who passed A.B. 1008, the "Ban the Box" Fair Chance Hiring Act.

  • All of Us or None
  • Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  • National Employment Law Project
  • Time for Change Foundation


  • State Legislative Leaders
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Steve Glazer
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Assemblymember Kansen Chu
  • Assemblymember Ron Bonta
  • Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
  • Assemblymember Bill Quirk 
  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond

About keynote speaker
Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times-bestselling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and activism. A 15-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a widely-respected humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures. Her first book, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual, was released in September 2016 and became an instant best seller. The book was recently re-released in hardcover with a bonus chapter and is currently being developed into a series for television.

Additionally, Luvvie is a sought-after speaker and her cultural criticism, analysis and expertise have taken her all over the world, from the White House to various corporations and stages around the globe (Haiti, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Barbados and Kenya). She has been a keynote speaker at numerous colleges, conferences, festivals (including SXSW and BlogHer) and at companies such as Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter.

Luvvie is also the executive director of The Red Pump Project, a national nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls using red shoes as a symbol of empowerment. She is an avid traveler and her love language is shoes

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of East Bay State of Mind connects your business or organization with people who are passionate about creating an equitable East Bay for all. We offer sponsorship packages for both business and individuals. 

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