Sandhya Rani Jha, 510-451-8822111 Fairmount Ave., Oakland, CA 94611

Speaker, anti-racism trainer, author, organizer, spiritual leader


Director of Interfaith Programs |2012 –

East Bay Housing Organizations | Oakland, CA

Following in the legacy of civil rights hero the Rev. Phil Lawson, organizing communities of faith to contribute their moral voice to the issue of creative safe and affordable housing for all people, recognizing affordable housing as the nexus point for many justice issues such as education, immigration, criminal justice, access to jobs, environmental justice, transportation justice, disability rights and more.

Director |2011 –

Oakland Peace Center | Oakland, CA

Founder of the Oakland Peace Center, a collaborative of over 30 peace organizations in Oakland that provides joint programming and networking opportunities.


Senior Pastor |2006 – 2013

First Christian Church | Oakland, CA

Mayor’s Peacemaker nominee, 2010. Public speaking; volunteer coordination; strategic and long-range planning; resource development; budget management;  grassroots collaborative network organizing with partner non-profits; management of historical property. Chief of staff for four paid staff and two interns and Board of Directors. Now co-pastor (effective 2011).

Minister of Transformation and Reconciliation | 2005 – 2013

Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ)| San Ramon, CA

Anti-racism and congregational engagement consultant; event planner; public speaker; educational resource developer.

National consultant providing research, demographic data and social trends to engage organizations in strategic redevelopment.

Religious Outreach Coordinator  | 1999 –2001

The Interfaith Alliance | Washington, DC

Collaboratively developed national policy strategies on religious liberty and social justice issues. Mobilized prominent religious leaders from 50 different faith traditions to influence policy and gain media attention. Edited interfaith journal. Coordinated board meetings.

Staff Assistant  |1997 – 1999

Office of Congressman Tom Sawyer | Washington, DC

Legislative research, constituent relations, constituent correspondence, staff support, briefing book preparation, newsletter editing, basic data analysis. Supervised interns.


Master of Public Policy, Harris School, University of Chicago  |2005

  • McCormick Tribune Fellow, President’s Scholar

Master of Divinity, Divinity School, University of Chicago  |2005

  • Master’s Thesis: “Public Goods, Public Bads, the Common Good and the Common Burden: Environmental Racism as a case study on the intersection of public policy and theological ethics.” Co-founder of the annual Ministry Conference.

Bachelor of Arts, Johns Hopkins University  |1998