Pacita Rudder

Pacita is a queer immigrant, writer, and storyteller living in Oakland, California. A descendant of Ghanaian and Bajan ancestors, she spent her early years growing up in England, Ghana, and the United States. She brings her passion for creative writing and cultural expression into movements for justice and has a love for building community across diverse backgrounds. Her previous work at Oakland Rising and Bay Rising included digital organizing, operations, youth engagement and mobilization to change political systems so that they benefit communities of color. Prior to that, Pacita helped create campaigns to fund women in higher education at Mills College and created programming for queer students of color with Michigan State University’s LGBT Resource Center. Pacita has a B.A. in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University. In her spare time you can find her immersing in writing that lifts up the voices of people of color, volunteering, dancing, or finding ways to fill everyday moments with laughter.