A Catalyst for Change in Oakland: Annette Miller

Community organizer Annette Miller has turned personal tragedy into a force for good. This video is part of Shelterforce’s Women of Color on the Front Lines series.

Photo by Flickr user Ian Kennedy, CC BY-NC 2.0

For Annette Miller, the call to organize emanates from a profound need for change, born out of a personal journey that is marked by unimaginable loss. A mother who has endured losing her son to gun violence, Miller harnessed her pain as a driving force for purpose, and has become a relentless advocate, passionately fighting to secure equitable resources for Oakland, California, ensuring it stands on par with its neighboring communities.

Miller has served on the Oakland United School District School Site Council for McClymonds High School for five years, and as president of the Hoover Foster Resident Action Council for four years. She has also worked as a West Oakland community organizer for GO Public Schools Oakland and as an outreach and community organizer for the San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative. She is a founding member of both the Oakland Violence Prevention Coalition and Family Support Advocates.
Miller’s commitment has not waned with time, but has evolved into a lifelong mission to safeguard Oakland’s people. She spearheads initiatives that aim not only to heal the wounds of the past but also to fortify the community for a thriving future. With resilience and determination, Miller has become a beacon of strength, turning personal tragedy into a catalyst for meaningful change in the heart of Oakland.

This video is part of Shelterforce‘s Women of Color on the Frontlines series.

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