Jim O’Brien

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Jim O’Brien
Grants & Communications Associate

jobrien@youthalive.org | (510) 594-2588 x307

Grant writer Jim O’Brien was a friend of Youth ALIVE! long before he joined the staff here. As a freelance writer and blogger (Ice City Almanac) focusing on the human aftermath of violence in Oakland, Youth ALIVE! clients and staff featured in many of his stories. In 2012, he wrote about Intervention Specialist Tammy Cloud’s life-saving work with gunshot victim Caheri Gutierrez. He wrote many stories about Marilyn Harris, founder of Youth ALIVE!’s Khadafy Washington Project (KWP), named after Marilyn’s son, killed in Oakland in 2000. KWP supports families of Oakland homicide victims. He also did volunteer work for Youth ALIVE!, writing stories of staff and clients for our end-of-year fundraising appeals, including stories about Caheri and another client, Jean Eason, who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan without being wounded, only to return home to Oakland and get shot. Jim graduated from American University in Washington, DC, near where he grew up. He’s lived in Oakland for over 15 years. He says he’s never loved a place he’s lived in more and is happy to be able to do something to help people affected by the city’s most persistent and devastating problem. “I’ve seen the changes Youth ALIVE! makes in individual lives,” says Jim. “It can be a beautiful thing. And it makes Oakland an even better place.”