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Kalimu endesha

interim Executive Director

Kalimu Endesha is a founding member of the Organization for Black Struggle and has played multiple roles within OBS over the years. Kalimu is also a founding member of the internationally-known Infrared Rockers reggae band. As the interim ED, Kalimu leads the Interim Leadership Committee as it moves OBS to a strong, member-led organization.

Velta smith

office manager

Velta comes to OBS with over with 24 years of administrative experience. During her tenure, she played a vital role in making sure things flowed smoothly for the teams she supported. She enjoys volunteering her time to serve meals to the unhoused. Velta brings a positive outlook and professional attitude. She takes pride in keeping the office organized and coordinated. In her free time, she appreciates reading thriller and mystery books and takes pleasure in spending quality time with her 2 grandsons.

Lisa LaGrone


Lisa is the coordinator for Project Haki, the OBS violence prevention based in the 22nd Ward. She connects well with victims of violence and their families. She has extensive experience working with populations that have been alienated and criminalized by society. Lisa supports the organizing of the State Repression Committee around issues such as police accountability and restorative justice. She’s the business manager for her grandson’s football league and loves watching their games. Lisa is an avid reader and a creative decorator.  She is deeply committed to making a difference in her community. 

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