Meet Leesa Hogan, IGNITE's 22-23 Bay Area Fellow

Leesa Hogan is IGNITE’s Bay Area Fellow. She is a graduate and returned student of Merritt Community College in Oakland, CA, with two associate degrees in African American Studies and Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is currently serving on the board of trustees for the Peralta College District and also serves as the student council president at Merritt College in Oakland, California. Additionally, Leesa is the student representative on multiple committees at Merritt College. She is currently an Attendance Specialist in the Oakland Unified School District. She has been an advocate for unbiased educational reform, hoping to close the educational gap between low-income Black and Brown students. She has been featured in the Peralta College District Newsletter. She would like to continue serving as a representative of the community within a career in politics. Leesa feels that politics is a tool that can help change the nation and make it a great place for everyone. For Bay Area inquiries, please email

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