Ronak Davé Okoye
Chief of Strategic Initiatives
Ronak Davé Okoye is responsible for developing and implementing SPUR’s vision for change in Oakland through local action and complex political systems. Prior to SPUR, Ronak served as Director of Community Benefits at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where she was responsible for overseeing the agency’s affordability strategy and investments in workforce, arts, education, and environmental justice. She also worked at San Francisco’s Office of the Mayor as Deputy Director for HOPE SF, an initiative to revitalize public housing into vibrant and healthy mixed-income communities, without displacement. Her foundations in government were built working with Mayor Thomas Menino in the City of Boston as a New Urban Mechanic. In her early career, she held roles in the technology sector and as a neighborhood planner for a community development corporation. Ronak also dedicates her time to many advocacy efforts for women’s reproductive rights and racial equity.
Ronak received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and both an M.A and M.S from Tufts University where she investigated the intersections of health outcomes with the built environment, community development, and sociopolitical inequities. Ronak lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two sons. She loves exploring the world through the eyes of her children, being outside, and experimenting with new recipes.