Itzel Diaz-Romo has dedicated her professional career to serving diverse communities through small and large nonprofits in Oakland; she is passionate about creating public and private partnerships to support an equity agenda, executing communications strategies, and storytelling.
Itzel is currently the Senior Manager of Communications and External Affairs at The Unity Council, a nonprofit Social Equity Development Corporation with a 50-year history in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. An essential role in her current position is to develop and execute all internal and external communications strategies for the organization. In addition to her daily duties, she acts as the organization’s liaison between departments and outside agencies; including other nonprofit organizations, foundations, community groups, and departments across the City of Oakland. Another essential role she carries is to support the Chief Executive Officer and President and Chief Operating Officer with special projects as needed.
Itzel is active in the community by participating on the board of Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park and Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation. She has a Bachelor in Communications Studies from San Francisco State University.
Itzel was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She, her mother, and two younger brothers moved to Oakland fifteen years ago so that the entire family could reunite with her father.