Violet Pearson

Office of the City Administrator
Oakland, CA

VIOLET PEARSON is a catalyst for growth and change whose career includes working as a social entrepreneur, business strategist, master coach, change igniter, and women’s rights activist. She has more than 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and development, strategic business planning and implementation, executive recruitment and coaching, and developing high-performance teams. Violet has worked with clients throughout the United States, Africa, South America, and Asia in several industries, including consumer products, food and beverages, healthcare, utilities, oil and gas, high tech, and professional services. She also has founded and led several nonprofit organizations and served as a consultant to numerous organizations, including the African Women’s Development Fund and National Democratic Institute. Violet earned her MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.



Oakland, along with residents in East Oakland and community organizations, such as the Black Cultural Zone, will begin to implement five projects outlined in the Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors community plan, which was funded with a $28.2 million grant. To support this work, Oakland is partnering with FUSE Executive Fellow Violet Pearson to develop a comprehensive communications strategy, including a collaborative stakeholder engagement structure, and support internal capacity building for BCZ and project partners.