Erika Evearitt, Development Associate, looks into the camera. Her head and shoulders are visible.

Laili Gohartaj | Development Manager


Laili Gohartaj is passionate about equity in, and access to, the arts in Oakland which has inspired her throughout her career. She is most proud of supporting free arts opportunities for youth and families, including founding a world music and dance festival in 2016. Laili was selected as a Western States Arts Federation Emerging Leader of color in 2018 and a San Francisco Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow in 2017. She holds a bachelors of music in clarinet performance and a masters degree in English with a focus in creative nonfiction and poetry. Laili dabbles in pottery, collage, mosaic, encaustic painting, and glass fusing and has shown in a few exhibitions locally but finds the most joy in the process of creating. When she isn’t making or supporting the arts she is often found in her backyard gardening or out on Lake Merritt where she rows competitively.

Photo by Maurice Ramirez