Oakland’s premier recycling company, California Waste Solutions (CWS), announced that Tasion Kwamilele has joined the company to lead branding and community engagement.
Kwamilele will serve as a conduit between the Oakland community and the company as they pursue moving their facilities from their current west Oakland location to a new, 12- acre, state-of-the art facility at the former Oakland Army Base.
After stalled negotiations CWS and the city of Oakland met in July. Both sides pledged to expedite the finalization of an exclusive negotiating agreement with the goal of swiftly entering into a development agreement, which would allow the company to relocate its facilities to the Oakland Army Base.
“This project is extremely important, not only to the West Oakland community, but for the entire city of Oakland,” Kwamilele said. “The green sector is an important part of Oakland’s future. It is great that Oakland is establishing its own green economic hub, which is vital to the city’s green growth and overall economic development.”
The Duong family, refugees from Vietnam, owns and operates CWS. They are passionate about giving back to the communities in which they work, both here and abroad.
As a native of West Oakland, Kwamilele understands the community and their needs. She shares the Duong family’s commitment to giving back to the community.
“Oakland is an amazing place to live. I have fond memories of growing up in west Oakland. As an Oakland native, I am passionate about supporting the community so that all people, businesses, the arts, and all that is good about Oakland can thrive. I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to play an integral role in making this happen,” Kwamilele said.
Kwamilele was a member of the first graduating class of Oakland School for the Arts, where she was an award- winning slam poet.
She went on to obtain an undergraduate degree from Howard University in English and a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley.
Kwamilele began her career as a reporter for the Oakland Post, Oakland North, and KTVU, before joining Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office as the communications manager.
“I’m very pleased about the direction the company is going in,” Kwamilele said. “I believe that with my background in community engagement and my skill sets, coupled with CWS’ commitment to the city and its residents, this is the right place to be at the right time.”