Nosakhare (Nosa) Ikponmwonba is the Policy, Process & Practice Improvement Manager in the Office of Racial Equity & Belonging. His role at SFMTA utilizes equity data, metrics and analytics to continuously focus on the comprehensive monitoring, evaluation and reporting of SFMTA Racial Equity Action Plans. Nosa has an array of experience in the government and non-profit sector, formerly working for Sacramento Area Youth Speaks, Sacramento Public Library, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, Bay Area Community Service and San Francisco Public Works.
Nosa was born to Nigerian parents, in London, England. He and his mother immigrated to America when he was an infant where he moved from Florida to Louisiana and finally residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lived in Oakland, Ca for much of his life, using public transit to attend Unified Schools and graduating from Skyline High School in Oakland. Nosa comes from humble beginnings; raised by a single mother, living in Oakland public housing, he grew up witnessing hardships, racial disparities and injustices within his community. He often expressed his societal frustration with artistic expressions while seeking out solutions. Nosa soaked up Oakland’s rich, diverse history of activism, art and cultural movements that helped to foster his own interests in intersectionality, social justice and racial equity.
Nosa is a proud advocate of community college, transferring from College of Alameda to UC Davis and graduating with a bachelor’s in economics. He also holds a master’s degree in entertainment business from Full Sail University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. He is a proud husband and new father to a beautiful baby girl. Nosa is an avid cinephile, loyal-to-a-fault Oakland sports fan (Raiders, Warriors, Athletics), who loves to play golf and tennis while occasionally finding time to write poetry.