Laney College

Our Team

Our Team

We know that a supportive, positive environment is key to success. We help people to identify challenges in their job search and find ways to overcome them.  For this reason, we hire staff who are compassionate, thoughtful and dedicated to the success of our job seekers.


  Raya Zion

Raya has been in workforce development for the past 20+ years, starting as a manager of a staffing agency, moving from there to recruiting in the biotech industry, then into work at local county government agencies specializing in the job placement of retrained workers. Presently, at Laney Community College, she is developing, implementing, and monitoring Laney Employment Services Center and industry engagement.   Raya also hosts a weekly radio show, she is the lead vocalist and manager of the Tribal Blues Band and The Groove Objective.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University.


  Emmanuel Imah

Emmanuel has many years of experience in career coaching, workforce development, social impact, and DEIB leadership. He is skilled in relationship and account management, volunteer management, community organizing, business development, sales, marketing, and customer service. Here at Laney College, he works with students, alumni, and other college community members to develop job search plans, build foundation resumes and LinkedIn profiles, practice interviewing skills, provide job leads, and support introduction to employers.

Susie O’Bryant, GCDF

Susie is a Professional Connector, Trainer, and Coach who has over 20 years experience in Workforce and Economic Development.  Currently, Susie facilitates Job Search Meet-ups and workshops at the Peralta Community Colleges, One Stop Career Center in Alameda, as well as the Albany and Berkeley Libraries. She also has the pleasure of connecting her clients to the “right” people and resources in her vast network to help them move forward in their business, career or personal life.