Tasion Kwamilele is a native of Oakland and a member of the inaugural graduating class of Oakland School for the Arts, a charter school founded by California Gov. Jerry Brown. She received a B.A. in English from Howard University, cum laude and a Master's Degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Tasion served as a Crime Reporter for Oakland North, a hyperlocal news site, where she awarded the Randy Shilts Memorial Award for "Exceptional Reporting on an Under Reported Story". She has also produced stories on KFOG radio (104.5) for the public affairs radio show "The Bay Abridged".