Who We Are

Founder & Chief Executive Officer: Christa Gannon, JD
Chief Operating Officer: Ali Knight, MPA
Chief Development Officer: Lisa Breen Strickland, LCSW
For more information about our key leaders, click here.

Alexcia Turner, Leadership Training Program Assistant, Alameda County
Alexis Mendoza, Mentor Program Match Manager
Anna Nguyen, Executive Assistant to CEO
Annie Blaylock, Grants Associate
Arely Cardena, Leadership Program Manager, San Mateo County
Carlos Garcia, Director of Finance & Operations
Carmen Andino-Talavera, Mentor Program Lead Case Manager
Cassidy Higgins, Director of Innovation and Growth
Claire Wagner, Director of Communications
Danielle Ross, Case Manager/ Facilitator, Alameda County
Desiree Victor, Education Navigator
Elaine Bostwick Smith, Executive Assistant to COO
Felicia Cantu, Middle School Program Case Manager
Gabriella Sergi, Program Coordinator, Alameda County
Hilary Burdge, Director of Evaluation & Learning
Jamela Joseph, Program Manager, Alameda County
Jacqueline Contreras, Leadership Program Assistant, San Mateo County
Joey Gallo, Law Program Manager, San Mateo County
John Tamrat, Leadership Program Case Manager, San Mateo County
Josh Huff, Mentor Program Case Manager
Jose Cuevas, Leadership Program Assistant, Santa Clara County
Joshua Orcine, Law Program Facilities Specialist, San Mateo County
Josh Wilson, Case Manager / Facilitator, Alameda County
Joy Hernandez, Evaluation & Learning Manager
Juan Rodriguez, Leadership Program Case Manager, Santa Clara County
Jules Villanueva-Castaño, Mentor Program Manager
Julia Cuevas, Youth Advisory Council Manager
Katie Clark, Director of Grants Management
Kevin Lopez, Leadership Program Case Manager, San Mateo County
Kody Lizana, Director of Government Affairs
Kris Scott, Middle School Program Lead Case Manager
Manny Cardenas, Aftercare Program Lead Case Manager
Marcos Martinez, Mentor Program Case Manager
Melissa Delbon, Law Program Coordinator, San Mateo County
Michelle Sambrano, Director of Talent & Administration
Natalia Perfetto, Accounting Manager
Nazanin Qudus, Operations Assistant
Rachel Henry, Evaluation & Learning Analyst
Reyna Martinez, Talent Development Manager
Ricardo Vazquez, Law Program Coordinator, Santa Clara County
Ryan Ly, Executive Assistant to CDO
Sakeenah El-Amin, Law Program Manager, Santa Clara County
Stephanie Martinez, Leadership Program Case Manager, Santa Clara County
Stephanie Sieveke, Development Associate
Susan Han, Director of Programs
Susie Rivera, Director of Client Engagement & Special Events
Tina Tellez, Aftercare Program Case Manager
Tony Aguilar, Evaluation & Learning Analyst
Trevor Arceneaux, Law Program Site Manager, Alameda County
Uyen Nguyen, Leadership Program Case Manager, Santa Clara County
Vianni Garcia, Law Program Site Manager, Santa Clara County
Vince Cabada, Leadership Program Manager, Santa Clara County
Whitney Henry, Operations Manager
Yuni Cisneros, Leadership Program Case Manager, San Mateo County

Board of Directors, 2016-2017

Chair: Donna Petkanics, Esq., Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Chair-Elect & Treasurer: Dick Watts, Retired Executive at Hewlett-Packard Company
Vice Chair: George H. Brown, Esq., Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Secretary: Amy Parigi, Esq., Director of Strategic Planning at Tom Ford International
Aparna Bawa, Esq., Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Nimble Storage Inc.
Mark Donnelly, Retired Executive at Apple Inc.
Stuart Lee, Director of Sales at NetScout Systems Inc.
Kristin Major, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Global Functions, Global Security, and Aviation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Taher Savliwala, CEO (startup in stealth mode) and Angel Investor
June Wang, Independent Consultant
Rick Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the Sobrato Family Foundation
Paul Work, Esq., Board of Governors at Tech Coast Angels

For more information about our Board Members click here.

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