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 Case Manager
Ana Molina, Grants Associate
Anna Nguyen, Executive Assistant to CEO
Arely Cardena, Leadership Training Program Manager, San Mateo County
Carlos Garcia, Director of Finance & Operations
Carmen Andino-Talavera, Mentor Program Manager
Cassidy Higgins, Director of Innovation and Growth
Claire Wagner, Director of Communications
Danielle Ross, Leadership Training Program Case Manager, Alameda County
Desiree Victor, Mentor Program Case Manager
Elaine Bostwick Smith, Executive Assistant to COO
Felicia Cantu, Middle School Program Case Manager
Gabriella Sergi, Law Program Coordinator, Alameda County
Gabrielle Castor-Thomas, Operations Assistant
Hilary Burdge, Director of Evaluation & Learning
Jamela Joseph, Program Manager, Alameda County
Jacqueline Contreras, Leadership Training Program Assistant, San Mateo County
Joey Gallo, Law Program Manager, San Mateo County
John Tamrat, Leadership Training Program Case Manager, San Mateo County
Josh Wilson, Leadership Training Program Case Manager, Alameda County
Joshua Orcine, Law Program Facilities Specialist, San Mateo County
Juan Rodriguez, Leadership Training Program Case Manager, Santa Clara County
Jules Villanueva-Castaño, Mentor Program Lead Case Manager II
Julia Cuevas, Youth Advisory Council Manager
Katie Sandoval-Clark, Director of Grants Management
Kevin Lopez, Leadership Program Case Manager, San Mateo County
Kris Scott, Middle School Program Lead Case Manager
Lizbeth Martinez, Leadership Training Program Assistant, San Mateo County
Manny Cardenas, Law Program Manager, Santa Clara County
Marcos Martinez, Mentor Program Case Manager
Maria Delgado, Law Program Coordinator, San Mateo County
Melissa Poling, Law Program Site Manager, San Mateo County
Michelle Sambrano, Director of Talent & Administration
Natalia Perfetto, Accounting Manager
Paige Morehead, Reentry Program Case Manager/Coordinator
Rachel Vosters, Evaluation & Learning Lead Analyst
Reyna Martinez, Talent Development Manager
Ricardo Vazquez, Law Program Coordinator, Santa Clara County
Ryan Ly, Executive Assistant to CDO
Shriel Deogracias, Mentor Program Match Manager
Sophia Martinez, Programs Coordinator
Stephanie Martinez, Leadership Training Program Case Manager, Santa Clara County
Stephanie Sieveke, Development Coordinator
Susan Han, Director of Programs
Susie Rivera, Director of Client Engagement & Special Events
Tina Tellez, Reentry Program Counselor, Santa Clara County
Tony Aguilar, Evaluation & Learning Analyst
Trevor Arceneaux, Law Program Site Manager, Alameda County
Uyen Nguyen, Leadership Training Program Manager, Santa Clara County
Vianni Garcia, Law Program Site Manager, Santa Clara County
Vince Cabada, Associate Director of Programs, Santa Clara County
Whitney Henry, Operations Manager
Yuni Cisneros, Leadership Training Program Lead Case Manager, San Mateo County

Board of Directors, 2017-2018

Click here for biographies of our Board members.

Chair: Dick Watts, Retired Executive at Hewlett-Packard Company
Chair Emeritus:
Donna Petkanics, Esq., Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Vice Chair: George H. Brown, Esq., Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Treasurer: Paul Work, Esq., Board of Governors at Tech Coast Angels
Secretary: Aparna Bawa, Esq., Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Magento Commerce
Gordon Davidson Esq., Partner at Fenwick & West LLP
Robert A. DeJesus, Retired Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Santa Clara County
Mark Donnelly, Retired Executive at Apple Inc.
Stuart D. Lee, Director of Sales, West for AlgoSec.
Kristin Major, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Global Functions, Global Security, and Aviation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Melynnie Rizvi, Head of Global Employment Law and Litigation at SurveyMonkey
Taher Savliwala, CEO (startup in stealth mode) and Angel Investor
June Wang, Independent Consultant
Rick Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the Sobrato Family Foundation