Who We Are

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

Alexis Mendoza, Mentor Program Case Manager
Ana Molina, Grants Associate
Anna Nguyen, Executive Administrator
Arely Cardenas, Leadership Training Program Manager, San Mateo County
Carmen Andino-Talavera, Mentor Program Manager, Santa Clara County
Cassidy Higgins, Director of Programs and Innovation
Claire Wagner, Director of Communications
Danielle Ross, Leadership Training Program Case Manager, Alameda County
Desiree Victor, Mentor Program Case Manager, Santa Clara County
Emily Sanchez, Leadership Training Program Assistant, Santa Clara County
Felicia Cantu, Middle School Program Case Manager
Gabrielle Castor-Thomas, Operations Assistant
Hilary Burdge, Director of Evaluation & Learning
Jamela Joseph, Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships, Alameda County
Joey Gallo, Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships, 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
Julia Cuevas, Youth Advisory Council Manager
Katie Sandoval-Clark, Director of Community Resources
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
Maria Delgado, Law Program Coordinator, San Mateo County
Melissa Poling, Law Program Site Manager, San Mateo County
Michelle Sambrano, Director of Talent
Natalia Perfetto, Accounting Manager
Paige Morehead, Reentry Program Case Manager/Coordinator, San Mateo County
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, Santa Clara County
Sophia Martinez, Programs Coordinator
Stephanie Martinez, Leadership Training Program Case Manager, Santa Clara County
Stephanie Sieveke, Development Coordinator
Susie Rivera, Managing Director of Santa Clara County
Tina Tellez, Reentry Program Counselor, Santa Clara County
Trevor Arceneaux, Law Program Site Manager, Alameda County
Vianni Garcia, Law Program Site Manager, Santa Clara County
Vince Cabada, Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships, Santa Clara County
Whitney Henry, Associate Director of Operations and Compliance
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