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Acasia Wilson Feinberg, Director of Alumni Affairs, Teach For America

Acasia Wilson FeinbergAcasia Wilson Feinberg is a passionate advocate for children and families living in low-income communities and for educational equity. Acasia received her bachelor of arts from the University of Oregon where she studied vocal performance and humanities. Upon graduation in 2002, she was accepted into the Teach For America corps and served as a 5th grade classroom teacher in Laveen, Arizona. Continuing her path in education reform, she went on to receive her Masters in education from Arizona State University and lead Teach For America’s fundraising efforts in Phoenix as the director of development. During her tenor, she successfully supported the region in winning a $5 million appropriation from the state, which allowed the TFA Phoenix Corps to double in size. More recently, she was a member of the founding team of Mayor Antonio Villaragosa's IA program in Los Angeles aimed at increasing the presentation of low-income and minority youth in the skilled trades, and engineering and green jobs. Acasia continues her efforts in education reform as the Bay Area director of alumni affairs. In this role, she works alongside the more than 1,400 Teach For America alumni living in the San Francisco area and leads the political leadership and social entrepreneurship initiatives. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Acasia is thrilled to now call San Francisco home. In her free time, Acasia enjoys scuba diving, singing, and snowboarding.

David Waggoner, Managing Attorney, Homeless Action Center

David P. WaggonerDavid P. Waggoner is a Managing Attorney at the Homeless Action Center, where he has helped people who are homeless and disabled obtain income, housing and healthcare since 2006. David has also represented clients pro bono before the San Francisco Ethics Commission and the Oakland Citizens Police Review Board. Prior to working at Homeless Action Center, David was a Staff Attorney at Positive Resource Center. As a law student, David was an appointed member of the California State Bar’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination. As an undergraduate, David was appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee of the Louisville, KY, Police Department. More recently, David served as a President of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and as a Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild. He recently joined the Steering Committee of Singers of the Street, a new choir formed to honor the dignity of people who are homeless. Originally from Kentucky, David completed a B.A. at the University of Louisville, and subsequently earned a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. In his free time, he enjoys a variety of pursuits, including food, art, music, philosophy, motorcycling, sailing, and world travel.

Garrett Neiman, CEO, SEE College Prep

Garrett NeimanGarrett Neiman (Co-Founder and CEO) incubated SEE College Prep at Stanford University, where he majored in Economics. SEE has already helped more than 1,000 low-income students improve their SAT scores an average of more than 200 points, and Garrett recently raised $1.1 million to expand the program to 2,000 California students, open a second office in Los Angeles, and offer college counseling services to all participating students. During his time at Stanford, Garrett interned at the U.S. Department of Education, conducted research with America’s most prominent education economist, served as an advisor to Google’s Education Applications Team, and co-directed Stanford Dance Marathon, the largest student-led philanthropic event in the Bay Area. He also served as a voting member of Stanford's Board of Trustees and Public Service Student Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Senior Gift Committee, where he led an effort that doubled the previous class gift record. 'SEE' has received coverage in the New York Times and BusinessWeek, and Garrett has served as an invited speaker at events hosted by The College Board, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Stanford University, among others. Originally from southern California, Garrett likes to run, travel, and try new restaurants.

Daniil Karp, Nonprofit Relations Intern, Causes on Facebook

Daniil KarpDaniil Karp is a civic entrepreneur focused on the intersection of local governance and the promise of public/private partnerships to empower communities to create solutions and measurable impact. He is currently starting a new position as Causes on Facebook’s Nonprofit Relations Intern where he will work on developing a more user-friendly experience for Causes’ nonprofit partners and users. Daniil has recently completed an 18-month James G March Fellowship working as a lead staffer and liaison for a collaborative youth civic engagement project with the Endowment for California Leadership and 3 statewide youth leadership development organizations in California. As a James G. March Fellow he oversaw operations for 2 youth civic engagement conferences, culminating in a weeklong civic advocacy training for a group of 80 high school students at Stanford University. Daniil has internship experience with the Mayor’s Office of NYC, US Congress, and the New Yorker magazine. Daniil graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College in 2009 with a double major in Politics and Russian. He hails from Brooklyn, New York by way of Chishinau, Moldova.

Abhay Aneja, Research Fellow, Stanford Law School

Abhay AnejaAbhay is currently a research fellow in law and economics at Stanford Law School, where he uses econometric techniques to analyze issues related to civil rights, discrimination, and crime control policy. Specific topics include the economic as well as social effects of mass incarceration and capital punishment. He is currently co-authoring an academic paper about the impact of liberalized gun-carrying policies on criminal behavior. Prior to his work in this field, he studied social policy and advocated for anti-corruption legislation as a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina. He has also studied the effectiveness of anti-poverty interventions throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America as a research associate at UC Berkeley's Center of Evaluation for Global Action, and has worked on economic justice issues at the Greenlining Institute. He completed his undergraduate degree in mathematical economics (with a minor in political science) at Wake Forest University. During his undergraduate studies, he completed internships at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, California, and the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem. He was raised in Greenville, North Carolina.

Eddie Ahn, Attorney, Brightline Defense Project

Eddie AhnEddie Ahn currently works as an attorney for the Brightline Defense Project, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and empowering communities. Brightline projects include advancing environmental justice, renewable energy, green jobs, and local hiring. Prior to law school, Eddie served as an AmeriCorps member, specializing in after-school programming for elementary school students. During his first two years of law school, he continued to teach art and public speaking classes at Oakland Asian Students Educational Services. He has also worked in government and politics, including a legislation clinic in Sacramento and successful state and local political campaigns. Eddie received his J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law and his B.A. from Brown University. He was born in Austin after his parents emigrated from South Korea to study at the University of Texas, and he grew up in Dallas while his family owned and operated liquor stores. Now, he enjoys living in San Francisco, which inspires him to create comics in his free time. His ongoing art projects can be viewed at

David Abella, Recent Graduate, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

David AbellaDavid Abella is a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2010. He is an alumnus of San Francisco State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2005. David has an extensive record of leadership and public service. While at SFSU, David was elected to the Associated Students, Inc. Board of Directors for three consecutive years—serving as Student Body President in 2004-05. While at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), David was elected to serve as Student Body President of the Boalt Hall Student Government Association, and then as Class President for the Class of 2010. Additionally, David was the Editor in Chief of the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal for two years, and a member of the Pilipino American Law Society. David’s employment history includes working for Congressman George Miller (Democrat, CA 7th Congressional District) and as a Legal Interviewer for the Bar Association of San Francisco. In 2011, David will join the San Francisco law firm of Hanson Bridgett, LLP. David was born in San Francisco and is a loyal and passionate San Francisco Giants baseball fan.
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