San Francisco 2016 Fellows

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Meet the 2016 San Francisco Fellows

Thai Chu, Program Director, Galileo Learning

sf-Chu.jpgAs a San Jose native from an immigrant family, Thai experienced the opportunity divide firsthand and has spent hislife researching and implementing strategies to close that divide. Before becoming Program Director for Galileo Learning's education program at The Tech Museum of Innovation, Thai worked in special education and program management at Envision Education, a project-based learning charter network. When he's not working, he loves learning about the world through travel and has a long-term photography project that brings him back to Nicaragua every year.




Francesca Delgado, Education Pioneers Fellow, CDE Foundation


In May of 2015, Francesca graduated with her masters from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Before graduate school, she worked as a probation officer for ten years in Seattle, WA. She greatly valued the small, daily victories while working with clients directly, but she grew frustrated with seeing underserved populations and people of color go through the revolving door of the criminal justice system. She recognized poverty as the issue connecting most of her clients and contributing to the recidivism rate. This definitive experience drives her to pursue professional experiences, which help her to drive social change at the systemic level and alleviate poverty. Francesca brings experience from having worked on large scale, multi-sector anti- poverty initiatives. As a Fellow with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and HOPE SF's Community Revitalization Initiative, she recommended ways to align educational services between HOPE SF public housing sites and surrounding elementary schools. Additionally, in the summer of 2014, she interned at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department (HUD), where she worked on the President’s Promise Zone initiative to coordinate communications and strategic planning goals. Currently, Francesca is a yearlong Education Pioneers Fellow with the Californians Dedicated to Education (CDE) Foundation, which supports the California Department of Education (CDE). She researches strategies to support Common Core policy implementation across the state. 


Kristin Garcia, Associate Attorney, Altshuler Berzon LLP

sf-Garcia.jpgKristin García is an associate attorney at Altshuler Berzon LLP, where she represents labor unions and works for economic justice. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she was the Forum Chair of the Harvard Law Review. She served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She previously served as a Legislative Assistant in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.  Prior to serving in the White House, Kristin was a Deputy Field Director for the 2008 Obama Campaign in Ohio.  She also worked as a community organizer for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.  She has been involved in international democratic development work and has observed elections in Pakistan and Venezuela.  While in college, she served as the President of the Phillips Brooks House Association, the largest student-run nonprofit in the country.     


Shirley Giraldo, Advisort to Graduate Student Government, UC Berkeley


Shirley Giraldo has built a career focused on creating positive social change. Shirley’s work has been featured in The Queens Courier and NBC Latino. She currently works at UC Berkeley as an advisor to the graduate student government and their advocacy projects, oversees budgets totaling over half a million dollars, and manages a small team. Previously, she focused on social justice initiatives at UCLA. There she did programming, and trainings for over 500 students, and over 400 professional staff. Prior to that Shirley was a College Access Counselor at a non-profit TRiO program in Brooklyn, New York for predominantly low-income and first generation college students. Here she oversaw a staff of adolescent peer college counselors who helped their classmates apply to college. Shirley completed her master's in Higher Education at Harvard University as one of the select recipients of the Urban Scholars Fellowship. She graduated with honors from Syracuse University with a B.A. in both Political Science and Public Relations. During her undergraduate studies, she was initiated into Omega Phi Beta and the Greek leadership honor society, Order of Omega. Additionally, she also studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Shirley is the first in her family to attend college. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, painting, reading, playing spades, and traveling.


Brian Goldstein, Director of Policy and Development, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice


Brian Goldstein is currently the Director of Policy and Development with the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ). Under his supervision, CJCJ's policy and communications department advocates for policies that reduce society's reliance on incarceration. Brian has testified in the California State Legislature and written extensively about local and state justice policy trends. He has previously co-authored California's 58 Crime Rates and Fouts Springs: A Model Approach to Serving High-Risk Youth, among other publications. Brian is a Board Member with the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club, Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, and previously served as Co-Chair of the Bay Area Bend the Arc Criminal Justice Reform Team. Brian was born and raised in Long Island, New York and currently lives in San Francisco. He holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a M.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University.


Dean Guzman, Manager, Strategy and Scalability, Rocketship Education


Dean Guzman works at Rocketship Education as a Manager of Strategy and Scalability. At Rocketship Education, Dean works to analyze Rocketship Education’s feasibility to open new schools in existing regions across the nation and coordinates a cross-functional team to support the opening of the first school in the Washington D.C. region in Fall 2016. Rocketship Education is a network of public elementary charter schools serving primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited. Prior to moving back to California, Dean was an Associate Director of Strategic Planning at the Office of District Planning of the New York City Department of Education where he focused on district wide priorities and planning in the borough of Queens. In this role, he also coordinated the implementation of the strategic removal of the 370 Transportable Classroom Units across the city as part of the $480 million Mayor and Chancellor’s initiative to remove all units within five years. Dean was also a Board of Directors member for St. HOPE Leadership Academy Charter School in Harlem where he met monthly to discuss, analyze, and vote on school wide strategy. As a board member, he initiated, presented, and developed the strategy to reconfigure grade levels served at the school by truncating the fifth grade and only serving grades six through eight. Dean’s city government experience also includes being an Urban Fellow and Policy Advisor at the Workforce Development Division of the New York City Department of Small Business Services where he developed education and health care related workforce programs. Prior to working in city government, Dean was a Science Corp Member Advisor for the Teacher For America Los Angeles Institute. He taught twelfth grade AP Environmental Science and was the Science Department chair at a small public charter high school in Los Angeles through Teach For America Los Angeles. Dean graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010, where he majored in Environmental Studies and Geography. He grew up in San Diego and is finally living in the Bay Area. He enjoys long distance running, fantasy sports, and interior design.


Joi Jackson-Morgan, Deputy Director, 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic

sf-Jackson-Morgan.JPGJoi Jackson-Morgan is a San Francisco native and is currently the Deputy Director at the 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic in her childhood neighborhood, Bayview Hunters Point.  When you think of a passion for health and youth development, Joi should instantly pop into your mind.  Since coming to 3rd Street,  Joi has developed and implemented youth programming, enhanced community collaborations and helped raise 3rd Street’s profile as the youth go-to organization in the Bayview Hunters Point community.  During and after her undergraduate work at California State University at Hayward, she worked as a math and science teacher at several Bay Area junior high and high schools. She then returned to school at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles to complete her Master’s degree in Urban Public Health. While at Drew, she worked as a research assistant on several laboratory and community based health studies.  All of Joi’s broad experience in health and education enlivens her view of how to address issues with particular youth and the community as a whole.


Darius Kemp, Community Relations Manager, Out & Equal

sf-Kemp.jpgOriginally from the great state of Alabama, Darius loved living in Oakland for over 5 years, but now calls San Francisco home. As a teen Darius visited Japan for an exchange program and since then he has been obsessed with travelling around the world and helping people make a difference in their communities.This passion led him to join the US Peace Corps after graduating from Alabama A&M University and spending several years as a union organizer for SEIU. After the Peace Corps he obtained his Masters degree in International Relations and Human Rights from the University of Birmingham in England, focusing on LGBT rights as human rights. Also, as a stanch advocate for improving economic conditions for working families in the south, he has organized with SEIU and later helped lead the fight for economic justice in the South with Working America and the AFL-CIO. In his spare time Darius loves to travel, unsuccessfully trying new sports, watching Bama football (Roll Tide), playing board and video games.


Hannah Lee, Senior Product Manager, C3 Energy

sf-Lee.PNGHannah Lee is currently at C3 Energy, a big data, smart grid analytics firm providing software solutions to energy providers. Previously, Hannah worked with AECOM in Hong Kong as an environmental city planner on climate resilience, smart city, and water sensitive urban design projects across Asia. She also previously worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, at the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, and with Engineers without Borders. She loves talking about sanitation, civic education, and encouraging service! 




Anastasia Mallillin, Research Associate, university of Washington School of Social Work


Anastasia was raised in Baltimore, MD, and graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology. While in college, Anastasia was involved in various social justice efforts including organizing for reproductive health, reducing stigma around drug addiction, and developing trauma-informed systems of care. Upon graduating, Anastasia worked for Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Seattle, WA where she was exposed to the institutional and systemic barriers limiting access to health care and reducing health equity. Anastasia received her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health from the University of Washington, where her capstone focused on advancing sexual assault prevention efforts within school settings by engaging and empowering educators. In graduate school, Anastasia participated in projects promoting harm reduction, violence prevention, and capacity building. These included developing a campaign to reduce student hazing, working with families in the foster care system to strength resilience and bonding, and implementing an intervention to improve parenting knowledge and skills. Anastasia is currently working as a Research Associate on the Social Work Grand Challenge on Health Equity through the University of Washington School of Social Work. As a public health practitioner grounded in values of love, compassion, and human dignity, Anastasia is committed to shifting the paradigm through which we conceptualize health. Through her work, Anastasia has developed a strong sense of community and a passion for authentic community engagement. She believes in building communities up rather than tearing them down and seeks to help those who are unheard or devalued recognize their capacity, voice, and power. Anastasia knows our current systems (e.g., health, education, criminal justice) are unjust and damaging to the health of many, and recognizes the need for collaborative change and partnership across sectors. In her spare time, Anastasia enjoys dancing to Justin Bieber, laughing 'til it hurts, and brainstorming ideas to create a world that listens.


Vanessa Mason, CEO and Founder, Riveted Partners


Vanessa Mason is CEO and founder at Riveted Partners, a digital health consultancy and co-founder at WISE Health, a nonprofit that aims to spark innovative solutions to build healthy communities. She has over a decade of experience in health care innovation and consumer engagement in both the United States and developing countries. Prior, she led product development and marketing for ZeroDivide's eHealth portfolio of digital health products focused on reducing health disparities. Vanessa fostered talent acquisition and investment opportunities for XX in Health, a community of female digital health entrepreneurs and healthcare executives at Rock Health, a digital health incubator. Previously, she shaped product commercialization planning for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Vanessa has facilitated strategic partnerships and organizational development for projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. She also led global health service design initiatives in Mozambique, Argentina and Brazil and supported mobile health product development for clients in west and east Africa. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine and on the board of directors for Mind Body Awareness Project, an Oakland-based nonprofit that supports at-risk youth through mindfulness meditation education. She has been recognized as 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley and as a StartingBloc fellow.


Chris Murphy, CEO, Zoomforth

sf-Murphy.JPGChris Murphy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zoomforth, a San Francisco based startup that helps organizations communicate more visually and personally. Prior to Zoomforth, Chris worked with USAID and subsequently with an impact investing group focused on healthcare, agriculture and infrastructure in Africa and the Middle East. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he is an avid, if not adept, salsa dancer, small forward and cook. 





Lyndsey Schlax, Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District


Lyndsey Schlax has been enthralled by the interaction of education, history and politics her entire life. After earning her BA in history from San Diego State University and her MA in Teaching from the University of San Francisco, she built a career as a reforming educator in the San Francisco Unified School District. Through a focus on social justice and arts integration into subject matter, she developed engaging Social Studies curriculum, increased access to AP classes for students of all abilities, worked to increase diversity in the arts programs, and in 2014 earned her National Board Certification. Currently a teacher at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, Lyndsey developed and taught the first LGBTQ Studies class to be offered in a public high school. The work she has done was supported and recognized by many prominent activists and organizations working within the LGBTQ community, including SFUSD Student Health Services, Nancy Pelosi, the GLBT Historical Society, the Our Family Coalition, and most notably the SF Bay Times. Lyndsey’s innovative, tech-infused, and student-centered approach to education is set to become the model for curriculum development as the course expands to other schools and districts. Lyndsey believes wholeheartedly that education should be much more than just reading and writing - it's art, and listening, and conversation, and the development of a love of life-long learning. She has worked with many student teachers over her career, mentoring them to become teachers who work to achieve social justice, are aware of students' cultures and experiences when creating lessons for them, and always keeping their students, not their test scores, as their guiding force. Lyndsey is adamant that teachers should have a much greater voice in determining education policy in the United States than they do now, and that the educational system that exists now needs reforms that come from the bottom up, starting with student needs and approaches to learning, and adapting to best fit today’s students. Her work in the classroom is the basis for her advocacy, but her goals for progressive change extend far beyond those four walls, into community education, media literacy and political action. Outside of her career, Lyndsey is active in the Bay Area community, chairing fundraising and community care efforts for people with severe illnesses or circumstantial needs, managing her husband’s emerging art career, and raising two young boys.


Michael Silk, Analyst, San Mateo County

sf-Silk.jpgMichael Silk is an experienced data analyst and public sector manager with a deep commitment to work that serves communities and supports systemic change, both in his native San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. This work has included everything from managing a detox center and teaching computer literacy in the Tenderloin to running finance and operations at an international investor network. He is currently an analyst with San Mateo County, where he works on regional economic development. He has a master's degree in public policy and is studying data science. Outside work, Michael is a passionate ironman triathlete and decent bread baker.




Alisa Whitfield, Deportation Defense Fellow, Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale

sf-Whitfield.JPGAlisa Whitfield is an immigration attorney focusing on minimizing the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and working with survivors of violence. She earned a BA from Stanford University in international relations, and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was part of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law. During law school, she interned with the East Bay Community Law Center, the ACLU of Northern California, and the Refugee Rights Project at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Upon graduating from law school, she was a Bates Overseas Fellow with Asylum Access Ecuador in Quito, where she worked directly with Colombian refugees in Ecuador on access to justice and other refugee rights issues. She recently moved back to the Bay Area after a year working for the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles, where she was a member of the Detainee Rights Workgroup representing detained people with chronic and severe mental illnesses. Currently, she is a Deportation Defense Fellow at the law firm of Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale. She likes to envision a world without deportation or incarceration. 


Iberia Zafira, Senior Associate, Data Analytics and Prospect Research at
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health


Iberia Zafira is passionate about diversity, youth, women’s rights, and the environment. She is Senior Associate of Data Analytics and Prospect Research at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH), the fundraising arm of Stanford Children’s Hospital. Her interdisciplinary role is focused on expanding the hospital’s donor pipeline through strategic research and providing data-driven insights for leadership. At LPFCH, she co-founded the Diversity Committee and is excited about increasing diversity in the broader non-profit space. Prior to LPFCH, Iberia was an environmental consulting intern with BIO Intelligence Service in Paris where she worked on waste and procurement policies for EU and UK public institutions and a social entrepreneurship fellow with Kupu in Honolulu where she developed a social entrepreneurship curriculum for under-resourced youth.

In addition to her work at LPFCH, Iberia is a board member and conference co-chair of her statewide professional organization (CARA), a freelance designer for the World Health Organization/IMAI-IMCI Alliance, and a community advisory panel member for SF Recreation and Park’s Schlage Lock Design Project. She also serves as a mentor for South Central Scholars and Young People For and a volunteer for the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. Iberia has a B.S. in Earth Systems with Honors and a minor in Modern Languages (Arabic and French) from Stanford University. In her spare time, Iberia enjoys running, traveling to tropical places, learning languages, being creative, and bringing people together.