Meet the 2017 San Francisco Fellows
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Jamal Anderson, San Mateo County District Attorney's Office
Jamal H. Anderson, a Bay Area native, currently serves as a Deputy District Attorney with the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jamal worked for a number of elected officials in Washington, DC, including Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier. Jamal also served as Federal Affairs Advisor to the former Mayor of Washington, DC, Adrian Fenty, and worked on the 2004 presidential campaign of Governor Howard Dean. In addition to his work in the area of criminal justice, Jamal is a passionate advocate of civic participation and public service, and cares deeply about education and the growth and development of young people. To that end, Jamal serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Student Councils (CASC), an Oakland-based non-profit that provides leadership development to students across the state of California and around the world. Jamal also serves as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, and coaches a High School Mock Trial Team. Jamal is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, and the University of San Francisco School of Law. He also attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied Government with a concentration in Political Communications. Jamal currently lives in San Francisco, where he graduated from Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School.
Amber Baur, UFCW Western States Council
A California native, Amber Parrish Baur has spent the last 14 years working in politics. After graduating from CSU Sacramento, she started the Masters Program at SFSU and began working for Noreen Evans in her bid for the State Assembly. Amber worked for in the North Bay for 5 years, first serving as her Campaign Director and then as District Director. As the Political Director for the San Francisco Labor Council for over 8 years, Amber was instrumental in building a strategic organization, designed to grow support for the contract, bargaining, and organizing goals of affiliates while developing and implementing political field and data operations. In her new role as the Deputy Political Director of the UFCW Western States Affiliate, Amber engages UFCW locals in political planning, implementation and evaluation of political campaigns. She also works with staff to design and implement grassroots organizing campaigns based on legislative priorities. Amber lives with her musician husband and two young children in San Francisco.
Kelsey L. Campbell
Kelsey Campbell is currently a Tony Patiño Fellow and Juris Doctor student at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Prior to law school, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow and foreign policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2011-2015. During this time, she served special tours of duty, working on girls' education programming at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, and on special operations planning at Special Operations Command South. Kelsey is also a post-9/11 veteran. She served in the Air Force for seven years, including a tour of duty in Iraq. She has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and received the Commandant's Award upon graduating from the Defense Language Institute. Her writings on foreign relations and women's rights have appeared in Foreign Policy and the Huffington Post. Kelsey is a member of the Truman National Security Project, and has been recognized as a young leader by the Army War College, Aspen Security Forum, Eurasia Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the San Francisco World Affairs Council. Since returning to California for law school, Kelsey has become involved in environmental justice. She serves as on the executive board of the Hastings Environmental Law Association and has received several scholarships to participate in food equity and environmental law conferences. Kelsey also has a passion for constitutional law issues and serves as a staff writer for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, the oldest law review in America entirely devoted to constitutional law issues. Normally a triathlete, Kelsey has been enjoying the process of relearning how to surf along the Bay Area coast.
Angela Echiverri, Contra Costa Health Services
Angela Echiverri was raised in Inglewood, CA, where her spirit of advocacy originated from witnessing her parents' sacrifices as Filipino immigrants. She completed a double major in Latin American Studies and Psychobiology at UCLA. Her commitment to the underserved emerged while developing health programs at the Venice Family Clinic. Her passion for addressing health inequities developed while iresearching African American health inequities at Charles Drew University. From these experiences, she recognized the importance of social determinants of health, and completed a Master of Public Health program at Johns Hopkins. Her roots in social justice evolved from mentoring youth, and drafting policy briefs and building coalitions around health workforce diversity at The Greenlining Institute. She matriculated into the UCSF School of Medicine's Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved, a program aimed at growing leaders in underserved medicine. During medical school, she co-led an initiative with a group of student and faculty leaders that led to the naming of UCSF's first Vice Chancellor of Diversity & Inclusion, the opening of the Multicultural Resource Center, and expansion of the Office of Diversity. For this work, she was recognized with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for leadership around cultivating diversity at UCSF. She completed her residency training in Family and Community Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Currently, she works as a primary care physician at the North Richmond Center for Health as a National Health Service Corps Scholar, partners with community organizations to help strengthen the health pipeline program for youth, and teaches residents at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program. Overall, these experiences have united her passion for community health and social justice, and have strengthened her commitment to primary care for urban underserved communities.
Robert Firme, Navigant Consulting Inc
Robert Firme currently works at Navigant Consulting Inc, a global expert services and management consulting firm. As a Senior Consultant at Navigant's San Francisco Energy Practice, Robert works with regulatory commissions, private and public utilities, and technology firms to advance technology, policy, and program solutions tailored around renewable energy, distributed energy resources, and clean technology. As a self-proclaimed data nerd, Robert is passionate about leveraging data analytics to inform his clients' business and policy strategies as they relate to the clean energy and climate change mitigation spaces. In addition to his advocacy in the clean energy and environmental sectors, Robert spearheads national diversity initiatives at Navigant, especially those related to the LGBTQ community. Robert enjoys creating safe spaces to discuss and advocate for LGBTQ rights and gender equities in the broader corporate, for-profit space. Prior to Navigant, Robert worked at the Department of Energy, the World Resources Institute, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Robert holds a B.S. in Earth Systems, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering, both from Stanford University. In his spare time, Robert enjoys running, cooking, exploring the outdoors, being in the ocean, traveling, dancing to Latin American music, and playing his ukulele (or humbly bragging about his home state of Hawaii, for that matter).
Ian Fregosi, Evolve California
Ian Fregosi has spent the last four years as a community organizer for Evolve California working to reform Proposition 13 and increase funding for public education. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, graduating summa cum laude from San Francisco State University in 2012. As the son of public school teachers in the Central Valley, Ian has developed a passion for racial and economic justice and was drawn to advocacy work. During his time at Evolve, he has specialized in donor cultivation and direct lobbying to build support for Prop. 13 reform among voters and elected officials. As a fundraiser, Ian has identified and cultivated thousands of small and large donors who form a statewide network of support and sustain Evolve's grassroots organizing. He has also overseen lobbying efforts to persuade over 115 elected government bodies and over 1,200 elected officials in local municipalities across the state to go on record supporting a split-roll reform of Prop. 13. In 2016 he took over the management of Evolve's internship program, training and developing students interested in organizing and pursuing advocacy work in the non-profit sector. Outside of his day job, Ian currently serves as the treasurer of the Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco, which seeks to activate, elevate, and advance young Latinx to build political power. Serving on the executive board of LYDSF has provided Ian with a stronger sense of community and inspired him to get more involved in local politics. Throughout 2016, Ian volunteered on several local campaigns including his neighborhood Supervisorial race as a precinct captain for Sandra Lee Fewer's winning campaign. When he's not engaging in politics in the community, Ian enjoys debating political theory, watching HBOGO, and playing softball.
Andrea Granda, Tides
Andrea Granda is a Jersey City, New Jersey native who moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. While at Seton Hal University pursuing her undergraduate Psychology degree, she began to develop her passion for public service. As a Volunteer Coordinator for the school's Division of Volunteer Efforts department, Andrea led a variety of programs in the local community throughout the school year and contributed to the fundraising efforts for the annual service trips to El Salvador and Haiti, which she also joined. After graduation, Andrea further sought opportunities for her calling as a public servant by moving to California for an AmeriCorps internship as a Youth Development Specialist for a youth center and clinic in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood. Her focus was on leadership development and empowering youth to create awareness of healthy living and lifestyle changes. As a part of her assignment, she created a ìTrain the Trainerî manual for the organization's Youth Advisory Board curriculum. She also facilitated a girls' group called ìVIDAî at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School for two semesters. The group was piloted by Andrea and its intention was to provide Latinas with a safe space where they can freely express their thoughts and feelings on critical matters that affect young women in the world today. Topics included: healthy relationships, self-esteem, violence against women, body image in the media, immigration laws and Latinas in leadership. Andrea joined Tides in 2011 as a Grants Specialist and was promoted to Advisor in 2012. In her current role as an Advisor at Tides, she supports an array of leaders dedicated to social change. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Excelsior Action Group (EAG), dedicating time to provide insight, direction, and energy to plan and implement community-building efforts in the Excelsior. As a woman of color and an advocate, she respects and admires the agents of change she works with and serves. Andrea feels a vested interest in creating high impact solutions for the Excelsior District in San Francisco and its members.
Y-Vonne Hutchinson, ReadySet
Y-Vonne Hutchinson is a former international labor rights lawyer, the founder of Ready Set, a diversity solutions firm based in Oakland, CA, and a co-founder of Project Include. As a lawyer and advocate, she has worked with foreign national governments, the US Department of State, and the UN. She is a member of Harvard Law's Institute for Global Law and Policy network and an expert on labor relations and diversity in the workplace.
Nicole Lindler, Asset Manager, Community Housing Partnership
Nicole Lindler is a Bay Area native, graduate of the University of Southern California, and an unabashed housing warrior. Nicole currently works as the Asset Manager at Community Housing Partnership (CHP), a non-profit in San Francisco committed to providing quality housing and comprehensive services to assist formerly homeless with rebuilding their lives. In her role, Nicole oversees a $200 million dollar portfolio of supportive housing which supports over 1200 of San Francisco’s formerly homeless population. Nicole’s passion for equitable housing has spanned her entire career. For six years, Nicole worked throughout underserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles as a Realtor and an advocate for residents facing foreclosure. She successfully stood up to big banks to relieve millions of mortgage debt from low-income residents. Currently, she serves as the elected Treasurer of the San Francisco Young Democrats and as Advisory Council to California Women’s List, an organization committed to creating gender parity in the California state legislature. As a first generation Jamaican-American, Nicole is also passionate about advancing equitable opportunities worldwide. In 2013, she founded BundleTree Baby, a social enterprise and international babywear venture to empower mothers in the developing world with sustainable income opportunities. Nicole is an avid world traveler, creative writer, painter, and a proud feminist.
Devin Murphy, Founder and President of DTM Strategies
Devin Tre Murphy is a strategic visionary with a tunnel vision for progressive social change. Devin is a San Francisco native and recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he served as Student Body President. Upon graduating from UCLA, Devin was honored with the UCLA Chancellor’s Service Award by Chancellor Gene Block. He is the Founder and President of DTM Strategies, a digital marketing agency that specializes in helping socially conscious businesses, organizations, and brands grow with top-notch digital and social media marketing strategies. Devin also works as an Associate at RALLY, a California-based communications firm that works to influence the way people think about and respond to political and social issues. Prior to that, Devin served as Communications Director of the California Young Democrats in 2014 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2015. His unwavering commitment to progressive values shines through in conversations about U.S.-Cuba relations, voting rights, the school-to-prison pipeline, and criminal justice reform. He has been featured in numerous articles, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. He is also a contributing writer for the Young People For blog, a premiere program of People for the American Way Foundation. Devin resides in Pinole, California and enjoys hot yoga, running, reading anything James Baldwin, and spending quality time with his beautiful niece who epitomizes #BlackGirlMagic.
Nolan Pack, ACLU of Northern California
Nolan is a queer activist, second-generation Cuban-American, and UC Berkeley alum. He works for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California as the Grants and Donor Communications Associate. In his current role, Nolan raises grant funds for projects across an array of issue areas, including criminal justice reform, education equity, and immigrants' rights, among others. He recently authored a successful $300,000 grant proposal for a collaborative research and advocacy project between the ACLU of Northern California and the California Immigrant Policy Center, and will play a role in managing the implementation of this project throughout 2017. Prior to his current role, Nolan worked as a community organizer in the East Bay. His organizing work included mobilizing support for the passage of Prop 47 (sentencing reform), community education to support the implementation of AB 60 (CA driver's licenses for undocumented community members), and advocacy for the rights of the homeless (especially homeless LGBTQ youth). He holds a B.A. in rhetoric from UC Berkeley, where his work on LGBTQ advocacy brought about critical policy changes, such as gender-inclusive housing for student orientation programs and the right of trans* students to use their chosen name on university ID cards and other documents. He was elected to serve as a senator and later executive vice president in UC Berkeley's student government. In his two years as an elected representative, Nolan played a leading role in numerous advocacy projects, including a campaign to promote UC system-wide divestment from fossil fuels, and a local campaign to oppose the criminalization of homelessness in Berkeley. Nolan also raised over $800,000 in funds to launch new programs like the Student Environmental Resource Center and institutionalize key projects like the UC Berkeley Food Pantry, which aims to alleviate food insecurity among Cal students. Nolan is an alum of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship. He completed the PPIA Junior Summer Institute at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy in 2013, and has since worked to apply public policy methods and community organizing skills to promote progressive reform on many of the issues about which he is most passionate: queer liberation, economic and environmental justice, and immigrants' rights.
Elizabeth Quintero Osuna, UCSF
Elizabeth Quintero Osuna is a public health advocate passionate about social justice. She is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator on the Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health research team at UCSF where she leads outreach initiatives for a gender-based research study that assesses a group treatment program for court-involved young women. She attended the University of San Francisco for her undergraduate studies where she double majored in Sociology and Psychology. She was actively involved in social justice programming and provided trainings to students and staff to reinforce cultural humility and an inclusive environment for underrepresented groups. Elizabeth also earned her Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in health policy at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Recently she served as a Health Policy Fellow with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to facilitate community engagement initiatives that provide active transportation resources and educate about street safety in communities with high childhood obesity rates and limited public transportation options. Shortly after graduation Elizabeth served as a delegate representing the NCD Alliance at the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. There she became inspired to address social determinants of health in association with the built environment at the global level. She is specifically interested in international policy change that improves environmental conditions and encourage healthy behaviors among vulnerable populations. Elizabeth is an alumni of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula where she occasionally serves as a spokesperson to speak at fundraising events about her experiences as a youth. She is a Bay Area native who enjoys running and yoga during her spare time.
Michelle Roberts, St. Mary's Center
Michelle Roberts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has the pleasure and honor to work with homeless Seniors 55 years of age and older at St. Mary's Center, a small non-profit in Oakland, where she serves as the Clinical Supervisor. Michelle has spent her professional life working with extremely vulnerable and oppressed populations including homeless seniors, youth and families involved with the criminal justice system, people suffering from the effects of mental illness, substance abuse, and severe psychological trauma, and those facing the unfortunate daily realities of all manner of social and economic disparities. Through her work Michelle has heard the stories of people most affected by political and policy changes, those with often the fewest resources to weather and survive those changes when they are oppressive, and those often left with the least power and influence to change those policies. In both her work and personal life Michelle has seen the devastation the experience of that kind of oppression brings. It is because of these experiences that Michelle is so excited to join the institute. Michelle seeks to expand her influence to effect change on behalf of the communities and people she loves and loves to fight for. Michelle completed her Masters Degree in Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work and her Bachelors Degree at Washington University in St. Louis. When she is not working on the causes she cares most about, Michelle enjoys spending quality time with her husband and adorable dog, cooking, baking, being active, enjoying the outdoors, adventuring about the city, and having fun.
Jared Rudolph, Prisoner Reentry Network
Jared Rudolph is a criminal defense attorney and the founder of Prisoner Reentry Network, a non-profit dedicated to promoting successful transitions from incarceration to the community. Prisoner Reentry Network distributes information and advises the California Department of Corrections on policy that affects the 40,000 individuals leaving California's prisons each year. Prisoner Reentry Network has developed guides on using public transportation to get from every California prison to major metropolitan areas (most individuals are taken to the nearest Greyhound upon release), as well as handouts on obtaining identification, opening a bank account, obtaining a cell phone, and other necessities. Prior to starting his own legal practice, Jared worked with the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender's felony unit, and also represented the residents of San Francisco's Tenderloin at the Community Justice Center, a collaborative court emphasizing restorative justice and connecting clients to substance-abuse treatment and harm reduction classes. He has also taught a philosophy course at San Quentin through the Prison University Project. Jared was trained at George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C., and worked with the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender's felony unit and the Northwest Defenders, which brought indigent criminal defense, holistic legal services, and a garden to Baltimore's Park Heights community. Prior to law school, Jared worked under MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Will Allen at Growing Power in Milwaukee, and then managed a farm in Central Wisconsin.
Jesse Giovanni Sanchez, The Future Project
Jesse Giovanni Sanchez was born in City Heights-San Diego and raised by a single mother on an annual family income that fell 75% below the US Poverty Line. As the first person in his entire family to attend college, Jesse graduated from Harvard University (with honors) from where he traveled to Latin America to serve as a Fulbright Scholar and work with the United States Embassy. His challenging upbringing and his experience around the world has inspired an uncontainable passion for helping people discover and realize their dreams. Jesse Giovanni's commitment to creating opportunities for others has led him to serve in youth entrepreneurship organizations throughout the United States and across 4 different continents. Today, he utilizes his innovative style of inspiration to shine the spotlight on the greatness in others-- He speaks around the world (in over a dozen countries so far), inspires as a life coach, & works as an Education Consultant through The Future Project.
Elizabeth Slavitt, Khan Academy
Elizabeth Slavitt is the Chief Strategy Officer of Khan Academy, a nonprofit focused on providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. An early employee at Khan Academy, Elizabeth has played several roles at the education-technology organization: She built a team of teachers who created thousands of standards-aligned math exercises; led a partnership with the College Board to develop free, official SAT practice, which is personalized to each student and used by more than half of all test takers; and led the acquisition of award-winning early childhood app developer Duck Duck Moose. In 2013, Elizabeth gave a TEDx talk in Mumbai, India, on the power of online education and is a frequent public speaker. She was recognized on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list for Education in 2014. Outside of work, Elizabeth co-founded and runs a feminism discussion and activism group, which has been going strong for several years. Elizabeth started her career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. Before that, she studied intellectual history, political science, and creative writing at Penn, where she wrote her thesis on the Carter Administration's human rights policy toward Pinochet, chaired the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education, and edited a literary magazine.
Hamza Syed, Periscope Data
Hamza is an immigrant, Muslim and Bostonian who learned early on from his family of nine the imperative of communal advancement. His curiosity of the world lead him to obtaining a B.A. in International Relations to better understand the workings of social systems and how to be a change agent within them. Since then, he has worked in interfaith social justice advocacy, international development, digital organizing, technology and data. An avid runner, Hamza was involved in an interfaith campaign following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, running the 2014 Boston Marathon as a representative of the Boston Muslim community and being featured on the front page of the Boston Globe sharing his experience as an American Muslim post 9/11. He is also one of the founders of Fasting5K, a nation-wide annual run raising money for children's development created in the wake of the bombings. F5K combines the spirit of charity, discipline and community found in both the Muslim tradition of Ramadan and the Boston tradition of running for social impact at home and abroad. F5K has grown to a network of seven cities, over 1,000 donors and runners, and over $200K in fundraising for nonprofits across the country. Hamza is also a fellow of USC's American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and works to organize around issues concerning the American Muslim community. Prior to joining the tech start-up world, he took the lessons learned from F5K and freelanced to help multiple grassroots efforts build the digital infrastructure needed to organize online. A recent Bay area transplant, Hamza is working to combine his experiences in NGOs, corporations, start-ups and community organizing in building innovation ecosystems to enable entrepreneurship for social and civic impact. Currently, Hamza works in business development for Periscope Data, a data analysis and visualization platform, and is also exploring the potential of open data to inform equity, inclusion and economic justice in cities.
Shanell Williams, UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative, Community Engagement Specialist
Shanell Williams is Community Engagement Specialist for the California Preterm Birth Initiative and a member of the Board of Trustees at City College of San Francisco. Over the past 16 years, Shanell has served thousands of San Franciscans as an informed, passionate and dedicated public advocate, nonprofit leader and community organizer. From mentoring youth trapped in cycles of incarceration—to saving city college from a near loss of accreditation and closure for the past four years— Shanell has worked tirelessly to improve all San Franciscan’s quality of life. She has worked for numerous nonprofit agencies and labor organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life of marginalized, low-income communities such as: the Center for Young Women’s Development, Youth Leadership Institute, UNITE HERE Local 2, Jobs with Justice SF, and Urban Services YMCA to name a few.
Shanell is a 2005 Jefferson Award recipient and was honored for her work in co-founding Youth Treatment and Education Court Leadership Fellows, as she helped develop a curriculum to train court administrators, judges, probation officers and thousands of service providers nationwide in culturally competent drug treatment for youth. She also received the 2013 San Francisco Bay Guardian Local Hero Award for her CCSF advocacy, as well as the Harvey Milk Democratic Club’s “City College Champion” Award in 2014. Shanell is a graduate of Women’s Policy Institute, the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, an Emerge California 2016 alumna, and has served on the San Francisco Youth Commission, the Juvenile Justice Commission and other community boards.