Koshland Neighborhoods and Fellows

Our Five Current Koshland Neighborhoods

Our Koshland Fellows are Bay Area grassroots risk-takers.

The Koshland Program currently works in the five neighborhoods of Jackson Triangle and Harder/Tennyson, Bay Point, Excelsior, San Pablo, and North Fair Oaks throughout the five Bay Area counties served by The San Francisco Foundation.

We partner and build up the leadership of Bay Area grassroots risk-takers – social innovators who take on the most stubborn neighborhood problems and who work collaboratively to overcome them.

2014 : 2013 : 2012 : 2011 : 2009 : 2008 : 2007 : 2006-2000

2014 Koshland Fellows – Jackson Triangle and Harder/Tennyson

  • Jason Enrique Arenas, Parent and Community Engagement Specialist for the Alameda County Office of Education
  • Sonnye Broherton, Vice-President of the Site Council at her son’s school, Harder Elementary School
  • Emily Chow, Service Learning Outreach Coordinator, Hayward Promise Neighborhood at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB)
  • Luis Covarrubias, English Learners District Level Specialist, Hayward Unified School District; Coordinator for the District English Learners Advisory Committee, Hayward’s longest running parent-centered advisory committee
  • Carla Dardon, Site Director, Hayward Day Labor Center
  • Patty Garcia, Liason, CAFE (Club de Aprendizaje para Una Familia Estable) a Parent Engagement Program for Tiburcio Vazquez Health Center Inc., and the Hayward Unified School District
  • Gabriel Hernandez, Founder, Hayward Day Labor Center
  • Teresa Johnson, Post Award Team Lead for the Contracts and Grants Unit at University of California, Office of the President, Research Grants Program Department; Secretary for the Athletic Boosters Club; and Advisory Board Member for the Hayward Promise Neighborhood Initiative
  • Sandra Morales, Community Liaison at the Parent Center at Eldridge Elementary School
  • Jasmine Nakagawa, Program Coordinator for the FACES for the Future program at St. Rose Hospital
  • Sandra Navarro, Teacher Leader in the Community MultiMedia Academy (CMMA)
  • Denize Sanchez, Youth Educator for La Familia Counseling Service

2013 Koshland Fellows – Bay Point

  • Lynsie Shatswell Castellano, Administrator, Riverview Middle School
  • Cynthia Garrett, Community Health Advocate, African American Wellness Program, Center for Human Development
  • Trina Hudson, Council Member, Bay Point Municipal Advisory Council
  • Paola Lara, Career Development Case Manager, Opportunity Junction
  • Deborah Roberts, Health Ministry Coordinator, First AME Community Church
  • Rande Ross, Teen Center Coordinator, Ambrose Recreation and Park District
  • Jackie Santamaria, Project Success Coordinator, Center for Human Development
  • Jovana Vasquez, Contra Costa Lead Organizer, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

2012 Koshland Fellows – Excelsior

2012 Koshland Fellows - Excelsior

  • Nicole Agbayani, Corridor Manager, Excelsior Action Group
  • Paulo Acosta Cabezas, Owner, Mama Arts Café
  • Jacquie Chavez, Vice President of Parent Involvement, Parent Teacher Association (PTA), San Francisco Unified School District
  • Joni Tam Chu, Director, OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center
  • Rachel Ebora, Executive Director, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
  • Carlton Eichelberger, Area Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco
  • Tiffani Marie Johnson, Advisor, Leadership High School
  • Rene Luna, Bay Area SCORES Program Leader, Cleveland Elementary School
  • Beth Rubenstein, Executive Director, Out of Site Youth Arts Center
  • Charlie Sciammas, Community Organizer, People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER)
  • Alex Tom, Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association
  • Terrence Valen, Organizational Director, Filipino Community Center

Read more about our 2012 Koshland Fellows online or download their bios here. [PDF]

2011 Koshland Fellows – San Pablo

2011 Koshland Fellows - San Pablo

  • Humberto Alvarez, Sergeant, San Pablo Police Department
  • Joseph Camacho, student, San Francisco State University
  • Gladys Garza, Patient Advocate, Brookside Community Health Center
  • LaZena Jones, Community School Director, Walter T. Helms Middle School
  • Khammany Mathavongsy, Non-Profit Consultant
  • Mayra Padilla, Director, METAS
  • Lisa Raffel, Immigration Integration Division Officer, Catholic Charities of the East Bay
  • Maria Resendiz, Healthy Start Coordinator, Ford Elementary School
  • Alexina Rojas, Director, First 5 Family Center West Contra Costa
  • Gonzalo Rucobo, Executive Director, Bay Area Peacekeepers Inc.
  • James Solis, Program Coordinator, Project FOCUS
  • Nancy Thome, Youth Services Program Manager, City of San Pablo
  • Robert Turner, Executive Director, 21st Century Mentors Foundation
  • Norma Valdez-Jimenez, Puente Counselor, Contra Costa College
  • Meuy Yong Saephan, Hand to Hand Program Coordinator, Lao Family Community Development Inc.

Read more about our 2011 Koshland Fellows. [PDF]

2009 Koshland Fellows — North Fair Oaks

2009 Koshland Fellows - North Fair Oaks

  • Vicky Avila Medrano, Community Program Specialist,Visión y Compromiso
  • Lydia Cardoza, Public Services Assistant, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
  • Noel Chavez, Community Liaison, Migrant Program
  • Teri Chin, Human Services Manager, City of Redwood City/Fair Oaks Community Center
  • Lorena González, Human Services Manager, County of San Mateo
  • Sister Christina Heltsley, Executive Director, St. Francis Center
  • Mary Hofstedt, Youth Engagement Specialist, John W. Gardner Center
  • Priscila Jimenez-Pelaéz, Family Support Specialist, Fair Oaks School
  • Salvador Mejia, Program Coordinator, Community Alliance to Revitalize our Neighborhood (CARON)
  • César Meza-Esveile, Day Worker Program Director of North Fair Oaks, Multicultural Institute
  • Lucia Molina, Administrative Assistant, Garfield School
  • Silvia Ramirez, Community Organizer, Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA)
  • Angelica Rodriguez, Public Health Graduate Student, UC Berkeley

Read more about our 2009 Koshland Fellows. [PDF]

2008 Koshland Fellows — Ashland and Cherryland

2008 Koshland Fellows - Ashland and Cherryland

  • Shanale Allen, Outreach Worker, Alameda County
  • Rafael Avendano, Team Up for Youth Ashland Neighborhood Sports Initiative Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club
  • Hilary Bass, Youth Development Coordinator, Alameda County’s Associated Community Action Program
  • Susan Beck, Community Volunteer, Cherryland Association
  • Christen Gray, Team Up for Youth Ashland Program Director, Boys and Girls Club
  • Maria Haro, Parent Liaison, Cherryland Elementary School
  • JoAnn Irons, Coordinator for the Ashland Community Center, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD)
  • Alfonso Macedo, Youth Pastor, New Hope Christian Fellowship
  • Amparo Ramos, ESL Teacher, Ashland Community Center

Read more about our 2008 Koshland Fellows. [PDF]

2007 Koshland Fellows — West Berkeley

2007 Koshland Fellows - West Berkeley

  • Matt Crocker, Associate Pastor, Church Without Walls
  • Victor Q. Diaz, Principal, Berkeley Technical Academy
  • David Manson, Board Member, Berkeley Boosters
  • Gerardo Marin, Co-Manager, Farm Fresh Choice
  • Belén Pulido Martinez, Community Organizer, Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA)
  • Michael McBride, Pastor, The Way Church
  • Lamont Snaer, Director, Rosa Parks Elementary School Family Resource Center
  • Ana Traylor, Board Member, West Berkeley Foundation and Stiles Hall

Read more about our 2007 Koshland Fellows. [PDF]

Read more about our 2000-2006 Koshland Neighborhoods and Community Fellows

Download a list of 2000-2006 Koshland Fellows. [PDF]