Chief of Staff
Why do you do what you do? What drew you to the foundation?
Working in service to community has always been a part of my life. After working in the for-profit sector, I spent time as a consultant for nonprofits and government agencies. It was then that I realized that philanthropy plays an integral part in how work happens on the ground. I felt that bringing my skills and passion to the field of philanthropy can support a partnership in which community leads how funders can make deep and lasting change. In looking for an entry into the field, I stumbled upon a foundation event in Alameda County. I was drawn to the equity agenda and the philosophy and commitment of the Koshland Program.
How would you describe your role?
I support and strengthen the five-year partnership with communities in the Bay Area. I work with grassroots, nonprofit and government leaders to amplify the power of local leadership and strengthen nonprofit infrastructure to support the foundation’s equity agenda.
Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
I serve on the board of Music is Extraordinary in Oakland and Art of Self Esteem in New York, and I’m a lecturer at the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley.