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Kayla Tolentino

Kayla Tolentino

Kayla Tolentino

Initiative Assistant, Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative
Why do you do what you do? What drew you to the foundation?

Growing up, I was raised primarily by my immigrant grandparents from the Philippines. Our house in Daly City was the gateway house for our extended family; everyone was welcomed, and could seek help and resources, even if it meant being crammed together like sardines. After the economic crash in 2008, our family was forced out of the home that had raised generations of children. For years, to make ends meet and ensure that all of their children had the opportunity to higher education, my parents both tirelessly worked two jobs and commuted from Sacramento, where the cost of living was affordable. At one point, I worked five jobs simultaneously to help provide for my family and to try to pay off our piling student debt. Knowing that my family’s story mirrors many others, I am proud to work at the foundation, where racial and economic equity are at the forefront of our hearts and minds. Along with my talented colleagues, I am committed to continuing the legacy of community responsiveness and support that is urgently needed to strengthen the Bay Area.

How would you describe your role?

I am responsible for coordinating, tracking and supporting the implementation of all aspects of the Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative’s work. Beyond these responsibilities, I take great pride in influencing and shaping the ways the Collaborative reimagines the economy and workforce ecosystem, where we can all benefit.

 

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