Meet our incredible team!
The Management Team supports all systems for governance, strategic planning, resource development, finance, personnel, performance management, and communications.
As the Deputy Director of Strategic Development, Nhi is responsible for strategizing EBAYC’s financial sustainability through securing funding sources. Nhi is the former Executive Director of the Oakland Asian Students Educational Services (OASES) and joined the executive team of EBAYC after the two organizations merged in 2012. Prior to these roles, Nhi served as a Program Manager for Student Group Relations at the UC Berkeley California Alumni Association (CAA) and served as a former Board Member to the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. Nhi holds a bachelor degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Education from Harvard University. Nhi is actively involved in her community as she has also served as a co-founder, Board member, and teacher/facilitator for the Alameda Community Learning Center, an independent charter school created in partnership with the Alameda Unified School District and Arthur Andersen.
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As Executive Director of EBAYC, David is responsible for leading our organization strategically to fulfill our mission. David has over 30 years of leadership experience in his role as Executive Director and is known for his bold community leadership. David currently serves in his role as president of the Oakland Unified School district Board of Directors and has secured over $30 million to make needed renovations to Oakland schools. David is the author of Oakland’s Kids First! Initiative, which voters passed overwhelmingly in 1996. Today, Kids First! provides $9 million annually for children services throughout Oakland without raising taxes. David’s work has been honored by the Ford Foundation with its prestigious Leadership For A Changing World Award.
Jana has been serving as the Operations Coordinator since 2007. Her responsibilities include maintaining and managing EBAYC’s information data base, financial, and office systems to support programmatic services.
Mae Saeteurn is a proud 1992 Alumni of EBAYC’s youth development program. In her current role as the Administrative Services Director, Mae plays a vital role in supporting EBAYC’s human resources and financial systems, which are just the tip of the iceberg of what she does and loves. EBAYC is grateful to have Mae as a member of our staff with the 15+ years of quality work she has provided. Mae is fluent in Mien.
As the Deputy Director of Administration, Amy is responsible for overseeing all financial and operational management systems of EBAYC. With over 30 years of administrative leadership, Amy has also served in similar community based organizations such as the Association for Retarded Citizens, Parental Stress Service, and the Chinese Community Council. Amy received an AA Degree in Business and Accounting with Honors from Laney College. Amy is fluent in Cantonese.
Jenny has served as the Development Manager since EBAYC and OASES merged in 2012. Jenny brings a wealth of experience and passion for fundraising and communications support to community based organizations. Cumulatively, she has more than six years of non-profit management experience serving in other Community based organizations in Oakland such as Opera Piccola Theater Program and Oakland Technology Exchange. Jenny holds a BA degree in Legal Studies and a minor in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, Jenny is a proud alum of the OASES’ scholarship, mentorship and volunteer programs.
Her leadership has been recognized through numerous awards such as the California Peace Prize and the San Francisco Fellowship of Eureka Communities. Gianna is actively involved in her community as she has served as a board member for the East Bay Asian Local Development, Bilingual Monitoring Committee of the Oakland Unified School District, and Banteay Srei, an organization empowering young Asian women impacted by sexual exploitation. Gianna is fluent in Vietnamese.
Civic Engagement Team
The Civic Engagement Team organizes youth, parents, neighbors, merchants, and workers to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood.
Evangelina Lara began her involvement with EBAYC as a parent volunteer at her children’s school while they were enrolled at Roosevelt Middle and Oakland High School in 1999. Eva’s strong family traditions engaged her to participate in parent teacher meetings and her passions to serve her Latino community is prevalent by her involvement in the English Learners Advisory Committee, School Site Council, Principals Coffee, and the Parent Teacher Association. In 2008, Eva took on the role of the Community Organizer for EBAYC in the Latino community. She assists families by providing translation services, lead community events, and engage families to provide a wide range of support services.
As Deputy Director for Public Policy and Organizing, Andy has led a neighborhood Listening Campaign which directly engaged 500 residents in the development of neighborhood change priorities, coordinated EBAYC’s leading participation in the award-wining public planning process for International Blvd Transit Oriented Development and has led our neighborhood work to reduce prostitution and the trafficking of minors. Mr. Nelsen holds a Masters Degree in Social Welfare Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, where he also served as Director of the Public Research Institute, a survey research firm specializing in urban planning issues. He has written or contributed to dozens of research publications, policy briefs and articles on a wide range of topics related to community empowerment and poverty alleviation in urban America.
Xavier Sabija’s career path covers the promotion of the arts; raising awareness of park recreational opportunities; and advocating for access to public social services, health services, and financial literacy. In the last four years he has focused in community revitalization. Xavier obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. Through a scholarship from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) he earned a Professional Designation Certificate in Public Relations from the University of California Los Angeles- Extension. Xavier is a National Urban Fellow and under this program he obtained a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from City University of New York- Baruch College. Xavier is fluent in Spanish.
The Street Team provides case management, therapeutic activity groups, and internships to youth who are on court-ordered probation.
Juan Campos was born in Mexico but has spent his entire school career in Oakland, from Highland elementary to Castlemont High. Juan started youth work in 2001 at Castlemont High School and has been working with the community ever since. He loves serving the community and shows his passion about his work through ten plus years of youth experience with advocacy in court, probation, schools, home, and the community. In addition, Juan is a passionate soccer player and coach! He has coached the EBAYC’s soccer team since 2011.
Vincent is a video production major in the BECA program at San Francisco State University. Once a former student of the EBAYC Streetside video production program himself almost 10 years ago he is now the digital media Instructor for the program. Vincent has also previously worked in EBAYC’s after school mentorship programs at multiple different school sites teaching students ranging from ages 7-15 years old. Vincent’s work is centered around digital media production, and he has worked for multiple different production companies in the Bay Area and has also started his own small independent video production business. Vincent has been a participant in multiple different programs and positions at EBAYC and has been involved in our organization since he was 13 years old. Vincent now carries his passion for film and video production to incoming Streetside students and also helps facilitates and produce all the video production work affiliated with EBAYC.
Kentrell Killens continues to be a surge of positive influence on the community of Oakland, particularly youth, as he was the Youth Keynote Speaker at the Oakland City-Wide Violence Prevention Conference of 1994. As of 2013, Kentrell is going on his tenth year with EBAYC’s Street Team as a Case Manager for at-risk youths.
Chanda May is a proud alumni of EBAYC’s youth program and has served as a Street Team Counselor, working specifically with system involved young women since 2006. Prior to this role as a Case Manager, Chandra served as a Youth Organizer to train campaigning and community organizing skills to youth in the San Antonio district and a Community Mapper with the Oakland Child Health and Safety Initiative. Chanda is a unique liaison to EBAYC’s youth through her cultural competence and extensive youth development working with the Southeast Asian Communities. Chanda is fluent in Khmer.
John Tran is a graduate from CSU East Bay where he earned his bacehlor degree in Recreation and Community Service. John brings a wealth of youth development experience working with youth through his various roles at Sports4kids, Americorps, and Oakland Parks and Recs. John work specifically with system involved male youth and utilizes his strong child development experience to provide strong character development and new opportunities for his youth. John is fluent in Cantonese.
EBAYC @ Oakland High School
Shop 55, Oakland High School’s Wellness Center, provides crisis intervention, medical services, individual and group counseling, case management, academic support, enrichment education, internships, and college preparation services to over 500 Oakland High School students.
Pearn Arias is a graduate of Boston Reed College in Napa Valley, Ca. She is a California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA-C, 2009) and a National Certified and California Licensed Phlebotomist (CPT-1,2009). Pearn has worked for community organizations and non-profit youth development programs for over a decade. With her passion for community health, she plans to go into Nursing to provide Oakland youths with the medical care they deserve.
Rany Ath is a dedicated leader in her community. She was born and raised in the San Antonio Neighborhood of Oakland, CA. She received her Bachelors of Art in Social Welfare and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Education at U.C. Berkeley in 2006. Currently, she is the Managing Director at her alma mater, Oakland High School. Not only is this an experience of giving back for her; it is a community building experience. At Oakland High, she cultivates an environment that supports, motivates and inspires young people to become safe, smart and socially responsible. In practice, she does her best to ensure that school staff as well as other community based partners, local businesses and colleges commit to being a part of our youth’s development.
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Lucumi Soriano is a graduate of the University of Berkeley, California with a Bachelor of Arts in English Degree. Lucumi has extensive experience with youth and community development work though his prior positions as a Mulimedia Coach at the HOME project and Assistant Director at the Long Life Medical Kids Village. Lucumi is also multi-talented as a Poet, Writer, and Hip Hop Artist. He is also fluent in Spanish.
EBAYC @ Dewey Academy
EBAYC @ Dewey Academy provides year-round academic support, enrichment education, internships, and case management services to 130 Dewey Academy high school students.
Fernando Cruz received his B.A. in liberal studies with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Studies and Early Childhood Education from the National Hispanic University in 2001. With a strong passion for providing intervention for gang and violence impacted youth, he has over a decade of experience serving in various direct service capacities at other community based organizations such as the YMCA Urban Services, California Youth Outreach, Latino College Prep Academy, and Upward Bound. Fernando is fluent in Spanish.
Brooklyn Williams is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare (BA, 2000) and School of Education (MA, 2010). She has worked in Bay Area public schools, community organizations, and youth development programs for over 17 years. Brooklyn specializes in program planning and development, as well as curriculum engineering, with special focus on social and emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, and leadership. Brooklyn has worked at Oakland’s oldest continuation school, Dewey Academy for nine years and has been with EBAYC since 2010. With her passion for youth development and dedication to the community, Brooklyn appreciates the unique opportunity EBAYC at Dewey Academy gives her to serve the “whole child.”
EBAYC @ International High School
EBAYC @ International High School provides academic support, enrichment education, internships, and case management services to 130 International High School students.
Angelica Reyes Sosa is a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a BA degree in Social Work and a minor’s in Chicano Studies & Ethnic Studies (1995). With over 14 years of experience, she has served in many capacities including being a Case Manager at Oakland High School, Director of After School programs at Garfield Elementary, Director of After School Programs at Roosevelt Middle School, and on her most recent role as the Director of Family Services. Angelica is dedicated to working and helping youth & families fight for justice and develop their leadership skills so they can have great educational, living and employment opportunities. She is grateful for the opportunity to work for EBAYC for so many years in the Oakland Community. On her spare time, Angelica’s loves cycling up many hills. She has participated in the AIDS Life Cycle Ride from SF to LA (585 miles), a seven day ride for the last four years .
EBAYC @ Roosevelt Middle School
EBAYC @ Roosevelt Middle School provides summer and after-school learning programs, school culture-building activities, tiered intervention services, and parent engagement to 300 Roosevelt Middle School students.
Jimmy Lee graduated from Cal State Hayward in 2009 with the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Jimmy currently serves as the program coordinator for Roosevelt Middle School after school program. 2013 marks his fifth year with EBAYC at Roosevelt. As a former student of Roosevelt, Jimmy recognizes all the challenges that growing up in an English learning family can bring. He is motivated to provide service and access to youth to help them accomplish great success in life.
Brenda Saechao was born and raised in Oakland. She studied Child Development at Merritt College. Brenda was introduced to EBAYC in 2000 as a high school intern at Garfield Elementary. After graduating, Brenda served as the Program Director for the After School Program at Franklin Elementary from 2004-2008. She is currently serving as the Managing Director for EBAYC at Roosevelt Middle School. Brenda is a true believer of EBAYC’s mission and is dedicated to working to inspire and create opportunities for all youth to be safe, smart, and socially responsible.
EBAYC @ Bella Vista Elementary School
EBAYC @ Bella Vista Elementary School serves 80 students through summer and after-school learning programs, and parent engagement activities.
Before joining EBAYC in 2012, Nina Francisco previously served as the Program Assistant at OASES Cleveland After School Program. She has also had varied experience in Education, Healthcare, Oil Industry, and Youth Counseling. Her experience as a former foster youth gives her the strength and determination to help all students succeed. Nina is currently working on completing her undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice and Sociology at Chabot College.
EBAYC @ Cleveland Elementary School
EBAYC @ Cleveland Elementary School serves 80 students through summer and after-school learning programs, and parent engagement activities.
Mike joined OASES in 2007 as the Program Director for the QUEST after school program at Cleveland Elementary School and has “moved in” with EBAYC since the two organizations merged in 2012. Mike has broken new ground at Cleveland by pushing innovative ideas and curriculum while incorporating the importance of family values into the QUEST afterschool program. Mike brings to OASES ten years of corporate experience in the banking industry as well as his experience in media and communications.
EBAYC @ Franklin Elementary School
EBAYC @ Franklin Elementary School serves 120 students through summer and after-school learning programs, and parent engagement activities.
Tommy Lee was introduced to EBAYC after graduating from Oakland High. After graduating from California Culinary Academy and while attending San Francisco State, he began working at Garfield as an Art and Homework instructor and eventually as Program Assistant at Franklin. Tommy believes that every student deserves a strong academic foundation in order for them to succeed in the future and he has actively supported that process for the past 8 years as the Program Director at Franklin Elementary. Tommy is fluent in Chinese.
EBAYC @ Garfield Elementary School
EBAYC @ Garfield Elementary School provides summer and after-school learning programs, school culture-building activities, tiered intervention services, and parent engagement to over 200 Garfield Elementary School students.
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Jamie has over twelve years of experience in managing after school program and school based services. She has been in this position since 2005. Prior to joining EBAYC, Jamie served as the Director of Hawthorn Family Resource Center for five years. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA degree in Political Science. As the Managing Director, Jamie is responsible for the day-to-day management of the program that including program planning and curriculum development; student recruitment, registration, attendance, and termination; hiring, training, and supervision of a Program Coordinator and Academic Mentors; daily coordination with Principal, teachers, and custodial and food services employees; facilitation of community service projects and family learning events; and partnerships management.
Nikita has been Program Coordinator for the last four years at Garfield Elementary. Prior to becoming the Program Coordinator, Nikita served as a Teaching Intern and Volunteer for three years with EBAYC. In her role as the Program Coordinator, Nikita is responsible for day-to-day program support that includes monitoring program start, snack, and end periods; monitoring facility usage and maintenance, and coordinating selected educational enrichment activities.
EBAYC @ La Escuelita Elementary School
EBAYC @ La Escuelita Elementary School serves 80 students through summer and after-school learning programs, and parent engagement activities.
Marisela DeAnda has led La Escuelita in her role as the Program Director to many milestones, including the successful transition to a newly constructed school site in 2012. Prior to her role as the Program Director, Marisela served as an Academic Mentor at Franklin Elementary school providing academic support and soccer coaching. Marisela is fluent is Spanish.
EBAYC @ Lincoln Elementary School
EBAYC @ Lincoln Elementary School serves 150 students through summer and after-school learning programs, and parent engagement activities.
Originally from Los Angeles, she has made Lincoln’s After School Program and Oakland her new home. Prior to joing EBAYC in 2012 after the two organizations (OASES and EBAYC) merged, Alexis graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as a tutor in OASES for seven semesters. Alexis’s continued to dedicate herself as an AmeriCorps Group Leader, Program Assistant, and is now the Program Director of Lincoln Elementary. Alexis brings a strong career and college preparedness curriculum to Lincoln Elementary students.
EBAYC @ Manzanita Community School
EBAYC @ Manzanita Community School serves 80 students through summer and after-school learning programs, and parent engagement activities.
OASES Mentors recruits, trains, and supports over 300 college students who serve as volunteer tutors and mentors in our various after-school learning programs.