Founder / Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org Robert is a Bay Area native who brings 15+ years of experience leading nonprofit programs to Catalyst Youth Network. He is an entrepreneur who has worked in high-performing teams in multiple industries, in roles ranging from graphic designer and videographer to youth pastor and youth program director. Robert is an avid reader and has a passion for Social Emotional Learning. He is happiest helping young people develop emotional intelligence and connecting them to the people and resources they will need to live healthy and successful lives.
Co-Founder / Mental Health Consultant email@example.com Ariana is an East Bay native who recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology with honors. She has dedicated herself to a career in psychology research with a focus on resilience and emotion regulation. As a former foster and homeless youth, she knows the importance of utilizing any opportunities given, and the pivotal impact of having supportive mentors along the way to guide and problem-solve through life. She hopes to integrate empirical research into CYN’s resources and support students in practicing the life skills they learn so they may apply them with confidence throughout their lives.
Director of Youth Program firstname.lastname@example.org Merisa has worked with Bay Area nonprofits for the last 15 years. She has served in roles ranging from youth advocate, domestic abuse educator, fundraiser and event coordinator, as well volunteer coordinator. Merisa has a passion for helping youth and young adults navigate life in order to reach their goals using tools and techniques that are practical, obtainable and fun. As a teen mom at 18, Merisa has insight as well as a tender heart towards those who may have their odds against them. Merisa currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband Jose and 3 children, Anela, Noelani ,Enrique and Eren.
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Director of Technology firstname.lastname@example.org A native of Northern California and a recent graduate of UC San Diego, Dhiren has 5+ years of development experience under his belt. Dhiren has been extensively involved in the early stage startup launch process, and was previously responsible for the development of a seed-funded minimum viable product. He is passionate about exploring the intersection between technology and society, and believes technology will play a fundamental role in accelerating Catalyst’s vision.
Director of Partnership email@example.com Sophia is Director of Corporate Partnerships for CYN, and brings 16 years of experience in the tech and financial services industries. Most recently, she was Head of Customer Marketing at Pivotal Software, responsible for strategic marketing initiatives across the company. She has firsthand knowledge of the transformational power of corporate internships at a young age. A 25-year resident of the Bay Area, she has witnessed the evolution of the tech industry and the region; and she has a passion for creating opportunities for the Bay Area youth who have not yet had the chance to participate in it. Sophia has an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and as a Cal grad, Sophia is excited to be involved with the Oakland community.
Copywriter firstname.lastname@example.org Katryce Lassle is a publicist and communications strategist with nearly a decade of experience in academic book publishing. Katryce’s work is grounded in collaboration and conversation, and they are passionate about telling stories that elevate a shared vision by honoring diverse individual perspectives and lived experiences. Katryce is committed to making broad educational resources accessible to everyone, and to nurturing the unique gifts and insights of young people through equitable and expansive opportunities for their growth. Katryce moved to Oakland in 2018 and is dedicated to serving this community, its students and families, and everyone who makes Oakland thrive. Katryce received their B.A. in English from the University of Chicago and an M.Sc. in Literature from the University of Edinburgh.
Copywriter email@example.com A native of Northern California, Vidya is a writer with a passion for equity in education. She's excited to offer her creative skills to Catalyst's mission and help accelerate its reach in the Oakland community. In her free time, you can catch her rollerskating and working on her screenplay!
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Chief of Staff email@example.com My name is Nasha Nunez, and I am a Latina living in Bayonne, New Jersey. I am currently pursuing a master's degree in human services. My hobbies include traveling, anime, and learning languages. As Chief of Staff, I have been with Catalyst Youth Network for about 3 months. Being a volunteer for this great organization is a great way to meet people from all walks of life with one common goal. The goal is to better serve Oakland's youth.
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Board of Directors
Board Chair Michelle is a former CMO with over 20 years of experience in media, communications and marketing across creative industries including contemporary art, tech and fashion. In 2016, she helped start the political organization Swing Left. There, as a member of the executive team and board, she built an audience of 1MM+ members and moved hundreds of thousands of people to take a meaningful action (defined as making a donation or volunteering). Swing Left is now one of the country's leading grassroots activist groups. She has an entrepreneurial drive and previously founded her own public relations firm.
Board Member Margena is the CareerBridge and Path2Math Program Director for Children Rising. Margena spends much of her time in program and curriculum development, as well as supporting her students and volunteers. With a passion for serving children and youth in her community, Margena started with Children Rising as a volunteer, and brings over 25 years of community outreach and service to students in various capacities.
Board Secretary Alexia is the Program Coordinator for Safe Refuge for Children and Families. She has 15+ years of experience in volunteer management and program coordinating in Kids Ministry at Golden Hills Community Church. She is passionate about the prevention of child abuse & neglect and strengthening families. Alexia is a strong supporter of non-profits particularly as they relate to helping marginalized children and is a TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner, a trauma-informed intervention model. Her volunteer experiences include working with teen mothers, mentoring children in foster care, and she presently serves on the leadership team of Royal Family Kids Camp-Brentwood, and as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).
Board Member Quaylin Wesley is from Vallejo, California. In 2017, he graduated from McClymonds High School in West Oakland, and recently graduated from UC Berkeley, with a B.A in Social Welfare. A passion of his is to help bridge the gap for students, hoping to level the playing field and grant them more opportunities that will have long lasting positive effects on their lives.
Board Treasurer Marion is an East Bay native and currently lives in Oakland. She has worked in a number of technology and digital media companies, working in Operations and Customer Success roles, most recently as the SVP of Digital Media at Outfront Media, an out of home advertising company. There, she worked on high profile projects, including a $1B project with NY’s transit agency. Most recently, Marion works as a consultant to high growth startup companies. Marion has a passion for activism and social justice, working in gender equality and voter’s rights throughout her life.
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