Nidia Ambriz

Program Director, Frick Impact Academy

Nidia Ambriz was born in Mexico and came to Oakland at the age of 9. Since then, Oakland became her home. Her initial exposure to EBAYC as a student in 1999 changed her life and opened her horizons. She saw how immigrant communities and communities of color lacked resources, and her own personal experiences with institutionalized discrimination motivated her to become a role model and pursue youth development as her career. Nidia graduated from Cal State East Bay with at BA in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Sociology. She has worked at Oakland High as an Academic Mentor for two years, and at Roosevelt Middle School for three years as an Academic Mentor and two years as a Program Coordinator. In 2015, she became the Program Director at Bella Vista Elementary School before her current role as the Program Director at Frick Impact Academy. Her personal and career goals aligns with EBAYC’s mission to support all youth to be safe, smart and socially responsible and to be lifelong builders of a just and compassionate multicultural society.

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Pearn Arias

Program Coordinator, Oakland High Wellness Center
510-874-7152 ext.246

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 youth with the medical care they deserve.

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Rany Ath

Managing Director, Oakland High Wellness Center
510-874-7152 ext. 245

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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Juan Campos

Program Director, Manzanita Community School

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.

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Nhi Chau

Deputy Director of Strategic Development
510-533-1092 ext. 28

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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Lily Chuong, Development AssociateLily Chuong

Program Director, Lincoln Elementary School
510-533-1092 ext. 11

Born and raised in Oakland, Lily is a proud graduate of Oakland Unified School District’s schools. Her first encounter with EBAYC was when she interned at Franklin Elementary School’s After-School Program during her senior year at Oakland High. Through her internship, Lily discovered her passion to work with youth. Upon her internship completion, Lily went on to become an Academic Mentor for the EBAYC after-school program at Roosevelt Middle School. She was later promoted to be the Program Assistant. As a program alum and staff of EBAYC for more than eight years, Lily believes in its mission and is excited to support the organization. Lily is fluent in Cantonese and likes to dance in her spare time.

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Rosio Cisneros

Family Advocate, Garfield Elementary

Rosio grew up in the San Antonio Neighborhood of Oakland and attended and graduated from Oakland schools. She first came across EBAYC in 2008 as a parent volunteer at Garfield Elementary School, where her children attended. In 2009, she joined the EBAYC family as a Family Advocate at Garfield. She is responsible for providing outreach and case management to parents and guardians of children who are chronically absent from school. She also serves the community by running the Parent Center, providing support to parents, guardians, and caregivers regarding health-related and social service resources for their children. Rosio strongly believes in EBAYC’s mission and is excited to be able to give back to the community and the people that saw her grow up.

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Fernando Cruz

Counselor, Dewey Academy

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.

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Marisela DeAnda

Program Director, La Escuelita Elementary
510-533-1092 ext.54

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.

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Nina Francisco

Program Director, Dewey Academy

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.

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David Kakishiba

Executive Director
510-533-1092 ext. 25

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.

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Kentrell Killens

Street Team Counselor
510-533-1092 ext.29

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.

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Evangelina Lara

Parent Organizer
510-533-1092 ext. 41

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.

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Jimmy Lee

Program Director, Edna Brewer Middle School

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.

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Jamie Lopez

Managing Director, Garfield Elementary
510-533-1092 ext.38

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.

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Chanda May

Street Team Case Manager
510-533-1092 ext.24

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.

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Darling Mieu

Development Manager

Darling was born and raised in Oakland, and spent her entire school career in the Oakland Unified School district, attending Laurel Elementary, Montera Middle School and Skyline High School. While attending Skyline’s Education Academy, she discovered her newfound passion for working with youth, particularly within the city she calls home. She was introduced to EBAYC in 2012 and loves that she can work and give back to the youth in her community at the same time. She is currently working on completing her undergraduate studies in Sociology and Business Management. As the Development Manager, she will be coordinating the OASES Leadership team, managing program tuition, and providing optimal support for our events.

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Suman Murthy

Communications Director
510-533-1092 ext. 11

As Communications Director at EBAYC, Suman oversees communications efforts for the organization, and also provides fundraising support for programmatic work and events. Suman previously worked at Californians for Safety and Justice, where she worked on public education campaigns to support the successful passage of Proposition 47 in the November 2014 election, as well as with survivors of crime, conducting storytelling trainings and organizing their annual conference.  She holds a BA in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and is completing a Masters in Communications from San Francisco State University. She has previously worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.

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Andy Nelsen

Deputy Director of Policy Initiatives
510-533-1092 ext. 35

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-winning 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’s history as an organizer goes back to 1980, when he led a unionization campaign at the warehouse where he was employed. He has worked as a labor organizer, community organizer, policy analyst and advocate in Oakland for over 30 years. He 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 directed the Public Research Institute, a public interest survey research organization specializing in urban issues. He worked at Urban Strategies Council for over a decade, where he served as Senior Associate for Economic Opportunity.

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Angelica Reyes

Street Team, Case Manager

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 .

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Brenda Saechao

Managing Director, Roosevelt Middle School
510-533-1092 ext.32

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.

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Jana Saeteurn

Operations Coordinator
510-533-1092 ext.21

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.

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Mae Saeteurn

Fiscal Services Director
510-533-1092 ext.22

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.

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Sanobar Sajan

Director of Data, Research, and Evaluation

Sanobar graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies with an M.A. in Public Administration and a concentration in Data Analysis. Sanobar has previously worked with non-profits including Save the Children and the United Way to help measure their impact using both quantitative and qualitative methods. In her role as Director of Data, Research, and Evaluation, she oversees the data collection and analysis efforts for all of EBAYC’s expanded learning and case management programs. Sanobar is passionate about working with community organizations to accurately and objectively measure their impact. She strongly believes that data can be a powerful tool in supporting of programming efforts that create positive outcomes for all youth.

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Amy Shiu

Deputy Director of Administration
510-533-1092 ext. 23

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.

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Lucumi Soriano

Program Director, Oakland High Wellness Center
510-874-7152 ext 228

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.

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John Tran

510-533-1092 ext.40

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.

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Gianna Tran

Deputy Executive Director
510-533-1092 ext.27

Gianna’s 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.

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Mike Vista

Program Director, Cleveland Elementary
510-533-1092 ext.12

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.

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Nikita Williams

Program Director, Garfield Elementary

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.

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Sophia Wu

Program Director, Franklin Elementary School
510-533-1092 ext.37

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