Administrative Director, YMCA of the East Bay
Dolores Terrazas showcases experience in the field of early childhood education that ranges from direct operations as director of a 450-child development program (Head Start), private consulting, working in higher ed, local and national government to strategic planning and administration. In addition to her work in early education, Dolores has worked and forwarded the agenda of addressing social justice issues of immigrants and dual-language learners. Dolores is a native San Franciscan, holds a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University, plus is an alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, a Head Start Fellow and a graduate of UCLA Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program.
Director of Housing Development, Chinatown CDC
Whitney Jones first started in 1992 at Chinatown CDC, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works in the areas of community planning and engagement; youth and leadership development; and housing development, management and service provision. He was hired as Housing Development Assistant before becoming a Project Manager, then Senior Project Manager, and eventually assuming his current position. Whitney has been involved in the acquisition, rehabilitation and development of over 2,000 units of affordable housing in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. He is a graduate of LISC’s Housing Development Training Institute and the University of Southern California’s Bay Area Ross Program for Real Estate, as well as the University of Kansas with a B.A. in English, and the University of California, Berkeley with an M.A. in Geography. He has lived in the Mission District since 1991.
Rafael Yaquian-Illescas specializes in the legal areas of community-economic development, affordable housing and real estate finance. His practice emphasizes land use, real estate, economic development and municipal government advice to public agencies, private organizations and individuals. Rafael also has extensive experience helping clients interpret and implement the redevelopment dissolution statutes.
Director of California Policy at the Center for Responsible Lending
Graciela Aponte-Diaz showcases a varied background in the world of lending. Before her current job, she worked at Self-Help Federal Credit Union.
Regional Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Region 9
Ed Cabrera has remained committed to improving the lives of low-income communities throughout California and the Western U.S. for nearly two decades. He has served in various leadership positions in the public and private sectors, forging strong professional partnerships with multiple government and nonprofit agencies and numerous federal, state and local elected and appointed officials.
Vice President, Community Development at Citi
Marco Chavarín is a community and economic development professional with over 12 years of experience leading financial inclusion and economic justice initiatives for low-income communities. Marco has worked with the philanthropic sector, federal regulators, financial institutions and municipal leaders to design products and services to help hardworking families and individuals gain access to the financial mainstream and build assets.
City and Regional Planning Lecturer, UC Berkeley
Miriam Chion’s academic and professional work has focused on urban and regional planning, land use policies, community resources and international development. Until 2017, she was the Planning and Research Director at the Association of Bay Area Governments. Previously, she worked at Clark University, Mass., and at the San Francisco Planning Department. Miriam completed her doctoral studies at UC Berkeley, and architectural degree in Lima, Peru.
Founder/President, Latino Cancer Institute
Ysabel Duron is a retired, award-winning TV news broadcaster, inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame in 2009 following a four-decade career. In her current nonprofit work, Duron collaborates with researchers and the community to bring science to community and the community to science by developing educational tools and addressing gaps that exacerbate the cancer burden.
Ysabel was the 2013 winner of the national Purpose Prize as a “Champion for Latinos Fighting Cancer” by Encore.org, which turns the spotlight on people over 60 who are combining their experience and their passion for social good by creating new ways to solve tough social problems. Duron currently sits on the Independent Review Board (IRB) at the National Institutes of Health. The IRB is responsible for approving all applications for the All of Us Research Program, the government’s largest research program to recruit 1 million participants in a search for answers to major health programs including cancer, the number one cause of Latino deaths.
M. Teresa García
Family Resource Center Program Associate, First 5 San Francisco
M. Teresa García has worked as a business consultant, nationally and abroad, providing economic-development strategy for the past 17 years. She is dedicated to grassroots small businesses and community-economic development in underrepresented communities. Teresa showcases an excellent understanding of small-business challenges and economic-development issues as they relate to startup microenterprises, especially family child care facilities. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Managing Member, The Herbert Enterprises Group
Jabari Herbert is a 25-year veteran of the real estate development industry. He currently identifies capital investment opportunities and manages the development of asset portfolios for various real estate companies in the United States and internationally. He is a managing member with Grid Development Partners LLC, which creates community-based utility co-ops to facilitate the distribution of energy that operate independent of a power grid. Affordable-housing development isn’t Herbert’s only forte: He has worked in association with Pacific Charter School Development to create a long-term facility project for Bay Area Charter Schools. Although Jabari’s professional plate is very full, he finds time to give back as a civic member of a number of organizations, including: Kappa Alpha Psi; Bay Area 100 Black Men; Friendship Christian Center International; Black Economic Block Enterprise; the Mandela Food Cooperative; and the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation.
Student Regent at University of California Board of Regents
Paul Monge represents and advocates on behalf of the 270,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional-degree students that make up the 10-campus University of California system. Previously, Paul has advocated to improve the educational experience and outcomes of low-income students of color within San Francisco’s public schools as a member of the San Francisco Youth Commission and as an organizer with Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. He holds a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Lecturer at San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco
Laurie Scolari, Ed.D. recently launched a collective-impact initiative as the Director of the Our Children Our Families Council. In that capacity, she created a citywide children and youth equity framework for the City of San Francisco. She is currently a lecturer in the School of Education at both San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco. Previously, Laurie served as the Dean of Counseling and Student Support Services at City College of San Francisco for seven years. In that role, she spearheaded several data-driven initiatives aimed at improving the transition of high school students of color into community colleges, including Frisco Day. Laurie’s work entitled, “You Can’t Point Fingers at Data” Cross-agency Collaboration and Shared Data from a Community Perspective was recently published by Harvard Education Press.
Associate Director, California Reinvestment Coalition
Kevin Stein works primarily on housing issues, including efforts to fight predatory mortgage lending. Kevin was the primary author of CRC’s reports, “Stolen Wealth: Inequities in California’s Subprime Mortgage Market,” which investigated subprime and predatory lending practices in the state, and “Who Really Gets Home Loans? Years Ten and Eleven” and “Who Really Gets Higher Cost Home Loans,” a duo of analyses of home lending that explores the relationship between race and the cost of credit. Before coming to CRC, Kevin was Supervising Attorney at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, working on community economic development issues. Prior to that, he worked at HomeBase, a law and social policy center on homelessness. Kevin is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford University.