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  • Alexis Llamas
    Alexis Llamas Director of Youth Programs

    Alexis Llamas

    As the Director of Youth Programs, Alexis Llamas works in partnership with the programs team to develop and deliver innovative leadership development programs for youth. Most recently an Associate Program Officer at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Alexis brings fourteen years of programming experience through data-driven program design, coordinating community resources and partnerships, and facilitating participant leadership and self-advocacy. 

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    My purpose to power high quality, equitable learning environments for young people, so that they can thrive and maximize their agency and voice. 

    What’s your favorite leadership quote? 

    “Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.” – Marian Wright Edelman

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    Wandering around a neighborhood grocery store looking for snacks. 

     

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  • Angela Pang
    Angela Pang Director of Program Management

    Angela Pang

    As Coro’s Director of Program Management, Angela Pang works with the program team to deliver innovative leadership development programs, including Women in Leadership and Water Solutions Network. Angela has deep experience as a media, community relations, and event planning expert. She most recently served as the Director of Operations for the Asian Business League of San Francisco, managing the nonprofit’s efforts to engage, inspire, and connect leaders within the Asian American/Pacific Islander business community. During her time with the AsianWeek Foundation, Angela also helped organize the largest Pan-Asian celebration nationwide, the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, and coordinated the street fair’s publicity, media sponsorships, social media, and more. She is formerly a member of the San Francisco Hep B Free campaign, a citywide effort to raise awareness about the importance of screening and vaccinating all Asian and Pacific Islanders for hepatitis B. She volunteers on the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Committee, which organizes San Francisco’s official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month each May. She’s a Bay Area native and holds a B.A. in English and Communication from the University of California, Davis.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    I am passionate about doing work that makes a positive impact in our community.

    What’s your favorite leadership quote?

    “The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie.

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    I love making my friends and family smile with personalized artwork and handknit scarves, homebrewing beer, hiking, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with my loved ones. I also have a passion for dim sum, boba, and sriracha!

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  • Angelica Dowell
    Angelica Dowell Network Manager

    Angelica Dowell

    As Network Manager, Angelica helps cultivate and maintain high quality relationships and opportunities to advance the vision and mission of the Water Solutions Network. Raised in the rural Sierra Nevadas and the daughter of two wildland firefighters, she grew up with a deep love for the outdoors, forestry, and natural resources. During her relatively young career, she has amassed a dynamic background that spans education, program management, event coordination, curriculum development, and group facilitation. She has worked in various roles as a Conference Facilitator for the California FFA Association and the National FFA Organization, developing and delivering leadership curricula to students across California, Washington D.C., and multiple states throughout the U.S. She recently served as the Program and Membership Coordinator for the Sacramento County Farm Bureau, working to protect and improve the ability of farmers and ranchers engaged in production agriculture to provide a reliable supply of food and fiber through responsible stewardship of resources. In her role, she managed membership recruitment, retention and engagement activities, and oversaw programing and fundraising efforts. Angelica holds a B.S of Agricultural Education from California State University, Fresno.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    I have always had a heart for people and building human connections. Working in leadership development provides an avenue to encourage, empower, and inspire others to become the best versions of themselves. I seek to provide a space where others feel seen and heard, and always know that they have someone in their corner rooting for them.

    What’s your favorite leadership quote? 

    “We are all rough drafts of the people we’re still becoming.” – Bob Goff: Everybody, Always

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    You will most likely find me baking chocolate chip cookies while listening to Taylor Swift, cheering on the SJ Sharks during hockey season, finding a new sushi place in town to try, or training for a Spartan Race.

     

     

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  • Bella Dickson
    Bella Dickson Program and Administrative Coordinator

    Bella Dickson

    As Coro’s Program and Administrative Coordinator, Bella’s responsibilities include managing administrative and operational needs for Coro’s Institutional Partners, including the University of California, Generation Thrive/Warriors Community Foundation, and various federal agencies. Bella also provides administrative support to Coro’s business office and general operations. Previously, she worked as an office manager at her Alma Mater, the University of San Francisco. Bella has a passion for connecting and developing intentional relationships with diverse populations and is excited to bring this focus to Coro.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    I believe that we are part of endless communities in our lives that intersect and influence each other. These communities are driven by the diverse individuals and meaningful relationships we develop. I believe that understanding how to better connect and uplift people and our communities can lead to a more equitable and just society.

    What’s your favorite leadership quote?

    “In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” ― Angela Y. Davis

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    I’m most likely doing something crochet-related (crocheting, shopping at JoAnne Fabrics, or looking up endless inspiration and patterns) while listening to a podcast.

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  • Biney Kaur Dev
    Biney Kaur Dev Program Manager

    Biney Kaur Dev

    As a Program Manager at Coro, Biney works closely with the Programs Team to support transformative leadership development programs. Prior to joining Coro, she was a Project Manager at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, providing culturally-specific technical assistance and training across the nation. She also worked on statewide projects that enhance the leadership and capacity of advocates from racially and ethnically diverse communities across California. With a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, Biney previously worked on the Immigrant’s Rights Project with the ACLU as well as with Human Rights Watch.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    I believe every being on Earth possesses the power to transform – themselves, their community, the world. I hope to unlock that continuous transformative power within myself and others.

    What’s your favorite leadership quote?

    “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” ― Malcolm X

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    Throwing pottery on my wheel, hiking with my partner and German Shepard, or rooting for the Niners, Giants, and Warriors with my extended family in the Bay Area.

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  • Claudia Paredes
    Claudia Paredes Senior Director of Training

    Claudia Paredes

    Claudia supports others to leverage their wisdom and expertise to make positive impact through daily practices and intentional choices. For over a decade, Claudia has worked as a leadership development practitioner in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in California and New York City. 

    To honor her Andean ancestry and belief in generational power, Claudia gave her daughter the middle name, Ayni. Ayni is a core principle of reciprocity and mutualism. 

    Claudia holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    Leadership development is a means to liberation. I live with the belief that we are all connected and we enact our leadership through our actions and choices. Our actions have immediate and generational impact. I trust in our human capacity to learn, unlearn, and relearn for the purpose of being mutually responsible and sustainable.

    What’s your favorite quote about leadership? 

    “Liberated relationships are one of the ways we actually create abundant justice, the understanding that there is enough attention, care, resource, and connection for all of us to access belonging, to be in our dignity, and to be safe in community.” — adrienne maree brown

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    Somewhere fun with people I care about. Sometimes that is at home with my immediate family and sometimes that is a place with good food, wine, music and energy.

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  • Clifford Yee Managing Director, Networks

    Clifford Yee

    Cliff Yee, MSW, is a native San Franciscan with over 20 years of experience in youth leadership development, community organizing, and nonprofit management. As Managing Director, Networks, Cliff facilitates and manages programs for high school youth, community leaders, federal employees, and survivor leaders working to prevent human trafficking. Prior to Coro, Cliff worked for Asian Health Services and the North Beach-Chinatown Beacon Center, where he coordinated a teen pregnancy prevention program, managed a teen clinic, started a school based health center at Oakland High School, and designed and launched The Spot Youth Center in Oakland. Cliff serves on two local boards: The Richmond Neighborhood Center and OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates: San Francisco Bay Chapter. Cliff graduated with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    I am inspired by my mentors who have invested in my growth and paved the way for me to grow in my confidence to initiate positive change. My role at Coro gives me a similar platform to support individuals (from a 14-year-old high school student to a mid-level manager in federal government) to discover their full potential and leverage their confidence to impact communities. 

    What’s your favorite leadership quote?

    “You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.” – Grace Lee Boggs

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work? 

    Spending time with my family or trying out new restaurants.

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  • Courtney Young-Law Chief Programs Officer

    Courtney Young-Law

    As Chief Programs Officer at Coro, Courtney Young-Law manages the Programs Team, a dynamic group of people who create and deliver 14+ programs and leadership labs that engage more than 1,000 people each year. She facilitates leadership learning for the UC-Coro Systemwide Leadership Collaborative and the UC Berkeley Faculty Leadership Academy. She has developed and facilitated programs for water leaders in California, for human trafficking survivor leaders and anti-trafficking professionals, and for organizations looking to create cultures of collaboration. A native Texan, she has called San Francisco home for almost 20 years.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    I’m inspired by the capacity for growth and change that is within all of us. I am privileged to witness people engage in this growth in Coro programs as they take time to reflect on themselves, to make meaning of their work and goals in a community, and to harness the energy of that community for positive change.

    What’s your favorite leadership quote?

    “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    At my kitchen table eating dinner with my family, playing a board game, or creating some crafty seasonal decorations for our home (#nailedit).

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  • Debbie Franco
    Debbie Franco Managing Director, Water Solutions Network

    Debbie Franco

    As Managing Director of the Water Solutions Network, Debbie coordinates and leads collaboration among WSN participants, the Advisory Council, and partners to expand the network and its impact. Before joining Coro, she worked for almost ten years in the California Governor’s Office, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Water and Rural Affairs. She brings 15 years of experience in the water sector, including collaborating on the Human Right to Water, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and drought response. Debbie got her start in the water sector at the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, where she ultimately served as the Policy Director. She holds a Master’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and a BA from the University of California, Davis.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    The earth is changing faster than humans are changing. Innovative leadership is essential to our survival.

    What’s your favorite leadership quote or book? 

    “There is always light, / if only we’re brave enough to see it / If only we’re brave enough to be it.” — Amanda Gorman

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    During the pandemic, I am most often home with my husband, two dogs, and two cats enjoying the garden and doing home improvement projects.

     

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  • Dharmishta Rood Program Director, Fellows Program in Public Affairs

    Dharmishta Rood

    As Program Director of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, Dharmishta oversees selection, leadership development curriculum, and placements. She brings a range of experience to her role, from fellowships in academia to leading a startup accelerator for companies that work with the government to facilitating a global community of 360,000 people across 159 countries. 

    Dharmishta holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a BA in Design | Media Arts.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    I personally see leadership as a way to be of service to the world. Teaching others (and learning from them as well) is one of the ways that I can give back and be of service to others.

    What’s your favorite book about leadership?

    As a leader, learning to manage your own mind is an essential quality. My favorite “leadership book” won’t show up in the leadership section of the bookstore — it’s The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. This book describes relatable and easy techniques to “manage” one’s own mind. Learning this can help leaders everywhere to become more effective.

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    I’m likely to be volunteering somewhere in the Bay Area, doing creative projects in a number of different modalities (from cooking, to sewing, to creative writing, to photography) — or hosting social events.

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  • Erika Carlsen Managing Director, Civic Leadership

    Erika Carlsen

    Erika is passionate about leadership training and development to serve the public good. As Managing Director of Civic Leadership Programs, Erika oversees Coro’s civic leadership programs. Prior to joining Coro she worked at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she oversaw nine leadership development fellowship programs and the launch of the U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship and the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Fellowship. She previously held positions at Rockwood Leadership Institute and has served on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vesper Society, a private operating foundation. She is an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Institute for International Public Policy fellowship.

    Erika holds a BA from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Divinity with a focus on meditation, mindfulness, and leadership from Harvard Divinity School.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    We spend so much of our time and energy at work. Sometimes the work that we do professionally has meaning, and other times we may struggle to find that meaning. I work in leadership development to walk alongside leaders as they seek to find a deeper meaning in the work they do, and do that work more skillfully.

    What’s your favorite book about leadership?

    The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, and Alexander Grashow (Grashow is an alum of the New York Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs).

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    Spending time in nature, remaining active, enjoying time with my loved ones, and hanging out with my two black cats, Yuri and Kahlo.

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  • Genanne Walsh
    Genanne Walsh Senior Director of Revenue and Grants

    Genanne Walsh

    As Senior Director of Revenue and Grants, Genanne leads earned revenue efforts, philanthropic relationships, and strategic communication for the CEO. She has more than 15 years of experience grant writing, copywriting, editing, and consulting for organizations across the Bay Area and beyond. She’s also a prize-winning novelist and freelance editorial consultant for creative writers. 

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    Coro’s approach to leadership is empowering, egalitarian, and collaborative. I believe bringing more voices to the table can help move us toward a brighter future.

    What’s your favorite leadership book?

    Coro: Creation, Concepts, Contributions. This book contains a wealth of information about Coro’s early history and the thinking that went into the organization’s evolution. It’s invaluable in my work telling the story of Coro’s past, present, and future.

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    Hiking with my wife and dogs, or hanging out at the dog park. Have I mentioned that I love dogs?

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  • Laney Whitcanack CEO

    Laney Whitcanack

    Under Laney’s leadership, Coro has created more than 20 new programs and partnerships, increasing our program reach and impact across Northern California. With more than 20 years of experience as a social impact leader in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, Laney has a rich history with Coro. She graduated from the flagship Fellows Program in Public Affairs in the 1990s and was Director of Community Programs in the early 2000s. Before returning to Coro as CEO in 2016, Laney was a founder and executive in the tech sector. She frequently speaks and writes about leadership, social impact, and value visibility. Laney lives in San Francisco with her husband, two children, and one mischievous dog.

    How do you create impact in your role at Coro?

    I support my team and board to do their best, most transformative work — and I strive to get Coro training to more people.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    The possible. Most of us don’t have formalized opportunities to practice and refresh our toolbox for the most essential leadership tools. Coro provides these opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds.

    What’s your favorite leadership book?

    Negotiating at Work by Deborah Kolb. This book transformed my view of negotiation, from something to feel intimidated by to seeing it as creative problem solving. It opened my eyes to the many ways I negotiate every day.

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    Playing board games with my family.

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  • Lauren Haworth
    Lauren Haworth Senior Director of Finance and Operations

    Lauren Haworth

    As Coro’s Senior Director of Finance and Operations, Lauren supports the administrative and financial operations of the organization. Lauren brings a strategic lens to Coro’s finance and operations by identifying opportunities to enhance existing processes and systems. She has worked in the public sector for over 15 years, with a focus on financial and budget management. Her experience includes eight years as the Finance Director for the UCSF School of Dentistry. Other highlights of Lauren’s career include her role as Director of Finance and Operations for Marin Montessori School, Chief of Budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles, and Management Analyst for the Department of Justice, Office of Planning, Budget and Evaluation in Washington D.C. 

    Lauren earned her Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University. She is a graduate of Coro’s 2018 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development, Northern Cohort.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    Throughout my career, I have always found purpose in promoting professional development opportunities for both myself and others. Through these professional development experiences, I’ve developed a level of personal growth that I believe has not only improved my abilities as a professional, but also as a friend, a mom, a wife, a sister, and more. I am so excited to support the Coro team in providing these opportunities for so many in our community.

    What’s your favorite leadership quote? 

    “Humble inquiry is the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not already know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person.”
    — Edgar Schein in Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling  

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    Running around with my husband and kids! We love exploring different parks, playgrounds, and museums. 

     

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  • Rosa Terrazas
    Rosa Terrazas Senior Director of External Affairs

    Rosa Terrazas

    As Senior Director of External Affairs, Rosa oversees aspects of the organization’s operations, board stewardship, and strategic organizational projects. Previously, Rosa held various positions in the tech sector at BigTent (founded by Coro alums), Federated Media Publishing, and GreatSchools (founded by a Coro alum). She currently serves on a fundraising committee for the Unity Council, a community development nonprofit based in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, the neighborhood where she grew up. Rosa is an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, and previously served on the Boards of Directors for both Coro Northern California and YR Media (formerly known as Youth Radio). 

    Rosa holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and earned her M.A. from the Wright Institute.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    I believe that if we can support diverse voices at the table — and also expand our concept of the table — we as a society will be able to more effectively and humanely address our challenges. I consider it a privilege to work at an organization that provides leadership support to diverse voices.

    What’s your favorite leadership quote? 

    Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples.” — Rigoberta Menchu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    Hanging out with my husband and kids, exploring outdoor activities in the Bay Area and especially our hometown of Oakland. You can also find me volunteering at my kiddos’ schools.

     

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  • Shaya Kara
    Shaya Kara Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement

    Shaya Kara

    As Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement, Shaya maintains information and stewards relationships to support Coro’s impact, visibility, and financial resources. She most recently served as the Director of Community Development at the Peninsula Family YMCA. As an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, she values the influence that Coro’s tools and networks have had on her own life and strives to expand that impact in her role as a fundraiser and storyteller. Shaya has a passion for connecting people to something larger than themselves, and is excited to continue that work at Coro.

    What inspires you to work in leadership development?

    I believe that good leaders make for more equitable societies. Equity is all about meeting people where they are and empowering them to get where they want to go. Without the support of centered and compassionate leaders in my life, I would not be where I am today. I’m inspired to work in leadership development because I’m passionate about lifting barriers and raising consciousness.

    What’s your favorite leadership quote? 

    “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ― Rumi

    Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

    On Wednesdays and Sundays, you’ll find me at the Farmers Market by City Hall in San Francisco. Otherwise, I’ll be in a sunny patch of grass, listening to an audiobook or meditating. 

     

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  • Tracey Jones Honorary Coro Historian

    Tracey Jones

    After 22 years of dedication and service to Coro, in 2018 Tracey Jones transitioned out of her staff role to spend more time with her family. We are delighted that she will remain connected as the honorary Coro Historian, and will help us with special projects as they align with her schedule. Tracey was “born into Coro.” Her father, Jerry Jones, a Coro alum, served Coro for 19 years as Executive Director during the 1950s and ‘60s. Countless Coro alumni and staff have benefitted from Tracey’s competent expertise, incredible memory for detail, unfailing kindness, and warm sense of humor.

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Board of Directors

  • Abel Guillén
    Abel Guillén Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction CA Department of Education

    Abel Guillén

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  • Aimee Brown
    Aimee Brown Mentor Social Entrepreneurs Miller Center Global Social Benefit Institute of Santa Clara University

    Aimee Brown

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  • Amanda Perrot
    Amanda Perrot Director, Associate General Counsel Adobe Inc.

    Amanda Perrot

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  • Anthony Rodriguez
    Anthony Rodriguez Senior Strategist Friday

    Anthony Rodriguez

    Anthony Rodriguez (he/él/they) is a cross-sector collaborator, published researcher, and data-driven leader. He is passionate about harnessing partnerships, research, and stakeholder engagements to catalyze change, create effective policies, programs, and decisions, and guide strategic planning to scale programmatic delivery for low-income communities of color through education, civic engagement, and poverty alleviation initiatives.

    As a Senior Strategist for Friday, Anthony advises leading non-profits, foundations, government agencies, and companies working across education, economic opportunity, and community development on developing clear strategic direction.  Prior to joining Friday, Anthony was a Program Analyst for the California Community Foundation, where he advised philanthropic, evaluation, data, communications, government, and community partners on strategies for targeting outreach and education efforts towards hard-to-count populations in the 2020 Census for LA County, the hardest to count region in the nation.

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Anthony is a proud double bear, having received a Bachelors of Arts in Development Studies and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He is an alumni of Coro Northern California’s Fellowship in Public Affairs Program (Class of 2017)

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  • Ben Hur
    Ben Hur Managing Partner SF Office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    Ben Hur

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  • Bill Jackson
    Bill Jackson Founder Family Engagement Labs

    Bill Jackson

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  • Christina Giguere President Inner Spark Foundation

    Christina Giguere

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  • Derick Brown
    Derick Brown Senior Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center University of San Francisco

    Derick Brown

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  • Diana Bricknell Senior Program Manager Google, LLC

    Diana Bricknell

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  • Diana Tate Vermeire
    Diana Tate Vermeire Senior VP of Strategy Schott Foundation for Public Education

    Diana Tate Vermeire

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  • Evonne M. Silva Senior Program Director, Criminal Justice and Workforce Development Code for America

    Evonne M. Silva

    Evonne works as the Senior Program Director for Criminal Justice and Workforce Development at Code for America. In this role, she manages program and partnership staff and leads cross-functional teams of engineering, design, and product staff to develop civic technology aimed at transforming the criminal justice and workforce development systems. Towards this end, she oversees forging meaningful partnerships with local and state governments, community-based organizations, and stakeholders across the country; designs and implements impactful policy and advocacy strategies; and advises on service-delivery developments that seek to improve the way governments deliver key services to the people who need it most.

    Previously, Evonne served as Compliance Counsel & Director of People Systems at the ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC), advising the organization on a range of internal legal matters and overseeing risk management and compliance programs while driving process improvements across business functions and leading the HR and IT teams. She also worked as the ACLU-NC’s Legal-Policy Department Manager & Attorney.

    Before joining the ACLU-NC, Evonne worked as a staff attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) where she implemented the Immigrant Consumer Justice Project. Evonne has also served as an investigator with the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown University School of Law and paralegal with the Death Penalty Clinic at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She led a statewide advocacy initiative as a Nutrition Policy Advocate with California Food Policy Advocates.

    Evonne is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, where she was selected into the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and enrolled in the Critical Race Specialization. While in law school, Evonne served as a judicial extern with the Honorable Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. She was appointed to serve as a member on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.

    In addition to serving as a member of the CORO Board of Directors ​Evonne is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley School of Law where she teaches Legal Ethics to second- and third-year law students.

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  • Hank Dempsey
    Hank Dempsey Head of Public Policy, California Snap, Inc.

    Hank Dempsey

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  • Marianna Pisano
    Marianna Pisano Managing Director, Healthcare, Higher Education and NFP Group JP Morgan Chase

    Marianna Pisano

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  • Minden Beach
    Minden Beach Senior Director, Learning & Development First Republic Bank

    Minden Beach

    Minden serves at the Sr. Director of Learning & Development at First Republic Bank. She oversees bank-wide training, leadership development, on-boarding, and professional development. Previously at PG&E, she directed leadership development, university recruitment strategy, and diversity workforce
    development programs. Prior to transitioning to the business sector, Minden spent 15 years developing
    and leading programs for youth and adults in various nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay
    Area.

    Minden is also a Certified Executive and Leadership Development Coach. Her focus is on strength-based
    coaching and she works with clients to build self-awareness, identify their unique leadership style, and
    align their actions with personal and professional goals.

    Minden has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her
    Masters of Public Administration from San Francisco State University.

    Minden has a long history with Coro. She is a graduate of the Community Fellows Program (2003) and
    served on the Coro training staff for several years. She was the Director of the Coro Fellows Program and
    then transitioned to Sr. Director of Leadership Development responsible for developing key partnerships
    with large public-sector organizations and adapting Coro’s curriculum to various audiences.

    Minden lives in Pacifica with her wife and twin boys. She loves camping, dancing, and hanging out at the
    beach with her family.

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  • Vera Moore
    Vera Moore Senior Vice President, Community Relations West Leader Citi

    Vera Moore

    Vera Moore has been an advocate for communities of color and low- and moderate- income communities her entire career. With nearly 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors, Vera is a Senior Vice President in Citi’s Community Investing and Development function. In this role, Vera oversees the West Community Relations team and is responsible for building authentic relationships with key stakeholders and connecting Citi’s people, expertise, resources, products and services to help expand equitable opportunities for all.

    Prior to joining Citi, Vera served as the California Community Engagement Market Manager for JPMorgan Chase. Vera had a significant role in the firm’s commitment to invest $75 million in the Bay Area through its AdvancingCities initiative — a five-year, $500 million effort to create greater economic opportunity nationwide. Vera was also responsible for the local implementation of JPMC’s five-year, $30 billion Racial Equity Commitment in California. 

    Vera held several leadership roles at national nonprofit organizations prior to joining the private sector. She served as the Director of the Urban Youth Empowerment Program at the National Urban League where she oversaw a $10 million workforce development, education, and training program for underserved youth living in high-poverty, high-crime communities nationwide. Vera also managed the Consulting and Technical Assistance Division at Seedco, where she provided capacity building services to foundations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations focused on workforce development, asset building and work supports.

    A former Manhattan Borough President’s Office Community Planning Fellow, Vera holds a Master’s of Urban Planning from New York University and a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2015, Vera completed a competitive fellowship with Coro Leadership New York (LNY26). She also completed the African American Board Leadership Institute’s Board Leadership Program in 2018. Vera is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., sits on the Northern California Grantmakers – Nonprofit Displacement Project Steering Committee, and recently joined the Coro Northern California Board of Directors in 2021.

    For her courageous commitment to nonprofit organizations, Vera has been recognized as Community Reinvestment Visionary of the Year by ASIAN, Inc., a Powerful Woman of the Bay Area by Black Women Organized for Political Action and the Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment, and a Corporate Leader by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Oakland/Bay Area Chapter and the National Urban League. She also joined the San Francisco Business Times – 40 Under 40 Class of 2021.

    A California native, Vera is based in San Francisco and resides in Pittsburg, CA.

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Coro Centers

Coro Centers bring innovative leadership training to diverse youth and adults across the country. Together, we offer more than 40 leadership programs and are supported by almost 200 institutional funding partners and thousands of generous individual and alumni donors.

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