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Work experience

Jul 2006Present

Chief Program Officer

MAAC Project
  • Lead a staff of 100 people, including three Directors, in strategic planning, direction and program implementation dedicated to reducing poverty and increasing self sufficiency
  • Implemented clear goals/metrics, as well as web-based tracking tool, for all outcomes
  • Expertly manage over 30 separate grants (local, state and national foundation and government) totaling $8.3 million annually
  • Oversee and ensure, impact, compliance and efficacy for all MAAC Project social service programs including Health Services, Community Development and our Charter High School

Director, Community Development

MAAC Project
  • Lead Community Development team in strategic direction and strategic planning
  • Effectively, directed and mentored a staff of over 35, including (3) Managers and (10) Volunteers
  • Planned, fundraised and implemented the expansion of the Community Development budget/resouces which grew from $251,000/ year to approximately $1.6 million a year

Manager, Community Network Computer Centers

City of Watsonville
  • Directed the operation of youth-oriented computer centers around the city
  • Created a youth group to serve as mentors and as a resource for the Computer Center as well as the community of Watsonville
  • Trained and supervised newly hired employees
  • Created curriculum, as well as policies and procedures for all city-run Youth Computer Centers
  • Coordinated Watsonville Community Computer/ Reading Literacy Program

Visiting Lecturer, “Values and Change in a Diverse Society”

UC Santa Cruz
  • Researched and developed all curriculum and related class material
  • Facilitated class discussions on issues of culture, diversity, and tolerance
  • Graded and evaluated written work, including end-of-term written evaluations

Teaching Fellow, “Culture, Illness, and Healing: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Medicine”

  • Selected and taught course material that compared Western and non-Western culture to consider the universal and culturally specific aspects in the experience and treatment of illness
  • Advised students on their individual class projects and papers
  • Graded and evaluated written work, including end of term papers and essays

Supervisor, Mail Sorting Facility

US Postal Service
  • Responsible for all aspects of mail processing including: dispatch, quality control, budget, staffing, machinery, and minor personnel issues
  • Supervised shift of up to 80 people
  • Consistently met or exceeded all operational goals and benchmarks


Academic Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Scholar
  • Prize Fellowship, Harvard Univserity
  • Winkler Foundation Fellowship, Harvard University
  • Graduated with Honors, Distinction in the Major, (Cultural Anthropology, UCSB)
  • University of California, President's Award for Community Service
  • Dean's Honor List, Six Consecutive Quarters, UC Santa Barbara, 1989-1991


Recent Accomplishments
  • Developed strategic partnerships and acted as spokesperson for MAAC Project around advocacy and policy positions that affect the poor, underserved communities in San Diego County
  • Successfully raised over $2,000,000 in new grants and other foundation support
  • Worked with a team of 26 community stakeholders (ACCORD) to negotiate one of the largest private Community Benefit Agreements in the nation
  • Appointed to serve as a Director on local, state and national boards committed to reducing poverty
  • Lead MAAC Project as well as represent the San Diego region regarding issues of Community Technology through work on boards such as, CETF and The Governor’s California Broadband Taskforce
  • Enthusiastically and successfully mentored many “next generation” leaders in/for the nonprofit sector

Committees and Organizations

  • California Broadband Taskforce, Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • California Emerging Technology Foundation, Member, Board of Expert Advisors
  • San Diego Community Technology Coalition, Founding Board Member
  • Alliance for PublicTechnology, Treasurer and Executive Board Member
  • Community Technology Foundation of California, ZeroDivide Fellow, Class II
  • San Diego Small Schools Committee Taskforce, School Board Member Appointee
  • Justice Overcoming Boundaries (San Diego Gamaliel Affiliate), Board Member
  • AJA Project, Member, Board of Directors
  • A.C.C.O.R.D, A Community Coalition for Responsible Development, Chairperson,

Key Trainings and Certifications

  • Charter Schools: Charting a Course for the Coming Decade, Harvard University
  • LEAD San Diego, Class of 2007
  • Principles & Techniques of Fundraising, Center on Philanthropy, University of Indiana
  • Outcome Thinking and Management, Center for Outcomes of The Rensselaerville Institute, NY
  • Earned Income Strategies for Nonprofits, The Grantsmanship Center
  • GIS Mapping for Community Initiatives, UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge
  • Teaching English as a Second Language(TEFL) Certificate,Boston Language Institute