Marc Spencer Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Marc Spencer has twenty years of experience in the nonprofit management sector specializing in social enterprise, fund and program development; contracts and compliance; quality management; public-private joint ventures, and performance management. Dr. Spencer’s guiding interests are the development of programs and policies that promote socio-economic and educational achievement as essential components to sustain communities. His accomplishments include the development of a San Francisco African American independent school, the design and directorship of the nation's first Upward Bound Visual and Performing Arts program, and the creation of CollegeSet.org, a national matched college savings platform for low-income students. During his six year tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Juma has scaled nationwide: its social enterprise business portfolio expanded from 2 to 10, jobs created annually increased fourfold, and agency revenue grew 83%. Today, over 95% of Juma's youth graduate from high school and 90% enter post secondary education. In 2012, the San Francisco Business Times selected Dr. Spencer as the Most Admired Nonprofit CEO of the Bay Area. Dr. Spencer sits on the boards of the National Youth Employment Coalition, Social Enterprise Alliance, Evergreen Lodge, City of San Francisco Youth Council, Oakland Workforce Investment, and the Museum of the African Diaspora.
Nick Hutchinson Chief Operating Officer
A native of Northern California, Nick came to Juma from the Arusha Project, a microfinance institution based in East Africa, where he was Executive Director. Nick has more than ten years of experience leading nonprofit organizations. His development background includes national political campaigns and public arts projects, including work with inSite05, a contemporary arts biennial in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. He has served as a consultant for the International Rescue Committee in Southern California. In San Francisco, he worked as Development Director for an education organization that serves 7,500 low-income students in four Bay Area counties. Since joining Juma, Nick has secured multi-year funding from corporate, private foundation, and government sources to replicate Juma's program model in New York City, New Orleans and San Diego, increasing the agency's budget by 17% per year (to $5.6 million). Nick graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.
Adriane Gamble Armstrong Managing Director of Programs
Adriane Gamble Armstrong has nearly a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, working on issues ranging from public health and environmental justice to education and youth aging out of foster care. Common threads in her work have been the pursuit of social justice and serving underserved communities, and prior to joining Juma, Adriane worked in community development with Local Initiatives Support Corporation. At Juma, Adriane's accomplishments include the launch of CollegeSet, a $2m initiative to provide low-income youth with financial capability training and savings accounts; and the launch of Aspire, an AT&T-funded initiative to reduce high school drop-out rates by engaging middle school students in literacy, math, financial capability and career exposure. During her tenure, Juma has experienced a 100% high school graduation rate and 98% of students have matriculated to post-secondary education. Adriane has also played a key role in Juma's national expansion, as she launched the New York City office in the fall of 2011 and is responsible for developing strategic partnerships in replication sites (San Diego, New Orleans, Seattle and Santa Clara).
Adriane holds an MBA with an emphasis in nonprofit management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as an MA in social psychology and a B.A. in comparative studies in race and ethnicity from Stanford University. She resides in Oakland.
Jared Leiderman Director of Finance and Administration
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jared has worked for many non-profit organizations in education reform, economic development, and conflict management. Jared is a mediator and has taught workshops on negotiation and communication for businesses, the International Criminal Court, and universities including Harvard, Northwestern, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Jared holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he received a George Foundation Fellowship in Public Leadership, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he received a Reynolds Foundation Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. He received his BA from Swarthmore College and is passionate about public service.
Richard Martinez Director of Enterprise
Richard M. Martinez comes to Juma with over 12 years of experience in management, business development and sports marketing. Prior to joining Juma, Richard co-founded Pacific West Athletics in 2002. Under Richard's direction, PacWest became the largest training operation in the Bay Area, helping 10,000+ people achieve their fitness goals. Prior to launching PacWest, Richard served as Director of Marketing at MGO Sports Marketing Group in Walnut Creek, working with select clientele in the corporate, collegiate and professional sports industries. He holds an MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Sports Management from USF. He received his BS in Industrial Technology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Richard joined Juma in August of 2013.
Alejandro Castelan Youth Development Coordinator Alejandro was born in the Bronx, New York to Mexican immigrants. He lived in Mexico for three years during his childhood where he was a cowboy and farmer while not at school. He finally settled down in Riverside, CA during his teenage years. He was first introduced to the Bay Area while attending UC Berkeley and has been in love with Northern California ever since. Alejandro graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with degrees in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. He started working with youth during high school, serving as a mentor for middle school students, and continued to do academic outreach with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund while at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Juma, Alejandro worked to close the achievement gap for high school students with the College Adviser Corps and Think Together. He is excited to return to the Bay Area and work with Juma to help youth achieve their goal of obtaining a four year college degree. Alejandro joined Juma in June 2013.
Sarah Chavez Development Manager
Sarah's love affair with nonprofit development started with an AmeriCorps term of service. Since then, she has developed an affinity for the "behind-the-scenes" work of organizations focused on youth development, equitable opportunities in education, and social justice. Sarah has worked for several nonprofits as a grant writer, grant-maker, and editor, most recently as Grant Writer at the San Francisco Education Fund. She holds an MIA from UCSD in Latin American Politics and a BA from UCLA in both Philosophy and French. She is passionate about storytelling, justice as fairness, and how we talk about ethics in a practical way as it pertains to our society and daily lives.
Michael Chion Accountant
Michael was born in Chicago and later moved to Florida when he was twelve. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Harvard University. After a few years at a variety of jobs, he got his M.A. in Accounting from San Jose State University. As a CPA with public accounting experience, he is excited to apply his for-profit accounting knowledge to the non-profit sector. He joined Juma in September 2013.
Marisela Chevez College Coach
Born in Los Angeles, California to immigrants from El Salvador, Marisela is a proud alumna of UC Berkeley. After graduating with a B.S. in History, Marisela worked for the American Civil Liberties Union where she gained invaluable experience working with government, non-profit and community organizations as well as the media. She has also worked as a Communications Specialist and an Educational Outreach Coordinator and has volunteered for non-profits focused on increasing access to higher education. Marisela joined Juma in 2013.
Charity Clay Youth Development Coordinator
Charity is originally from Minneapolis, MN. She attended the University of Missouri Kansas City, where she played college basketball, then transferred to DePaul university in Chicago. Charity graduated with bachelor's degrees in both Accounting and Urban Policy. She continued her studies at Texas A&M University, where she received a MA in sociology, and is currently a doctoral candidate. Charity's dissertation focuses on identity negotiation for Black women playing Division I college basketball. She moved to Oakland in 2010 because of the city's history of activism and began her youth work at Seneca Center's residential treatment facility for teens in Concord. She is passionate about empowering youth and providing resources to help students succeed academically and socially as they transition into adulthood. Charity joined Juma in January 2013
Melvin Cowan Youth Development Coordinator
Melvin grew up in the Blue Grass hills of Lexington, Kentucky. Equipped with a B.A. in speech communication from Berea College, a concentration in entrepreneurship for the public good, a wealth of experience in community and youth development, and a passion for living, he has traveled throughout the U.S. committing his life to serving the people of the world, one person at a time. As a social servant of change, Melvin has served three consecutive terms in AmeriCorps as a teen coordinator and school age director. He specializes in youth development, volunteerism, mentorship, and community development. Melvin joined Juma in April of 2010.
Imani Farley CollegeSet Project Manager
Imani joined the Juma staff in August 2011, and manages the New York CollegeSet Initiative. Prior to joining Juma, Imani served as a Program Coordinator for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) where she recruited and trained college students for finance internships, developed and facilitated training workshops, managed investment banking partnerships, and managed the pre-internship program SEO-U. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Imani holds a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training and exercise science from George Washington University and is an alumna of the CORO Fellowship in Public Affairs, a nationwide leadership training program, where she completed placements with the NY Department of Transportation, the United Federation of Teachers, Domestic Workers United, Ernst & Young, Heritage Health and Housing and Echoing Green.
Kevin Franco Youth Development Coordinator
Kevin was born in Los Angeles, but was raised 30 minutes from downtown LA in the San Fernando Valley. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. From there, Kevin began work with a college access support program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica. He is passionate about empowering youth and has done community organizing surrounding various social issues, in particular issues that affect Queer youth. Kevin enjoys music, dancing, theory, and people. He joined Juma in May 2012.
David E. Garcia Youth Development Coordinator
David is originally from Tijuana/San Diego. He recently graduated from University of California Davis with a Cultural Anthropology degree. David feels passionately about working with youth whose potential has yet to be understood. While growing up in the Southern California region, he felt there was great lack of support for students trying to reach higher education. This has motivated him to work with aspiring youth in these communities. As a YDC at Juma, he hopes to help students meet the high expectations set for them. David joined Juma in September 2012.
Nathan Gardner Director of Learning and Evaluation Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Nathan developed a passion for nonprofit technology and social sector data analysis while working as a bilingual paralegal and civil rights investigator in Northern California. Before joining Juma, Nathan worked as a non-profit consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nathan is also a certified domestic violence counselor and has been recognized by the California State Senate for his work with Bay Area domestic violence agencies. Nathan holds a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College. He joined Juma in May 2013.
Vanessa Gonzales College Coach
Originally from the San Fernando Valley, Vanessa is a proud alumnus of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies Vanessa joined AmeriCorps as a Public Ally where she gained invaluable experience coordinating and working on a variety of community service projects to benefit the greater Milwaukee area. She was then hired as a Pre-College Advisor by the United Community Center, a non-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of the Milwaukee Latino community. There, she filled a number of roles including that of a ACT course facilitator, social coordinator, and mentor for more than 50 high school students. Vanessa and her Chihuahua moved to San Francisco in 2011 and joined Juma in April 2012.
Monica Guerra Youth Development Coordinator
Monica was born and raised in San Francisco’s Outer Mission district. She briefly lived in Venezuela for a couple years in the late 90s. Her background is Colombian and Venezuelan, and she enjoys visiting both countries from time to time. In 2012, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a Broadcast degree. Monica's passion primarily revolves around youth resources and employment. After graduating Balboa High School, she returned to help as an internship coordinator, finding students job opportunities and resources. During the 2012 tax year, Monica volunteered as a tax preparer at Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), and will continue to volunteer with MEDA. Monica joined Juma in January 2013.
Sukie Jefferson CollegeSet Project Manager
Sukie Aïda Jefferson is a cum laude graduate of Spelman College who double majored in Sociology and Anthropology while completing a minor in Public Health from Morehouse College. Her interest in cultural Anthropology and global health led her to study Western and traditional Brazilian health practices in Bahia, Brazil while researching environmental justice issues in the local favelas. Sukie spent a recent summer working under the direction of Juliana Myeya in the Mwanza region of North-Western Tanzania as an intern for CARE International. Her research focused on evaluating a Women and Girls Empowerment Program (WAGE II) that seeks to bring quality reproductive and sexual health services to marginalized women and adolescent girls. As a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, Sukie plans to continue traveling the world and developing innovative action plans for communal transformation and social change. After receiving her doctorate in Public Health, Sukie will move overseas and work with a non-profit agency to contribute her efforts towards the eradication of global poverty. Sukie is the youngest of three and is currently living in Oakland California, where she is earning her Master of Public Health degree from the University of San Francisco.
Emily Lavin Communications Manager
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Emily has worked as a reporter and editor in both California and New York City and is excited to bring her storytelling skills to the nonprofit world. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Davis and an M.A. in Journalism from the City University of New York. Emily joined Juma in May 2013.
Christina Lee Youth Development Coordinator
Christina grew up in southbay San Diego and began serving at-risk communities at the age of 12. These experiences instilled a passion to do more for these groups, especially the youth who are forced into these lifestyles. Christina attended the University of California, Berkeley where she studied Political Economy and also minored in Global Poverty and Practice. Her minor made her realize that more is needed to be done through youth development in order to alleviate the poverty cycle. Upon graduation in May 2012, Christina moved back to San Diego in order to give back to her hometown. She joined Juma in 2013.
Mason Moore Enterprise General Manager
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mason and his family moved to the Bay Area in 2003 from Seattle Washington. In 2009, Mason graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Mass Communications. While at Cal, Mason co-founded a student dad’s group and ran the on-campus sports pub. Mason brings extensive food and beverage knowledge and management experience to the enterprise team and has a passion for working with youth. Mason transitioned to Juma from the San Francisco 49ers Community Relations Department and is working on his Masters in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco.
Stephen Norris Enterprise Manager
Stephen grew up on the east coast around the D.C. area and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007. He spent 3.5 years with a non-profit program working to reduce recidivism in juvenile offenders in the city of Baltimore, MD before moving out to Seattle. He focused on youth employment in concession jobs at Camden Yards and in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, MD to give youth the skills they need to succeed in school, work, and beyond. Stephen was thrilled to join the Juma team in March of 2013.
Eduardo Ontiveros Enterprise Manager
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Eduardo Ontiveros previously worked in the financial services industry. Eduardo was working as an operations manager at two San Diego stadiums when he first began to interact with Juma. He was so impressed with their work and the organization that after 6 months of working side by side with Juma’s operation he jumped at the chance to become a full time Enterprise Manager for the program in 2010. Eduardo also currently serves as the youth leader for his church.
Fira Ostrovsky Controller
A native of Kiev, Russia, Fira earned her Masters Degree in mechanical engineering and worked as an engineer in Russia before immigrating to the United States in 1994. She has since worked in Accounting in the private and nonprofit sectors and has overseen Juma's financial operations for more than ten years. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.
Rafael Platas Oakland Enterprise Manager
Born and raised in the central-south of Mexico, Rafael holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business Administration. Rafael has more than three years of experience working in the food industry with a family business, and more than two and a half years of outstanding customer service working with international clients as a real estate advisor.
Brittany Russell San Diego Site Director
Brittany grew up in San Diego. She attended the University of California, Davis majoring in human development and competing in NCAA Water Polo. After graduation in 2004, Brittany traveled extensively throughout the world, learning about different cultures and working in a variety of jobs; all focusing on youth development and education. She has been working in the education and nonprofit sectors since returning to San Diego in 2008. Brittany joined the Juma Team in March of 2011.
Brian Sauer Bay Area Program Director
Brian has fifteen years of experience as an educational professional in the Bay Area. As an Algebra and Life Sciences teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District, he was dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to excel academically by delivering rigorous and relevant curriculum. Brian joined Juma in 2009 to launch the College Services Program, providing a variety of support services to students pursuing their post-secondary degree. In addition to College Services, Brian also manages the Aspire and Pathways Programs in the Bay Area. Originally from Montana, Brian earned his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and a California Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University.
Sophie Speer Development Associate
Sophie grew up in Chico, California. She first made her way to the Bay Area by route of Santa Clara University, where she studied communication, ethnic studies, and music. After a two-year stint traveling through Europe, Sophie returned to the Bay passionate about working to develop a more just, equitable community. Her work with nonprofits includes time spent at the Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) in Santa Clara and Performing Arts Workshop in San Francisco. She's especially interested in Corporate Social Responsibility and the relationships between NPOs, corporations, and their communities.
McKenzie Stewart College Coach
McKenzie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. From an early age, her family instilled in her the idea that a life of service and giving back to the community is a life of fulfillment and success and that a four-year college education is not only a necessity but a privilege. After attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, for her first year of school, McKenzie completed her Bachelor’s degree in international studies at the University of California, Irvine. Initially hired as lead tutor at Juma Oakland, McKenzie’s transition to the role of YDC in San Francisco is one she embraces with vigor and excitement, eager to assist Juma youth in their successful transition from high school to a four-year college/university.
Oleg Strutsovski IT & Office Assistant
Oleg was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He came to San Francisco at the age of eleven, where he attended middle and high school. During college he worked for several years with Congregation Sherith Israel, a historic San Francisco landmark. He also had a chance to work in the business finance world at the well established Oxbridge House investment firm. Oleg graduated from the University of San Francisco and joined Juma in May 2012.
Britt Taylor-Vernon Program Associate
A proud Oakland native, Britt graduated from Mills College with her B.A. in English creative writing. She is currently a graduate student at Dominican University of California where she will graduate with her M.A. in political theory. She began working with youth at Mills after participating in a program called SAW (Summer Academic Workshop for Leaders and Scholars). The program focused on developing study skills and making a smooth high-school to college transition for first-generation, low income women of color. As a SAW woman and as a SAW peer advisor, she had some of the most rewarding experiences of her life. Britt joined Juma in September 2011.
Yu-Chuan (Kathleen) Tai Youth Development Coordinator
Kathleen has a strong passion for working with youth and helping them achieve their full potential. Kathleen was born and raised in Taiwan. She majored in English and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at National Taiwan Normal University. Before coming to Juma, Kathleen taught Mandarin Chinese at a public high school in Michigan for two years. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.
Mallory Valenzuela Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
Mallory was born and raised in the Bay Area and later moved to Rocklin, CA. She graduated with a B.A. in Asian American Studies with a Pilipino Concentration and a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA, where she served as a Peer Adviser and Internship Coordinator with the access project Samahang Pilipino Advancing Community Empowerment (SPACE) and was later elected President of Samahang Pilipino. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she researched Pilipina caregivers and their working conditions and completed her Sociology Honors Thesis “Aging in America: Migrant Domestic Workers in Nursing Homes.” She joined Juma in August 2013.
Irene Van Youth Development Coordinator
Irene Van is a proud East Side San Jose native. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in May 2011 with a degree in ethnic studies and a minor in education. Throughout college, Irene became heavily involved in campus organizing, activism, and programs focused on mentoring and empowering youth. She enjoys writing spoken word poetry, performing in plays, and incorporating art and activism into her work. Irene joined Juma in July 2011.
Beth Williams Assets Manager Beth brings a passion for social justice and economic empowerment to her role. She enjoys contributing to a team dedicated to the continued innovation of Juma’s financial capability and IDA programs. Beth also combines her interests in asset-building and public service by volunteering as a Financial Coach to low-income clients. She has previously worked with several Bay Area nonprofits in the areas of workforce development, financial empowerment, environmental justice and corporate social responsibility. Beth graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Society and Environment. She joined Juma in 2012.
Andrew Yeung Youth Development Coordinator
Born and raised in smog-stifled San Gabriel, CA, Andrew happily transplanted himself to the bay area in 2009. An alumnus of UC Berkeley, he graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in English with a minor in Conservation and Resource Studies. Having worked in various capacities in youth outreach, Andrew most recently guided at-risk youth in alternative education in Oakland and Hayward with Moving Forward Education. When not working for Juma’s emerging Aspire program, Andrew spends his time between two bands, in occasional tour vans, perpetually buried in a book (comic, fiction, etc.). Andrew joined Juma in September 2013.
Alvin Yu Assistant Enterprise Manager
Alvin was born, raised, and currently resides in the city of San Francisco. He grew up on the “rough side” of the city and now lives in the Sunnydale district. Alvin’s first job was working at Patelco Credit Union. He then joined Juma Ventures as a cart employee and stadium vendor. Alvin explored further opportunities with the organization and was eventually elevated to managerial roles in the enterprise department. Studying business management at San Francisco State University, Alvin looks to expand his knowledge in management from school to larger money-making experiences.
Miranda Zhu Human Resources Manager
Miranda was born and raised in San Francisco. She started her work with youth development programs as participant of MYEEP (Mayor's Youth Education and Employment Program) and Juma Ventures while in high school. Upon completion of her degree from University of California, Davis, she returned to Juma to pursue her interest in youth development. Having benefited from both programs, she wants to help offer the same opportunities that were made available to her so that youth have the means to complete a college education.
Juma Board of Directors - 2013
Ara Chackerian (Chair)
Healthcare General Partner, ASC Capital Holdings
Amy Schioldager (Vice Chair)
Managing Director, Global Head of Index Equity, BlackRock
David Corey (Treasurer)
Principal, Strategic Partners Fund Solutions, an affiliate of The Blackstone Group
Anthony Rodriguez (Secretary)
Graduate, University of California, Berkeley, Juma Alumnus
Angel Chavez (Development Committee Chair)
Second Vice President, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC
Scott Garell (Enterprise Committee Chair)
CEO, GoodSearch LLC
Jason Trimiew (Program Committee Chair)
Director, Fund and Business Development, REDF
Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
Former President & Vice-Chairman of the Board at Wilshire Associates
Director, Community Development, Merrill Lynch
Managing Director, Hillcrest Venture Partners
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Gap Inc.
Freelance Creative/Art Director, Kurt Lighthouse
Principal, Isabel Valdes Consulting
San Diego Board of Advisors
Vice President Community Relations, Citibank
Southern California Regional Sales Manager & National Account Manager, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Workfoce Development Manager, Manpower
Executive Director, Barrio Logan College Institute
President, Dadian & Associates
Sabrina Green, Esq.
Partner, Stratton & Green
Vice President, Impact Strategies & Mobilization, United Way of San Diego County
Vice President, Product Management, Vistage
General Manager, Centerplate Qualcomm Stadium
Dr. Chuck Podhorsky
Principal, Hoover High School
Margie De Ruyter
Director - Youth Division, San Diego Workforce Partnership
Chairman, Casa Familiar/Gang Commission
President, National Latina Business Women's Association
Chief Financial Officer, San Diego Housing Commission
New York City Board of Advisors
Richard R. Buery, Jr.
President/CEO, The Children’s Aid Society
Executive Director, Council of Urban Professionals
Vice President, Commercial Development and Leasing, Forest City Ratner
Managing Director, Royal Bank of Scotland
Portfolio Manager, Blackrock
Founder, Taproot Foundation
Senior Relationship Manager, J.P. Morgan Retirement Services
Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, National Basketball Association
Senior Vice President, Corporate Treasury, Citigroup
Sr. Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development, Mayor's Office of the City of New York
Senior Vice President, Forbes Private Capital Group
Senior Vice President and Community Development (CD) Officer, Citi
Resident Counsel, Ford Foundation
Senior Vice President, Global Sponsorship Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing (SUM)
Business Development Manager, Capital One
New Orleans Board of Advisors
Mark S. Boucree
Vice President, Community Development Banking, Capital One Bank
Banana Republic, New Orleans District Manager
Director, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development City of New Orleans
Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
Attorney, Mental Health Advocacy Service
Michael L. Williamson
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Seattle Board of Advisors
Vice President, FareStart/Director, Catalyst Kitchens
Vice President, Community Affairs, U.S. Bank
Vice President, Community Investment and Social Impact, Northwest Credit Union Association
President, CASCADE Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.
Aimee Wood Hirata
Managing Director, BlackRock Alternative Advisors
Juma Board Emeritus
CEO, Progress Investment Management Company