Alumnae

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Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, most recently as Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C., where she still serves as a senior fellow.

Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, most recently as Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C., where she still serves as a senior fellow. She has worked on a variety of economic development and social justice issues for more than 15 years and is regarded as a leader in the national “green jobs” movement.

Sarah Granger is the Project Director for the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, an organization dedicated to promoting socially responsible uses of information and communications technologies around the world. She served as a delegate to the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 and is an active member of the U.S. Association for Computing Machinery Public Policy Committee. Granger previously ran the Internet campaign for former Senator Gary Hart's 2004 U.S. Presidential "testing the waters" organization.

Sarah Granger is the Project Director for the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, an organization dedicated to promoting socially responsible uses of information and communications technologies around the world. She served as a delegate to the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 and is an active member of the U.S. Association for Computing Machinery Public Policy Committee. Granger previously ran the Internet campaign for former Senator Gary Hart's 2004 U.S. Presidential "testing the waters" organization.

Ann Grabowski currently serves on the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, advocating for victim centered, trauma informed policy and procedural changes to our service delivery systems. Ann is the immediate past Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, former Vice President of Political Action for the Democratic Activists for Women Now, and currently serves as the Director of Programming and Education of the National Women's Political Caucus of Silicon Valley. Additionally, she manages leadership and education programming and chairs the advisory board for the women of Kappa Delta Sorority at San Jose State University.

Ann Grabowski currently serves on the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, advocating for victim centered, trauma informed policy and procedural changes to our service delivery systems. Ann is the immediate past Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, former Vice President of Political Action for the Democratic Activists for Women Now, and currently serves as the Director of Programming and Education of the National Women's Political Caucus of Silicon Valley.

Since 2014, Teddy Gray King has served as an elected member of the Piedmont City Council. Teddy's political and government experience spans over two decades, in both California and in Washington DC. 

Since 2014, Teddy Gray King has served as an elected member of the Piedmont City Council.

Darcie Green is the Community & Government Relations Manager for Kaiser Permanente South Bay and a Trustee for the Santa Clara County Board of Education. Darcie is one of the youngest Board of Education members in California and is proud to be a voice for some of the most underserved and economically disadvantaged communities in her county.

Darcie Green is the Community & Government Relations Manager for Kaiser Permanente South Bay and a Trustee for the Santa Clara County Board of Education. Darcie is one of the youngest Board of Education members in California and is proud to be a voice for some of the most underserved and economically disadvantaged communities in her county.

Beverly Greene's experience in the private sector includes the development and implementation of marketing strategies and plans at The Clorox Company, The Learning Company, and NetNoir.com, among others. She has also served as a Legislative Assistant to California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. She volunteered as a Board Member of a non-profit literary arts organization before becoming its Executive Director.

Beverly Greene's experience in the private sector includes the development and implementation of marketing strategies and plans at The Clorox Company, The Learning Company, and NetNoir.com, among others. She has also served as a Legislative Assistant to California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. She volunteered as a Board Member of a non-profit literary arts organization before becoming its Executive Director. She is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and currently serves as the Chairperson of the Public Service and Education committee.Beverly earned a M.B.A.

I am a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and a current abortion provider. Currently, I am the reproductive health advocacy fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health.

Dr. Pratima Gupta, MD, MPH
I am a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and a current abortion provider. Currently, I am the reproductive health advocacy fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health. Previously, I worked at Kaiser Permanente for 8 years where my focus was on expanding abortion access and resident education around sexual and reproductive health. I completed a Fellowship in Family Planning at the University of California, San Francisco in 2005.

Anne is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Gyemant Paris Law. She created her law practice with a deep understanding of the importance of family. When a legal issue comes up in a family, it is important to have a caring professional on your side. She cares deeply about families, and has focused her work on serving them through the law. They are a women owned business and all of our team members are mothers. Anne is the third–generation woman attorney in her family, following the footsteps of her grandmother and mother.

Anne is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Gyemant Paris Law. She created her law practice with a deep understanding of the importance of family. When a legal issue comes up in a family, it is important to have a caring professional on your side. She cares deeply about families, and has focused her work on serving them through the law. They are a women owned business and all of our team members are mothers. Anne is the third–generation woman attorney in her family, following the footsteps of her grandmother and mother.

Jill Habig is Special Assistant Attorney General to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. As a member of the office's senior staff, she advises the Attorney General on key legal and policy issues, including healthcare, education, and civil rights.

Jill Habig is Special Assistant Attorney General to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. As a member of the office's senior staff, she advises the Attorney General on key legal and policy issues, including healthcare, education, and civil rights.

The City of Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women is one of Sophie's more recent involvements.  She was appointed last December by Councilmember Jesse Arreguin and elected as Chair in January, the Commission has since revived the "Outstanding Women of Berkeley" awards and gave recognition to eleven truly amazing Berkeley women at their packed April event.  Next year the Commission will be addressing a significant policy issue affecting women in our community.

The City of Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women is one of Sophie's more recent involvements.  She was appointed last December by Councilmember Jesse Arreguin and elected as Chair in January, the Commission has since revived the "Outstanding Women of Berkeley" awards and gave recognition to eleven truly amazing Berkeley women at their packed April event.

Heidi Hall is running for U.S. Congress in 2014, in a bid to loosen the GOP stranglehold on California's District 1 in the northeast part of the State. Heidi has been in public service her whole life, working in Federal and State environmental and resource agencies. 

 Heidi Hall is running for U.S. Congress in 2014, in a bid to loosen the GOP stranglehold on California's District 1 in the northeast part of the State. Heidi has been in public service her whole life, working in Federal and State environmental and resource agencies. She also co-founded a non-profit dedicated to keeping a gold mine from re opening in her mountain town (CLAIM) served as President of the Board for a river protection organization (SYRCL) and volunteered to help children in abusive or neglectful homes (CASA).

Erin Hannigan's political experience began early with her father, a 9 term State Assemblyman. As a 17-year resident of Vallejo and a native of Solano County, community service has been a big part of her life. She has served as a Commissioner for Community Development and most recently as an Executive Board member of the Vallejo Chamber.

Erin Hannigan's political experience began early with her father, a 9 term State Assemblyman. As a 17-year resident of Vallejo and a native of Solano County, community service has been a big part of her life. She has served as a Commissioner for Community Development and most recently as an Executive Board member of the Vallejo Chamber.

Carla Hansen is a Contra Costa County native, El Cerrito resident and a dedicated public servant having worked for multiple cities throughout the Bay Area.  She sits on the El Cerrito Planning Commission and Economic Development Board.

Carla Hansen is a Contra Costa County native, El Cerrito resident and a dedicated public servant having worked for multiple cities throughout the Bay Area.  She sits on the El Cerrito Planning Commission and Economic Development Board. She continually works to engage with residents and inspire them to become more involved in the community. She’s a strong advocate for women having worked for Ignite, a program teaching high school and college-age women how to run for office.

Karen Hanson is currently the Telecommunications Policy Analyst and Federal Program Officer for the US Department of Commerce.

Karen Hanson is currently the Telecommunications Policy Analyst and Federal Program Officer for the US Department of Commerce. 
In the past, Karen was a consultant working with the nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sectors, with an emphasis on business and program development, capacity-building, and the development of strategic partnerships.

Heidi is a sixth generation Californian born in Pasadena. Raised by a single mother, Heidi learned at an early age the importance of taking care of herself and others.

Heidi is a sixth generation Californian born in Pasadena. Raised by a single mother, Heidi learned at an early age the importance of taking care of herself and others. Heidi began her community service as a teenager, volunteering with the local homeless shelter because she was so affected by the people in need around her. These early experiences helped her to understand the value of a strong social safety net and motivated her to rebuild the services that many California families need, but are no longer available after decades of defunding.

Rhonda Harris, is the founder of the Veterans Resource Program in Richmond, and has a substantial history as a community leader. Harris has been vice president of the Richmond NAACP, and vice president of the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council. She is the founder and president of the Contractors Alliance of Richmond and the co-founder of the Community-Based Employment Collaborative (CBEC).

Rhonda Harris, is the founder of the Veterans Resource Program in Richmond, and has a substantial history as a community leader. When her area of Richmond began to fall into disrepair Harris renovated the houses and rented them to low-income families or organizations that served a community need, such as child care.
Harris has been vice president of the Richmond NAACP, and vice president of the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council. She is the founder and president of the Contractors Alliance of Richmond and the co-founder of the Community-Based Employment Collaborative (CBEC).

Letitia Henderson, MSW- Manages grant funded initiatives and contracts for the Alameda County Probation Department in service of juvenile justice programs and services.

Letitia Henderson, MSW- Manages grant funded initiatives and contracts for the Alameda County Probation Department in service of juvenile justice programs and services. Prior to joining the Probation Department, Ms. Henderson held several positions that enabled her to serve disadvantaged groups throughout Alameda County.

Nichelle is deeply committed to education. As a Faculty Advisor and Fieldwork Supervisor for the Cal State TEACH and Transition to Teaching online teacher credentialing programs, she draws on her classroom teaching experience to prepare teacher candidates to confidently and competently meet the academic and social needs of our students. Her passions are protecting women’s health and reproductive rights and preserving the environment. She holds active leadership roles in her place of worship and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Nichelle is deeply committed to education. As a Faculty Advisor and Fieldwork Supervisor for the Cal State TEACH and Transition to Teaching online teacher credentialing programs, she draws on her classroom teaching experience to prepare teacher candidates to confidently and competently meet the academic and social needs of our students. Her passions are protecting women’s health and reproductive rights and preserving the environment. She holds active leadership roles in her place of worship and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Sara Hernandez grew up in Salinas, California before attending Duke University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies.

Sara Hernandez grew up in Salinas, California before attending Duke University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies.
After Duke, Sara joined Teach for America and taught 6th grade English and History at Johnnie Cochran Middle School in Mid-City Los Angeles from 2005- 2008.
During her time as a Los Angeles Unified School teacher, Sara worked to get three of her students full ride scholarships to private college-prep independent high schools in the area.

I am a Bay Area native and the daughter of immigrants. My parents showed me that education provides the clearest path to success.

I am a Bay Area native and the daughter of immigrants. My parents showed me that education provides the clearest path to success. I am a stage manager by trade, and have spent a career helping others manifest vision into reality through my strong work ethic and spirit of creative problem solving. I have become an expert on nonprofit management, development and infrastructure.
Last year, I ran for school board. Like most Latinos I know, my family has modeled a lifetime of service through church, school and our wider community.

From a young age, I have always recognized the importance of being involved with one's community through volunteerism and advocacy. While in high school I was a member of Leadership an organization of youth dedicated to helping the community and schools. 

From a young age, I have always recognized the importance of being involved with one's community through volunteerism and advocacy. While in high school I was a member of Leadership an organization of youth dedicated to helping the community and schools. During college I was member of Venture club in which we helped those in need with scholarships and supplies, helping to fundraise and support schools and students. I'm delighted to be involved in my community through Rotary and Dublin little league.

Wendy Ho, MPA, is a community advocate and civic leader with 10 years of experience working on behalf of students and underserved communities at the local, state, and federal level. She is the Advocacy & Public Policy Manager at United Way Silicon Valley. Prior to United Way, Wendy served as the research and policy analyst for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health justice organization that influences policy and mobilizes communities to improve the health of Asian  Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Wendy Ho, MPA, is a community advocate and civic leader with 10 years of experience working on behalf of students and underserved communities at the local, state, and federal level. She is the Advocacy & Public Policy Manager at United Way Silicon Valley. Prior to United Way, Wendy served as the research and policy analyst for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health justice organization that influences policy and mobilizes communities to improve the health of Asian  Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Jenny focuses on marketing and design strategy at Collective Invention. Her background in advertising began with legal research and trademarks, and transitioned to business development, creative strategy and consumer insights. She has worked with for-profit businesses from start-up stage to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and social businesses.

Jenny focuses on marketing and design strategy at Collective Invention. Her background in advertising began with legal research and trademarks, and transitioned to business development, creative strategy and consumer insights. She has worked with for-profit businesses from start-up stage to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and social businesses.
Jenny has a MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School where she focused her studies on social innovation, design thinking, new business models, and sustainable development in emerging markets.

Angela Hockabout is the founder of the Alameda Renters Coalition, an organization that increased tenant protections in Alameda, CA through two new city ordinances and a failed rent control ballot initiative. Angela is a fervent YIMBY, fighting for more housing throughout California. She is determined to see 1.8 million California homes built by 2030.

Hilary Hodge is a writer and a social media marketing expert. She serves as the Executive Director of Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s Small Business Education Center and Coworking Space. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Democratic Central Committee in Nevada County. When Hilary is not working or volunteering, she is singing with the Music in the Mountains chorus or working in her garden. Hilary lives in Grass Valley with her wife and their three cats.

Executive Director of Silver Giving Foundation, Natasha Hoehn is a graduate of Yale University, former Teach for America Corps Member of 1996 and Coro Community Fellow of 2004, Natasha's passion for teaching and learning has led her to take on numerous leadership roles within the education community: as a student, teacher, policy analyst, fundraiser, evaluator, partner, and communicator.

Executive Director of Silver Giving Foundation, Natasha Hoehn traces her lifelong commitment to public education and social justice to her years as a junior high school English teacher in the South Bronx, where she founded the school’s theater program, implemented an "early college" program, and developed a project-based writing curriculum for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Heather Hoell is the Executive Director at Venture Portland (formerly the Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations or APNBA) supports Portland’s unique and thriving neighborhood business districts, which together comprise a majority of the city’s businesses – approximately 16,000 – and nearly 200,000 jobs, playing a vital role in Portland’s economic prosperity.

Heather Hoell is the Executive Director at Venture Portland (formerly the Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations or APNBA) supports Portland’s unique and thriving neighborhood business districts, which together comprise a majority of the city’s businesses – approximately 16,000 – and nearly 200,000 jobs, playing a vital role in Portland’s economic prosperity. Prior to that she was a Vice President at Planned Parenthood - Shasta, and received her degree from Willamette University.

With a passion for empowering and motivating citizens Jacquelyn M. Horton uses her knowledge of government policies and procedures to design outstanding programs catering to at-risk youth and violence prevention. 

With a passion for empowering and motivating citizens Jacquelyn M. Horton uses her knowledge of government policies and procedures to design outstanding programs catering to at-risk youth and violence prevention. She offers years of work experience earned with organizations ranging from the Los Angeles Urban League to the California State Assembly. Having worked in diverse communities such as Watts, Westwood, and East Los Angeles, she welcomes challenges and takes pride in her ability to mobilize people to make a difference in their lives and communities.

Whitney Hoyt is currently an administrator at San Rafael High School in Marin where she works with a powerful group of educators.  Prior to July 2008, she was the Political Director for NARAL Pro-Choice California, the political leader of the pro-choice movement.  Her work included working with legislators and candidates from school board to the state house to maintain California as the most pro-choice state in the country.

Whitney Hoyt is currently an administrator at San Rafael High School in Marin where she works with a powerful group of educators.  Prior to July 2008, she was the Political Director for NARAL Pro-Choice California, the political leader of the pro-choice movement.  Her work included working with legislators and candidates from school board to the state house to maintain California as the most pro-choice state in the country.

Amber Hughes is a social entrepreneur who happens to be a great singer and Performing Artist. She is known as Amber Dante, by many who know her music. To others she is a scholar who uses artistic practice to promote social missions to the mainstream. Her music is however, only one aspect of her social activism.

Amber Hughes is a social entrepreneur who happens to be a great singer and Performing Artist. She is known as Amber Dante, by many who know her music. To others she is a scholar who uses artistic practice to promote social missions to the mainstream. Her music is however, only one aspect of her social activism.
Amber began her music career after graduating from UCLA, where she spent years working in education and youth outreach. Her vision to simply be a successful entertainer has shifted with experience, and an undeniable calling to work with and inspire at risk women and youth.

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