Adam Leonard (he/him/his)
Adam Leonard grew up in Minnesota but left the snow behind in 2010 and headed west to California. He first started in youth development working at a summer camp guiding canoe trips for teenagers in the Canadian wilderness. Adam has continued to work with youth ever since then, primarily in youth health education and promotion. He currently works as a Nurse Practitioner with the San Francisco Department of Public Health caring for adolescents and young adults in the Community Health Programs for Youth (CHPY) clinics. He is proud to join the LYRIC family and support the organization’s inspiring work with LGBTQQ youth. Prior to joining the LYRIC board, Adam served as Co-President of the Northern California Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). He also serves on SAHM’s LGBTQ Clinical Services committee and is co-chair of the Getting To Zero Adolescent and Young Adult committee. Some of Adam’s favorite indulgences include taking spin classes, eating take out food of all kinds, and drinking lots and lots of sparkling water.
Yashomati “Bachul” Koul (they/them/their)
Bachul Koul is incredibly honored and excited to join LYRIC’s board in April 2020. Originally from Srinagar, Kashmir, Bachul immigrated to Pennington, New Jersey with their family in 1981. Bachul’s parents ensured that their home in New Jersey was infused with Kashmiri culture, food, language, arts, history, mythology, etc. This household environment, paired with regular trips back to Kashmir and India, helped Bachul establish a very strong sense of self at an early age.
Bachul became more active in LGBTQ+ politics as an undergrad at Amherst College in Massachusetts. After graduating from Amherst, Bachul worked in the Financial Services industry until 2008 when the crisis hit. They took this opportunity to go back to school and get an MBA from Georgetown University and start a new career in management consulting. Bachul has worked for Kearney, a global consultancy firm, since 2012 and is now a Principal in the Leadership, Change, and Organization practice, based out of San Francisco. They live in the Outer Sunset with their wife Nicole and love exploring all that living in California has to offer. Bachul has remained a passionate advocate for social justice and is excited to spend more time giving back to their community through this board role and in supporting the critically important work that LYRIC does.
Barbara Lin is a professional non-profiteer by day. Before working for GLIDE Foundation, she was an Associate Director of Programs at the SF-Marin Food Bank. These days she is working as GLIDE’s Senior Manager of Learning and Development, focusing her work on organizational development initiatives, internal staff development and workforce development with community members. She also serves as the Program Chair on the Board of Directors of Chinatown Community Development Center and was a previous member on the LGBT Advisory Committee to the Human Rights Commission. By night, Barbara tries to cultivate a number of plants in her small Bay Area living room, unlearn her dependence on coffee.
Erick Felder was born and raised in the bay area, Fairfield to be exact. Growing up and spending a lifetime in the Bay Area and watching it change, Erick decided he didn’t want to be a bystander, but one involved and effecting change. Joining LYRIC’s Board in 2018, Erick’s goal is to be part of the change by being involved in promoting LYRICs mission. Erick currently works as an HR Systems Manager at Stanford and serves on the Gender Inclusive Taskforce. It is his goal to have systems updated and or created in a way that allows for gender inclusivity and ultimately allows for each individual to be accurately represented. In his spare time Erick enjoys reading, spending time at our cold SF beaches, camping, hiking, and being around friends and others who are passionate about social justice.
Eddie Shieh (he/him/his)
Jack Choi (he/him/his)
Jack has been a San Francisco native since the age of 5, hailing from an immigrant family who moved from Hong Kong in 1990. Since high school, he’s been stretching his community-building muscle through a variety of local community organizations, including the Chinatown Community Development Center’s Adopt-An-Alleyway Youth Program and having sat on the board of Kearny Street Workshop (the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country). Now, you can find him participating in political-activism through the art of drag as a member of the San Francisco based API drag house, the Rice Rockettes. He’s over the moon to be joining LYRIC as a board member in 2019, giving back to and continuing the important work of an organization that fostered a safe space for him as a queer youth growing up in SF.
Paula Griffiths is the Managing Director and Principal of Vesta Asset Management, a Bay Area based property asset management firm. Paula has worked in commercial and residential property asset management in both New York City and San Francisco in affordable and fair market housing for almost 2 decades. After spending several years in commercial real estate working under a Forbes 400 real estate entrepreneur overseeing the operations of over 1.2M feet of commercial space located in Times Square, she relocated to the Bay Area to focus on the area of real estate asset management before partnering with Pacific Union International, Inc. in the management and development of their Joint Ventures of Mortgage Services, Insurance Services and the Property Management Division which included the oversight of over 2,400 residential and commercial units.
Previous to her work in commercial real estate, Paula worked in affordable housing, after school programs and supportive housing services for homeless populations. She also was a consultant with the NGO Committee on the Status of Women and was a participant in the Big Brothers/Sisters program of NYC for over 9 years as a mentor. Currently, she is a member of Portfolia Funds which is an investment fund designed for women who want to back entrepreneurial companies for returns and impact.
Specifically what led her to LYRIC was her interest in supporting the LGBTQQ+ community in the Bay Area as a queer identified business owner. Bringing forth her background in affordable housing, construction and project management, she is going to be focusing on the capital improvement and development of the LYRIC office space for enhanced community use.
Phil Kim (he/him/his)
Phil Kim is the Director of Science, Technology, and Engineering for KIPP Foundation, leading the STEM vision and direction for KIPP’s 242 schools serving more than 100,00 students across the country. Phil began his years in education teaching 7th grade Life Science, then went on to hold various roles within STEM and Personalized Learning for KIPP Bay Area. He continues to work at the local, state, and national levels on Next Generation Science Standards implementation, curriculum, and STEM equity. Phil holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from Bucknell University, and a M.A. in Urban Education Policy and Administration from the Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He remains active in the Bucknell network, serving as President of the Alumni Club of Northern California. Phil spends most of his time eating his way through neighborhoods and cities, and is deeply invested in communities and conversations at the intersections of policy, politics, and public education. He is a two-time city-wide candidate for the SFUSD Board of Education and Board member of the Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.
Michael Appel (he/him/his)
Michael wanted to join and support an organization that focuses on lifting those up who need it most, so he couldn’t be happier to be a part of LYRIC and its critical mission of providing services to the community and advocating for LGBTQQ+ youth. Michael is a lawyer, communicator, and strategist. He practiced law at a large firm in Washington, DC and later transitioned into crisis management consulting. Now, he works at Google in state and local policy communications and crisis communications. Everything the board does must be grounded in LYRIC’s mission and vision – together, they are our guiding light when we are trying to determine what is best for the organization. At the end of the day, Michael believes that LYRIC is successful when it is serving LGBTQQ youth through programs, services, and advocacy and we need to ensure our actions always support the organization. Michael is new to San Francisco, and thrilled to have joined LYRIC, so he can give back to his new community and meet great people along the way. When he’s not working, there’s a good chance you can find him on a tennis court. He also love exploring San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Naomi Fierro (she/her/hers)
Naomi Fierro is passionate about youth leadership development with a special focus on youth of color and LGBTQ youth. She currently serves her hometown as the Director of Student Inclusion at Lick-Wilmerding High School where she creates programs to foster a deep sense of belonging for all students. Previously, she was the Youth Development Specialist for the San Francisco Youth Commission, the only City-Chartered Commission created to meet the unmet needs of youth in San Francisco. Prior to her work in local government, Naomi worked as a bilingual science and history teacher for the San Francisco Unified School District. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Government and Education. Naomi continues to dedicate herself to building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities where young people can thrive.
Rebecca Goodstein was born and raised in the suburbs of NYC. While in college at the University of Texas, Austin she began organizing around LGBTQ rights. In 2003 she moved to San Francisco (SF) to pursue a graduate degree in Human Sexuality Studies. It was at this time she first heard about LYRIC and the incredible impact the organization has on SF’s youth. Rebecca now works for Community Health Programs for Youth, a division of San Francisco Department of Public Health that focuses on the needs of SF’s diverse adolescent and transitional age youth populations. Through her current position she works with many LYRIC youth and has the opportunity to hear firsthand how influential the organization is at impacting the lives of LGBTQ youth and their allies. She is grateful to be part of the LYRIC family.