Leadership Team

Cris Pajatin Youssef

Data and Evaluation Manager

Cris Pajatin YoussefCris Pajatin Youssef, Data and Evaluation Manager, is a queer, Egyptian/Filipino/Japanese trans man from Southern California, where he created culturally competent workshops, discussions, and support for LGBTQQ youth. Raised in the L.A. area, he moved to San Francisco to attend SFSU and get his M.A. in Social Psychology, focusing on prejudice and discrimination toward those who identify as and/or experience being on the trans and/or gender non-conforming spectrum. As a former LYRIC intern and participant, Cris rejoined the LYRIC team as a Youth Advocate and gave back to the community that helped him so much when he first moved to the Bay Area. He then transitioned to the role of Data Analyst then to his current position, and is excited to combine elements of his experience in research, evaluation, and direct service work. Cris is involved in HIV/AIDS activism and research focused on health and well-being.  When he’s not focused on work, Cris is usually spending time with his animal children, stuffing his face with good eats, and enjoying artsy fartsy things. Cris can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x 112 or cris@lyric.org.

Denny David

Deputy Director

Denny David is the Deputy Director here at LYRIC. He grew up in Seattle, WA and became involved in social justice issues at a young age, learning about labor issues, urban poverty, economic globalization, and U.S.-Mexico border policy. He attended Grinnell College, where he earned a B.A. in Religious Studies, continued to do work around globalization issues, and became involved in anti-sexual assault work. In 2002, he interned with LYRIC’s Health and Wellness Team and was hired as a Program Coordinator shortly after graduating from college in 2003. He was promoted to Program Director in 2006, and to his current position in 2009. He is passionate about anti-oppression issues and seeks to support young leaders who work for social justice. Denny can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x128 or denny@lyric.org.

Frank Buenrostro

Finance Manager

Frank Buenrostro, Finance Manager,  grew up in Southern California, in a household that celebrated both its Mexican heritage and Latino culture. A son of Spanish speaking immigrants, Frank and his siblings were encouraged to speak their parent’s native language. As a child, Frank spent many summers in Mexico where he learned to read and write Spanish. He is proud to be the first to graduate college in his family and has encouraged his siblings to continue their education. While attending college, Frank worked with publicly funded nonprofit organizations providing services to foster care youth, shelter to survivors of domestic abuse, and organizations providing emergency shelter to homeless men, women and children.  In 2011, Frank graduated from California State University Los Angeles, where he earned a B.S. in Accounting. During his work in South Los Angeles, Frank discovered his passion and strong desire to work with organizations combating social inequities. In an effort to expand his professional skill set, Frank accepted a tax auditor position with the state of California in November, 2012. As an auditor, he conducted sales and use tax audits, held small business sales and use tax seminars, and facilitated communication between Spanish speaking business owners and English speaking state employees. In June, 2016 Frank left his position as a senior tax auditor with the state of California to join the LYRIC team. When he is not at LYRIC, Frank can be found exploring nature trails during the day and enjoying the Bay Area nightlife in the evening. Frank is both excited to join LYRIC’s diverse team and thrilled to support the voices of youth leaders in the LGBTQQ community.  Frank can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x117 or  frank@lyric.org


Jodi L. Schwartz

Executive Director

Jodi_LYRIC_Prof PhotoJodi L. Schwartz had the honor of becoming LYRIC’s Executive Director in 2005. She has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit work and an ardent commitment to social justice. During Ms. Schwartz’s tenure at LYRIC, she developed San Francisco’s first LGBTQQ youth-specific case management program and facilitated the formation of the Community Partnership for LGBTQQ Youth – a seven-agency continuum of services for LGBTQQ transition age youth (ages 16-24). Additionally, she led the launch of capacity building initiatives to promote LGBTQQ youth inclusion in San Francisco’s behavioral health and workforce development systems, in San Francisco’s public schools, and in youth organizations citywide. Ms. Schwartz is an invited participant in the prestigious Gap Inc. Leadership Initiative and Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builder’s Leadership Program and was named a 2013 LGBT Local Hero by KQED/Union Bank. Before joining LYRIC, Ms. Schwartz was the Managing Director of Resource Development Associates – a consulting firm working to strengthen public and nonprofit efforts to promote social and economic justice for vulnerable populations, and the Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice – a private, nonprofit criminal justice organization she co-founded to reduce society’s reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems. Throughout her career, Ms. Schwartz has worked with youth and their families in their struggle to disengage from the juvenile justice system, has been an advocate for youth to succeed in and out of school, and has supported youth in serving their peers and the broader community through civic activism and youth philanthropy. Ms. Schwartz began working for social justice as a teenager, during which time she was fortunate to have mentors of all ages. These relationships solidified her belief that for true social justice to exist, every generation’s contributions must be seen as invaluable. Stemming from her life experience and personal values, Ms. Schwartz believes that sustained achievement of positive social change must be a collective community effort, where everyone shares in leadership and visionary roles. She works to ensure that youth, in particular, are afforded opportunities to give voice to their stories and are supported as community leaders, now and in the future. Jodi can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x119 or jodi@lyric.org.

Kristina Armenakis

Program Manager

Kristina Armenakis, Program Manager, leads LYRIC’s Sequoia Leadership Institute for high school students and co-leads LYRIC’s Fellowship for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming young people. She has significant experience supporting LGBTQ youth who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence, homeless or unstably housed, and/or working in street economies. Kristina originally hails from rural South Carolina, and obtained Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Washington, focusing on social justice non-profit management and public policy. Prior to working at LYRIC, Kristina honed her skills supporting LGBTQ youth in Seattle at the Northwest Network of BTLG Survivors of Abuse, Safe Schools Coalition, and American Friends Service Committee. In her free time, Kristina enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and hiking with her dog, Clarke. Kristina can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x121 orkristina@lyric.org

Natalia M. Vigil

Communications and Development Manager

Natalia M. Vigil, Communications and Development Manager, grew up in San Francisco and is the oldest of 6 in a family of Chicano artists and community organizers. She is excited to brings her expertise as a  coordinator, writer and curator to her work at LYRIC. As a San Francisco youth, she was a youth leader through Peer Resources and has continued to work with youth in social justice non-profits. Before joining LYRIC she worked for Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and with a range of other work experiences including working with religious communities, running a women’s center, and assisting in organizing the first DREAM act lobby day and national conference in DC.  In her work and art, Natalia strives to create moments of cross-racial/cultural/class collaboration. She is the co-founder of Still Here, a performance and community dialogue project that explores the experiences of Queer/LGBTQI individuals raised in S.F.Outside of work Natalia can be found dreaming and scheming with other artists, watching movies, and playing soccer with her little brother. Natalia can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x124 or natalia@lyric.org.