Alan Guttirez, Program Manager, is a queer hombre who grew up in Hollister, California. He traveled to the Bay Area as a teen and was subsequently lured to San Francisco as a Sociology major at San Francisco State University. His curriculum in sexuality studies and women and gender studies fueled his desire to participate in humanizing community based health that is rooted in harm reduction. Upon graduating SFSU, Alan enriched his said interests in community health and wellness through his work at Tenderloin Health, The Trevor Project, Instituto Familiar de la Raza and the St. James Infirmary. In his free time, you’ll find Alan working in a printmaking studio, cooking, and planning theatrical actions with fellow AIDS activists in San Francisco. Alan can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x125 or email@example.com.
Andrew Gutierrez III, Program Coordinator, is a Mixed Race social justice educator and community advocate born in the historic agricultural city of Stockton, Ca. Coming from a family of immigrant organizers; Andrew was introduced to activism, self-determination and community collaboration at a very young age. While at San Francisco State University, Andrew was elected Student Body President and helped establish the university’s first Queer Resource Center. He worked with policymakers on educational reform in Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Coming from Filipino and Mexican heritage, Andrew received the honor of being appointed the Deputy Speaker of the Multicultural Caucus for the California State University system. After returning from Tel Aviv University in Israel, Andrew has become inspired to create successful pathways to provide all students a more inclusive, holistic and global educational experience. Currently, Andrew is a youth educator with Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) as a Site Coordinator for Balboa High School in San Francisco. He is excited to be a part of the LYRIC team and help lead the Sequoia Leadership Institute, a popular education model that helps transform and develop LGBT youth leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area. Andrew can be reached at 415.703.6150 x111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Briseida Solis, Case Manager, was born and raised in East Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, CA. She currently lives in the East Bay. She has many years of experience working with youth that struggle with poverty from some of the roughest neighborhoods in the South Side of Chicago, Santa Cruz, East LA/South Central, and East Oakland. Her work has involved case managing, facilitating workshops on Social Justice, Restorative Justice, and Educational Justice. Bri graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies with a focus on Youth/Social Justice and a minor in Education. During her college experience, she volunteered at the Santa Cruz Juvenile Hall as well as the local public schools as a TA during class and as a tutor after school. After graduating from UCSC, she was part of Public Allies in Los Angeles where she was introduced to grass-roots organizing. Bri strongly believes in seeing our youth and not watching them. Bri often encounters with many adults and many systems that work with youth waiting to see when they are going to fail or stir up trouble. Because of this, she’s committed to being a supportive asset to the youth she works with. Bri is known to be the child whisperer and meets youth where they are at. Some of the things Bri likes to do for fun and for self care are fishing, hiking or drawing. She loves walking through the forest, being one with nature and to be in the out doors. Bri can be reached at 415.703.6150 x118or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Scott, Operations and Facilities Coordinator, is a life long resident of the Bay Area and comes to LYRIC with a passion for youth empowerment and systems change. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz where he focused on the psychosocial impacts of war, poverty and exploitation on the children’s development. Later, Jim received his Masters in Social Work from UC Berkeley. His studies focused on management and planning, policy design and research focusing on exploited minors in the Bay Area. Jim has a love of the arts, social justice and enjoying the amazing outdoors of Northern California. Jim can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x114 or email@example.com.
Jodi 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. Ms. Schwartz resides in San Francisco with her partner of 21 years. Jodi can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimisha Smith is the Finance Manager at LYRIC. She grew up in Jamaica and immigrated to the US at the age of 19. She has seen many issues in her country that no one addresses and has always been a proponent for change, love and education. She is outspoken, direct, and believes knowledge is power. She attended the University of Houston; where she earned a M.S. in Accounting and went on to earn her CPA. After working with Goodwill for 5 years, she felt a sense of self-worth being able to see the change that they made in their community to enrich the lives of many. When the opportunity to work with more youth at LYRIC and the ability to see the fascinating city of San Francisco presented itself, she knew that is where she wanted to be. She believes that the youth are the future and they are the change to come. Kim can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x117 or email@example.com.
Kristina Armenakis, Program Manager, comes to LYRIC most recently from Seattle, WA and originally hails from rural South Carolina. She has over a decade of experience working with queer and trans young people in a variety of contexts, including drop-in centers, high schools, youth leadership programs, domestic and sexual violence advocacy, hate crime policy, and higher education. Kristina 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. Kristina teaches a college course on intersecting oppressions and Social Work practice rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice movements. She is passionate about supporting young people to be the leaders and visionaries of social justice movements and working at the intersections of identities and systems. In her free time, Kristina enjoys playing soccer, completing jigsaw puzzles, and hanging out with her dog. Kristina can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Leonardo Fiduccia, Program Assistant, (a.k.a. Sebastián, Egypt, Tito) has been a feisty, trouble-making Latino from the day he was born in South Central L.A. Inspired by his hardworking mom, his cool, older sister and his sweet, younger sister, he champions empowerment of youth through mentorship and academic support. He attended Brown University and plans to transfer to the West Coast to study cognitive neuroscience. Filmmaking, politics, and business are all things Leo wants to expand his knowledge in. Other interests/hobbies include hiking, eating-out, listening to 90′s R&B, thrift shopping, and drinking coffee. He can be reached at 415.703.6153 x116 email@example.com.
Mayra Lopez, Case Manager, is a fierce Latina femme who grew up all over the bay and finally settled in sunny Oakland. She attended San Francisco State University and studied Psychology, while also volunteering at Alliance Health Project and the San Francisco Dept. of Health, AIDS Office and also serving as a council member on the HIV Health Services Planning Council. Before joining LYRIC, she was working at Clinica Esperanza, providing advocacy and linkage to care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Mayra is very passionate about her Mexican heritage and hopes to one day become a legal advocate for immigrants. She is an avid photographer and can usually be found wearing bright red lipstick. She is excited to be part of the LYRIC family. Mayra can be reached at 415.703.6150 x112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalia M. Vigil, Communications and Development Coordinator, 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 email@example.com.
Narcisa Huerta, Program Coordinator, is a Fierce Chicana Queer, that is overjoyed to be apart of the amazing LYRIC community. Narcisa has been happily working, teaching, and learning from LGBTQQ youth in San Francisco since 2009. She has been a volunteer at Bay Area Young Positives in San Francisco, a Senior Research Assistant at SOQI-Q, and a Peer Educator for Project SURVIVE at City College. Narcisa obtained a B.A. in Liberal Studies from SFSU, as well as, a Sexual Health Educator Certificate from CCSF. She believes that knowledge is power, and through knowledge we not only understand and find ourselves, but we also create socially conscious, impactful, and just change. Narcisa can be contacted at 415-703-6150 x115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steph Rauda, Program Assistant, is a queer, latin@ nerd, born and raised in San Francisco. As a former LYRIC youth intern and queer educator, Steph facilitated community building groups, created curriculum and led various training spaces. Steph utilized skills learned as a LYRIC intern and became a young leader, activist and advocate for queer and trans youth in their high school. They now study Communications at City College of San Francisco and are a fan of comics, poc punk, queer media and riding their bike throughout the city. As program assistant for the Sequoia Leadership Institute, Steph works with the workforce development team in creating internships and programs that emphasize the power of youth-led work and activism. Steph can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x129 or email@example.com.
Watufani M. Poe, Program Coordinator, was born in Riverside, California to two strong Pan-Africanist college professors, but spent most of his life as the youngest of his 8-person family in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While studying at Swarthmpre College, Watufani deeply involved himself in campus organizing around creating safer spaces for Queer students of color and the creation of an Ethnic Studies department. During his time studying abroad in the Dominican Republic and Brazil he also studied the impact of racism and homophobia on queer black youth in both places. Watufani earned his B.A. in Africana Studies and Latin American Studies. Watufani relocated to San Francisco in 2013 to serve as an Americorps member under the Public Allies fellowship. He is super excited to join the leadership team for the Sequoia Leadership Institute, and be a part of the important youth empowerment work that is integral to LYRIC’s mission. Watufani can be reached at 415-703-6150 ext. 120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.