Alan Guttirez, Case 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Gutierrez III, Program Assistant, 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 email@example.com.
Anthony Acosta, Program Coordinator, is a queer Mexican American hailing from the small fishing community of Southport, CA. Inspired to empower queer and transgender youth, Anthony completed his Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies in 2012. He applies his knowledge and expertise to create innovative and intentional programming that supports youth in becoming leaders for the queer community while validating their life experiences and identities. In his free time Anthony can be found choreographing for local artists, archiving his extensive EDM library, running at Ocean Beach, and immersing himself in the world of dance and creative performance art. Anthony can be reached at 415-703-6150 ext. 120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claiming roots in pawis, mangga at bagoong, Antmen Pimentel Mendoza, Reception and Office Assistant, is a second generation Tagalog Pin@y American, hailing from Chula Vista, California. Antmen is excited to join LYRIC and bring her particular brand of pop culture knowledge hoarding, scorpio low femme, non-binary bakla magic to the world of administrative work at this amazing space. Outside of his work at LYRIC, Antmen spends time reading (and attempting to write) weak theory and comix, thinking about which anime or teen drama series to marathon on Netflix and working towards perfecting selfie angles. Antmen can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x110 or email@example.com.
Charles Stevens, Case Manager, is ecstatic to join the LYRIC team. Hailing from the city of wind, Chicago, he has been a strong advocate for the economic and social advancement of P.O.C., Queer folks and other marginalized populations in the states and abroad. Having received his B.A in English at DePaul University, he currently attends SFSU and CCSF to see where his academic goals will take him next. Charles has worked as a teacher, educator and mentor for the past 8 years at such organizations as Mission Learning Center and Nuestra Familia; he has also lived in Honduras for two years working as an ESL teacher. Charles is a LYRIC Case Manager and has a penchant for writing, music and fashion from the 1930’s. Charles can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Isa Noyola, Program Manager, was born in Houston, Texas and comes from culturally rich family roots from Comitán, Chiapas and San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The passion for building community through cultural organizing and activism grew from witnessing the way their family connects – religious beliefs to acts of faith and courage in the communities they continue to serve. Today Isa is passionate about popular education models of sharing racial justice history, multi-generational knowledge, and amplifying art and culture to transform and develop leadership in the queer youth and transLatina community. Isa can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x121 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.
Kenny Gong, an alum of LYRIC’s board, is thrilled to come back to the family as the Communications and Development Consultant. Born in San Francisco but raised in the anonymous tree-lined suburbs, politicization crept up slowly as a young queer man of color found community in youth empowerment work, Ethnic Studies, and critical cross-cultural dialogue. After a stint at UC Berkeley, working with some of the worst and a lot of the best, Kenny returned to the foggy haze and is now dedicated to bringing the power of the people to fundraising. Back at home, you may find him hovering over a pot of yummy goodness, failing to learn Cantonese, daydreaming about being a writer (without much writing), or simply simplifying his life.
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. 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 can usually be found wearing red lipstick, riding her purple bike or reading a book. She is excited to be part of the LYRIC family. Mayra can be reached at 415.703.6150 x112 or email@example.com.
Myra Levy, Fiscal Manager, is proud to be a member of the LYRIC team. A native San Franciscan, she grew up riding bikes, marching against wars, and walking precincts for candidates who were just a bit to the left of electable. In college, she found a political home in the direct action movement against nuclear power. Myra came to bookkeeping out of organizational necessity (i.e. nobody else wanted to do it), and has worked for more than 30 years in Bay Area social change groups. In recent years, she has worked at Maitri Residence and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. She believes that dealing with issues of power and privilege is central to making real change. When not crunching numbers, Myra likes to paint, hike, study Italian, and spend time with friends. She and her partner, Charlie, are raising two young-adult sons. Myra can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x117 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 Femme, that is overjoyed to join the amazing LYRIC team. Narcisa has been happily working/teaching/learning from LGBTQQ youth in San Francisco for the past 5 years. 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.
Stephanie (Steph) Rauda, Program Assistant, is a queer, brown nerd, born and raised in San Francisco. 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, queer subtext in media and riding bikes throughout the city and Oakland. As program assistant, Steph works closely with youth advocates and facilitates the community building groups. Steph can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x129 or email@example.com.
Vanessa Li, Program Coordinator, is a queer Chinese American femme, born and raised in San Francisco. She began interning at LYRIC when she was in high school and was inspired by the exploration of art as a means for social justice. Now she works in the workforce program, supporting youth in their own leadership journeys. Vanessa is also studying Asian American Studies and Cinema at San Francisco State University. She can be contacted at (415)703.6150 x116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vanessa Warri, Case Manager, is a socialite, natural wildfire, and big sister figure to SF’s young trans-female population. A native San Franciscan, and former San Francisco foster youth, Vanessa attributes her growth into the woman she is today and continues to become to the challenges and experiences faced navigating through San Francisco youth based resources and organizations. A former LYRIC alumnus (04-08), Vanessa’s passion for youth development and empowerment work was born under the mentorship of the legendary Ms. Sequoia where she worked to bring youth together to celebrate what united them as a community. Vanessa would go on to further her professional development becoming an Employment Case Manager at Beyond Emancipation; a human services agency working with emancipated foster youth towards achieving self-sufficiency. Vanessa would go on to become the Youth Development Coordinator and lead Health Educator for the Candyshop program of the API Wellness Center and TRANSTHRIVE where she was responsible for the implementation and facilitation of the INTYCE program; a leadership academy focusing on community building and civic engagement. Vanessa has always strived to model that a young transgender woman of color, despite all odds can rise above all negative expectations and achieve greatness, passing along all information and resources that have helped her in the past to foster the next generation of community leaders and advocates. Vanessa can be contacted at 415.703.6150 x130 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.