The Leadership Team at First Place for Youth

Sheigla Averill

Director of Development

Rachel Carlos

Regional Director of Programs (Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties)

Jayme Catalano

Director of Communications

Sonya Cravines

Vice President of Talent + Equity

Stephanie Garcia

Director of Education and Employment

Lauren Grayman

Regional Director of Contra Costa and Solano Counties

Kwamane Harris

Director of Practice Development

Emily Jensen

Chief Impact and People Officer

Samantha Kalahar

Mississippi Site Director

Thomas Lee

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Levy

VP of Evaluation and Learning

Jane Machin

Chief Financial Officer

Megan McGuire

Regional Director of Programs – SF Supportive Services

Claudia Miller

Chief Development Officer

June Miyake

VP of Contracts and Compliance

Colleen Pagter

Director of Public Policy

Tiffany Shirley

Vice President of Housing and Supportive Services

LaMont Walker

Regional Director of Programs, SoCal

Erica Waterford

VP of Employment and Education

Vicki Whitlock

Chief of Staff

Michelle Zajac

VP of National Partnerships

Our Board

First Place is grateful to the members of our Board of Directors and Regional Advisory Board, who generously volunteer their time, expertise, and financial support to further First Place’s mission.


Carol Rutlen Ezrati


Retired Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Darryl Glass


Advent Properties, Inc.

Nancy Heinen


Partner and Board Member, SV2

Andrew Monach

Vice Chair

Retired Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP


Karina Anglada

Strategic Development Manager, Adobe

Gilda Clift Breland

Attorney, Foster Advisors

Carrie Busch

President, Glass, Lewis & Co.

Chuck Daggs

Retired, Wells Fargo Bank

Matthew Denn

Managing Director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Jennifer Friedman

Youth Advocate and Lawyer

Paul Harder

Retired Founder, Harder+Company Community Research

Desmond R. “Des” Lovell

Vice President of Finance, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Marian Macindoe

Head of ESG Stewardship, Parnassus Investments

Darryl McDavid

Program Manager, Bay Area Community Services – NET Growth Movement

Ivor Nanton

Internal Audit Executive, The Clorox Company

Sheri Paulo

Retired Human Resources Professional, Bank of the West

Angelica Salmeron

Career Development Specialist, Alameda County Social Services

Keith Shultz

Consulting Partner, Redfish Consulting

Hilda West

Retired HR Professional

Jinelle Yien

Senior Counsel, Intel


Val Esquivel

CEO, Plantitas Verdes

Bill Gould

Program Officer, First 5 LA

Ellen Roth Nagler

Real Estate Lawyer

Kamili Samms

Loan Consultant, Caliber Home Loans

Adam Sisson

Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

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