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)

Sonya Cravines

Vice President of Talent + Equity

Lauren Grayman

Regional Director of Contra Costa and Solano Counties

Emily Jensen

Chief Impact and People Officer

DeAndra Jones

Director of Practice Development

Samantha Kalahar

Mississippi Site Director

Jamie Kugelberg

VP of Housing & Supportive Services

Thomas Lee

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Levy

VP of Evaluation and Learning

June Miyake

VP of Contracts and Compliance

Grace Reddy
Grace Reddy

Chief Development Officer

Jane Schroeder

Chief Policy Officer

Keith Spindle

Chief Financial Officer

Odette Vandaveer

Director of Communications

Karina Vazquez

VP of Finance

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.


Darryl Glass


Advent Properties, Inc.

Nancy Heinen


Board Chair, Teen Success, Inc., Partner and former Chair, SV2

Anthony J. Maggiore


Global Head of Tax, Atlassian

Andrew Monach

Vice Chair

Partner (Retired), Morrison & Foerster LLP


Teresa Allen

Civil Rights Attorney, Haddad & Sherwin, LLC

Karina Anglada

Strategic Development Manager, Adobe

Gilda Clift Breland

Attorney, Foster Advisors

Carrie Busch

President, Glass, Lewis & Co.

Chuck Daggs


Carol Rutlen Ezrati

Retired Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jennifer Friedman

Visiting Assistant Professor, Mills College

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

Recruitment Manager, Year Up

Ivor Nanton

Vice President, Internal Audit, 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

Jinelle Yien

Senior Counsel, Intel


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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