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Our Staff

Christine Essel

President and Chief Executive Officer

Yessica Avila

Associate, Knowledge & Communications

Monica Banks

Associate, Professional Learning/Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles (TRHT-LA)

Morgan Bennett

Director, Member Engagement

Amanda “Andie” Byrd

Vice President, Membership and Sustainability

Jacqueline Carrillo

Coordinator, Programs and Conferences

Erika Cervantes

Intern, Public Policy & Government Relations

Barbara Dibs

Senior Associate, Membership

Rachel Doria

Senior Manager, Grants and Membership

Brenda Estrada

Manager, Finance and Operations

Seyron Foo

Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations

Karen Freeman

Chief Operating Officer, SCG / Chief Administrative Officer, Philanthropy California

Yolanda Gipson

Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Eddy Gonzalez

Manager, Knowledge & Communications

Kameron Green

Director, Professional Learning and Communities

Crystal Hand

Associate, Knowledge and Communications

Jan Kern

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

Adele Lee

Director, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles (TRHT-LA)

Jessica LeTarte

Coordinator, Collaboration and Community Building

Tuly Martinez

Vice President, Programs and Conferences

Karla Mercado

Senior Manager, Public Policy and Philanthropy California

Bethanie Milteer

Associate, Programs and Conferences

Katy Pelissier

Senior Manager, Programs and Conferences

Phuong Pham

Director, Knowledge and Communications

Dave Sheldon

Vice President, Collaboration and Community Building

Alexis Smart

Associate, Membership and Grants

Anna Song

Associate, Public Policy & Government Relations


Nathan Graeser, MDiv, LCSW, DSW

Veterans Issues Consultant

Ron Milam

Environmental Consultant

Gita Murthy Cugley

SCG LA County Child Welfare Collaborative

Lisa Cleri Reale

Corporate Consultant