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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

David Carroll

Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations

Jacqueline Carrillo

Coordinator, Programs and Conferences

Barbara Dibs

Senior Associate, Membership

Rachel Doria

Senior Manager, Grants and Membership

Brenda Estrada

Manager, Finance and Operations

Karen Freeman

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

Cristina Garcia

Manager, Veterans Peer Access Network, Finance & Operations

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

Samantha Ortiz

Associate, Finance & Operations

Katy Pelissier

Senior Manager, Programs and Conferences

Phuong Pham

Director, Knowledge and Communications

Erica Rey

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

Dave Sheldon

Vice President, Collaboration and Community Building

Alexis Smart

Associate, Membership and Grants

Anna Song

Associate, Public Policy & Government Relations

Sequoia Thompson

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


Nathan Graeser, MDiv, LCSW, DSW

Veterans Issues Consultant

Ron Milam

Environmental Consultant

Lisa Cleri Reale

Corporate Consultant