We would not be the organization that we are without our incredible team! 

We like to think of our staff, many of them volunteers, as a group of rock stars. They are our front line, our very own set of changemakers. From the exceptional work in the office to the change we see happening every day at our program sites, we couldn’t be more proud of our Upward Roots team!

our team

  Nelly Alcantar   Site Leader   East Oakland Pride

Nelly Alcantar
Site Leader
East Oakland Pride

  Autumn Belnap  Site Leader  Esperanza Elementary

Autumn Belnap
Site Leader
Esperanza Elementary

  William Cunningham  Site Leader  Grass Valley Elementary

William Cunningham
Site Leader
Grass Valley Elementary

  David Caven   Site Leader   Horace Mann Elementary

David Caven
Site Leader
Horace Mann Elementary

  Michelle Beal  Site Leader  Emerson Elementary

Michelle Beal
Site Leader
Emerson Elementary

   Erik Castellanos          Site Leader   Cox Academy

Erik Castellanos         Site Leader
Cox Academy

  María Pirner  Site Leader  Korematsu Discovery Academy

María Pirner
Site Leader
Korematsu Discovery Academy

  Lindsey Jones  Founder

Lindsey Jones
Founder

  Michelle Cascio   Site Leader   Edna Brewer Middle

Michelle Cascio
Site Leader
Edna Brewer Middle

  Elizabeth Knight  Executive Director  

Elizabeth Knight
Executive Director
 

  Ms. K & Mr. Brown   Site Leaders   MLK/Lafayette

Ms. K & Mr. Brown
Site Leaders
MLK/Lafayette

  Jeff LeBoeuf  Site Leader  Global Family School

Jeff LeBoeuf
Site Leader
Global Family School

  Tyisha Derden   Site Leader  Prescott Elementary

Tyisha Derden
Site Leader
Prescott Elementary

 
  Rebecca Depadua   Site Leader   Roosevelt Middle

Rebecca Depadua
Site Leader
Roosevelt Middle

  Brenda Nixon   Site Leader  Vincent Academy

Brenda Nixon
Site Leader
Vincent Academy

 
   Site Leader   Aspire-Golden State Prep


Site Leader
Aspire-Golden State Prep

  Coron Brinson   Site Leader   Sankofa Elementary       

Coron Brinson
Site Leader
Sankofa Elementary

 

 

  Troy Moore    Site Leader   Westlake Middle School

Troy Moore

Site Leader
Westlake Middle School

  Alondra Felix   Site Leader   Urban Promise Academy

Alondra Felix
Site Leader
Urban Promise Academy


“I think that the biggest benefit that I see for these kids is that they are learning that they do have the power to be leaders in their community...they have the power to get their voice heard in a positive way and to make their opinions heard and show that they matter and can benefit the community in a really good way.”
— Samantha, Former Site Leader

our board


Drew DeWalt
Co-Founder & COO
Rhumbix

 

 

Lindsey Jones
Founder
Upward Roots

Carter Hemming
Founder
Crosspoint Realty

 

 

Martha Lewis
Financial Crimes Manager
Wells Fargo & Co.

 

Jacqueline C. Perl
MPP Candidate, UC Berkeley
Former OUSD Principal

Wesley Jacques
Executive Director, Professional Personalized Learning
OUSD

 

Lisa Parks
Operations Partner
Base Ventures

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Our partners

Our partners help us through funding, providing supplies, and expanding our work.