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

Justin Brydie Site Leader Grass Valley Elementary

Justin Brydie
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

Maria Pirner Site Leader Korematsu Discovery Academy

Maria 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

 
Kenneth Yu Site Leader Roosevelt Middle

Kenneth Yu
Site Leader
Roosevelt Middle

Brenda Nixon Site Leader Vincent Academy

Brenda Nixon
Site Leader
Vincent Academy

 
Natasha Nickleson Site Leader Aspire-Golden State Prep

Natasha Nickleson
Site Leader
Aspire-Golden State Prep

Laura Meas Site Leader Sankofa Elementary    

Laura Meas
Site Leader
Sankofa Elementary

 

 

Site Leader Greenleaf Elementary


Site Leader
Greenleaf Elementary


“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.