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

Joanna Calderón  Site Leader  Grass Valley Elementary

Joanna Calderón
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

Tiva Costa  Site Leader  Cox Academy

Tiva Costa Site Leader
Cox Academy

María Pirner  Site Leader  Korematsu Discovery Academy

María Pirner
Site Leader
Korematsu Discovery Academy

Lindsey Jones  Founder

Lindsey Jones
Founder

Isabel Carlay  Site Leader  Edna Brewer Middle

Isabel Carlay
Site Leader
Edna Brewer Middle

Elizabeth Knight  Executive Director

Elizabeth Knight
Executive Director

Mr. Brown  Site Leaders  MLK/Lafayette

Mr. Brown
Site Leaders
MLK/Lafayette

Ellen Hum  Site Leader  Global Family School

Ellen Hum
Site Leader
Global Family School

Tyisha Derden  Site Leader Prescott Elementary

Tyisha Derden
Site Leader
Prescott Elementary

 
Site Leader  Roosevelt Middle


Site Leader
Roosevelt Middle

 
Janeisha Hawkins  Site Leader  Alliance Academy/ Elmhurst Community Prep

Janeisha Hawkins Site Leader
Alliance Academy/ Elmhurst Community Prep

Coron Brinson   Site Leader  Epic Middle School

Coron Brinson
Site Leader
Epic Middle School

 
Valeria Ochoa  Site Leader  Aspire-Golden State Prep

Valeria Ochoa
Site Leader
Aspire-Golden State Prep

 
Kathleen Hennesy  Program Assistant

Kathleen Hennesy
Program Assistant

Mr. Eric  Site Leader  Sankofa Elementary

Mr. Eric
Site Leader
Sankofa Elementary

 
Jennifer Sanchez  Site Leader  Westlake Middle School

Jennifer Sanchez Site Leader
Westlake Middle School

 
Georgina Edwards  Development Manager

Georgina Edwards
Development Manager

Ms. Zulma  Site Leader  Urban Promise Academy

Ms. Zulma Site Leader
Urban Promise Academy

 
Zyanne Veliz  Site Leader  Hoover Elementary

Zyanne Veliz Site Leader
Hoover 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 of directors & directors emeritus


Drew DeWalt
Co-Founder & COO
Rhumbix

 

 

Andrea Lynn
MPP Candidate
UC Berkeley

 

Carter Hemming
Founder
Crosspoint Realty

 

 

Lisa Parks
Operations Partner
Base Ventures

 

Wesley Jacques
Executive Director, Academics and Innovation
Oakland Unified School District

 Lindsey Jones
Founder
Upward Roots

 
 

Jacqueline C. Perl
Consultant, Education Impact Table & Education Redesign Lab, By All Means 2.0 (BAM 2.0)
Former OUSD Principal

 

Martha Lewis
Managing Director, Financial Intelligence Reporting and Analytics Charles Schwab

 

Our partners

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