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

 
Rebecca Depadua  Site Leader  Roosevelt Middle

Rebecca Depadua
Site Leader
Roosevelt Middle

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

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

Ms. Zulma                    Site Leader  Urban Promise Academy

Ms. Zulma 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 of directors & directors emeritus


Drew DeWalt
Co-Founder & COO
Rhumbix

 

 

Andrea Lynn
MPP Candidate
UC Berkeley

Carter Hemming
Founder
Crosspoint Realty

 

 

Martha Lewis
Financial Crimes Manager
Wells Fargo & Co.

 

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

 Lindsey Jones
Founder
Upward Roots

 
 

Lisa Parks
Operations Partner
Base Ventures

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Our partners

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