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

Site Leader Emerson Elementary


Site Leader
Emerson Elementary

Alicia Farre Site Leader Oakland Unity Middle School

Alicia Farre
Site Leader
Oakland Unity Middle School

Allyson Heiden Site Leader Korematsu Discovery Academy

Allyson Heiden
Site Leader
Korematsu Discovery Academy

Lindsey Jones Founder

Lindsey Jones
Founder

Site Leader Madison Park Academy


Site Leader
Madison Park Academy

Elizabeth Knight Executive Director  

Elizabeth Knight
Executive Director
 

Guadalupe Lara Site Leader La Escuelita

Guadalupe Lara
Site Leader
La Escuelita

Jeff LeBoeuf Site Leader Global Family School

Jeff LeBoeuf
Site Leader
Global Family School

Geraldine Mack Site Leader Bella Vista Elementary

Geraldine Mack
Site Leader
Bella Vista Elementary

Isa Oropeza Site Leader Melrose Leadership Academy

Isa Oropeza
Site Leader
Melrose Leadership Academy

Lucero Sanchez Site Leader Franklin Elementary    

Lucero Sanchez
Site Leader
Franklin Elementary

 

 

William Sisson Site Leader Greenleaf Elementary

William Sisson
Site Leader
Greenleaf Elementary

Kenneth Yu Site Leader Franklin Elementary

Kenneth Yu
Site Leader
Franklin 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

 

 

Lisa Parks
Operations Partner
Base Ventures

 

Carter Hemming
Founder
Crosspoint Realty

 

 

Martha Lewis
Financial Crimes Manager
Wells Fargo & Co.

Wesley Jacques
Executive Director, Professional Personalize Learning
OUSD

 

Lindsey Jones
Founder
Upward Roots

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Our partners

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