About Us

People

Talented, hard-working, dedicated, caring — these are just a few of the rock-solid qualities the people of 826 possess. Portraits by the wonderfully generous volunteer photographer Stephanie Theune of Schmootography.

Staff

Bita Nazarian, Executive DirectorBita NazarianExecutive Director, earned her BA in English literature and her MA in Education from UC Berkeley. She has been an educator in SFUSD for eighteen years, serving as a teacher, leader, and administrator. She currently supports new school administrators by facilitating a class for UC Berkeley’s Leadership Support Program. Bita fell in love with 826 when the organization established its first Writers’ Room at Everett Middle School in 2003, and then was ecstatic to build a second Writers’ Room at James Lick Middle School, where she was principal. Bita joined 826 Valencia’s Board of Directors in 2006 and served for five years, three of them as President. She was recently recognized as a Superbowl 5o Fund’s Playmaker and as one of 7×7 magazine’s 2015 Hot 20.
Alyssa Aninag, Volunteer CoordinatorAlyssa Aninag, Volunteer Coordinator, was raised in Stockton, California, the Asparagus Capital of the World. (We’re spear-it-ed!) She studied English and Media Communications at the University of San Diego, and from there headed to the magical city by the bay where she earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco. She joined 826 in summer 2014 as a volunteer, continued as an AmeriCorps VISTA Associate, and is honored to be staying on to support the volunteer outreach efforts.
Elaina Bruna, Development CoordinatorElaina BrunaDevelopment Coordinator, first showcased her own collection of stories at her third-grade hobby fair, complete with glitter-glue-decorated titles. She received her creative writing degree from Gonzaga University in 2013 alongside a semester-long project encouraging elementary and high school students to write. She is originally from South Dakota, but now has become an SF secret cupcake connoisseur, volleyball player, and muni-expert. Elaina was a development intern with 826 National prior to joining 826 Valencia and is delighted to have the opportunity to help in the expansion process.
Ricardo Cruz Chong, Programs Associate, was raised in the most popular border city in the world—Tijuana. Seeking new adventures after finishing high school in San Diego, he couldn’t get enough of the different cultures, so he moved to San Francisco to attend SF State. While studying media arts in the BECA department, he interned with Ben Manilla Productions where he first got a taste of editing podcasts. He later joined BAYCAT as an intern and became employed as a video editor. When not working, Ricardo spends his time chasing his childhood dreams of either playing soccer in Europe or playing drums in the corner of a restaurant.
Jorge Eduardo Garcia, Program DirectorJorge Eduardo Garcia, Programs Director, commutes from Oakland by swimming the cold waters of the bay with a swimmer’s satchel full of oranges. Beside addressing scurvy in the pirate community of the Oakland/San Francisco maritime channel, he has spent fourteen years working as an organizer, educator, teacher, case manager, advocate, and mentor to Oakland youth of all ages. His BA in Sociology was earned at Claremont McKenna College, and his DJ title in backyards, ballrooms, and cafes from LA to the Bay. He tinkers, laughs, and volunteers at the EastSide Arts Alliance, an Oakland cultural arts center and performance space of which he is a founding member.
Lauren Hall, Grants and Evaluations DirectorLauren Hall, Grants and Evaluations Directoris celebrating 10+ years at 826 Valencia. Since 2005, she’s held positions in both student programming and development, at both the flagship center on Valencia Street and at 826 National during its founding in 2008. She earned an interdisciplinary BA in American Studies from Hendrix College, where she received the Hendrix Care Award for her dedication to social justice work. Her writing about women’s leadership and activism in Arkansas was published in the Journal of Social Policy and Lessons from the Field: Organizing in Rural Communities. Lauren supports the important work of the Teacher Salary Project as a board member.
Allyson Halpern, Development DirectorAllyson Halpern, Development Director, hails from MA, and can still drop her “r”s on request. A career fundraiser, she is most inspired by organizations with a local focus on arts, education and community building. Allyson has an undergrad degree in writing and a graduate degree in nonprofit management, both from Carnegie Mellon, where she also taught business writing to actors, artists, and musicians. When not at 826, you can find her hanging out with her husband and two daughters or sneaking Scrabble turns on her iPhone. She loves coming to work, and is thrilled to be part of a team that sets the standard for wit, style, and positive change.
Caroline Kangas, Stores Manager, was drawn to 826 Valencia and San Francisco from a different kind of gray in her hometown of Seattle. Here she still spends a lot of time in coffee shops, wears a lot of layers, and talks about the weather more than is really necessary. The University of San Francisco built upon her foundation of life experiences to create a well-educated person who loves to chat about community gardens, Borges, summer camp, thrifting for the color pink, travel, french bulldogs, Sarah Ruhl, leftovers, and fierce lady pirates. Or anything, really.
Kona Lai, Programs CoordinatorKona Lai, Programs Coordinator, grew up flying between Taiwan and her hometown in sunny southern California. In between brief flings with the east coast during which she drank too much bubble tea and received a degree in Spanish from Wellesley College and an MA in International Education from NYU, she travelled around the world and worked with youth in France, China, and Ghana. She recently completed both the Camino de Santiago and the Kumano Kodō, two historical pilgrimage routes on opposite ends of the globe. When she’s not dreaming up new ways to educate and connect with students, she can usually be found folding origami, reading fanfiction, and petting cats at the SFSPCA.
Kavitha Lotun, Program CoordinatorKavitha Lotun, Programs Coordinator, grew up in the Great White North along the beautiful shores of Vancouver, BC. She studied Sociology and Elementary Education at UBC before venturing across the pond to London, UK, where she was an Early Years educator in several city schools. After 5 years of supping tea and perfecting her British accent, she relocated with her better half to the foggy shores of San Francisco in 2012. Eager to learn more about the local students and schools, she began volunteering at 826 Valencia as a tutor and leading field trips. Kavitha joined staff in the summer of 2015, and is honored to be working alongside such talented crew of staff, volunteers, and students.
Molly Parent, Programs and Communications ManagerMolly Parent, Communications and Programs Manager, has been involved with 826 since 2009, as an intern and as a volunteer before joining the staff in 2012. She graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Literature/Writing. Previously, Molly has co-owned a food co-op, spent summers devising elaborate twists on capture-the-flag in the forests of New Hampshire, and taught babies how to swim. When not at 826, she can usually be found organizing literary events, dreaming up and executing the perfect day-trip, or gesturing wildly about books over tacos.
Christina V. Perry, Programs DirectorChristina Villaseñor Perry, Education Director, hails from the sunny South Bay. She ventured east for college, where she studied Social Anthropology at Harvard University. Seeking a more agreeable clime, Christina began her career as a Special Educator in Los Angeles and earned her MA in Special Education. She then taught at Everett Middle School in San Francisco for five years. Christina recently enjoyed a trip to the Caribbean shores of the Yucatan Peninsula, where she swam alongside whale sharks, witnessed nesting sea turtles in the moonlight, and mingled with iguanas amidst Mayan ruins. She is thrilled to be aboard 826 Valencia, while continuing her involvement in local public schools.
Amy Popovich, Production CoordinatorAmy Popovich, Production Manager, was raised in Northern California and studied English at UC Santa Barbara before completing an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. Before joining the design staff at 826, Amy volunteered as a writing tutor beginning in 2009, and as a designer in 2013. She has worked for a variety of publishing ventures, most recently running the production department at Night Shade Books, where she faithfully delivered Science Fiction and Fantasy to the masses on a monthly basis. When she’s not making books for 826, you can usually find her at Quantum Martial Arts, where she trains, teaches karate, and serves on the board as the Marketing and Communications Director.
Jenesha de Rivera, Finance and Operations ManagerJenesha de Rivera, Finance and Operations Manager, or Jinky, as they are also known, has worked as a financial manager within the nonprofit sector for nearly two decades. Prior to joining the staff at 826, they were the Financial Services Supervisor for fiscally sponsored projects at Tides. They currently serve on the Board of Directors for the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) in Oakland. A native New Yorker, Jenesha moved to Oakland in 2004 where they earned their MFA in English & Creative Writing at Mills College. They are the co-editor of the anthology Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time (Seal Press, ed. 2007).
Ashley Varady, Program ManagerAshley Varady, Program Manager, was born in the Bay Area, where she grew up searching for lost pirate treasure. She left to explore life back east, and develop an understanding of all four seasons. After graduating from Middlebury College, she moved to New York City, where she taught middle school English and earned her masters. Missing the views of the Golden Gate, she returned to San Francisco, and spent six years teaching reading and writing at KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy, while also developing a robot to grade student essays. Since returning to the City by the Bay, she has enjoyed tasting her way through the delicious culinary options San Francisco has to offer.
Jillian Wasick, Program ManagerJillian Wasick, Program Manager, grew up in the swampy depths of New Jersey.  She then moved northward to study history at McGill University in Montreal, where her curly hair frequently turned to icy ringlets. After college, Jillian was an AmeriCorps volunteer in New Mexico and then became a founding teacher at a middle school in Watsonville, California. Seeking more uncomfortably extreme weather, she headed back east where she earned her Master of Education, taught writing, and coached other teachers in Brooklyn, New York. In 2012, she set her barnacle-covered anchor in the bay and began teaching writing at KIPP SF Bay Academy. There, she also served as an instructional coach and the literacy department chair before joining 826 Valencia.
Byron Weiss, Assistant Stores Manager, was raised in the desert heat of Los Angeles, California, but as soon as he was able he left for the City by the Bay. His time with 826 began as a fun part-time job peddling pirate wares while he studied Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, but soon he expanded his role to running the ship, as well as assisting with workshop programming. When away from work on shore leave, Byron can be found fencing, on his bike, or climbing rocks. Either that or shining his treasure.
Olivia White Lopez, Volunteer ManagerOlivia White Lopez, Volunteer and Intern Engagement Manager, hails from central Florida, a land of oppressive heat, mangrove trees, and manatees. Prior to her current role, she managed the sales of wholesome pirate wares at our very own Pirate Supply Store, and volunteered and interned with 826. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she has previously served as the student chair of the metro-Atlanta undergraduate arts symposium, Collage, and as a Dalton Gallery Fellow.

AmeriCorps support staff through summer 2016

Dana Belott, Programs AssociateDana Belott, Programs Associate, BAYAC AmeriCorps, is a recent graduate from Oberlin College where she studied Religion and Creative Writing. A New Jersey native, this is her first time experiencing the West Coast and all of its moderate weather glory. She is passionate about podcasts, feminist graphic novels, South Indian food, and learning about other people. This past summer she served as an intern at 826 and is stoked to continue helping students develop their voice through their writing. Outside of 826, you can find Dana outside running, in the gym (hopefully this year she will develop muscles), or reading ferociously. She has also begun working on her own graphic novel despite her underdeveloped drawing abilities. It heavily features mermaids.
Kiley McLaughlinVolunteer Engagement Associate, AmeriCorps VISTA, was raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, hallowed birthplace of Marshmallow Fluff (look it up!). She studied English and Social Anthropology at Harvard University, and from there traveled to the Midwestern prairie, where she earned her MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and saw her first butter sculpture. After a turn volunteering and interning at 826 Boston’s Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute, Kiley is elated to be braving the high seas with the crew of 826 Valencia.

Board of Directors

Eric Abrams is Diversity Director at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Born in Berkeley, Abrams spent his childhood in the Bay Area and Chicago before matriculating at Stanford, where he majored in political science and drama and served on the student senate as well as acting in and directing a number of student theatrical productions. As a graduate student at UCLA, Abrams studied political science, as well as being elected Secretary of the Black Graduate Student Association. He has served as Director of Admissions at Pitzer College, Berkeley Law, and the Stanford MBA Admission Office, where he worked to increase diversity and enrollment of traditionally underrepresented groups. Abrams has led workshops on topics such as public speaking for admissions professionals, outreach to students from underrepresented communities, and working with student groups, and he is member of the Finalist Selection Committee for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program. Eric lives in Oakland with his wife and two teenage sons. He is a huge sports fan, a beginning motorcyclist, and an avid barbecue pitmaster.

Colleen Quinn Amster is a writer and editor from Boca Raton, Florida who earned degrees in English literature and Spanish from Middlebury College and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Colleen worked as a reporter and assistant editor at New York Magazine and moved to San Francisco to work as an associate editor at Mother Jones. Colleen now lives in San Francisco with her husband, John, and their three children, Finn, Aidan, and Curran. She has served on the boards of several San Francisco philanthropic organizations, including Children of Shelters and the National Charity League.

Joya Banerjee is a Program Officer at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, a private family foundation based in San Francisco, where she oversees a grant portfolio that advances the sustainable management of California’s water resources. Prior to joining the foundation, Joya was an attorney at Latham & Watkins and worked for the New York City Mayor’s Office. Joya graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and she received a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School. She lives in San Francisco.

Michael Beckwith, Treasurer, is a principal at Maverick Capital, a global investment firm founded in 1993, where he is the Sector Head overseeing the firm’s global industrial and energy investments. Michael rejoined Maverick in 2009 after serving as General Partner of Sequoia Capital, LLP. Michael originally joined Maverick in 2004 after serving as a Senior Vice President at Andor Capital Management and having worked at Robertson Stephens in equity research. Prior to working in the investment world, Michael was the associate director of the Summerbridge AmeriCorps Teaching Program—a federally funded program that was part of Summerbridge National (re-named Breakthrough Collaborative). Michael received a B.A. from Middlebury College and a JD from Harvard Law School. Michael is currently a Board Member at Central Montana Resources, a privately held natural resources company.

Barb Bersche is a partner and the former president of McSweeney’s Publishing, as well as a founding board member of 826 Valencia and the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation. On her own time, Barb has been a designer (with a Grammy-nominated box set called Alan Lomax in Haiti), and a New York Times best-selling children’s book author, as well as a consultant to other creative agencies and nonprofits. She is also a member of the Marin County Search and Rescue/Mountain Rescue team.

Michelle Yunhi Lee is a writer and educator born in San Francisco raised between the city’s Tenderloin district and suburban Hercules. She is the recipient of the New York Hip Hop Theater Festival’s Future Aesthetic Grant and a storyteller whose work has been featured at the National Asian American Theater Festival, Girlfest:Hawai’i, Intersection for the Arts’ New Works Theater Festival, and on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Michelle has taught in universities across the country and is frequently a featured speaker on 21st century literacy, critical pedagogy, and contemporary youth voice movement. Her most memorable work, however, is in the presence of her teenage students, facilitating moments of individual and collective epiphany in places where most don’t expect it: drab cafeterias, pristine juvenile correctional centers, and impromptu ciphers on a stoop in an urban metropolis. She currently serves in Alameda County Office of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program (ILSP) and as a Senior Teaching Artist at Youth Speaks. She lives in East Oakland with her superstar husband and their three children, and is honored and thrilled to serve 826 Valencia.

Alex Lerner is a principal of Indaba Capital, an investment firm based in San Francisco. Alex originally joined Indaba at the time of the fund’s launch in 2011 and rejoined in 2014 after earning his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Lazard Ltd following forays in journalism and publishing at Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. Alex also received a B.A. in English from Stanford University.

Jim Lesser is one of the few Executive Creative Directors in the advertising industry who is the President and CEO of a major agency network office. In the fourteen years he’s been at BBDO San Francisco the office has gone from five people to winning gold at Cannes and the Effies in the same year. He has worked with some of the world’s best brands from Target to Chrysler to Bank of America. He began his career as the receptionist in a New York agency before being promoted to copywriter. As a result he always believes that a great idea can and often will come from anywhere. Especially the new receptionist. Jim has served on the Boards of BBDO New York and Dwell Magazine. He spends as much time as possible in the mountains hiking with his wife and two sons.

Matt Middlebrook, President, is Senior Vice President for Development with the Los Angeles-based retail developer Caruso Affiliated. In his role, Matt oversees all new development projects for the company from acquisition to the start of construction. Matt joined Caruso Affiliated in 2004 overseeing government relation and communications strategies in seeking approvals for new development projects before taking over as head of development earlier this year. Previously Matt served as a political and communications strategist, working closely with elected and corporate leaders including United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, whom he served for many years both as a campaign and Senate aide, including as her Deputy State Director. Following his tenure with Feinstein, Matt became a campaign consultant and among other campaigns, he managed Jim Hahn’s successful election as Mayor of Los Angeles in 2001. Matt served as a Deputy Mayor in Los Angeles from 2001-2003 before returning to San Francisco. Upon returning to the Bay Area, Matt became a Senior Vice President with the international public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard, leading the Bay Area’s public affairs group. Matt graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Science.

Dave Pell spends the first half of each day writing the NextDraft newsletter and iOS app where he covers the day’s most fascinating news. The newsletter is syndicated by Time. During the second half of his day, he is the managing partner of Arba Group, a family-owned company that invests in early stage Internet startups. Dave has deep experience in education, having taught high school in Brooklyn and Boston. He has degrees from UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dave lives in Marin with his wife and two young children, Herschel and Octavia.

Han Phung is an educator, collaborator, and equity-focused advocate for our public school system. As a second-language-learner and refugee from Vietnam, she viewed her own schooling as both a safe haven and an opportunity pathway. That is the essence of why she does this work: to provide a safe and productive climate so that we can increase equitable learning opportunities for students. During fifteen years of working in urban school districts, her experience has spanned multiple levels from middle school students to adult learners, including two years as a leadership coach and facilitator, seven years as a high- and middle-school administrator, and six years teaching grades 6–12. Han received a BA in English Literature from Bowdoin College and MA in Education from UC Berkeley.

Andrew Strickman, Secretary, leads Brand and Creative Services at Move, Inc., home to Realtor.com, one of the top real estate sites on the Web. Prior to Move, Andrew headed Yahoo!’s award-winning global experiential marketing team, creating rich opportunities for consumers to experience the Yahoo! brand in the offline world. Andrew spent eight years as a partner at Ammo Marketing (acquired in 2006 by London-based Aegis Media). At Ammo—The Original Influencer Marketing Agency—Andrew led the development of creative word-of-mouth program strategy for clients like Brown-Forman, Volvo, Philips, AT&T, Blurb, Method Home and Miller Brewing. Pre-marketing career, Andrew spent more than fifteen years as an award-winning entertainment and pop culture journalist for such publications as Rolling Stone, Details, The Village Voice and many others. During ten years of volunteering at 826 Valencia, Andrew has worn nearly every hat at the writing center—he was a deck-swabber in the early days when the roof would leak, he taught workshops on critical writing and persuasion, he was a fundraiser and founding member of the 826 development committee, and most importantly, Andrew co-led the drop-in tutoring program on Sundays for eight years.

Joe Vasquez is the Manager of Partnerships & Strategy at Runway. Joe is an iOS developer and early co-founder of StartX, an accelerator for Stanford entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Runway, Joe taught at the Kauffman Fellows Academy and was a Data Analyst Fellow at LocoMotive Labs. Joe started his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and spent two years teaching bilingual math with Teach For America. Joe holds a BS in Atmosphere & Energy Engineering from Stanford University.

826 Valencia Co-Founders

Nínive Calegari is a veteran public school teacher and served as the Executive Director of 826 Valencia until 2007 and the CEO of 826 National until 2010. Before teaching in her family’s hometown in Mexico, Nínive worked at Leadership High School, San Francisco’s first charter school, where she also served on the Board of Directors. She holds a Masters of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Nínive, along with two co-authors, published Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers. In 2007, Nínive was awarded the ‘Daring Dozen’ award from the George Lucas Foundation, recognizing her for effective work in education. Nínive also founded and serves as president of The Teacher Salary Project, a nonprofit designed to build the political will necessary to transform how US society values effective teachers.

Dave Eggers is the author of seven books including A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What is the What, and most recently A Hologram for the King, Where the Wild Things Are, and Away We Go. He was named one of TIME Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People in 2005, and received the 2007 Heinz Award and the 2008 TED prize. His book Zeitoun received the 2010 American Book Award, and A Hologram for the King was named one of the ten best books of 2012 by The New York Times.

Supporters

The members of 826 Valencia’s Shipmates Society are some of our most committed sponsors. We’d like to extend a gigantic, heartfelt thank you to those of you who have donated funds to support 826 Valencia’s programs. Your support will help us make a meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of young San Franciscans this year.

We strive for accuracy in our listings. Please email us at development@826valencia.org if your information is incorrect. This list reflects gifts of $100 or more, from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

For more information on joining the Shipmates Society, check out our membership page.

CAPTAIN

826 National
Anonymous (4)
Kirsten & Michael Beckwith
Art Berliner & Marian Lever
The Brin Wojcicki Foundation
City Arts & Lectures
Dolby Laboratories
Lee & Russ Flynn, Teachers Housing Cooperative
GGS Foundation
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Google.org
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown
Hellman Foundation
Frances Hellman & Warren Breslau
The Kimball Foundation
Kochi Foundation
Lampert/Byrd Family Fund
Levi Strauss & Co.
Coltrane & Christopher Lord
Maverick Capital Foundation
Matt Middlebrook & Lisa Presta
Mosser Companies, Inc.
Panta Rhea Foundation
Dave & Gina Pell
Pincus Family Fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock
Saint Francis Foundation
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco Department of Children,Youth, and Their Families
Tom Savignano
Severns Family Foundation
Brad & Ali Singer
Michael & Shauna Stark
Andrew Strickman & Michal Ettinger
Laurie & Jeff Ubben
Advisors of the Walnut Fund

FIRST MATE

50 Fund
The Isabel Allende Foundation
The Amster Family Fund
Anonymous (3)
AT&T Foundation
John Baldessari Family Foundation
Joya Banerjee & Harris Cohen
Burnett Fund
CISCO Systems Foundation
Cleo Foundation
The Comis Foundation
craigslist Charitable Fund
Rose and David Dortort Foundation
ExCEL After School Programs
Fleishhacker Foundation
The Futures Project
The Hosono/Axelrod Family & Sundri Alim
Vy & Matthew Hyman
Kimberly & Zachary Hyman
Philip Jackson
Diana Kapp & David Singer
David L. Klein, Jr. Fund
Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation
George C. Lee
Jim & Tricia Lesser
Michael Moritz & Harriet Heyman
The Bernard Osher Foundation
Remick Family Foundation
Robin Renfrew & family in honor of Taylor Renfrew Ingham
Sakana Foundation
Santel McGinnis Family Charitable Fund
Scandling Family Foundation
Cameron Schrier Family Fund
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Twitter
Gene & Suzanne Valla
Kyle & Tracy Vogt
Karen & Jim Wagstaffe
The Walther Foundation

SHIP’S MASTER

Anonymous
Annikka Berridge
Brickyard Family Fund
Sam & Susie Britton
Arlene Buechert
Sylvia & Barry Bunshoft in honor of Jennifer Bunshoft Pergher
The Campodonico Family
Cole Haan
Jill Cowan & Stephen Davis
EMIKA Fund
Abhas Gupta
Jen Hamilton & Seth Boro
Reece Hirsch & Kathy Taylor
June P. Jackson Charitable Fund
Jeri & Jeffrey Johnson
Jordan & Theo Kurland
Alexander M. & June L. Maisin Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation
Mark Risher & Deborah Yeh
Lee & Perry Smith Fund
TPG Global, LLC
Mike Wilkins & Sheila Duignan
Kevin & Rachel Swain Yeaman

BOATSWAIN

Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
The Donald & Carole Chaiken Foundation
Nathaniel de Rothschild in honor of
Zoe Luhtala
John Eidinger
Shepard & Melissa Harris
Hellman & Friedman LLC
Derek G. Howard
Christina Hurvis & Steve Malloy
Melind John
Meg Krehbiel
Lesbians for Good, a fund of the
Horizons Foundation
Olivia Morgan in honor of Nínive Calegari
David & Katy Orr
Delsa & Jay Rendon
Joe Vasquez
Valerie Veronin & Robert Porter
Molly West & Chuck Slaughter
Write & Raise: Hosted by Nicole, Arun, Sarah, Ani, Seif & Andy
Yelp Foundation

HELMSPERSON

Anonymous (2)
Michael S. & Sigrid Anderson-Kwun
Blakely & John Atherton
The Awesome Foundation
Bateman Group
The Baughman Co., Inc.
Meryl & James Bennan
Bien-Kahn Philanthropic Fund
Bluestone Family Fund
Scott & Jacqueline Botterman
Adriene Bowles
Kathy & Greg Calegari
Celia Sack & Omnivore Books on Food
Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants
Melissa Clarke
Christine Comaford
Con-Volution 2015
Steven & Alexi Conine
The Conway Frankel Family Fund
Coulter 2006 Management Trust on behalf of Natalie J. Guo, Sanjay Banker, Nick Marncini, and Rob Snook
John Couch
David & Carla Crane Philanthropic Fund
David Foster Wallace Literary Trust
Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund
Holly Elfman
Nasseam Elkarra
Arline Epstein & the Quadra Foundation
Francis-Chapman Charitable Fund
Alison & Mark Garrett
Daniel Gelfand & Nicole Avril
Kristin & Jeremy Ginsberg
Andrew & Emma Gray
Green Bicycle Fund
Natalie Guo, Margaret Kirchner, Ashley Rape, & Gloria Herbert on behalf of Baking Event
Joe & Barbara Gurkoff Philanthropic Fund
Hammarskjold Family Fund
Jessica Hemerly & Jonathan Koshi
Paul Herman
Jonn & Max Herschend-Schroder
The Justin and Michelle Hughes Foundation
Kevin Hunt
Hyun Chin Charitable Fund
James Irvine Foundation
Jason Family Foundation
Nate Johnson
Amanda Kelso
Krummel Family Fund
Lisa Laukkanen
Gloria Lenhart
Angus MacLane
Joshua J. Mahoney
John & Lynda Marren
Donna Maynard
Coline McConnel
Paul Menage in honor of Vivienne Pustell
Steven Miller & Jennifer Durand
Amir Najmi & Linda Woo
Jennifer Noland
The Odell/Kemp Fund
Ginger & Dan Oros
Sruti Patel
Zachary Patton & Janel Thysen
PECO Foundation
Andrew & Emily Perito
Matthew Pirkowski
Jessica Powell
Alexandra Quinn & Mark Spoylar as
a gift for Daphne Spoylar
Rabine Family Fund
Marcia Rodgers & Garrett Loube
R. Rolfe
Brooke & David Rusenko
Joan Scott
Will Scullin
Irene S. Scully Fund
Silicon Valley Bank
Lisa Sison as a gift for Alyssa Aninag
The Stephen and Paula Smith Family Foundation
Squire Patton Boggs in honor of Nate Lane’s retirement
Tamara Mellon Brand Inc.
William Terrell
Tides Foundation in honor of the work of Hollie Smiley
Samantha Tripodi in honor of Dan &
Geri Rolandson
Ellen & Rob Valletta
April & Cameron Walters
Warby Parker
Annie Ward
Gina Warren
Dan Welch
Tim Wirth & Anne Stuhldreher
Kirsten Wolfe in honor of Holden & Dashiel Brown
Steven Nathaniel Wolkoff Foundation
Woodward Family Foundation
Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation
SAILOR
Erika & Jordan Alperin
Kimberly Beverett
Robin Bot-Miller
Nicole Boyer
Robert K. Brown
Kim Connor
Michael Duckworth
Isabel Duffy-Pinner & Dickon Pinner
Kopal & Malcolm Goonetileke
Allyson Halpern & Dan Cohen
Marc Henrich
Lisa Kessler
James Kim
Marcia & Lawrence Lusk
Lutes & Abrons Family Fund
Thomas McVey
Sejal Patel & Sanjay Banker
Amber Reed & Dan Newman
Matthew Sonefeldt in honor of Gabe & Jen Escovar
Mark Thomas
Rachel & Stephen Tracy
VanCheng Fund
Diane Zagerman & Donald Golder

RIGGER

Chiara Andres
Anna Bartley
Bi-Rite Market
Gloria Bonora
Jennifer Braun & Ray Ryan
Courtney Colburn
Mag Dimond
Andrew Dunbar & Zoee Astrachan
Gillian & Peter Emblad
Jody Fox
Kristen Grannan as a gift for
Martino Andrus
Elizabeth Haffenreffer
Eric Heiman in honor of Volume Inc.
David Jedrzejek
David L. Kirp
Ellen Levin
Syida C. Long
Jamie & Marc Lunder
Aaron Mount as a gift for Jim Lesser
Lisa Nahmanson
Bita Nazarian
Bruce & Risa Nye
O’Reilly Media, Inc.
Zohreh & Ike Okuda
James Park
Mark Perry
Mark Plakias & Carolyn Schultz Plakias
Brian Powers
Ramya Raghavan
Meg Ray
Devon Reed
Patrick Reeves
Revolutions Per Minute on behalf of Treasure Island Music Festival
Darah Roslyn
Ashley Seashore
Jean-Emmanuel Shein &
Christiane Janssen
Mark Shepherd
Vanessa & Phil Siino Haack
Sing For America Foundation on behalf of Dina Martin
Michael Sippey
Barbara Spicer
Spivy Family Philanthropy Fund
St. Thomas the Apostle School
Frances Stroh
William & Heather Terrell
Chase Tingley
Christine Tooby
Peter & Lisa Westley
Karen H. Wickre Fund
Jesse & Michelle Zeifman

LOOKOUT

Eric & Donna Abrams
Jo Adams
Tahira Ali
Debra Armstrong in honor of The Readers of Mary E. Silveira Recess Library Club
Andi & David Arrick
Arlyn Asch
Laurie Barkin & Brian Brosnahan
Hathaway Barry
Heidi Bastel
John Battelle
Linda Bauccio
Wendy Bean
George Beckwith in honor of Michael Beckwith
Tim Belonax
Barb Bersche & David Katznelson
Elise Birkhofer
John & Natasha Boas
Cheryl Bowers in honor of Kimberly Connor
Sue Breedlove
Elizabeth Brenum as a gift for Gil Brenum
Erin Bright
Sarah Brockmueller
Emily Brodman
Susan Bronstein
Kerry Brown
Jamieson Bunn
Gerard Buulong & Fredric Silverman Fund
Marie D’Amico & Steve Capps
Jack & Molly Cargas
Marit & Enrico Casarosa
Edmund Cavagnaro
Otis Chandler in honor of winning the office NCAA pool
Doris Y. Chang in memory of Jane Han
Todd Chapin
Tyler Chapman
The Charles Armstrong School
Faith Chiang
Anthony Chivetta
Amy Chou
Aurelien Chouard
Morris Chow
Kristin & Dickson Chu
Sandra Chu
Evelyn Clair
Patti & Harry Cocciolo
Kristine Coco
Ed Cohen
Norma Cole
Cynthia Colon
Genevieve Conaty
Sheila Cooper
Kerry Cooper
Tom Counts
Craftsman and Wolves
John Creagan
Elizabeth Dalay
Susanna Daniels
Shannon David
Phillip Davis
Megan Davy
Tony Day
Manoj Dayaram
Design Options on behalf of Chloe Denbow
Alec Ditonto
Carissa Dizon
Joe Doctor
Heidi Dolamore
Julie Down
Norman Patrick Doyle
Jon & Holly Drawbaugh
Joel Dubin as a gift for Karen & Stuart Gansky
Kelly Dubisar
Lisa Dungan
Sally Durgan
Marybeth Dyer in honor of Lucille Birmingham
Julie Dyer Vree
Taylor & Scott Eason
Kenneth Eddings
Marnina Edelhart
Liisa Eisenlohr
Ann Elliott
Laura Ellis
Samantha Eng
Marc Engel in honor of Voicebox Creative
Sarah Esterkyn as a gift for Alex & Lucas Perry
Deborah Fedorchuk
David Fisher
Phyllis Florin
Darryl Forman
Andrew Forssell
Four Dollar Books & the Four is a little, Four is a LOT team
Taryn Fransen
Lisa Freeman
Joel Fruchtman & Maureen Murphy
Fullosophie on behalf of Shinola
Marlyn Fusek
Karen & Stuart Gansky in honor of Shelley & Arnold Leder
Maureen Gates
Linda Gebroe
Nile Geisinger
Stephen Gilbane as a gift for Sejal Patel
Danielle Gilbert in honor of Rubi & Zach Gilbert
Michael Gillespie
Sarah Glicken
Ken Goldberg & Tiffany Shlain
Janice Goldblatt
Gregorio Gonzalez
Shirley Gordon in honor of Caroline Kangas
Raj Gossain
Michelle Graham
Shannon Grant
Judith Greber
Yvonne Green in honor of Shelby DeWeese
Mary Lynn Greenhow
Dixie & Richard Grossman
Carol Gunby
Aron Hall & Alison Huml
Sara Hall
John & Marsha Hall in memory of Brian Hall
Janet H. & J. Mark Hall
Yosh Han
Morgan Hankins
Blaire Hansen
A.J. Harm
David & Jane Hartley
Brad Hathaway
Pamela Herbert
Christine Herrin
Joeli Hettler & Alden Bourne
Kit & Linda Hinrichs
Sadie Hoagland
Wanda M. Holland Greene
Emily Holt
Matthew Holt
Vince Horner
Anna & James Hsu
Whitney Huey as a gift for Alyssa Aninag
Natalie Inouye
Irvington High School’s French Club
Ivivva USA Inc. & Lululemon
Benjamin Jacobs
Najeeb Jarrar
Shane Jarvie
Erik Jensen
Joseph & Urmilla John
Oliver Kadak
Scott Kane
Jennifer Kaplan
Doug Keller
Jo Keroes
Julie & Connor Kidd
Kristen & Ryan King
Lucy Kirchner
Penny Kittle
Kristin Klein & William Donahoe
Dale Knauss
Nate Koechley
Charlotte Koh
Wendy Kordesch
Marvin Koshi
Eric Kostenbauder
Robyn Kruse
Jacqueline Kudler
Natalie Larios
Cynthia Lee
Michelle Lee & Dennis Kim
Derek Lee
Leigh & Michael Lehman
Jacob Leland
Feralee & Charles Levin
Ethan Levy
Stuart Litwin
Lobster Theater Project
Michelle Long & Christopher Nicholson
Amanda Loo
Kavitha & Reza Lotun
Berta & Sanford Lowenstein
Lisa Lozo
Jennifer MacCloskey
Gregor MacLennan
Joen & Paul Madonna
David Mandelbrot
Mark Anthony Maningas
Cathy Manshel & Bill Rusitsky in honor of Ashley Varady & her team at Buena Vista Horace Mann
John Marcom
Abby Marks
Chase Martin
John Martin
Joseph Maser
Christopher Mason
Mariel Matze
Shannon May
Erica McAulay
Margaret McCarthy
Maudie McCormick
Barry McGee
Roxann McGlumphy
Jeffrey McGrath
Pamela McGuire & Russell Corrigan
Patricia McMahon
Paul Mele
Tessa & John Melvin
Megan Mikhail
Anupam Mishra
Jeanette & Kevin Moore
Morehouse Family Fund
Mark Morford
Cheryl Morris
Katrina & Tim Morshead
Naomi Mraz as a gift for Elliott Girouard
Lauren Mulkey
Multiply Technology
National Center for Employee Ownership
Molly Naughton
Meredith Nguyen
Elizabeth W. Nolan
Kelly O’Reilly as a gift for Tom O’Reilly
Kate O’Sullivan & Kurt Bauer
Mike O’Toole
Trisha Okubo
Zachary Olson
Kasra Omid-Zohoor
Victor Ortiz de Montellano
Dana Oshiro
Emily Ostendorf
Koa Ostrem
Eric Ouyang
Cady Owens
Jennifer Padget
Arrie Park
Rodney & Anne Pearlman in honor of Karen Wagstaffe
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Debra Pell
Sacha Perold
Geoff Perrin
Christina V. Perry
Han Phung & Juan Malo
Dale Pitman in honor of After-School Tutoring students & families
Christina Poindexter
William Poole
Michael Powell in honor of Dumpster & Barb Haiduck
Meg Donohue & Phil Preuss
Simone Price
Matt Price
Erik Ragatz
Mary Lou Ragghianti
Sally Randel
Radhika Rathinasabapathy
Bryan Rea
Kaye Reeves in honor of Owen & Charlie
Shreenath Regunathan
Charles Reiker & Barbara Keating
Ellen Richard
Margaret Robbins & Seth Weissman as a gift for Nínive Calegari
Prudence Roberts
John B. Roberts
Rene Rodarte
Karen Rowan
Lauren Rutherford
Francesca Salcido
Anne Sandbach
Jim & Emily Scheinman in honor of Mac Barnett, Carson Ellis, Jon Klassen, & Christian Robinson
Nina Schindler as a gift for Ilya Sukhar & Courtney Ward
Gregory Schram in honor of Jamie Shaw
Katharine Schultz
Rebecca Schumacher in honor of Ann Elliott
Fred Seely in honor of Blake R. Seely
SFTech4Good
Judd Sher
Vaughn Shields
Sarah Shriver in memory of Florence Hochman
Sibby’s Cupcakery
Michael Silverman
Simons Family Foundation
Laura Singer in memory of Kathryn Payne
Carole Sirulnick
Thomas Skewes-Cox
Jenny Slade
Leef Smith on behalf of Free Comic Book Day Funraiser
Adam Smith
Barron Snyder
Melanie Sperling
Nicholas Spuhler
St. Philip Catholic School
Tania Stepanian
Jeff Stephenson
Seth Sternglanz
Loretta Stevens
Kimberly Stewart Hopper & James Stearns
Jeremy Stone in honor of Maggy Cullman
Matt Sulkis
Sarah Sweeney
Sweetwater Fund
Alex Syverson
Reina Takahashi
Brooke & Eric Tao
Mark Tauber
Mary Taugher & F. Martin Booth
Judith Temple
David Thomas
Susan Thompson
Marcia Tingley as a gift for Chase Tingley
Mary Kay Tisch
Karen Trilevsky
Turbow Family Fund
Jenise Uehara Henrikson
Lisa & Robert Varady
Nicole Varvitsiotes
Mark Vermeulen
Sarah Vetters
Kim Wade
Travis Waind
Taylor & Kent Wakefield
Christopher Walker
Jessica Walter
Kia Wang Nevarez
Ben Watanabe in honor of First Draft
Howard Weaver
Anna Westendorf
Delina Wierzbinski
Rachel Wikoff
Lori Wilson
Christopher H. Winship
Erica Wong
Anna Yen
Suzanne Yonkers in honor of Joya Banerjee
Yu Jurafsky Charitable Fund
Leslie Yuan & David Aaronson
Joyce Zavattero
Sophie Ziegler in honor of Jennifer Braun
Bob Zipp

MATCHING GIFT SPONSORS

Adobe Systems Incorporated Matching Gifts
BlackRock, Inc.
Dolby Match Program
Dropbox Inc.
Gartner, Inc. Matching Gifts Program
Goldman Sachs Matching Gifts Program
Google Matching Gifts Program
Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Region
Maverick Capital Foundation (Dallas)
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
PG&E Corporation Campaign for the Community
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Salesforce.com Foundation
Select Equity Group Foundation
Skoll Global Threats Fund
The Walt Disney Company Foundation
Thomson Reuters
Zynga.com

IN-KIND SUPPORT

Ali Baba’s Cave
Almanac Beer Co.
ALR Associated Lighting Reps Inc.
AMP Printing and Graphics
Anderson, Rowe, and Buckley, Inc.
Ana Aranda
Arrigoni Woods
Ayoob & Perry
Robert Steinebel
B Metals
Bay Area Concrete
BBDO San Francisco
BCCI Construction Co.
Bi-Rite Market
Bluewater Environmental Services Inc.
Dan Brotsky & Shawna Hartman Brotsky
Budget Signs
Barbara Butler
Margherita Buzzi
Nínive & Jean Claude Calegari
California Drywall Co.
California Wood Floors
Camira
Darren Chan
Kay Chesterfield
Commercial Casework Inc.
Craftsman and Wolves
Creative Ceilings and Drywall Inc.
Cutting Edge Drapery
Daltile
DeAnza Tile
Adriana del Mar
Design and Direct Source
Design Workshops
DW Nicholson Corporation
Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida
Joanna Ellis
Emser Tile
Finelite
Fire Detection Unlimited, Inc.
Britta Fithian-Zum
Four Barrel Coffee
Qris Frye
Gensler
Will Georgantas
Giampolini & Co.
Einat Gilboa
Chris Giordano
Glumac
Dylan Gold
Golden Gate Fire Protection
Gundlach Bundschu Winery & Vineyard
Annelise Hagar
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Jenna Hernandez
Christine Herrin
Alice Hoult
Ash Huang
Independent Electric Supply Inc.
Industry West
Interface
INTERSTICE Architects
Mary Lou Iverson
jak.w
Jamestown Community Center
Jonas Kellner
Lucy Kirchner
Koleksiyon
Jonathan Koshi
Isabella Kung
La Méditerranée
Andrea Lacorrazza
Gloria Lenhart
Jessica Lin
Tracy Liu
Amanda Loo
Kehau Lyons
Buffy and Patrick Maguire
Raven Mahon
Majestic Floors Inc.
Magdalena Mardinian
Shannon May
Christy McCreary and Clif Bar & Company
McMillan Electric
Mission Glass Company
Microbiz Security Company
Minton Door Company
MKThink
Monticelli Painting and Decorating
Lauren Mulkey
National Air Balance Co.
New Bohemia Signs
Nor-Cal Floor Design, Inc.
Northwood
Office
Omni Sheet Metal Inc.
Orion Chandelier
Overhead Door Company
Paganini Electric Corporation
Palmyra
Kate Park
Patrick J. Ruane, Incorporated
Patxi’s Pizza
Philips Lighting
Bill Plumb
PPG Paints
Pribuss Engineering
Progress Glass Co., Inc.
Tim Ratanapreukskul
Restoration Hardware
Richard Hancock Inc.
Rubio Monocoat USA
Brooke Rusenko
Helaine Lasky Schweitzer
Mike Scribner
Service Metal Products Inc.
SF Interiors
Shaw Floors
Emma Sherwood-Forbes
Sprig Electric
Stockham Construction
Annalise Stromsta
Surber Drywall Construction Inc.
Tandus Centiva
The Lawson Roofing Company, Inc.
Stephanie Theune
Tipping Structural
Trader Joe’s
Twitch
Two Furnish
Gene & Suzanne Valla
Valerie Veronin
Vitra
Karen Wagstaffe
Wattstopper
Whole Foods Market
Young Electric Co.

Volunteers

The staff at 826 Valencia is small compared to the output of the organization. There’s absolutely no way we could create hundreds of publications and serve thousands of students annually without a legion of volunteers. This group of superstars works in all realms, from tutoring to fundraising and beyond. They range in age, background, and expertise but all have a shared passion for our work with young people.

V.E.S.T

A dedicated group of volunteers from across our programs comprise our V.E.S.T leadership board, also known as the Volunteer Engagement and Support Team. These folks of wide-ranging skills provide ongoing guidance to new volunteers and give feedback to 826 staff on the volunteer experience. They also help plan our bi-annual 100 Club volunteer celebration, among other volunteer engagement activities. Individuals on the board are recommended by 826 staff, and each member serves for a minimum of one school-year. Read on to meet a selection of our fabulous V.E.S.T. members!

Tim Ratanapreukskul was born in Los Angeles but has led a multi-regional lifestyle since high school. When Tim was a teenager, he lived and studied in Japan, and went on to live in various parts of the East Coast. The promise of higher education brought him to the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied apparel and graphic design in his undergrad and architecture for his master’s degree. Although Tim is artistically inclined, he has admittedly terrible taste in music. A few years ago, Tim came to San Francisco’s Mission District for the sunshine, but since then has discovered so much more to love about the neighborhood: free yoga, homemade bikes, mandated composting and recycling, cheap Mexican food, the Muni’s J-line, and 826 Valencia. He is a designer and prefers to have as small a footprint in the public/internet life as possible.

Gloria Lenhart loves San Francisco the way only an East Coast transplant can. She arrived in San Francisco just in time for the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. When she’s not helping with field trips at 826, you can find her leading walking tours around the city for San Francisco City Guides. In 2014, she launched the City Explorer San Francisco app offering downloadable tours of SF neighborhoods for smartphones and tablets. Find sunken ships in the financial district, explore hidden gardens downtown, and more. Proceeds from the app benefit 826 Valencia.

Kavitha Lotun came to 826 Valencia in the summer of 2012 after spending 5 years teaching young students in London, England. One day while exploring the Mission and pining after the buzz of her classroom, she stumbled upon the 826 Valencia Exploring Words Summer Camp. Serendipitously, this ended up being a way to meet students in San Francisco and learn more about their schools and learning styles. Kavitha took a hiatus from 826 to welcome her son Khalil in 2013 (he’s currently exploring his own words). She can now be found leading Storytelling & Bookmaking Field Trips, tutoring, and serving on the Volunteer Engagement Support Team.

Shannon David began as an intern with 826 Valencia in 2010 and has been hanging around as a volunteer ever since. She has participated on the editorial board for two Young Authors’ Book Projects, and now co-teaches our only in-house student newspaper, the Valencia Bayfarer, alongside fellow volunteer Austin Hoffman. She’s always learning something new from our intrepid young reporters and loves seeing each new Bayfarer issue come to life. Shannon is delighted to serve the 826 volunteer community as a VEST member and can easily be convinced to go out for coffee (or ice cream) any time. When not at 826, you’ll find her across the street at McSweeney’s, where she recently joined the staff.

Jess Hemerly grew up in the remote reaches of rural eastern Pennsylvania, where she longed to leave the sticks behind for life in the city. She attended college in the Big Apple and quickly sought her fortunes across the country in San Francisco, where she’s been for ten years. After several unsatisfying jobs, she decided to enroll at UC Berkeley, earning her Master’s degree in Information Management and Systems and garnered several honors for her prodigious research. A freelance culture critic in her spare time, her writing has appeared in 7×7, Make, and The Onion, as well as on several local music blogs. Jess currently works in technology public policy, focused on transparency and accessibility. When she’s not grappling with Internet policy, she runs marathons, rides her bike, and is learning to swim. As a life-long writer in both her personal and professional life, she savors the opportunity to help the young writing minds at BVHM.

Jonathan Koshi Jonathan—known to most by his last name, Koshi—was born and raised on the sunny beaches of Oahu. At the age of 18, he left his tropical paradise to experience the northeastern seasons while at school in Rhode Island. After college, he did a brief stint in Houston before coming back west and settling in the Bay Area, and has been a San Francisco resident for 15 years. He has worked as a user-experience designer for several Bay Area companies, including Yahoo! and Minted, and co-founded Songbird, an open source music player (RIP). He now spends his days as a freelance user-experience design consultant for early stage companies and his evenings engrossed in various art projects. His artistic work has appeared at several galleries in San Francisco, including Secession Art & Design and Campfire Gallery, and in the classroom of BVHM, where he has become popular with the kids for his on-demand drawings of various things the kids love, including San Francisco 49ers players, cartoon mashups, and penguins.

Lindsay Logan first got involved with 826 Valencia as part of the Young Authors’ Book project in 2014, and is a proud member of VEST. She graduated from Stanford University, and is currently helping small businesses learn how to Tweet as a Content Marketing Lead at Twitter. Lindsay loves reading, going for runs across the Golden Gate Bridge, and adventures with her husband, Patrick, and their French bulldog, Jimmy McNulty.