Diane brings a lifelong commitment to equity in education as the first generation in her family to attend college and over fifteen years of non-profit management experience. Since joining East Bay College Fund as Executive Director in 2011, the organization has expanded the number of students by 700% and increased the annual scholarships awarded to over $2.5M. Diane lead the development of the Reboot and CREWS Programs that contribute to East Bay College Fund’ college graduation rate of four times the national average for low-income students. She also developed partnerships with the African American Male Achievement Initiative, Oakland Unified School District, community colleges, four year colleges and industry partners to streamline a pipeline for students to enter college and graduate ready for careers. In 2016, she inaugurated the Oakland Promise with Oakland Unified School District and the City of Oakland to triple the number of college graduates in a decade.
Prior to joining East Bay College Fund, Diane was Executive Director of Seven Tepees Youth Program in San Francisco for seven years. She also developed three college access programs that are still supporting youth around the Bay Area: Y-Scholars in Berkeley, College Now in San Francisco, and East Bay College Fund’s college access program. Previous to college access work, Diane was a Bilingual Resource Teacher and administrator in middle and high schools for seventeen years and led projects to empower all youth with the belief that they could attend college. When she’s not working, Diane can usually be found sailing on the bay.
Eric Guico, Director of College Programs
Eric joined East Bay College Fund in 2011 as a college counselor and now as Director of College Counseling works to scale our programs with a lens to persistence. Eric has developed the Reboot, CREWS, and the counseling program with a growing team of near-peer college coaches.
He was raised in San Diego but now considers the Bay Area home. After earning his B.A. in the Study of Religion from UC San Diego, his passion for education led him to pursue a Masters of Education in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. He has worked with universities across the country including Morehouse College, Syracuse University, and UC Berkeley. Through his work on Project SOAR II, Eric also served the students and families of Oakland High School and Skyline High School prior to joining East Bay College Fund. With Diane, he led the development of the CREWS and Reboot Programs. When he is not working towards student success, he practices many forms of martial arts and competes nationally.
Matthew Hulse, Director of Mentoring & Career Development
Matt has a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. He has ten years teaching experience in east bay high schools, including Kennedy High School (Richmond), Far West (Oakland), McClymonds (Oakland), Contra Costa Alternative School (Orinda) and Sacred Heart (Menlo Park). He has also taught at Ohlone College and Foothill College. He founded “Aspire Education Project” and served as Executive Director for nine years, providing fundraising, finance, partnership, and programming for the organization.
He has expanded our mentoring program and deepened our partnerships the summer programs and industry partners to provide networking, career exploration, and internships.He also has 25 years of experience as an educator and social worker for church.
Eric Smith, Director of Finance and Administration
Eric provides strategic leadership to our organization as we continue to scale including budgeting, grant management, projections, andstrategic financial partnerships.
For 10 years Eric has served as the Director of Finance at the Ed Roberts Campus. In this role, Eric was responsible for the financial leadership of a $47 million dollar capital campaign, strategic partnerships with seven organizations, and critical development projects both public and private. Eric has also served as Co-Executive Director of Center for Accessible Technology, in charge of development, finance, and strategic partnerships.
When Eric isn’t going over our numbers he is spending time with his family, doing art projects, or supporting his many endeavors as a disability advocate.
Rachel Antrobus, Director of College Access
Rachel joins our team as Director of College Access after serving as Dean of Merritt College and Senior Program Associate of Strategic Partnerships for Career Ladders Project. With an expertise in community college Career and Technical Education and transfer, Rachel was primary lead for California Community College Linked Learning Initiative, an effort funded by the James Irvine Foundation to realize the promise of post secondary of the linked learning statewide strategy.
Previous to that she served as Partnership manager for Gateway to College National Network, where she lead the development- funding streams and partnerships – of ten new sites across the nation. Rachel has never been a stranger to scaling, previously she served as Director of Transitional Age Youth leading a public/private inter-agency program serving over 7,000 disconnected youth in San Francisco.
Rachel has an expertise in college access and persistence, with years of experience in partnering, strategic planning, program design and implementation, evaluation, and grant writing. Rachel leads East Bay College Fund’s partnership with OUSD, many other access partners in the development of Future Centers at the school site and supports students to successfully transition from high school to college.
In Rachel’s spare time she is working on her Doctorate at USC in Educational Leadership, Higher Education.
Melanie Teng, Operations Manager
Melanie joined East Bay College Fund in 2011 and served as Development Associate and expanded her role to facilitate our data tracking and scholarship selection process.She joined the East Bay College Fund after graduating from the University of California – Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy. She has spent most of her career volunteering and working for nonprofits in San Francisco and the East Bay supporting youth from disadvantaged communities. to As the first generation to graduate from college in her family, Melanie is passionate to support other students from immigrant families.When Melanie isn’t writing a grant she is competing in swing dancing or hiking in the Sierras.
McKenzie Stewart, College Persistence Manager
McKenzie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. From an early age, her family instilled in her the idea that a life of service and giving back to the community is a life of fulfillment and success, and that a four-year college education is not only a necessity but a privilege. After attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, for her first year of school, McKenzie completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She believes all students have the right to a quality and equitable education. And all deserving students should have access to higher education without the fear or burden of the cost. McKenzie has supported and mentored low income, first generation, youth of color across the Bay Area as they pursue their dreams of completing a 4-year college education. She works hard to ensure students have guidance and the proper tools to be successful in a university setting. When not supporting students she enjoys exploring the beautiful sites of Northern California or cooking and baking for her friends and family. Prior to working for East Bay College Fund, Mckenzie was a College Coach and Youth Development Program Coordinator at Juma Ventures.
Tonaka Kendrick, Volunteer Coordinator (AmeriCorps Vista)
For 15 years Tonaka has held various positions within a number of colleges and universities. Most recently, she worked 10 years as a Student Advisor at the Academy of Art University. There she gained extensive knowledge of Higher Education administration and policies as well as unique ways of connecting with student populations. Tonaka enlisted as an AmeriCorps Vista after discovering her life’s purpose in service to others. Tonaka studied Film and Media at Arizona State University and is currently in pre-production for a video magazine called Oaktown Social, which features local artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders making an impact on their communities. She’s also passionate about social politics, theater, fashion and interior design.
Rachana Prasad, Data Coordinator (AmeriCorps Vista)
Born and raised in India, Rachana has a Bachelors in Information Science and a degree in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand. She worked as a software engineer at Schneider Electric for 2 years and as Senior Manager in a Microfinance organization for 2 years. Rachana moved to the United States in November 2014. She strongly believes that education is a means for empowerment and her hobbies are baking, hiking and travelling.
Tiana Corona, CREWS Coordinator (Public Allies Lead)
Tiana was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She joins us as an AmeriCorps Public Ally member after recently graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Anthropology. Tiana has a passion for non-profit work to help the Bay Area community through higher education access and success. As the CREWS Coordinator, she is supporting the program team’s growth to help more students achieve success with their higher education goals.
Andrew Wilson,College Strategist and Support Coordinator
As a 2009 East Bay College Fund Alumni, Andrew is an activist, poet, visual artist, and change-maker. A graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts (concentration in Jewelry/Metals), his art comments on themes of sexuality, race, identity, and social class in the American context. Andrew seeks to engage youth, specifically youth of color, in conversations and programs that empower and lead the next generation to understand how powerful they truly are. He was an East Bay College Fund College Advisor at Oakland Technical. In addition, Andrew is also a Swim Coach at Oakland Technical High School, a Pool Manager with the City of Oakland, and Production Manager with Youth Speaks’ Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival.
College Advisors (in partnership with African American Male Initiative and UCB’s Destination College):
Christopher Sconiers-Flores (Oakland High School)
Chris was born and raised in Sacramento, California where he attended Cosumnes River College and coached volleyball at a local high school. In 2014, he graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. Chris believes it is not only his life mission, but also his duty to give back to his community through service and empowerment. He joins East Bay College Fund as a College Advisor with Destination College at Oakland High School, where he helps foster the immeasurable potential of the students. In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing volleyball and weightlifting.
Daishar Young (Castlemont High School)
Daishar Young was born in Oakland and graduated from Oakland Tech in 2009. Subsequently, he attended UC Berkeley to study Anthropology. While in college, he decided to assist students with their college applications, because he believes that our society cannot move forward unless we give back and nurture the next generation. Currently, he is a college advisor for Destination College, East Bay College Fund and African American Male Achievement.
Ziada Keflezighi (Oakland Technical High School)
Ziada Keflezighi was born and raised in San Diego, CA to two Eritrean immigrant parents. Although they had an elementary education, her parents pushed her and nine other siblings to take advantage of the educational opportunities in America. She moved to the Bay Area in 2009 to attend UC Berkeley and fell in love with the culture of Oakland. She spent most of her college career as a board member for the Black Recruitment and Retention Center, working to attract and retain Black students on campus and in higher education in general. In December 2013, she graduated from Cal with a double major in Sociology and Social Welfare. With her desire to continue her work in college access, Ziada is now a College Adviser Fellow at Oakland Technical High School.