Diane Dodge, Executive Director
Diane brings over ten years of non-profit management experience and a lifelong commitment to equity in education. She comes to us after serving as Executive Director for seven years at Seven Tepees in San Francisco, a program dedicated to impacting the lives of promising inner-city youth. While there, Diane strategically led the growth of Seven Tepees from a small non-profit into a model youth development program. Diane taught for seventeen years in urban middle and high schools in California and led projects to empower all youth with the belief that they could attend college. During her career, Diane developed several unique college access programs for first-generation college students.
Eric Guico, Director of College Programs
Eric was raised in San Diego and 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 his Master’s of Education in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. Eric has experience with universities across the country including an exchange program at Morehouse College and work at Syracuse University and UC Berkeley. With Project SOAR II, he served the students and families of Oakland High School and Skyline High School. When Eric isn’t working towards student success, he loves training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Victor Garcia, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships
Over the past fourteen years Victor Garcia has focused on improving the postsecondary aspirations and success of underrepresented youth from throughout California. He has held student affairs positions on campuses of the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges, and at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining East Bay College Fund, Victor served as Program Officer at the College Access Foundation of California where he managed the foundation’s Strategic Scholarships portfolio.Victor’s deep and overriding commitment to addressing the multiple needs faced by individuals in underserved communities has also led him to pursue independent consulting with organizations in the greater Bay Area. Victor is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and holds an MPA from California State University, Long Beach and an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.
Melanie Teng, Operations & Development Associate
Melanie 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. Having grown up in a multicultural environment, she has a deep appreciation for world cultures, languages, and cuisines. In her free time, you will find her exploring the outdoors and swing dancing in the Bay Area.
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.
Camille Sheffield, College Access and Success Manager
Currently an Oakland resident, Camille was originally raised in a small town in rural Ohio. She attended Claremont McKenna College in southern California where she played varsity basketball and graduated with degree in sociology. Her work in Los Angeles public schools inspired her to pursue a career in education and motivated her to help students discover opportunities for growth and realize higher education goals. With a focus on international education, Camille completed a Fulbright Grant in Venezuela where she worked in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy as an ESL teacher and post-secondary advisor. She continued individualized counseling during her three years at Summer Search San Francisco where she provided socio-emotional counseling and college access support to Bay Area High School students. Passionate about supporting first generation and students of color to achieve their highest education potential, she is excited to join the dedicated team at East Bay College Fund.
Jari Binder, Volunteer Coordinator (AmeriCorps Vista)
Jari was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. She joins us as an AmeriCorps Vista member after recently graduating from UC Berkeley with a degrees in Political Science and Media Studies. Jari has always been interested in educational justice and is excited to be spending the year at East Bay College Fund.
Mareme Diakhate (AmeriCorps Vista)
Mareme was born in Senegal, West Africa, and moved to Oakland when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Skyline High school in 2010. During college Mareme took part in many leadership roles. From freshmen to junior year she was an Orientation Leader, then during her senior year she became a Resident Advisor. In addition she was also part of the Black Student Union, Women’s Rowing Team and the Premed club at her school. During her college year, she also participated in many internship and summer programs, such as: Mentoring in Medicine, Interning at the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health, Stanford Medical School: Health Careers Opportunity Program, and Health Career Connection.
As a Persistence Counselor, she will be working with scholars, doing check-ins, checking and maintaining scholar docs, and working closely with the CREWs program. Mareme is very excited to be working at an organization that have played a major role in her education journey.