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.
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.
Yancie Davis, College Access & Success Manager
Yancie was born, raised, and educated in Oakland and is an alumni of the University of California – Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He joins the East Bay College Fund after working at BUILD for 3 years, serving as the College Access Program Manager. Yancie has been working with Oakland youth and pushing them towards college attainment and success since his days in college and has gotten students into schools across the country. Yancie wants to increase the numbers of students of color, especially males of color, persisting and succeeding in higher education. When he isn’t supporting his students, he is usually with his wife and two children, or watching sports if he isn’t playing them.
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.