Diane brings a lifelong commitment to equity in education and over ten years of non-profit management experience. Since joining East Bay College Fund as Executive Director in 2012, she has expanded the number of students served by over 400% and increased the annual scholarships awarded to over $1M. Diane developed East Bay College Fund’s strategies and services to achieve a college graduation rate of four times the national average for low-income students. She also initiated 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 career opportunities.
Under her leadership, she has implemented strategic growth plans which have transformed small non-profit organizations into thriving youth development programs with strong outcomes. Prior to joining East Bay College Fund, Diane was Executive Director of Seven Tepees 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. Earlier in her career, Diane was a Bilingual Resource Teacher in urban 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 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. Eric 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, Eric led the development of the CREWS and Reboot Programs. When Eric is not working towards student success, he loves training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Victor Garcia, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships
Over the past fifteen years Victor Garcia has focused on improving the postsecondary aspirations and success of underrepresented youth 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 College Futures Foundation (then College Access Foundation of California) where he managed the foundation’s Strategic Scholarships portfolio. Throughout his career, Victor has a deep commitment to addressing the multiple needs faced by individuals in underserved communities such as im/migrant youth and first-generation, low-income young men of color. He 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. Prior to working for East Bay College Fund, Mckenzie was a College Coach and Youth Development Program Coordinator at Juma Ventures.
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.
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.
Anna Hughes,Executive Assistant & Special Projects
Anna joins East Bay College fund with over 5 years experience in the nonprofit sector. She began her career in social justice and community development at Upwardly Global in San Francisco where she first worked as a career advisor for recently arrived immigrants and refugees looking to land their first job in the U.S. Most recently, Anna oversaw much of the fundraising and grant writing efforts for Upwardly Global, where she developed a passion for rallying supporters and advocating for the underserved immigrant population she worked with. Anna is an East Bay native having grown up in Fremont and now residing in Oakland. She is thrilled to be working for an organization that creates opportunities for the youth of Oakland to receive a quality education. Anna holds a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz and has taken coursework at the Centre for Conflict Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Christina Mitchell,Communications Manager
Born and raised in Stockton, California, Christina earned a BA from Claremont McKenna College and a MA from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining East Bay College Fund, she was a high school teacher for over 10 years, serving in the Spanish, History and African American Studies Departments. As the Communications Manager of East Bay College Fund, Christina creates content to share the fascinating and inspiring stories of our donors, partners, mentors, staff and scholars. She is also the founder of East Bay Dish, where she writes about her adventures exploring local restaurants.
Tiana Corona,CREWS Coordinator (Public Allies)
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.
Stephanie Hoang,College Access Coordinator (Public Allies)
Stephanie was born and raised in Oakland, and joins us as an AmeriCorps Public Allies member. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Social Welfare and Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies. Stephanie is passionate about youth empowerment, educational access, and student development, and was drawn to East Bay College Fund because of the impact her own mentors and educators had on her educational path. Stephanie loves to interweave filmmaking, really good food, and puns with her work and life.
Andrew Wilson (Oakland Technical High School),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 is a current 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):
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.
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.
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.