Our Staff

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Diane Dodge, Executive Director

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diane@eastbaycollegefund.org

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.

 

Jessica Burgos, Persistence Coordinator

jessica@eastbaycollegefund.org

Jessica Burgos is a 2012 East Bay College Fund Alumni with a passion for psychological research, volunteering, and community engagement. She is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University where she received a B.A. in Psychology with minors in both Criminal Justice and Classics. She joins the East Bay College Fund staff as a Persistence Coordinator where she engages with scholars in order to encourage persistence and resilience during their undergraduate careers. Jessica believes that access to higher education is necessary to help foster social change. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys practicing yoga and participating in 5K races.

 

Shavonnee Clark, Persistence Manager

Shavonnee is a proud Oakland native and East Bay College Fund alumna. She received her k-12 education in Oakland Public Schools. She is passionate about increasing educational equity and opportunities for success for low-income, first generation students, and students of color. Shavonnee graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and Education Studies. She is currently working toward a Masters of Public Administration Degree focusing on Public Management and Policy Analysis.

Prior to working at the East Bay College Fund, Shavonnee worked to develop college, STEM, and leadership programs at Girls Inc. of Alameda County.  She is excited to bring her experience developing and scaling programs to the East Bay College Fund as the 4-year College Persistence Manager. 

 

Addie Cahen, Persistence Advisor

addie@eastbaycollegefund.org

Addie is a 3rd generation San Franciscan with a passion for education, songwriting, and sandwiches. After graduating from NYU in 2015 with a B.A. in English Literature, Addie began work with Live Out Loud, facilitating workshops for LGBTQ youth in high schools all over New York. She then went on to work with CAMBA as an Advocate Counselor, motivating underserved youth to finish high school and attend college.

After a recent move back to the Bay Area, Addie is thrilled to be working at East Bay College Fund as a Persistence Advisor, helping college students meet their educational goals.

 

Tiana Corona, College Persistence Manager
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tiana@eastbaycollegefund.org

Tiana was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She rejoins us as an AmeriCorps 2nd-Year Public Allies member after recently graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2015. Tiana has a passion for non-profit work to help the Bay Area community through higher education access and persistence. As the College Persistence Coordinator, she will be supporting the program team’s growth to help more students achieve success with their higher education goals.

 

Arbour Decker, Director of Strategic Partnerships

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arbour@eastbaycollegefund.org

Arbour joins East Bay College Fund in September 2016 as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Working closely with Diane and our committed Board of Directors, Arbour will be responsible for leading EBCF’s talented Development team in forging and fostering collaborations that will further drive our mission of changing the lives of Oakland youth.

Prior to joining East Bay College Fund, Arbour served as the Director of External Relations at OneJustice, a statewide legal organization. Arbour also held development and communications roles at the University of San Diego’s School of International Business, San Diego State University’s College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington. Arbour received a B.A. in Communication from Western Washington University and a M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University, and holds leadership positions on the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Development and Diversity & Inclusion Committees, along with SDSU Alumni Association’s Bay Area Chapter.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Arbour quickly realized her love for Oakland upon arriving here three years ago. Aside from college access, Arbour loves travel, social justice, sampling Bay Area cuisine, watching the Warriors win, and occasionally attempting to sing Karaoke.

 

Eric Guico, Director of College Programs

eric@eastbaycollegefund.org

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 martial arts and spends time with this friends and family.

 

Matthew Hulse, Director of Mentoring & Career Development 

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matt@eastbaycollegefund.org 

Matt became our Director of Mentoring and Career Development after more than 20 years in education. After obtaining his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, he spent over ten years teaching 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 founded “Aspire Education Project” and served as Executive Director for nine years, providing fundraising, finance, partnership, and programming for the organization. He first became a mentor for EBCF in 2011, and was our Outstanding Volunteer of the year in 2014, both of which illustrate his life-long commitment to educational equity.

He has expanded our mentoring program and deepened our partnerships in summer programs and with industry partners to provide networking, career exploration, and internships. 

 

Stephanie Hoang, College Access Coordinator

Stephanie was born and raised in Oakland, and is the proud product of the public education system. As the daughter of a refugee in a single parent household, Stephanie saw higher education not only as a pathway out of poverty, but also as a means of working toward systemic and personal healing in her community, leading her to pursue degrees in Social Welfare and Asian American/Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. She served a 10 month service with East Bay College Fund through Americorps Public Allies in 2015-2016, and she returns again as our College Access Coordinator.

Stephanie has worked on anti-militarism, racial justice, and restorative justice in the Bay Area, and aims to take a trauma-informed approach to college access work to better serve first generation, low-income youth of color pursuing higher education, She has a passion for social justice, art, and really ban puns. 

 

Tonaka Kendrick, Community Outreach Manager
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tonaka@eastbaycollegefund.org

For 15 years Tonaka has held various positions in Higher Education. Most recently, she worked 10 years as Academic Advisor at the Academy of Art University. Over the years, she gained extensive knowledge of Higher Education administration and policies as well as unique ways of connecting with student populations. Tonaka studied Film and Media at Arizona State University and is currently in pre-production on a video magazine called Oaktown Social, featuring local artists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders making impacts in their communities.  Her passions range from culture to social politics.

 

Gindla McBee, Summer Advisor

gindla@eastbaycollegefund.org

Gindla was born and raised in New York City, and finished her BA at the University of Vermont in May of 2014. Having visited her family in Oakland many times growing up, she moved here soon after graduating, to discover the Bay Area for herself. 

Youth development, racial & economic justice, and fostering community have become leading priorities in her life, and are what brought her to East Bay College Fund. These passions developed through working as a camp counselor for many years, and being a co-chair of the DREAM mentorship program in college, among many real world experiences. Since moving to Oakland, she has tried to be an involved community member, and not simply a complacent outsider, and hopes to further this goal with her position at EBCF. 
 
As a graduate of a private high school with little focus on personalized college advising, she is proud to be at East Bay College Fund for the summer, working with students to make informed choices that are aligned with their educational, and personal goals. 

 

Rachana Prasad, Data Coordinator 

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rachana@eastbaycollegefund.org

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.

 

Lena Ringstrom, Volunteer Manager

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lena@eastbaycollegefund.org

Lena’s professional experience post-college (UC Santa Cruz) mainly involved providing case management and referral services to young adults in the mental health community. Gaining invaluable experience and perspective working in multiple residential group homes, she worked with adolescents from all walks of life, including those of varied gender identities, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds. In spite of her clients’ differences, she still observed one common theme: there was a serious lack of access to quality, affordable education. Being a queer, social justice advocate, Lena decided she wished to have a greater impact on changing the very systems that put them in these circumstances, thus her shift of focus to education.

As our Volunteer Manager, Lena is dedicated to supporting our scholars’ ability to succeed through recruiting, training, and maintaining the team of volunteer mentors that partner with and support our scholars on their journeys through college. When not at work or volunteering, Lena deeply enjoys traveling like a local to faraway places, pretending to be a food critic, and attending live music shows.

 

Sara Sandhu, Development & Communications Manager

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sara@eastbaycollegefund.org

Sara joins the East Bay College Fund team with a commitment to student success and equity in public education. Sara recently held posts within the Peralta Community College District at both Merritt College and Berkeley City College, supporting the development and expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and early college credit opportunities for local high school students. Sara graduated with her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and is planning to pursue a GreenMBA with a focus on sustainability and social enterprise.

 

Eric Smith, Director of Finance and Administration

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esmith@eastbaycollegefund.org

Eric provides strategic leadership to our organization as we continue to scale including budgeting, grant management, projections, and strategic 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.

 

Jen-Jackson Tribbet, Persistence Coordinator (Americorps Public Allies)

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jenjackson@eastbaycollegefund.org

Jen-Jackson studied Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at the college of Wooster with a Full tuition scholarship from Posse Atlanta. The summer of his Junior year, he interned at Transgender Law Center here in Oakland as the Advancement Intern, working on donor relations, communications, and database organization. The year after that summer Jen graduated with her B.A. in Women’s Gender in Sexuality studies in May of 2016 and started working here at East Bay College Fund through Public Allies SF/Silicon Valley.

Jen-Jackcon’s interests mainly revolve around arts, equity, access, and community building. In college Jen felt very hyper visible and was often verbally attacked as a queer feminine person black person in a predominately white institution, but also felt very grateful to have the opportunity to afford to go to a college without the burden of paying a ridiculously large tuition. The way their college experience played out fuels their goals to serve the students of East Bay College Fund in their educational goals in way that fosters equity, diversity, and well-being.

 

Ryan Turner, Data Manager

Ryan hails from Dayton, Ohio and moved to Oakland two years ago through an Education Pioneers fellowship. Before transitioning into the education sector, Ryan worked in human trafficking research and policy advocacy, as well as sexual rights and health. Ryan has a BA from The Ohio State University in Philosophy and an MA in International Administration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Ryan is passionate about nonprofit efficacy and constantly striving to maximize impact. He enjoys spicy food, karaoke, and strategy games.

 

Madeleine Waters, Communications & Development Associate 

madeleinewaters@eastbaycollegefund.org

Madeleine has grown up in the East Bay, graduating from Berkeley High School in 2013. She then traveled to the Great White North to study Political Science and International Development Studies at McGill University. While in Canada, she became involved with refugee movements and communities, specifically working as a tutor for refugee students needing to learn both French and English. She eventually wants to attend grad school to study Environmental Law and Refugee Studies.

Madeleine is excited to join East Bay College Fund and hopes to bring more awareness to the cause through a variety of social media campaigns. As the child of artists and educators, she understands the value behind a quality education and the need for diversity in all sectors.

Madeleine enjoys attending music shows, training for marathons, and pretending she’s a stand-up comedienne.

 

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