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Rabeya Sen, President
Director of Policy, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

Rabeya Sen is Director of Policy at Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.  She has worked in the social justice movement for over 18 years, addressing the complexity of experiences that shape the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Prior to joining Esperanza, Rabeya worked in related fields, addressing immigration, racism, structural violence, and gender-based violence.  She also serves on the Board of California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

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Alison Tudor, Vice President
Executive Director, Alliance for Community Transformations

Alison Tudor is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Community Transformations based in Mariposa and Merced Counties, CA. The Alliance is made up of six programs: Valley Crisis Center (domestic/sexual violence organization), Mountain Crisis Services (domestic/sexual violence organization), Ethos Youth Center, CASA of Mariposa (foster youth advocacy), Mariposa Heritage House (substance abuse recovery, homeless community services), and CORE (program for individuals exiting incarceration).

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Jackie Kent, Secretary & North Regional Representative
Associate Director, Catalyst Domestic Violence Services

Jackie Kent is the Associate Director at Catalyst Domestic Violence Services in Butte County. She provides leadership for drop-in services, partnerships with law enforcement and children’s services, LGBTQ+ services, Community Education, and social work interns. As the previous Housing Director, it was her role to oversee Catalyst’s emergency shelter, transitional housing, and rapid rehousing programs, as well as the Volunteer Program. Recently, she completed Women of Color Network’s 18-month Aspiring Allies program and the Leading Up!

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Adriana Caldera, MPA, Treasurer
Chief Program Officer, YWCA Silicon Valley

Adriana Caldera, MPA is the Chief Program Officer for YWCA Silicon Valley. She received a BA in Sociology (with an emphasis on law and society) and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. In 2006 she received her Master’s in Public Administration from San Diego State University. Adriana has been working in the non-profit sector for the past 14 years.

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Alejandrina Carrasco MA, Central Coast Regional Representative
Prevention Services Program Manager, Interface Children & Family Services

Alejandrina Carrasco MA, serves as the Prevention Services Program Manager for Interface Children & Family Services in Ventura County. She oversees comprehensive family violence programming that prevents, interrupts and ends the cycle of violence within family systems. She empowers advocates working in the field of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking to be their authentic selves and provide support for victims and survivors of trauma.

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Anna Conti, Los Angeles Regional Representative
Executive Director, Su Casa - Ending Domestic Violence

Anna Conti, MA, MFT is the Executive Director at Su Casa~Ending Domestic Violence. Ms. Conti obtained a BA in Biology in 2008. After changing the course of her career, Ms. Conti successfully graduated with a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy in 2012 and is currently in a dissertation phase of a doctorate program in Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology. Her extensive professional experience includes working with survivors of domestic violence, family violence, human trafficking, trauma, sexual abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, Ms.

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Gayle Guest-Brown, MBA, PMP
Executive Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker, Guest Brown Impact

Gayle Guest-Brown is CEO and Executive Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker of Guest Brown impact. She holds an MBA, a project management credential (PMP) and many years’ experience at global Fortune 100 businesses successfully motivating people and maximizing project potential. With 30+ years of success serving the leadership needs of corporate, tech, non-profit and faith-based organizations, Gayle is well positioned to assist other leaders. She’s also been an entrepreneur serving as Executive Director and Operations Manager of KidzArt of Placer.

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Saima Husain, PhD
Deputy Director, South Asian Network (SAN)

Saima was born in Pakistan, raised in four countries, and speaks five languages. She has been active in the social justice movement for over 20 years. With a PhD in Human Rights, Saima started at South Asian Network (SAN) in 2007 as a community advocate with SAN’s Voices Against Violence program (AWAZ), for which she later became the unit director. Saima has spent over a decade serving low-income, immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking and engaging in prevention strategies within diverse South Asian religious and cultural communities.

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Colsaria Henderson, MSW
Executive Director, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)

Colsaria has a Master’s in Social Work with a specification in Administrative and Planning. She began working in the field in the late 1990s and began her official career in anti-gender based violence work as a Sexual Assault Counselor.

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Amanda Jancu
Senior Attorney, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

Amanda Jancu is a Senior Attorney at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. She has been providing legal services to low-income survivors of domestic violence for over ten years, offering both pro per assistance and representation in various family law matters including restraining orders, custody and visitation, support, divorce, parentage, and family law appeals. She has worked as a staff attorney in both shelter based and non-shelter based agencies and has engaged in both direct services and policy advocacy in order to empower and promote justice for survivors.

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Chivas Mays
Housing Manager, Stand Up Placer

Chivas Mays has worked for Stand Up Placer as the Housing Manager for over 7 years and has worked with the domestic violence movement for over 20 years. She serves as the Chairperson on the Placer Consortium on Homelessness and assists with the homeless count. Chivas currently serves as one of the Board of Directors for the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce. She is also trained by the United Way to provide financial coaching for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault who have encountered financial abuse.

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Pamela Mejia
Senior Media Researcher, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Pamela Mejia, MPH, MS, is the Senior Media Researcher at Berkeley Media Studies Group, a public health organization based in Berkeley, California that works with community groups, journalists and public health professionals to use the power of the media to advance healthy public policy.

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Rebecca Nussbaum, Southern Regional Representative
Associate Director of Programs, Community Resource Center

Rebecca believes that everyone has the right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to grow up in an environment free from violence.

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Aiko Pandorf
Non-Profit Consultant

Aiko Pandorf is a Bay Area-based non-profit consultant. In her consulting practice she works to support nonprofits and the people who work in them through projects focused on organizational development, board development, succession and transition, strategic planning and fund development. She has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector building organizations to drive social change and build a more equitable and just world.

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Jennifer Ponce, MSW, CHES
Prevention & Education Manager, Laura’s House

Jennifer Ponce is the prevention education manager with Laura’s House, a nonprofit that offers education and comprehensive services to domestic violence survivors in Orange County, Calif. She obtained her Master of Social Work from Boston University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. For the last 15 years Jennifer has implemented community outreach and education programs internationally and domestically. She is passionate about social welfare and providing education and resources to disadvantaged communities and victims of violence.

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Jeanne Spurr, Far North Regional Representative
CEO, Empower Tehama

Jeanne Spurr is the CEO at Empower Tehama, promoting healthy relationships and social change in Tehama County.

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Elaine Whitefeather
Director of Oppression Lens Advocacy and Program Development Director, A Community For Peace

Elaine Whitefeather is the Director of Oppression Lens Advocacy and the Program Development Director for A Community For Peace, a transformative justice domestic violence crisis center in Sacramento County. Her fierce advocacy for social justice, which spans 40 years, caused her to lead her organization, in 2018, to radically change their mainstream mission and bring equity of services by redirecting mainstream funding to serve the most underserved and marginalized communities in Sacramento.

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