Colsaria has a Master’s in Social Work with a specification in Administration and Planning. She is from the South and considers her social justice training buried in the roots of activist parents, who dedicated their early lives to the civil rights movement. She began working in the field in the 1990s and began her official career in anti-gender based violence work as a Sexual Assault Counselor in Atlanta, Georgia. She later finished a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work while working in a dual Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocacy agency.
Anna Conti, MA, MFT is the Executive Director of 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 Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapy in 2012.
Her extensive professional experience includes work with
survivors of domestic violence, family violence, human
trafficking, trauma, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress
disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, and co-occurring
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.
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.
Saara believes in the power of shifting culture to eradicate inequality and violence. She earned a MA in International Affairs in 2013, completing a thesis project on global advocacy campaigns addressing gender based violence. She has advocated for survivors for over 10 years, including through community based approaches and prevention campaigns in the East African region, nationally in the U.S. and locally through her communities in Seattle and the Bay Area.
Hisham Alibob is the Policy & Communications Manager for the Alliance to End Abuse, an initiative to prevent domestic violence and abuse in Contra Costa County. Hisham is, at his core, a violence prevention and public health advocate with experience working for political campaigns, providing direct services in the nonprofit space, as well as handling back-end operations in the government sector. Hisham’s outlook is that health inequities need to be prioritized, and that domestic violence is front and center.
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.
Cristal B. Gleason is the Emergency Services Manager
at Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus. Haven serves all survivors
of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking
regardless of gender identity, immigration status, or sexual
orientation. Haven is a catalyst for individual empowerment and
societal change: advocating for those impacted by domestic and
sexual abuse or exploitation and working to end gender-based
violence. Cristal has been with the agency since January 2014.
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.
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.
Since 2008, Dina Polkinghorne has served as the Executive Director of Project Sanctuary, a Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis center serving Mendocino County in rural Northern California. Prior to her tenure at Project Sanctuary, she worked in local government and other non-profit sectors. She currently serves as the board Vice Chair for the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Corporation and is a member of the Healthy Mendocino Community Advisory Panel.
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.
Gina Roberson is WEAVE’s Chief Program Officer overseeing Advocacy and Intervention Services including Residential Services (Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing), and Crisis Response Services (24/7 Support Line and Sexual Assault Response, Violence Response Teams working with Law Enforcement, and the Anti-Trafficking Response Team). Gina has more than 25 years in the Violence Prevention field including developing and administering Domestic Violence and Child Abuse programs with the California Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning (now CalOES).
As a community leader and activist, Suresh is vocal on social justice issues including domestic violence, gun control, LGBTQ rights, religious and caste-based discrimination, environmental rights, and racism in all shapes and forms. He shares his viewpoints and experiences through his blog, and Fair Observer, a crowdsourced multimedia journal.
Matthew White is an advocate for human rights, social justice and
the empowerment of marginalized communities. For over a decade,
he has trained and organized union workers and local groups to
build safer and more equitable spaces, and he uniquely
understands the art of empathy as a leadership tool. Matthew is
the Director of Programs for Alternatives to Domestic Violence,
and serves on the statewide board of directors for the California
Partnership to End Domestic Violence.