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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.