The Partnership recognizes that ending domestic violence requires an array of approaches responsive to the voices of all survivors, families and communities. We also recognize that the experiences of people from historically marginalized communities different from those from more dominant mainstream communities.
The Policy Advisory Council advises the Partnership staff in developing our two-year policy agenda, which the Board is responsible for approving and overseeing. The Council is a robust and diverse group of subject-matter experts and policy advisors who are best poised to provide guidance on the many challenging and complex policy issues the Partnership addresses on the issues impacting all survivors, including those from marginalized communities.
The 22-member Council represents a wide range of programs including shelter-based, culturally specific, and legal services, and come from urban, suburban, and rural areas of California. Five council members identify as survivors of domestic violence. Members are located in all of the 7 Partnership regions.
Zakia Afrin has been an advocate for immigrant women for over 15 years in the SF Bay area and currently oversees Survivor Advocacy programs at Maitri. She is a senior fellow and Adjunct professor of International Law at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. A social justice Activist at heart Zakia has served on the Board of CPEDV( 2013-2016) and founded Auditiya in 2020, a social and cultural platform for the Bangladeshi diaspora.
Andrea C. Curry is the Data and Outcomes Manager for Empower Tehama in Red Bluff, California, where she is responsible for capacity development, grant compliance, analytics and database management. In addition, she provides technical support, copywriting and graphic design services to Empower Tehama’s Outreach and Executive teams, provides direct services as part of Empower Tehama’s Hotline Supervisors team, and coordinates Empower Tehama’s CoC Lead Agency services for the Tehama County Continuum of Care.
Omaraid in the Immigration Services Manager at the Women’s Transitional Living Center. In her role as Immigration Manager, Omaraid is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the immigration department, performing legal research on Immigration and Family law issues, and aiding participants with their applications for various immigration reliefs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University of Long Beach and a Juris Doctor from Chapman’s Fowler School of Law.
Sunhee Kim is a Domestic Violence Program Manager at Korean American Family Services (KFAM), where she manages all the services provided to Korean immigrant Domestic Violence survivors. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2012 and the Pepperdine University with Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2016.
Nicole (DiBuduo) Linder is a native of Fresno, California where she resides with her husband and their two children. A graduate of California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, Linder assumed the role of Executive Director of the Marjaree Mason Center in September 2016. As Executive Director, Linder oversees nearly 100 employees who annually serve more than 9,600 adults and children from Fresno County who have been affected by domestic violence.
Since graduating from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (McGeorge) in 2015, Eric Riviera-Jurado has devoted himself to community organizing, advocacy, and legal services. Mr. Riviera-Jurado is a staff attorney at WEAVE (Women Escaping A Violent Environment) Inc. in Sacramento, California. His duties include providing document assistance, consultation, limited, and full scope direct representation services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in all areas of family law.
Lidia Salazar is a Latinx, queer organizer, advocate and survivor of violence. Her professional experience as an advocate for survivors of violence began 12 years ago in Los Angeles. Her experience includes leading a non-profit organization, managing programs, providing counseling to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and hate violence, facilitating support groups, providing trainings for community members and service providers, and supporting the leadership of LGBT Black and Latinx survivors of violence . Lidia is now a Co-Executive Director at Communit
I have 15 years of experience providing nonprofit program coordination and direct services to a diverse client base, with a dedicated focus on serving domestic violence and sexual assault survivors at the Family Violence Law Center in Oakland for the past 9 years. As the Family Violence Intervention Unit Manager, I supervise our crisis intervention and case management specialists for FVLC. In 2016 I was elected as the CA Partnership to End DV’s Bay Area Regional Policy Representative.
Minty Siu-Kootnikoff is the Legal Services Director at Sojourn, the second oldest domestic violence shelter in California, which serves residential and non-residential clients and their children with emergency and transitional shelter, 24 hour hotline, support groups, children’s empowerment programming, education and outreach. As Legal Services Director, Ms.
Anastacia L. Snyder is the Executive Director at Catalyst Domestic Violence Services in Butte County. In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall management of the agency’s operations. In addition to her work, Anastacia holds many state and local leadership positions including a Governor’s appointment to the California Office of Emergency Services Domestic Violence Advisory Council where she is the current co-chair and is a Regional Policy Representative to the state domestic violence coalition’s Public Policy and Research Committee.
I was raised in the Central Valley and serve my community professionally as a program manager for a school-based youth prevention program that aims to address teen dating violence and work towards ending domestic violence/sexual assault. I have experience working as a case manager for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. I also have been able to work as a program manager for folks with developmental disabilities.
Diane Trunk is the Director of Program Development and Evaluation at Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), a legal services agency whose mission is to serve survivors of domestic and sexual assault. Diane oversees program development and all evaluation and data-related functions at LACLJ. Diane also manages LACLJ’s Community Care Advocacy M.S.W. internship program, which provides supportive services to LACLJ clients.
After experiencing domestic violence in her home as a teen, Briana entered into an abusive relationship of her own. She thought she knew what domestic violence was, but after she left her relationship, she realized she had so much more to learn. Now, one of her greatest passions is educating everyone, but particularly youth, about what domestic violence looks like from the inside out, and why survivors don’t leave. Her Tedx Talk titled, “Preventing Teen Dating Violence from the Inside Out” discusses her experiences and passion for prevention.
Stephanie Ward is a Project Specialist with Interface Children and Family Services as part of the Family Violence Initiative Program and Health Cares Program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from California State University of San Bernardino. In addition to her role with Interface, she provides support to families with her monthly parent meet-up, workshops and parenting series to help prevent child abuse and domestic violence.
Xan West is the Executive Director of OneLife Institute for Spirituality & Social Change which provides healing justice for marginalized communities through retreats, classes and workshops. She is also a preacher of Black Lives Matter and other millennial liberation theologies, a teacher of direct action, and a grassroots organizer. Proud to have been born & raised in Oakland, Xan has over 20 years of experience in social justice movement work, mostly related to police accountability, queer rights and community healing. She is a Black queer femme and most importantly
Karen Wilson is a member of the Dine Nation. She is from Fort Defiance AZ. located on the Navajo Reservation. She attended Fort Lewis College where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in Durango, CO. Karen successfully completed 2 summer internships (12 Credits) in Washington DC studying Native American Politics at American University. Her summer internships included working at the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Institute of Health. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to Oceanside, CA.