Experience: Defy National Chief Program Officer for the national organization, Executive Director of Defy Southern California Chapter, Senior Managing Director at City Year Los Angeles, Pomona College (Bachelor’s in International Relations), UCLA Anderson School of Management (MBA).
Expertise: Program excellence, organizational management, scaling.
Believes: That everyone deserves a fair chance.
Chief Financial Officer
Experience: Bucknell University (Bachelor’s in Business Administration), Kellogg Graduate School of Management (MBA), Ernst & Young, IBM, & Shepherd Partners, CPA since 1992 (inactive).
Expertise: Financial transformation, turnaround/restructuring advisory, capital sourcing, and M&A advisory services.
Believes: Economic independence has a positive effect for generations.
Vice President, Programs
Experience: Defy Director of Prison Engagement and Admissions, Director of CEO YNL, California, Program Director, Community Assessment and Services Center, Franklin & Marshall College (Bachelor’s in Government and Women’s Studies).
Expertise: Social service program delivery, evidence informed practice, criminal and juvenile justice reform
Believes: Hope, empathy, community and compassion can thrive in the most unlikeliest of places.
Vice President, Learning
Experience: School founder and educator since 1996. Hamilton College (Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and Chemistry), Northeastern University (graduate work in Composition Studies), and RIT Saunders College of Business (EMBA).
Expertise: Curriculum development, writing, strategy, and program development.
Believes: That is my mission as an educator to help maximize each individual’s potential.
Director, Development and Marketing
Experience: Consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton, program delivery and management at The Future Project, teaching at Teach for America. American University (Bachelor’s in International Relations).
Expertise: Communications, project management, systems creation and implementation.
Believes: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. (MLK)
Program Operations Manager
Experience: Program Associate of Defy Ventures SoCal, Program Clerk/Coordinator State of California, Research at California State University Los Angeles School of Natural and Social Science.
Expertise: Program implementation and management, data analysis, and relationship management.
Believes: The recipe for true success is a combination of hope, purpose, and opportunity.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TEAM
Experience: 25 years experience as a consultant, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur; Director of Programs at the US-China Business Council; business analyst for Ernst & Young; University of California San Diego (Master’s in International Affairs); Earlham College (Bachelor’s in Political Science).
Experience: Defy NorCal Program Director; Defy NorCal Prison Program Manager; Assistant Director, Geo Reentry Transitional Facility; Co-Founder, Civic Pit Stop; Honorary Doctorate Nominee (2019-University of San Francisco); Portland State University (Bachehlor’s in Psychology).
Believes: The impossible is possible. You can move a mountain with your mind.
Experience: Program Manager for Defy NorCal; over 25 years of workforce development and career coaching; UCLA Anderson School of Management Certification, Human Resources Certification (PHR).
Expertise: Workforce development, career coaching, networking, training, sales, recruitment, entrepreneurship.
Believes: In the power of networking.
Post-Release Program Manager
Experience: Over 23 years serving in various capacities providing services to youth, families, formerly incarcerated and economically disadvantaged communities; California State University of Hayward (Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelor’s in Sociology).
Expertise: Strategic planning, community engagement, case management, research, recruiting, conflict mediation.
Believes: Evolved people give to live until they live to give.
Southern California Team
Post Release Program Manager
Experience: Program Manager of Defy SoCal, CEO and Founder of Jade Janitors.
Expertise: Community engagement, team building, business development and relations, hustling.
Believes: Every human being is worth salvaging.
Sandy Y. Rodriguez
Sr. Prison Program Manager
Experience: Sr. Prison Program Manager, Defy Ventures SoCal; Sr. Program Manager, City Year Los Angeles; Accounting Administrator, Environmental Charter Schools; University of California, Davis (Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Global & International Studies).
Expertise: Program management, operations, and grant writing.
Believes: The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. (Mahatma Gandhi)
Experience: Senior Program Manager of Defy Post Release Program, Operations Manager at The Navarra Group, Cornell University (Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology & Communications)