At The Greenlining Institute, we don’t just talk about diversity, we practice it every day. Our talented staff and Academy participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring a diverse range of life experiences to the work of advancing justice and equity for all of America’s communities.

Orson Aguilar | President
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Orson Aguilar is the President of the Greenlining Institute, one of the nation’s largest and most successful multi-ethnic, advocacy and leadership development nonprofits.  Greenlining envisions a nation where race is never a barrier to economic opportunity and communities of color thrive.  Because people of color will be the majority of our nation’s population by 2040, Greenlining believes that America will prosper only if communities of color prosper.

Under Orson’s leadership, Greenlining has become a leading voice in the movement to fight redlining by advocating for greenlining policies, particularly in the areas of the economy, the environment, health, energy, voting, and telecommunications.

Anthony Reese | Senior Vice President
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Anthony Reese was most recently the Director of Finance and Administration at the California Youth Connection, a statewide foster youth advocacy organization, where he oversaw finance, strategic planning and organizational development — the latest incarnation of a life spent building capacity in the nonprofit sector.  A graduate of UCLA and the Coro Foundation’s Public Affairs Program in Los Angeles, Anthony holds a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he specialized in urban economic development. It was there that Anthony was first introduced to the work of nonprofits, joining a group of friends from Harvard’s business and law schools to create City Year, an urban youth corps that grew to international prominence and became a model for the national service movement.

Janine Macbeth | Vice President, Organizational Development & Sustainability
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As Vice President of Operations, Janine is responsible for enhancing the organization’s internal processes and infrastructure. She works closely with the organization’s development, communications, and administrative teams, and leads organizational development, evaluation, and budgeting. Prior to this role, Janine fundraised for Greenlining for over six years, serving as Development Director for three. In this capacity, she built Greenlining’s fundraising infrastructure, streamlined internal development processes, and engaged philanthropic partners. In her tenure, Janine worked closely with the Executive Director and policy teams to double the organization’s philanthropic foundation revenue.

Rosa Martinez | Operations Director
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Rosa María Martinez is The Greenlining Institute’s Operations Director, overseeing the management of our office and building. Previously, she worked with the Bridges to Health Team managing Greenlining’s Diversity in the Health Workforce initiative, looking at current representation of people of color at all levels within the health field. She also worked on ensuring that information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was reaching limited-English communities throughout California, conducting presentations across the state. Rosa María co-authored an issue brief designed to help ethnic small businesses understand key elements of the ACA affecting them.

Ana Oseguera | Operations Coordinator
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As Operations Coordinator at The Greenlining Institute, Ana assists the Operations Director with overseeing the management of the office and building. Previously, she worked at Mayer’s Laboratories, Inc. and Briones International, LLC as an Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper.

Since 2010, Ana has volunteered at SEIU Local 1877, advocating for human rights. Ana supports the union by translating, participating in protests and helping write letters of support for workers. Additionally, Ana has volunteered with various organizations that support foreign students learn English and achieve a higher education.

Danielle Beavers | Diversity and Inclusion Director
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As the Diversity and Inclusion Director, Danielle works to promote job creation for people of color. She leads Greenlining’s workforce and supplier diversity advocacy in the banking, environmental, health, technology, insurance, and utility industries. Danielle views diversity as the antidote to redlining in the job market, and works to ensure that anchor institutions and their regulators fully reflect and benefit communities of color. She serves as Vice Chair of the California Department of Insurance’s Diversity Task Force and is also a member of the California Utilities Diversity Council, Wells Fargo’s Supplier Diversity Advisory Group, and the Small Business Administration’s Los Angeles PLUM (Partnership for Lending in Underserved Markets) Market Research Action Group. She first came to Greenlining as the 2012 Community Reinvestment Fellow and received her B.A. from Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with Honors.

Joe Jackson | Diversity and Inclusion Manager
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Joe is dedicated to advancing racial equity and social justice so that people of color have every opportunity to heal and thrive. As Greenlining’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Joe advocates for racially equitable recruitment, contracting and retention of employees of color and minority-owned businesses. He approaches this work from an intersectional lens and always stays mindful of the compounded vulnerabilities of dis/ability, economic status, gender, immigration, and/or race. Joe brings more than 10 years of experience in education (both direct service and policy-driven) and workforce development serving transgender job-seekers. He studied Gender Studies at U.C. Davis. Joe’s lifelong commitment to social justice is informed by his own experiences as an African American transgender man with a learning “disability”, who navigated juvenile justice and foster-care systems in his youth.

Jimmy Donelson III | Diversity and Inclusion Fellow
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Jimmy became increasingly invested in racial justice work while seeking to understand and address college retention and graduation rates for students who were queer and trans, low income and of color. These efforts, as well as his own experiences growing up in the semi-rural Ark-La-Tex region and urban Houston, reinforced his belief that issues of racial equity are intrinsically tied to capital. As the Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, Jimmy is committed to bringing sustainable economic opportunities to communities of color.

Teddy Kỳ-Nam Miller | Economic Equity Director
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As Greenlining’s Economic Equity Director , Teddy leads our efforts to build wealth in communities of color through a variety of strategies, including housing policy, financial empowerment, bank accountability, and investing in people of color-owned businesses and nonprofits. He has over a decade of experience working at the intersections of housing, financial reform, and equitable economic policy. Prior to Greenlining, Teddy worked at national nonprofits and in the U.S. Congress, where he served his hometown district in the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, handling transportation and infrastructure, voting rights, foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, and judicial issues.  He served as Student Body President at U.C. Hastings College of the law, where he was a founding editor of the Race and Poverty Legal Journal. He received his Masters from the London School of Economics, and graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley, where he competed on the national champion rugby and heavyweight rowing varsity teams.

Vedika Ahuja | Economic Equity Senior Manager
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As the Economic Equity Program Manager, Vedika works to build wealth and improve financial services in communities of color. Prior to joining The Greenlining Institute, Vedika spent two years at an economic consulting firm analyzing the impact of antitrust actions and anticompetitive practices on consumers. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Vedika conducted economic development research about the long term impacts of health and education interventions on Kenyan youth.

Sharon Velasquez | Economic Equity Manager
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Sharon Velasquez is an advocate for economic equity currently exploring the nexus between racial justice, nonprofits, and policy. As the Economic Equity Manager, in addition to providing logistical support to the Economic Equity Team, Sharon works to leverage the voice and clout of The Greenlining Coalition to successfully advocate for wealthier and healthier communities of color. Sharon believes every decision is political and she works towards the day in which race and zip code will not determine one’s life opportunities. In the past, Sharon has worked with nonprofits to measure and track their social and political impact on low to moderate income communities, in the labor movement to elevate the stories of workers of color, and with policy advocacy and community organizing campaigns in Los Angeles and Riverside County.

Stephanie Chen | Energy & Telecommunications Director
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Stephanie Chen directs Greenlining’s advocacy in energy and telecommunications policy. She oversees Greenlining’s legal counsel at the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission, who advocate on a wide range of issues impacting underserved consumers and small businesses. Stephanie has litigated several high-profile cases impacting billions of dollars in utility rates, winning broad statewide protections for communities of color, low income ratepayers and small business owners.

Paul Goodman | Telecommunications Senior Legal Counsel
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Paul Goodman’s work is grounded in the belief that all telecommunications policy has racial equity impacts. He serves as Greenlining’s legal counsel at the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission, advocating for underserved communities’ access to affordable and reliable telephone, video, and Internet services.  While at Greenlining, Paul has successfully opposed the highly anti-consumer proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, fought to preserve critical consumer protections for telephone service, and helped shape the evolution of state and federal Universal Service Programs. Paul currently represents the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee, ensuring that communities of color have a voice in proceedings before the Commission.

Carmelita Miller | Energy Legal Counsel
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Carmelita Miller was born in the Philippines and grew up in South San Francisco, California.  She graduated from Sacramento State University where she became a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Greek studies.  After a graduating from UC Hastings College of the Law, she became a Greenlining Legal Fellow in 2013-14, focusing on telecommunications policy.

Madeline Stano | Energy Legal Counsel
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Growing up in Metro Detroit, Madeline first became passionate about environmental justice
while witnessing and organizing against discriminatory water shutoffs. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan Honors College and her JD from the George Washington University Law School. Madeline started her legal career as an attorney with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, where she worked with residents impacted by oil and gas pollution in the San Joaquin Valley through litigation, administrative advocacy, state policy work, organizing and storytelling. Her litigation and work experience includes anti-discrimination, land use, climate change, extreme energy extraction, and the intersection of environmental and racial justice. She comes to Greenlining committed to ensuring that low income Americans and communities of color benefit from a just transition away from fossil fuels.

Vinhcent Le | Telecommunications Legal Counsel
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Vinhcent Le grew up in California and graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in political science before receiving his Juris Doctor from the UC Irvine School of Law. As a law student, Vinhcent advocated for disadvantaged communities on a variety of fronts, including criminal defense, appellate litigation and immigration law. Vinhcent brings a diverse set of experiences to Greenlining. He advocated for clients as a law clerk at both the Orange County and Federal Public Defender’s offices. He later clerked with the Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals as well as the Small Business Administration. Vinhcent also co-authored an award-winning paper for the Oxford Journal of International Law analyzing the effectiveness of informal legal policies in reducing overconsumption of fossil fuels and overfishing of the world’s oceans.

Alvaro S. Sanchez | Environmental Equity Director
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Alvaro S. Sanchez is an urban planner with extensive experience crafting, implementing, and evaluating strategies that leverage private and public investments to deliver community benefits to impacted communities. Alvaro leads our work on SB 535 (de León) which directs at least one quarter of California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to disadvantaged communities. He also leads our neighborhood-scale sustainability initiative, a comprehensive and scalable approach to greenhouse gas reduction that leverages private and public investment while improving underserved communities throughout California.

Joel Espino | Environmental Equity Legal Counsel
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Joel works to reduce poverty and pollution in communities of color by advocating for accessible, affordable, and clean transportation choices and a diverse clean energy economy. He leads Greenlining’s transportation equity work advocating to increase racial equity in transportation planning and investments; implementing the Charge Ahead California Initiative–a law that works to make electric vehicles (EV) accessible to low- and moderate-income Californians; and advocating for equitable EV charging infrastructure investments at the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and within the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement. He is author of “Electric Vehicles for All: An Equity Toolkit;” lead author of “Electric Carsharing in Underserved Communities: Considerations for Program Success;” and co-author of “Delivering Opportunity: How Electric Buses and Trucks Can Create Jobs and Improve Public Health in California.” Joel is always thinking of ways to make new mobility services and transportation investments more equitable and sustainable.

Emi Wang | Environmental Equity Manager
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Emi helps lead the Environmental Equity team’s work tracking state implementation of SB 535, which directs at least one quarter of California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund investments to disadvantaged communities. Emi works to engage stakeholders and advocates around opportunities to access climate investments in communities of color and low-income communities, where the impacts of climate change and pollution hit the hardest. Prior to joining Greenlining, Emi supported grassroots community improvement initiatives, primarily in low-income neighborhoods across New York City. She oversaw over 60 micro-grants yearly, facilitated capacity-building workshops focused on community organizing skills, and engaged in outreach efforts. Emi has also worked as an ESL teacher in northeastern Thailand, living amidst lush rice fields in a small village community, and fell in love with the mountains while living on the South Island of New Zealand.

Sona Mohnot | Environmental Equity Manager
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Sona comes to us from New Orleans, and recently moved to the Bay Area to work on environmental equity issues. She became interested in environmental equity after witnessing the disproportionate environmental burdens that communities of color face in New Orleans, especially after Hurricane Katrina and the B.P. oil spill. Sona interned at several environmental nonprofits throughout law school and realized that she wanted to pursue a career in public interest environmental law. As Environmental Equity Manager, she looks forward to advocating for environmental equity and learning how to effectively empower communities of color.

Hana Creger | Environmental Equity Coordinator
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As Environmental Equity Coordinator, Hana works on the development and implementation of policies leading to transportation investments that will benefit low-income communities of color in California. She graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University with a degree in Sustainability, and has a particular interest in environmental justice and equity. Hana has worked as a community organizer, advocating for climate change action and public transit policies in San Diego. She was a Climate Corps Fellow, a leadership development program that partners fellows with local organizations developing and implementing projects addressing climate change resiliency. Prior to Greenlining, Hana implemented innovative campaigns for Alameda County’s Clean Commute Program, to promote long-term sustainable behavior changes.

Jordyn Bishop | Environmental Equity Legal Fellow
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Jordyn is a Bay Area native and California State University, East Bay alumna.  She worked in food safety and quality assurance before returning to school and earning her Juris Doctor with a certificate in Social Justice Lawyering.  Jordyn used her time in law school to study the laws and policies impacting the indigenous and the environment.  She interned at The Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, The Lakota People’s Law Project, the Environment and Land Use Section of the California Department of Justice, and at a mid-sized law firm specializing in government and environmental law.  In her third year, Jordyn relocated to Washington, D.C. to participate in the UCDC Law Program where she gained academic credit for working full-time at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Victoria Paykar | Environmental Equity Fellow
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As an Environmental Equity Policy Fellow, Victoria supports programs that empower low-income communities and communities of color by working on projects that lead to equitable environmental solutions and an equitable green economy in the face of climate change. Prior to Greenlining, Victoria worked as a Clean Transportation Equity Associate for the Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and International Relations from the University of California, Irvine and her M.A. in Environmental Policy from the University of California, San Diego.

Anthony Galace | Bridges To Health Director
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Anthony’s passion for advocacy lies at the nexus of public policy, health equity, and racial justice. As the child of Filipino immigrants, his desire to advocate for underserved communities was shaped by his exposure to the struggles his family and other immigrants faced while coming to the United States. His background in health includes direct health care services, health education, and local advocacy. Anthony leads Greenlining’s health advocacy efforts to ensure fair and equitable implementation of the Affordable Care Act and access to health care and workforce opportunities for boys and men of color. Additionally, Anthony oversees Greenlining’s community benefit advocacy, which focuses on increasing investments towards upstream, preventive health resources to improve community health

Liz Derias-Tyehimba | Bridges to Health Manager
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As Greenlining’s Health Policy Manager, Liz Derias-Tyehimba is committed to advancing health justice for communities of color. Liz feels we must address the root causes of racial and economic disparity in order to build equity, and that when provided access, resources and leadership opportunities, communities of color can be healthy and sustainable. She has over 15 years of experience in international and national social justice, youth and community organizing, strategy development, popular education, and policy and advocacy.
Liz is also an avid social justice writer, and has been published on Feminist.wire and A-rab.net, and has narrated a film produced by Freedom Archives on the history of international social justice movements. She is a product of Greenlining’s Leadership Academy, having served as a Health Policy Fellow and a Coordinator in 2003. She received her B.A. degrees from Pennsylvania State University in Psychology and African American Studies, with a minor in African Studies.

Denzel Tongue | Bridges To Health Fellow
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Denzel originally hails from Oakland, California. He recently returned from Occidental College where he received his B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Public Health. Denzel’s personal experiences with family loss bring him to health equity work. His interests lie at the intersection of health, criminal justice, and public policy. He is extremely passionate about improving quality of care and access to preventative health services for low income communities of color. Denzel has prior experience in public health work, student activism, and diversity & inclusion initiatives.

Patrick Brown | Leadership Academy Director
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Patrick Brown joined Greenlining’s team in 2012 as the Manager of the Leadership Academy. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, he comes from a lineage of community and labor organizers. While completing his B.A. at DePaul University in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Science, he served as training coordinator for DePaul’s Labor Education Program.

Chagan Sanathu | Casa Joaquin House Manager
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Chagan Sanathu has a long history of engagement with the youth leadership programs — first as a 2010 Young People For (YP4) Fellow and later as a Center for Progressive Leadership Fellow. For 3 years, Chagan worked at the Young People For offices in Washington, DC, where she worked with the 12-person alumni board to help support the YP4 program. Chagan graduated in 2012 from Goshen College with a degree in business and public relations. During her time as an undergraduate, Chagan interned at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where she researched the effects of child tax credit and earned income tax credit of low-income communities, with an emphasis on women who survived domestic violence.

Joshua Delfin | Leadership Academy Manager
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Joshua started his nonprofit career at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, working in the Community and Leadership Department. From there, he spent close to five years supporting the legal and project team at the National Center for Lesbian Rights as the Senior Legal and Project Assistant. Joshua was lucky to support the filing of the 2008 marriage cases, assist the Youth Project on issues pertaining to foster care and juvenile justice, and work with an amazing team of attorneys and advocates. Joshua was the 2012-2014 Education Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation, assisting in grantmaking for Early Childhood Education, Community Schools, and Equity program areas. While at The San Francisco Foundation, Joshua oversaw the LGBT fund grantmaking to LGBT organizations in the Bay Area.

Braelan Murray | Communications Director
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Braelan Murray, a Bay Area native, is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he received his B.F.A. in Film and Video Production. An award-winning filmmaker with over a decade of experience using media as a tool for advancing social change, his portfolio includes work for local unions, progressive nonprofits and cutting-edge media design firms —notably as editor and videographer on Annie Leonard’s world-renowned animated short, The Story of Stuff. As Communications Director at The Greenlining Institute, Braelan has expanded and transformed Greenlining’s use of all forms of media to tell the stories of the issues and communities we advocate for, greatly expanding the organization’s presence in all forms of new media.

Bruce Mirken | Media Relations Director
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Bruce Mirken brings two decades of journalism and communications experience as well as a long history of activism to his position as Media Relations Director. An award-winning writer who serves as Greenlining’s resident editor and all-purpose wordsmith, Bruce’s work has appeared in wide range of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Men’s Health, and The Advocate. From 2001 through 2009, he served as Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. In that capacity, he appeared frequently on radio and television, including ABC World News, Anderson Cooper 360, and The Rachel Maddow Show, and was quoted in newspapers and magazines worldwide. His activist career began in the LGBT community (starting just out of college with the campaign against Proposition 6, which would have fired gay or lesbian schoolteachers in California) and quickly branched out to a wide array of social justice issues.

Conrad Contreras | Communications Manager
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Conrad Contreras brings his strategic communications experience to Greenlining after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. Conrad leads Greenlining’s online marketing strategies and oversees creative production across the organization’s digital platforms to amplify Greenlining’s advocacy efforts. Prior to Greenlining, he was a Fellow at Fenton, an agency that supports organizations and corporations accelerate social progress through communications. His work on multiple accounts in Fenton include crafting ad copies for Philanthropy University’s launch and securing media coverage for a national report on youth poverty by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Conrad worked for the Ben Allen for Senate campaign in 2014 and after the election, worked in the senator’s office by providing media monitoring and advising on issues he worked on. During his undergraduate career, Conrad spearheaded a statewide campaign on college affordability, successfully preventing a tuition increase through digital communications, direct action, and lobbying.

Leonna Spilman | Communications Coordinator
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As the Communications Coordinator at The Greenlining Institute, Leonna is committed to helping amplify the stories of communities of color. She provides programmatic support for The Greenlining Institute’s communications team, including media relations, digital strategy, social media and publication development. A Southern California native, Leonna graduated from the University of California, Davis where she earned a B.A. in English Literature, with a concentration on criticism and theory. Before joining Greenlining, Leonna was an Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellow with FleishmanHillard and a Public Relations Intern with the National LGBTQ Task Force. Leonna brings an eye for brand development, media relations and social strategy and a passion for uncovering powerful stories within complex issues.

Jane Duong | Development Director
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Jane Duong is the Development Director at The Greenlining Institute, where she leads a team responsible for engaging foundations, corporations, individuals and other supporters to raise resources for the organization and its mission. Jane brings 15 years of experience working with communities of color to advance economic opportunity. Previously, she worked at the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD), a social justice organization improving the lives of low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country through a coalition of grassroots organizations. She played many roles, including Director of Programs and Advocacy, where she developed the first national network of AAPI-serving housing counseling agencies in the country. She also supported the growth of asset-building and financial capability programs in the AAPI community and contributed to groundbreaking research on how AAPI communities access financial services and products. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, leading efforts to centralize fundraising efforts and grow the organization’s influence.

Rachel Lu | Development Senior Manager
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As Development Senior Manager, Rachel leads grant fundraising and relationship management across Greenlining’s policy issue areas. She worked closely with executive leadership and policy teams to grow the organization’s grant revenue by 25 percent. Prior to this role, Rachel served as Development Manager and Coordinator at Greenlining for two years. In these positions, she spearheaded event fundraising to secure $1 million annually in sponsorships, administered the individual giving program, conducted reporting, evaluation, and data analysis, and customized and managed the Salesforce database.

Mariah Gonzalez | Events Senior Manager
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Mariah coordinates Greenlining’s Annual Economic Summit, Academy Graduation and various events throughout the year. Prior to joining the Greenlining team, she helped to start-up Insight Garden Program, a nonprofit that builds gardens and offers job training in prisons across California. After receiving a degree in Food Systems, Ethnic Studies and Political Economy from UC Berkeley, her love of traditional foods and non-profit life led her to La Cocina, a food business incubator in San Francisco. It was there that she fell in love with the adrenaline rollercoaster that is event management — helping pull off the San Francisco Street Food Festival, an event that attracts 60,000 attendees to highlight La Cocina’s women-of-color-owned businesses. Mariah is committed to work that helps provide good jobs, meaningful work and economic opportunity to low-income communities.

Reve Warfield | Development Manager
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Revé has over eight years of fundraising and operations experience for local and international NGOs and academic institutions. She is excited to apply her background to the equity and racial justice work of The Greenlining Institute. Having worked most recently at Code2040 and previously The Nature Conservancy and Environmental Defense Fund, she has long utilized her passion for conservation and diversity in her career but had been frustrated by the ways in which they did not seem to overlap. Being from South Los Angeles, Revé has viewed the inequity of resources and development in communities of color first hand. While studying Politics and Ethnic Studies at the University of San Francisco, she received an education steeped in social justice making her more committed to pursuing opportunities for service and intervention where possible.

Sonia Lilani | Development Coordinator
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Sonia is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she earned a B.S. in Society and the Environment, with a concentration on Justice and Sustainability. While at UC Berkeley, her aspirations shifted from climate science to addressing inequality; she is particularly motivated to combat housing discrimination and the environmental injustices resulting from it. In her position on Greenlining’s development team, Sonia is driven to cultivate a highly reliable and efficient experience for all of the organization’s funders. In doing so, Sonia aims to grow Greenlining’s financial sustainability and capacity to serve communities of color. Prior to joining the Greenlining team, Sonia served as a program coordinator and educator for the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Sonia feels passionately about applying her empathy and instinctive strategic planning to better the lives of both humans and other animals.

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