Debra Gore-Mann, Executive Director
Debra has served as the SFCC Executive Director since March 2015. She was previously the Chief Development Officer of the 474,000 members Cal Alumni Association at the University of California, Berkeley. Her interest in youth development is reflected in the work she has done as consultant or volunteer with The Stride Center (Oakland), Tribal Solutions (Vancouver, WA), Alive & Free, Omega Boys Club (San Francisco), following her 11 years as Executive Director of Athletics at the University of San Francisco and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance & Business Affairs, Stanford University Department of Athletics and Recreation. Debra earned her B.S. at Stanford in Management Science and Engineering, and her M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Joe McKinley, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. McKinley joins SFCC with extensive experience as the Director of Operations and Training for the Stride Center in Oakland for over 12 years. After starting in 2004 with "Street Tech" as in instructor Joe has was promoted to Director of Training, serving 6 years in that capacity he was chosen as Chief executive Officer at EmpowerNet California a Stride Center Social Venture responsible for launching new training programs statewide. He worked as Lead Technical Trainer at Techskills in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district for three years where he implemented many new ideas in technical training. He has a number of technical certifications including A+, Cisco, Network+, and MCSE certifications in both Windows NT and Windows 2000 much of which was self-taught. He is now responsible for organizational training and workshops. He is noted for successfully mentoring over 400 students through the exam certification process and significant growth of the Stride Center model.
Tom Holcomb Jr., Director of Community and Career Development
Tom is a Western Kentucky native who moved to the San Francisco Bay area in May 2016 to start a job with the San Francisco Conservation Corps. He has 13 years of prior experience in the student development and counseling field prior to coming on board with SFCC. Tom’s career focus is on empowering, engaging and elevating Corpsmembers to new insight and helping them achieve their personal and professional goals. Tom embodies a holistic focus model and works closely with the case manager and supportive service/case conference team in order to help Corpsmembers thrive not only at SFCC, but beyond the Corps on the job. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Murray State University in Organizational Communication and Youth Non-profit Service in 2001, and in 2005 earned his Masters of Science degree from MSU in Human Development & Leadership with an emphasis in College Student Personnel Guidance. Currently, Tom is working on his certification in Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, California, and will be transferring to the SF State to work on his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on Rehabilitation Counseling.
Cameron Lang, Senior Service Project Manager
Cameron has been with SFCC for almost 10 years. He manages field projects supervisors and crew leaders, and coordinates and implements various recycling events and field projects. Cameron oversees SFCC’s Special Events program, where a team of 1 manager, 3 supervisors and 13 Green Program Specialists offer waste management services for up to 200 events per year. Type of events include music festivals, wine tastings, marathons, conferences, art shows and many more.
Cameron continues to build a a successful Special Events program that includes ongoing partnerships with the likes of Fort Mason Center, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Off the Grid and Dolores Park. He is passionate about working together with an extremely talented and hard-working team training, lifting and motivating San Francisco’s young adults to break through barriers to higher education/employment in order to embark on the journey to success.
Adelaida Caballero, Field Project Supervisor (Port of San Francisco)
Adelaida came to SFCC in June 2017, and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with Corpsmembers. Adelaida was a part of the construction crew at SFO for reconstruction of the terminal. Adelaida was also involved with the Crossroads program (Scared Straight), working with at-risk youth. In this program, she sat down with them one-on-one to get a deeper understanding of their background, offering counseling, advice and hope for a brighter future. Her experience in having a positive impact with troubled youth brought her to SFCC. Her hobbies include spectator sports (SF Giants baseball, Stanford Football) full and half marathons, hiking, traveling, reading and sailing.
Jeff Bostic, Outreach and Recruitment Manager
Jeff has worked in the nonprofit education field in San Francisco for 14 years, including Up On Top, Moholey Ground Project, Allies United for Youth, Boys Hope Girls Hope, and San Francisco Friends of the Children. Jeff got involved with SFCC because of his passion to work with young adults to keep them off the streets and support their path to success.
JoPierre Davis, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator
A San Francisco native, JP attended Balboa High School in the city’s Excelsior District. Upon graduation, he attended The University Of Hawaii at Manoa on a full athletic scholarship and earned his BA in Political Science. Wanting to reach the youth and mentor young adults JP decided to get involved with the SFCC over a year ago and hasn’t looked back. A lover of art, music and sports, JP looks to pull young adults off the streets and inspire SFCC Corpsmembers through his life’s story.
Kisha Escudero, Case Manager
Kisha joined the SFCC team in December 2015 as a case manager. Kisha has over 17 years’ experience implementing supportive services in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, criminal justice and homelessness, and supporting various diverse populations throughout Northern/Southern California. Her life’s passion is meeting people where they're at while obtaining a better quality of life for themselves.
Laura McQuay, Associate Director of Accounting and Employee Services
Laura attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and upon graduation launched a career in restaurant operations management. After developing a passion for the financial side of the business, Laura came to SFCC to join our finance department. She enjoys that her work supports the program departments at SFCC and their positive impact on the young adults in San Francisco.
Keith Okamura, Log Cabin Ranch Vocational Instructor
Keith started with SFCC in 2010 working on a satellite program for the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department involving Carpentry and Landscape Construction for youths 13-18 years old at Log Cabin Ranch. He is the Lead Vocational Instructor for the program, part of a great partnership with the many professional organizations aimed at helping the youth.
Kelly Richardson, Office Manager
Kelly became a part of the SFCC team in July 2017 as the Office Manager. Born and raised in Los Angeles County, she moved to the Bay Area in June 2016 after the completion of her B.A. in English Literature at CSU Long Beach. While living in Los Angeles, she worked as an ESL teacher and translator where she was introduced to many students from various cultural and social backgrounds. Her passion for equal education led her to accept a position at the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, a non-profit organization aimed at helping troubled youth and their families gain resources in their community by keeping them out of the streets and placing them into counseling, education, and behavioral health programs. She is very excited to continue supporting the community through her work at SFCC. Outside the workplace, she enjoys hiking, yoga, writing, travelling, and spending time with family.
Nancy Serrano, Special Events Supervisor
Nancy works events at Fort Mason as well as the Presidio to manage all waste streams for Special Events. Previously, she worked at Lowes for 3 years to gain Supervisor experience. She is proud of the work SFCC does to improve the environment, as well as helping young adults build their work experience.
Mat Tago, Senior Service Project Manager
Mat has been with SFCC since he was a Corpsmember. When he first arrived, he was impressed by the love and dedication that our staff had for our youth: how dedicated they were in teaching and training each Corpsmember, and how dedicated the Corpsmembers were in achieving their goals.
Mat supervises a crew of 8 to 12 Corpsmembers on a daily basis, which includes teaching and training them about recycling and sorting at our facility in the Presidio, Recycling Operations Center (ROC). He also works with Corpsmembers on the tires and oil crew- going out and collecting waste tires and used oil in our community. Mat is in charge of certifying Corpsmembers in forklift training, while working at ROC. He is responsible in making sure that all Corpsmembers leave SFCC with good work ethics and a strong confidence that they can achieve anything with respect and hard work.
Jeph Talolo, Special Events Manager
Jeph was a Corpsmember at SFCC and graduated in 2010. After graduating, he worked for 3.5 years at a restaurant depot to gain supervisor experience, and was hired as a SFCC Special Events Supervisor in 2014. Jeph is now the Special Events Manager and is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all our city-wide special events. Dedication brought Jeph to SFCC, and he has always loved working for such an impactful organization.
Lily Urmann, Development Coordinator and Grant Manager
Lily graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A in Environmental Studies. She worked with many student and community-based organizations at UCSC including the Student Environmental Center, Education for Sustainable Living Program, and The Sustainability Office. As the Green Labs Facilitator, she secured funding for an Equipment Retrofit Fund that incentivized sustainable practices in campus labs, and partnered with vendors to ensure availability and affordability of energy-efficient lab equipment.
Lily is passionate about creating change through collaboration and community organizing. She is excited to work with SFCC to continue growing the program and the impact it has on our young adults in San Francisco.