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BUILD BAY AREA

The BUILD program was first founded in the Bay Area in 1999.

As the flagship BUILD region, BUILD Bay Area showcases that dreaming big, working hard and persistence is in all of us.

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The BUILD Bay Area Story

The BUILD program was founded in the Bay Area in 1999, and now serves over 600 students throughout Oakland and the Peninsula, equipping them for college and life success. BUILD partners directly with schools to help students develop and run their own small businesses, ultimately delivering content that enriches students’ high school experience in profound ways and prepares them for postsecondary education as well as the rapidly changing needs of the 21st century workforce. BUILD showcases that dreaming big, working hard and persistence is in all of us.

As the flagship BUILD region, the Bay Area prides itself on piloting innovative programming. In Spring 2020, BUILD Bay Area introduced the COVID-19 Virtual Design Challenge, the first fully digital BUILD offering, as a response to school closures. This offering equips youth with the entrepreneurial skills and mindsets they need to design a more just and equitable world. Now being offered to students and educators across the country, BUILD anticipates reaching tens-of-thousands of students over the next three years through open-source content, with additional resources and supports in place for first-generation students of color from under-resourced communities—our core demographic.

Through our 20+ year history, BUILD Bay Area has been dedicated to creating systemic change in the educational system. As we move forward, we will continue to inspire and empower under-resourced students in the Bay Area to achieve their full potential and help build a brighter, more equitable and interconnected society.

Meet BUILD BAY AREA Students

Yazmin

Yazmin, an Oakland BUILD student shares her experiences on how she is preserving, maintains her hope, and emotional balance through COVID-19.

Team Connect

Meet Team Connect, formerly known as Berry Inc., a group of brilliant young women creating ways for family members to stay connected with one another during the pandemic.

Ises Roopnarine

Ises Roopnarine, a 2018 BUILD Oakland graduate, shares how BUILD inspired her to seek change and dream big: “We have the power and strength to do whatever we desire.”

Upcoming and Past Events

The BUILD Bay Area Team​

Aaron Ow-Yeang

Position: Partner, EY

Aaron Ow-Yeang

Partner, EY

Akala Francis

Position: Program Associate and Facilitator
Top: 16

Akala Francis

Program Associate and Facilitator

Alvina Antar

Position: Chief Information Officer, Okta

Alvina Antar

Chief Information Officer, Okta

Andy Torelli

Position: Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Andy Torelli

Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Anna Dinh

Position: Student Experience Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Top: 7

Anna is BUILD Bay Area’s Peninsula Program Manager. She supports teachers with the implementation of curriculum and leads the planning of school and community-based student events. Anna brings a wealth of experience as an educator in varying cultural and country contexts. Prior to joining BUILD, Anna taught primary and secondary school students in South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She earned a BA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Hong Kong.

Anna is BUILD Bay Area’s Peninsula Program Manager. She supports...

Anna Dinh

Student Experience Program Manager

Anna Schocket

Position: Vice President of Talent Development, DocuSign

Anna Schocket

Vice President of Talent Development, DocuSign

Ashley Washington

Position: Student Experience Program Manager
Top: 8

Ashley Washington holds the position of Student Experience Program Manager of the Oakland, Bay Area programmatic team. Prior to joining the BUILD family Ashley earned her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Southern California and began her career within the teaching field in East Palo Alto, Ca serving her community directly. With East Palo Alto origins, she connects deeply to the purpose behind BUILD’s mission and has a strong connection to the foundation of the organization.

As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., service has played a dynamic role in her lifestyle and is of high value. Mentorship, service, and impact are instrumental pieces of her holistic approach to life, this aligning directly with the aspirations of BUILD.

Ashley BUILDs to inspire and empower youth by providing opportunities to maximize student potential

Ashley Washington holds the position of Student Experience Program Manager...

Ashley Washington

Student Experience Program Manager

Ay’Anna Moody

Position: Director, Generation Thrive at Golden State Warriors

Ay’Anna Moody

Director, Generation Thrive at Golden State Warriors

Brian Wei

Position: Analyst, BMW i Ventures

Brian Wei

Analyst, BMW i Ventures

Catherine Lee

Position: Systems Engineer, Lime

Catherine Lee

Systems Engineer, Lime

Chanfou Saelee

Position: Oakland Program Associate
Top: 14

Chanfou Saelee

Oakland Program Associate

Chelsey Brown

Position: Program Director
Top: 4

Chelsey was born and raised in East Palo Alto in a blended working-class family. The first in her family to attend and graduate college, Chelsey attended San Francisco State University. Chelsey’s own life experiences led her to design programs and advocate for underrepresented youth as Program Director of the well-known non-profits in the Bay Area and in Austin Texas. As the BUILD Program Director for Oakland, Chelsey uses her leadership to guide the Oakland team in implementation of the BUILD program for highest impact. Chelsey is responsible for overseeing regional implementation of BUILD’s program, curriculum and events and developing and managing partnerships with district leaders and school administrators to ensure impact with BUILD target students.

Being a living testimony to what programs such as BUILD can do for a student’s life, Chelsey BUILD’s to continue provide other students like her, with the opportunity to be exposed to a world of endless opportunities!

Chelsey was born and raised in East Palo Alto in...

Chelsey Brown

Program Director

Curren Kulkam

Position: Strategic Finance Associate, Apex.AI, Inc

Curren Kulkam

Strategic Finance Associate, Apex.AI, Inc

Dan Siegel

Position: Business Development, VinSight

Dan Siegel

Business Development, VinSight

Danielle Conkling

Position: Head of Client Strategy, Silicon Valley Bank

Danielle Conkling

Head of Client Strategy, Silicon Valley Bank

David Li

Position: Vice President, Twin Point Capital

David Li

Vice President, Twin Point Capital

Eddie Carroll

Position: Growth Lead Americas, JLL Sparks

Eddie Carroll

Growth Lead Americas, JLL Sparks

Elia Hernandez

Position: Development and Operations Manager

Elia Hernandez

Development and Operations Manager

Elton Kwok

Position: VP & General Manager, California at WeWork

Elton Kwok

VP & General Manager, California at WeWork

Emily Lam

Position: Partner and Head of Palo Alto Office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Emily Lam

Partner and Head of Palo Alto Office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Erin Schaefer

Position: Vice President Operations, Niantic, Inc.

Erin Schaefer

Vice President Operations, Niantic, Inc.

Esau Sanchez-Diaz

Position: Director of Customer Success, Salesforce

Esau Sanchez-Diaz

Director of Customer Success, Salesforce

Gary Moon

Position: Managing Partner, Nfluence Partners

Gary Moon

Managing Partner, Nfluence Partners

Itzel Franco

Position: Entrepreneurship Program Associate
Top: 12

Itzel is a first-generation Chicana who recently earned a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Merced. In recent years, Itzel have worked with youth in various roles. This is where she grew her passion for mentorship and community empowerment. Itzel believes that if we provide guidance and resources to empower our youth, it would better everyone’s future. Itzel’s at BUILD because she truly believes in keeping our students in the center. Itzel also spends her time being a dog mom, traveling, and creating.

Itzel is a first-generation Chicana who recently earned a BA...

Itzel Franco

Entrepreneurship Program Associate

Jan McAdoo

Position: Co-Founder/CEO, MacPac Entertainment

Jan McAdoo

Co-Founder/CEO, MacPac Entertainment

Jasmine Ochoa

Position: Oakland Program Manager
Top: 9

Raised in East Oakland, Jasmine graduated high school from Lionel Wilson Prep as a BUILD student. Throughout high school Jasmine spent a lot of her time volunteering at a variety of organizations, such as OUSD and The Red Cross. Jasmine attended Holy Names University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Business marketing in 2018 and her Master’s in business administration in 2019. Throughout her college experience she continued volunteering with different organizations and often remembered about BUILD and the knowledge and benefits it brought her. Jasmine greatly believes in the BUILD program and the doors it can open for students, which is why she decided to come back to the organization and work with high school freshmen and sophomores. As the program associate for Oakland Jasmine is regularly visiting our partner schools. She attends class sessions to work directly with our 9th and 10th grade students preparing them for showcases and ensuring they are receiving the most from the BUILD program.

Jasmine strives to provide students with the same benefits BUILD provided for her. She loves to get to know our BUILD students closely and aspires to be a positive influence in their life.

Raised in East Oakland, Jasmine graduated high school from Lionel...

Jasmine Ochoa

Oakland Program Manager

Jessica McGill

Position: Director of Philanthropy
Top: 4

Jessica, a graduate of Virginia Tech, has fifteen years of fundraising experience having worked for nonprofits in both California and Maryland and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Prior to joining BUILD in February 2020, Jessica most recently worked for Family Giving Tree where she managed individual and corporate relationships. In her spare time, Jessica has a passion for mentorship and has served as a CASA to foster youth for the past five years.

Jessica, a graduate of Virginia Tech, has fifteen years of...

Jessica McGill

Director of Philanthropy

Jonathan Beauford

Position: Performance Equity Manager, Google

Jonathan Beauford

Performance Equity Manager, Google

Joshua Cook

Position: Partner, Goodwin

Joshua Cook

Partner, Goodwin

JP Giannini

Position: Vice President of Early Stage Practices, Silicon Valley Bank

JP Giannini

Vice President of Early Stage Practices, Silicon Valley Bank

Julianne Bautista

Position: Investment Associate, Innovation Ventures, UCSF

Julianne Bautista

Investment Associate, Innovation Ventures, UCSF

Kate Lin

Position: Director, PwC

Kate Lin

Director, PwC

Katherine Orille

Position: Community Engagement and Events Manager
Top: 6

Katherine Orille, our Community Engagement and Events Manager studied Health Science and Nursing at California State University of East Bay. Her passion for event planning incited her decision to change career paths and seek a career in event management, where she brings ten years of experience developing her skills and knowledge of event coordination and logistics. Prior to BUILD, she recently worked for an educational organization, directing and managing all aspects of their professional development events. Katherine carries her strong work ethic into her personal life, as she jumps at any opportunity to plan events for friends and family.

Katherine Orille, our Community Engagement and Events Manager studied Health...

Katherine Orille

Community Engagement and Events Manager

Katie Hurley

Position: Head of Marketing, Replicant

Katie Hurley

Head of Marketing, Replicant

Kelsey Smith

Position: Senior Associate, APG

Kelsey Smith

Senior Associate, APG

Kevin Gueco

Position: Founder, Gueco Real Estate

Kevin Gueco

Founder, Gueco Real Estate

Kim Vinh

Position: Program Director
Email: [email protected]
Top: 2

Kim brings 15 years of experience in teaching and program development to BUILD. She taught high school English and journalism for over a decade in the Bay Area, and she also served as a teacher educator and graduate school instructor through the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She has experience leading teacher innovation and collaboration through The Education Trust-West and The Teachers Guild at IDEO. Kim earned a B.A. in English and Urban Studies and a M.A. in Education at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco.

Kim brings 15 years of experience in teaching and program...

Kim Vinh

Program Director

LaMar Bunts

Position: Chief Executive Officer, Beanstalk Initiative

LaMar Bunts

Chief Executive Officer, Beanstalk Initiative

Lars Hens

Position: Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust

Lars Hens

Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust

Lauren Balla-Alders

Position: Associate Director, Harvest Properties

Lauren Balla-Alders

Associate Director, Harvest Properties

Lindsay Simonds

Position: Managing Director and Principal, Lindsay Simonds Consulting

Lindsay Simonds

Managing Director and Principal, Lindsay Simonds Consulting

Louis Chang

Position: Founder and Managing Partner, Gavilan Investment Partners

Louis Chang

Founder and Managing Partner, Gavilan Investment Partners

Mandy Boose

Position: College and Career Access Coach
Email: [email protected]
Top: 11

With a degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, Mandy has dedicated her life to critiquing and challenging systemic inequalities. Mandy credits her mixed-race identity for fostering her understanding of institutional racism and marginalization and uses this understanding to develop deep connections with BUILD students. In a setting like the Bay Area which combines extreme diversity with extreme wealth imbalances, Mandy is determined to create a more just and equitable future for our E4 students and our communities as a whole. Mandy lives in Oakland, and in her free time, is committed to her art practice and running Lake Merritt.

Positioned at the intersection between family histories of immigration and farm labor, Mandy recognizes the weight of how access to education can impact a family’s economic mobility for subsequent generations. Her family’s love, support, and encouragement to pursue any educational dream is something Mandy strives to emulate with all BUILD students.

With a degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, Mandy...

Mandy Boose

College and Career Access Coach

Maria Raftelis

Position: Grant Writer
Top: 17

Maria Raftelis has more than a decade of fundraising experience in education. Before joining BUILD, Maria served as Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. In this role, she oversaw fundraising for the Center of Radiological Research (CRR) and worked with medical faculty across the College to raise funds for research. Prior to Columbia University, Maria served as Grant Writer at the City College Fund, the fundraising organization of the City College of New York (CCNY). During my nine year tenure at the City College Fund, Maria expanded the College’s portfolio of institutional donors to double institutional giving. 

Maria resides in the Bronx with her husband and son. A graduate of the New York City public school system, Maria believed every student should have access to an excellent education that inspires them to dream and achieve their full potential.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies from New York University and a Master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago.

Maria Raftelis has more than a decade of fundraising experience...

Maria Raftelis

Grant Writer

Melissa Mendino

Position: E1/E2 Oakland Program Associate
Top: 15

Melissa Mendino

E1/E2 Oakland Program Associate

Michael Farb

Position: Chief Executive Officer, Neon One

Michael has over 15 years of experience building, running and scaling technology companies and organizations across a wide range of industries. Leading the organization of Neon One brings together Michael’s skills and experience in growing entrepreneurial technology companies with his passion of supporting non-profit organizations to increase their impact in the world. In addition to Neon, Michael serves as Board Chair for Build.org, a national education-based nonprofit that leverage entrepreneurship to empower students in underserved communities.

Michael has a Computer Science Degree from UPenn, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. After starting a career at Accenture where he built global technology systems in New York, London, Singapore, & Seoul, he co-founded CaptainU. Acting as President, he and his team scaled this sports technology platform to millions of customers and organizations. After CaptainU was acquired by Blue Star Sports, Michael joined the Blue Star team as Chief Revenue Office and GM of the Enterprise Software and Payments group, helping scale the organization and combining products to build a product suite for organizations to excel and flourish. Michael is now proud to leverage his background to help nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations drive impact and help them reach their goals more quickly.

Michael has over 15 years of experience building, running and...

Michael Farb

Chief Executive Officer, Neon One

Mo Foster

Position: Senior Program Manager/E1 Facilitator
Top: 13

Mo Foster

Senior Program Manager/E1 Facilitator

Nick Wall

Position: Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, American Pacific Group

Nick Wall

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, American Pacific Group

Niko Martinez

Position: College and Career Readiness Program Manager
Top: 10

Niko Martinez is the College and Career Readiness Program Manager for BUILD Oakland, serving our E3 students, preparing them through social entrepreneurship, college and career exploration experiences. At UC Berkeley, Niko studied Public Health and Asian American Studies, immersing himself in community organizing for the Filipinx Community, both on and off-campus. As an advocate for post-secondary education, Niko worked to share educational resources and mentorship to youth in and around the Bay Area.

“I am inspired to work at BUILD because personal background growing up in the Bay Area, and studying public health as my coursework; I believe that furthering one’s education is a possible way to affect positive health outcomes, both at the individual level, and ultimately, for their families. I am honored to work and learn by the side of such brilliant youth, who share such amazing stories around their personal experiences. Each day, I’m deeply humbled and filled with gratitude to experience greatness alongside our students.”

Niko Martinez is the College and Career Readiness Program Manager...

Niko Martinez

College and Career Readiness Program Manager

Ramon Simms

Position: Start Up Executive

Ramon Simms

Start Up Executive

Riley Rodgers

Position: Principal, Valia Ventures

Riley Rodgers

Principal, Valia Ventures

Rodrigo Alfaro

Position: Director Of Strategic Partnerships
Email: [email protected]
Top: 5

Rodrigo Alfaro brings over a decade of experience in community outreach and nonprofit leadership from churches to college access orgs across the Bay Area. A true relationship builder, Rodrigo consistently seeks ways to unify diverse partners in service to equity for under-represented communities. As a native of El Salvador who moved to the Bay Area at a young age, Rodrigo brings a deeply personal perspective to his role. He experienced first-hand the challenges many immigrants face balancing diverse cultural identities, and the transformative power of entrepreneurship for families like his own.

Rodrigo Alfaro brings over a decade of experience in community...

Rodrigo Alfaro

Director Of Strategic Partnerships

Ryan Oliver

Position: Regional Executive Director, Bay Area and LA
Email: [email protected]
Top: 1

Ryan Oliver serves as Regional Executive Director for BUILD Bay Area and Los Angeles, holding primary responsibility for leading growth initiatives and directing strategy. Ryan brings twenty years of experience as an innovative educator, leader, and program designer in urban schools, from Boston and Pittsburgh to Los Angeles and East Oakland. Previously, Ryan served as Founding Program Director for BUILD Boston. A Bay Area native, Ryan has lived, learned, and worked on both coasts. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Education from California State University Monterey Bay, and Principal Certification from University of Pittsburgh.

Ryan Oliver serves as Regional Executive Director for BUILD Bay...

Ryan Oliver

Regional Executive Director, Bay Area and LA

Sadhna Gupta

Position: Merchant Strategy & Operations, DoorDash

Sadhna Gupta

Merchant Strategy & Operations, DoorDash

Sara Ponzio

Position: Advisor to the CEO, Early Stage Life Sciences Company

Sara Ponzio

Advisor to the CEO, Early Stage Life Sciences Company

Scott Fisher

Position: Partner, Select Management Group

Scott Fisher

Partner, Select Management Group

Shantu Jain

Position: Senior Product Manager, PayPal

Shantu Jain

Senior Product Manager, PayPal

Smita Topolski

Position: Owner, Page Street Studio

Smita Topolski

Owner, Page Street Studio

Steven Mack

Position: Partner, PwC

Steven Mack

Partner, PwC

Trevor Kempner

Position: Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

Trevor Kempner

Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

Wanda Lee

Position: Product & Operations, EmmaWell

Wanda Lee

Product & Operations, EmmaWell

Akala Francis

Position: Program Associate and Facilitator
Top: 16

Akala Francis

Program Associate and Facilitator

Anna Dinh

Position: Student Experience Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Top: 7

Anna is BUILD Bay Area’s Peninsula Program Manager. She supports teachers with the implementation of curriculum and leads the planning of school and community-based student events. Anna brings a wealth of experience as an educator in varying cultural and country contexts. Prior to joining BUILD, Anna taught primary and secondary school students in South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She earned a BA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Hong Kong.

Anna is BUILD Bay Area’s Peninsula Program Manager. She supports...

Anna Dinh

Student Experience Program Manager

Ashley Washington

Position: Student Experience Program Manager
Top: 8

Ashley Washington holds the position of Student Experience Program Manager of the Oakland, Bay Area programmatic team. Prior to joining the BUILD family Ashley earned her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Southern California and began her career within the teaching field in East Palo Alto, Ca serving her community directly. With East Palo Alto origins, she connects deeply to the purpose behind BUILD’s mission and has a strong connection to the foundation of the organization.

As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., service has played a dynamic role in her lifestyle and is of high value. Mentorship, service, and impact are instrumental pieces of her holistic approach to life, this aligning directly with the aspirations of BUILD.

Ashley BUILDs to inspire and empower youth by providing opportunities to maximize student potential

Ashley Washington holds the position of Student Experience Program Manager...

Ashley Washington

Student Experience Program Manager

Chanfou Saelee

Position: Oakland Program Associate
Top: 14

Chanfou Saelee

Oakland Program Associate

Chelsey Brown

Position: Program Director
Top: 4

Chelsey was born and raised in East Palo Alto in a blended working-class family. The first in her family to attend and graduate college, Chelsey attended San Francisco State University. Chelsey’s own life experiences led her to design programs and advocate for underrepresented youth as Program Director of the well-known non-profits in the Bay Area and in Austin Texas. As the BUILD Program Director for Oakland, Chelsey uses her leadership to guide the Oakland team in implementation of the BUILD program for highest impact. Chelsey is responsible for overseeing regional implementation of BUILD’s program, curriculum and events and developing and managing partnerships with district leaders and school administrators to ensure impact with BUILD target students.

Being a living testimony to what programs such as BUILD can do for a student’s life, Chelsey BUILD’s to continue provide other students like her, with the opportunity to be exposed to a world of endless opportunities!

Chelsey was born and raised in East Palo Alto in...

Chelsey Brown

Program Director

Elia Hernandez

Position: Development and Operations Manager

Elia Hernandez

Development and Operations Manager

Itzel Franco

Position: Entrepreneurship Program Associate
Top: 12

Itzel is a first-generation Chicana who recently earned a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Merced. In recent years, Itzel have worked with youth in various roles. This is where she grew her passion for mentorship and community empowerment. Itzel believes that if we provide guidance and resources to empower our youth, it would better everyone’s future. Itzel’s at BUILD because she truly believes in keeping our students in the center. Itzel also spends her time being a dog mom, traveling, and creating.

Itzel is a first-generation Chicana who recently earned a BA...

Itzel Franco

Entrepreneurship Program Associate

Jasmine Ochoa

Position: Oakland Program Manager
Top: 9

Raised in East Oakland, Jasmine graduated high school from Lionel Wilson Prep as a BUILD student. Throughout high school Jasmine spent a lot of her time volunteering at a variety of organizations, such as OUSD and The Red Cross. Jasmine attended Holy Names University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Business marketing in 2018 and her Master’s in business administration in 2019. Throughout her college experience she continued volunteering with different organizations and often remembered about BUILD and the knowledge and benefits it brought her. Jasmine greatly believes in the BUILD program and the doors it can open for students, which is why she decided to come back to the organization and work with high school freshmen and sophomores. As the program associate for Oakland Jasmine is regularly visiting our partner schools. She attends class sessions to work directly with our 9th and 10th grade students preparing them for showcases and ensuring they are receiving the most from the BUILD program.

Jasmine strives to provide students with the same benefits BUILD provided for her. She loves to get to know our BUILD students closely and aspires to be a positive influence in their life.

Raised in East Oakland, Jasmine graduated high school from Lionel...

Jasmine Ochoa

Oakland Program Manager

Jessica McGill

Position: Director of Philanthropy
Top: 4

Jessica, a graduate of Virginia Tech, has fifteen years of fundraising experience having worked for nonprofits in both California and Maryland and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Prior to joining BUILD in February 2020, Jessica most recently worked for Family Giving Tree where she managed individual and corporate relationships. In her spare time, Jessica has a passion for mentorship and has served as a CASA to foster youth for the past five years.

Jessica, a graduate of Virginia Tech, has fifteen years of...

Jessica McGill

Director of Philanthropy

Katherine Orille

Position: Community Engagement and Events Manager
Top: 6

Katherine Orille, our Community Engagement and Events Manager studied Health Science and Nursing at California State University of East Bay. Her passion for event planning incited her decision to change career paths and seek a career in event management, where she brings ten years of experience developing her skills and knowledge of event coordination and logistics. Prior to BUILD, she recently worked for an educational organization, directing and managing all aspects of their professional development events. Katherine carries her strong work ethic into her personal life, as she jumps at any opportunity to plan events for friends and family.

Katherine Orille, our Community Engagement and Events Manager studied Health...

Katherine Orille

Community Engagement and Events Manager

Kim Vinh

Position: Program Director
Email: [email protected]
Top: 2

Kim brings 15 years of experience in teaching and program development to BUILD. She taught high school English and journalism for over a decade in the Bay Area, and she also served as a teacher educator and graduate school instructor through the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She has experience leading teacher innovation and collaboration through The Education Trust-West and The Teachers Guild at IDEO. Kim earned a B.A. in English and Urban Studies and a M.A. in Education at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco.

Kim brings 15 years of experience in teaching and program...

Kim Vinh

Program Director

Mandy Boose

Position: College and Career Access Coach
Email: [email protected]
Top: 11

With a degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, Mandy has dedicated her life to critiquing and challenging systemic inequalities. Mandy credits her mixed-race identity for fostering her understanding of institutional racism and marginalization and uses this understanding to develop deep connections with BUILD students. In a setting like the Bay Area which combines extreme diversity with extreme wealth imbalances, Mandy is determined to create a more just and equitable future for our E4 students and our communities as a whole. Mandy lives in Oakland, and in her free time, is committed to her art practice and running Lake Merritt.

Positioned at the intersection between family histories of immigration and farm labor, Mandy recognizes the weight of how access to education can impact a family’s economic mobility for subsequent generations. Her family’s love, support, and encouragement to pursue any educational dream is something Mandy strives to emulate with all BUILD students.

With a degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, Mandy...

Mandy Boose

College and Career Access Coach

Maria Raftelis

Position: Grant Writer
Top: 17

Maria Raftelis has more than a decade of fundraising experience in education. Before joining BUILD, Maria served as Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. In this role, she oversaw fundraising for the Center of Radiological Research (CRR) and worked with medical faculty across the College to raise funds for research. Prior to Columbia University, Maria served as Grant Writer at the City College Fund, the fundraising organization of the City College of New York (CCNY). During my nine year tenure at the City College Fund, Maria expanded the College’s portfolio of institutional donors to double institutional giving. 

Maria resides in the Bronx with her husband and son. A graduate of the New York City public school system, Maria believed every student should have access to an excellent education that inspires them to dream and achieve their full potential.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies from New York University and a Master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago.

Maria Raftelis has more than a decade of fundraising experience...

Maria Raftelis

Grant Writer

Melissa Mendino

Position: E1/E2 Oakland Program Associate
Top: 15

Melissa Mendino

E1/E2 Oakland Program Associate

Mo Foster

Position: Senior Program Manager/E1 Facilitator
Top: 13

Mo Foster

Senior Program Manager/E1 Facilitator

Niko Martinez

Position: College and Career Readiness Program Manager
Top: 10

Niko Martinez is the College and Career Readiness Program Manager for BUILD Oakland, serving our E3 students, preparing them through social entrepreneurship, college and career exploration experiences. At UC Berkeley, Niko studied Public Health and Asian American Studies, immersing himself in community organizing for the Filipinx Community, both on and off-campus. As an advocate for post-secondary education, Niko worked to share educational resources and mentorship to youth in and around the Bay Area.

“I am inspired to work at BUILD because personal background growing up in the Bay Area, and studying public health as my coursework; I believe that furthering one’s education is a possible way to affect positive health outcomes, both at the individual level, and ultimately, for their families. I am honored to work and learn by the side of such brilliant youth, who share such amazing stories around their personal experiences. Each day, I’m deeply humbled and filled with gratitude to experience greatness alongside our students.”

Niko Martinez is the College and Career Readiness Program Manager...

Niko Martinez

College and Career Readiness Program Manager

Rodrigo Alfaro

Position: Director Of Strategic Partnerships
Email: [email protected]
Top: 5

Rodrigo Alfaro brings over a decade of experience in community outreach and nonprofit leadership from churches to college access orgs across the Bay Area. A true relationship builder, Rodrigo consistently seeks ways to unify diverse partners in service to equity for under-represented communities. As a native of El Salvador who moved to the Bay Area at a young age, Rodrigo brings a deeply personal perspective to his role. He experienced first-hand the challenges many immigrants face balancing diverse cultural identities, and the transformative power of entrepreneurship for families like his own.

Rodrigo Alfaro brings over a decade of experience in community...

Rodrigo Alfaro

Director Of Strategic Partnerships

Ryan Oliver

Position: Regional Executive Director, Bay Area and LA
Email: [email protected]
Top: 1

Ryan Oliver serves as Regional Executive Director for BUILD Bay Area and Los Angeles, holding primary responsibility for leading growth initiatives and directing strategy. Ryan brings twenty years of experience as an innovative educator, leader, and program designer in urban schools, from Boston and Pittsburgh to Los Angeles and East Oakland. Previously, Ryan served as Founding Program Director for BUILD Boston. A Bay Area native, Ryan has lived, learned, and worked on both coasts. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Education from California State University Monterey Bay, and Principal Certification from University of Pittsburgh.

Ryan Oliver serves as Regional Executive Director for BUILD Bay...

Ryan Oliver

Regional Executive Director, Bay Area and LA

Aaron Ow-Yeang

Position: Partner, EY

Aaron Ow-Yeang

Partner, EY

Alvina Antar

Position: Chief Information Officer, Okta

Alvina Antar

Chief Information Officer, Okta

Andy Torelli

Position: Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Andy Torelli

Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Anna Schocket

Position: Vice President of Talent Development, DocuSign

Anna Schocket

Vice President of Talent Development, DocuSign

Ay’Anna Moody

Position: Director, Generation Thrive at Golden State Warriors

Ay’Anna Moody

Director, Generation Thrive at Golden State Warriors

Danielle Conkling

Position: Head of Client Strategy, Silicon Valley Bank

Danielle Conkling

Head of Client Strategy, Silicon Valley Bank

David Li

Position: Vice President, Twin Point Capital

David Li

Vice President, Twin Point Capital

Elton Kwok

Position: VP & General Manager, California at WeWork

Elton Kwok

VP & General Manager, California at WeWork

Emily Lam

Position: Partner and Head of Palo Alto Office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Emily Lam

Partner and Head of Palo Alto Office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Erin Schaefer

Position: Vice President Operations, Niantic, Inc.

Erin Schaefer

Vice President Operations, Niantic, Inc.

Esau Sanchez-Diaz

Position: Director of Customer Success, Salesforce

Esau Sanchez-Diaz

Director of Customer Success, Salesforce

Gary Moon

Position: Managing Partner, Nfluence Partners

Gary Moon

Managing Partner, Nfluence Partners

Jan McAdoo

Position: Co-Founder/CEO, MacPac Entertainment

Jan McAdoo

Co-Founder/CEO, MacPac Entertainment

Joshua Cook

Position: Partner, Goodwin

Joshua Cook

Partner, Goodwin

Kevin Gueco

Position: Founder, Gueco Real Estate

Kevin Gueco

Founder, Gueco Real Estate

LaMar Bunts

Position: Chief Executive Officer, Beanstalk Initiative

LaMar Bunts

Chief Executive Officer, Beanstalk Initiative

Lars Hens

Position: Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust

Lars Hens

Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust

Lindsay Simonds

Position: Managing Director and Principal, Lindsay Simonds Consulting

Lindsay Simonds

Managing Director and Principal, Lindsay Simonds Consulting

Louis Chang

Position: Founder and Managing Partner, Gavilan Investment Partners

Louis Chang

Founder and Managing Partner, Gavilan Investment Partners

Michael Farb

Position: Chief Executive Officer, Neon One

Michael has over 15 years of experience building, running and scaling technology companies and organizations across a wide range of industries. Leading the organization of Neon One brings together Michael’s skills and experience in growing entrepreneurial technology companies with his passion of supporting non-profit organizations to increase their impact in the world. In addition to Neon, Michael serves as Board Chair for Build.org, a national education-based nonprofit that leverage entrepreneurship to empower students in underserved communities.

Michael has a Computer Science Degree from UPenn, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. After starting a career at Accenture where he built global technology systems in New York, London, Singapore, & Seoul, he co-founded CaptainU. Acting as President, he and his team scaled this sports technology platform to millions of customers and organizations. After CaptainU was acquired by Blue Star Sports, Michael joined the Blue Star team as Chief Revenue Office and GM of the Enterprise Software and Payments group, helping scale the organization and combining products to build a product suite for organizations to excel and flourish. Michael is now proud to leverage his background to help nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations drive impact and help them reach their goals more quickly.

Michael has over 15 years of experience building, running and...

Michael Farb

Chief Executive Officer, Neon One

Nick Wall

Position: Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, American Pacific Group

Nick Wall

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, American Pacific Group

Riley Rodgers

Position: Principal, Valia Ventures

Riley Rodgers

Principal, Valia Ventures

Sara Ponzio

Position: Advisor to the CEO, Early Stage Life Sciences Company

Sara Ponzio

Advisor to the CEO, Early Stage Life Sciences Company

Scott Fisher

Position: Partner, Select Management Group

Scott Fisher

Partner, Select Management Group

Smita Topolski

Position: Owner, Page Street Studio

Smita Topolski

Owner, Page Street Studio

Steven Mack

Position: Partner, PwC

Steven Mack

Partner, PwC

Trevor Kempner

Position: Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

Trevor Kempner

Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

Brian Wei

Position: Analyst, BMW i Ventures

Brian Wei

Analyst, BMW i Ventures

Catherine Lee

Position: Systems Engineer, Lime

Catherine Lee

Systems Engineer, Lime

Curren Kulkam

Position: Strategic Finance Associate, Apex.AI, Inc

Curren Kulkam

Strategic Finance Associate, Apex.AI, Inc

Dan Siegel

Position: Business Development, VinSight

Dan Siegel

Business Development, VinSight

Eddie Carroll

Position: Growth Lead Americas, JLL Sparks

Eddie Carroll

Growth Lead Americas, JLL Sparks

Jonathan Beauford

Position: Performance Equity Manager, Google

Jonathan Beauford

Performance Equity Manager, Google

JP Giannini

Position: Vice President of Early Stage Practices, Silicon Valley Bank

JP Giannini

Vice President of Early Stage Practices, Silicon Valley Bank

Julianne Bautista

Position: Investment Associate, Innovation Ventures, UCSF

Julianne Bautista

Investment Associate, Innovation Ventures, UCSF

Kate Lin

Position: Director, PwC

Kate Lin

Director, PwC

Katie Hurley

Position: Head of Marketing, Replicant

Katie Hurley

Head of Marketing, Replicant

Kelsey Smith

Position: Senior Associate, APG

Kelsey Smith

Senior Associate, APG

Lauren Balla-Alders

Position: Associate Director, Harvest Properties

Lauren Balla-Alders

Associate Director, Harvest Properties

Ramon Simms

Position: Start Up Executive

Ramon Simms

Start Up Executive

Sadhna Gupta

Position: Merchant Strategy & Operations, DoorDash

Sadhna Gupta

Merchant Strategy & Operations, DoorDash

Shantu Jain

Position: Senior Product Manager, PayPal

Shantu Jain

Senior Product Manager, PayPal

Wanda Lee

Position: Product & Operations, EmmaWell

Wanda Lee

Product & Operations, EmmaWell

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