Brenda Crawford

Brenda Crawford is a results driven, self motivated management executive with over twenty five years of experience in nonprofit program development, staff supervision, project management, community organizing, leadership development, executive coaching, meeting facilitation, strategic planning, fund raising, fiscal management, budget development,  grant writing, public speaking, grass roots organizing and political advocacy and training

A great deal of Brenda career has been spent promoting Values-Based Leadership in order to cultivate healthy organizational change and increase the Leadership Intelligence within systems. Brenda is a strong  believer that inherent in all communities is the wisdom, knowledge and skills to resolve any issues that impacts the quality of life and overall well being of that community.

Brenda’s approach is to create safe and welcoming environments where the richness of the information that resides within all communities can emerge be appreciated and included in the planning or change processes.

Brenda is exceptional dedicated and skilled at bringing the voices and the people who are most often missing from the community planning and policies tables to get involved in ways that adds value and richness to the overall process.

During her career she has received both national and local awards for her outstanding work. Contact Brenda here:

Tonya P. Wiliams

Ms. Williams is an experienced non-profit executive administrator, who served as the Executive Director of Girls After School Academy (GASA) for 11.5 years, located in Sunnydale Public Housing Development deemed as one the most crime ridden isolated and underserved and dangerous areas of the city.  Sunnydale also holds the distinction of being the largest public housing project west of the Mississippi. In her tenure she provided services for over 5000 youth 6 – 24 years old who came from families where poverty and intergenerational violence was the norm.

She has a proven track record in many competencies, the following are a few highlights:  highly proficient in, program management and financial sustainability; curriculum development; exceptional communication (written and oral) and networking skills; coordination and organizational skills; meticulous attention to details and excellent marketing and public outreach abilities.

Since 2010 she  has served as the Chair of the San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition.  As a part of my role she trained advocates to utilize the Community Action Model (CAM). The CAM is asset based and builds on the strengths or capacity of a community to create change from within. These projects mobilize community members and agencies to change environmental factors promoting economic and environmental inequalities, with a focus on countering pro-tobacco influences. The CAM allows advocates to identify a problem affecting their community and then identify possible solutions to the problem that are sustainable and policy based. In this role I organized a collaboration that included residents of San Francisco public housing projects and the staff of the Housing Authority. Together we were able to adopt a 100% smoke free building policy for all of the 6,543 public housing units in San Francisco Public Housing Authority.

Ms. Williams is a native of New York City and has more than 25 years of experience in social service, mental health, substance abuse, and youth organizations, including management experience in organizations serving inner-city ethnic minorities. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and master’s degree in Public Administration. Contact Tonya here:

Carl Warren

Mr. Carl Warren has over 24 years of federal government experience, where he has worked in various progressively responsible roles in manufacturing, community outreach, public meetings/participation activities and environmental and facilities related areas as an engineer and currently as a manager. In addition, Carl co-created and operated a successful full service health and fitness facility for over 7 years.

Carl is originally from Pennsylvania and has lived in the California Bay Area since 1989. Carl’s motto is: "I'll tell you what CAN be done not what cannot be done." 

Carl specializes in project management, career development and enhancement, motivation speaking, improving life skills, physical fitness awareness, and creating solutions for a better tomorrow.  

Carl holds a BS degree in Industrial Systems & Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Michigan and has a Management Certificate from the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Carl here:

Dr. Mickey Eliason

PhD The University of Iowa
Educational Psychology

Mickey Eliason is an associate professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University, and has been an applied researcher focusing on LGBT health issues for nearly 30 years.  She has studied issues related to healthcare provider attitudes about LGBT people, substance abuse, identity and disclosure, and lesbian/bisexual women’s health and aging.  Most recently, she has been the principal investigator on one of 5 projects nation wide funded by the federal Office on Women’s Health to study potential weight-related health problems in lesbian/bisexual women over 40, and developed a community-focused, peer-led health education and support program called Doing It For Ourselves (DIFO).  The program focuses on stress reduction (related to oppressed minority identity status, such as sex/gender, sexual identities, racial identities, disability status, age, etc), nutrition and mindful eating, and increasing physical activity. Contact Mickey here: