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:

Zenobia A. Redeaux

Zenobia is a Bay Area native from Berkeley, CA. She attended San Francisco State University where she received her undergraduate degree in journalism, and she received her graduate degree in technical communication from Minnesota State University. After graduating from San Francisco State, Zenobia began working as a technical writer in an array of diverse software and hardware industries. During her years as a technical communicator, Zenobia witnessed a great deal of instability in the job market. Not only was she on the receiving end of numerous layoffs, she also saw a great deal of her friends and coworkers lose positions they held for numerous years. Despite having substantial expertise in their given fields, many of her colleagues did not know how to create a resume or search for a job. In an effort to assist, Zenobia began creating their resumes and providing job-hunting tips.

In the late 90’s, Zenobia decided to use her knowledge of creating strong eye-catching resumes to start her part-time business Foot in the Door (Resumes that get you noticed) where she specializes in creating custom resumes. Zenobia also teaches her course “Tips for a Winning Resume” at local educational and vocational facilities.

To date Zenobia’s resumes and job search instruction has been the catalyst for helping numerous adults with disparate backgrounds and skillsets obtain employment. Contact Zenobia here:

Rev. Dr. Charles D. Tinsely

The Rev. Dr. Charles D. Tinsley is a Presbyterian minister who has served as the Chaplain for the Juvenile Detention System of Contra Costa County since 1994; also since that time, has served five churches in the San Francisco Presbytery (Presbyterian Church, USA), in part-time interim capacities. Currently is serving in the Redwoods Presbytery as pastor for the Imani Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Vallejo. He taught nine years in California community colleges, seven of those at Contra Costa College; served two years in campus ministry at UNITAS in Berkeley. He began working with youth at the Donaldina Cameron House in San Francisco in 1969. 

-B.A. (Sociology), California State University, Hayward;
-Master of Library Science (M.L.S.), University of California, Berkeley;
-Master of Divinity (M. Div.), San Francisco Theological Seminary;
-Doctor of Ministry (D. Min), San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Dissertation: Investigating dynamics in rehabilitation: Assessing those components in ministry with youthful offenders toward affecting reformation and transformation using selected case studies. Contact the Rev here:

Marshon Darden-Smith

Marshon, our Youth Associate, is a 19-year-old sophomore, who attends University of California Santa Cruz where she is currently majoring in political science and maintaining a 3.5 grade point average. Marshon, a native of San Francisco, raised in Sunnydale Housing Development, which is the city’s largest, most isolated and violent public housing, has transcended into one of the most prolific youth speakers.

Raised in a dysfunctional environment, Marshon has proven to be resilient and lives by the philosophy “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” At the age of 14, she was appointed to sit on the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council (HPPC) serving as the youngest member in the United States to date to sit on a community decision-making body. As a Youth Advocate, she coordinated a citywide youth conference in partnership with several youth serving community-based organizations, the San Francisco Unified School District, the San Francisco Department of Children, and Youth and Families in organizing a youth led conference on intimate partner dating violence.

The conference was titled “Speak It—Don't Keep It A Secret—Taking the Wraps Off Of Teen Intimate Partner Dating Violence,” and over one hundred youth ages 12 – 18 years from all areas of San Francisco attended. They all spoke openly about their pain, and the devastating impact that violence has had on their sense of self and their ability to trust.  Contact Marshon 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:

Suzanne Manneh

Suzanne Manneh has 10 years of experience in organization, project management, development, community outreach and media production in the non-profit sector. For six years, she served as a project manager and national media coordinator for a San Francisco-based news organization, where she also wrote extensively on such issues as the foreclosure crisis and health disparities among minorities. Her reporting has been published in several ethnic media and mainstream outlets, including The New York Times and Yahoo! News.  For four years, Ms. Manneh volunteered as a mentor and creative workshop facilitator for detained youth in the juvenile justice system. She also served a four-year term as a volunteer commissioner on the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, where she advised the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on open government practices and promoted transparency and dialogue between city agencies and the public. Fluent in Spanish and Arabic, Ms. Manneh earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Suzanne 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:

Rev. Mutima Imani

Rev. Mutima Imani is a Social Justice Minister for the nonprofit organization called FACES of the East Bay. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Mutima is dedicated to creating positive solutions and effective training for organizations. Her areas of expertise are in organization development, management training, and diversity training. She is a Master Trainer, Facilitator and Consultant, The mission of Mutima's work is to continuously improve the quality of training and educational models and methods for organizations, local governments, local educational agencies, communities and individuals. She has two decades of experience in socially relevant, culturally consistent training, facilitation and consultation.

Mutima has worked at the international, national, state and local level providing consultation and facilitation in the areas of management training and cultural diversity. As an internationally known organization development specialist, Mutima is called upon to provide workshops and seminars to educate and motivate employees to increase creativity and productivity while working in diverse work environments. Mutima is widely known for providing emergency intervention and conflict resolution services particularly where incidents are racially motivated. She provides leadership training for organization learning to champion social justice issues. Contact Mutima here: