Our Board


 
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betty pazmino, board president

Betty Pazmiño is a native SF/Mission District homegirl and a dedicated Spanish bilingual educator, with a life-long fascination for African-influenced dance and music. Betty describes herself as a homegrown SFUSD teacher whose goal is to educate our community about the fact that brown and black families matter.  She is the mother of two who are now adult children that have benefited from the programs that Jamestown and Loco Bloco provide as youth development. Betty a very proud Libra that remembers what La Misión used to be like back in the day.

Betty works as a Content Specialist for Elementary English and Language Arts, in the San Francisco Unified School District. She is also a candidate for her Ph. D. in Education at the University of California, Berkeley.


 
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Rich gross, board treasurer

Rich has lived in the Mission District for 30 years.  At Enterprise Community Partners, he oversees Enterprise's affordable housing, community development, investment and strategic programs for the Bay area.  Those efforts include launching Enterprise's role in a groundbreaking program to revitalize public housing in SF, greening existing affordable housing, working with Bay Area communities on the foreclosure crisis and initiating investment in new affordable housing.  Previously, Rich managed and underwrote Low-Income Housing Tax Credit investments in California for Enterprise.

Rich is currently the Vice President and Northern California Market Leader at Enterprise Community Partners.

 

LISA BRANSTEN

Lisa has been a volunteer with Jamestown since 1997 when she started tutoring a third grader. Since then, she has assisted with fundraising and overall governance as a founding member of the Jamestown Council and a Board member since 2005.

Lisa is a 5th generation San Franciscan deeply interested in giving back to the diverse city that nurtured her interest in global cultures, particularly in Latin America. She earned her Masters Degree in Latin American politics and International Economics from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In 2010, Lisa went to work for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department helping to foster public-private partnerships to support parks and recreational programming in SF. She lives in SF with her husband and two children.

Lisa is currently the Manager of Sponsorships and Events at San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

 
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GARY FURNEY

Gary has been on the Jamestown Board of Directors for 5 years.

He works as an Accounting Manager at Balco Properties in Oakland. His background consists of a BA from Baylor University and an MBA from the Golden Gate University.

 
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Luis Barahona

Housing Inspector, Department of Building Inspection, City and County of San Francisco

Jamestown Soccer Coach (Volunteer)

 
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RENU KARIR

Renu Karir has worked for local nonprofits including the Jamestown Community Center and Homeless Prenatal Program.

She currently works for On Lok. Renu holds graduate degrees in public health and management.


 

Katie Brackenridge

Katie Brackenridge is an independent consultant focused on improving learning conditions and social-emotional supports for young people in public school systems. From 1994 to 2003, Katie served as Co-Executive Director for the Jamestown Community Center, where the amazing staff, children and families of the Mission District taught her about the power of community. After Jamestown, Katie worked for 14 years at the Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY), a non-profit intermediary organization focused on improving practice and policy for afterschool and summer programs in public schools and affordable housing. At PCY, Katie used her on-the-ground experience at Jamestown to help hundreds of district and community‐based organizations improve program quality, strengthen partnerships, build sustainability and implement innovative practices.  Katie also supported PCY’s work to develop and improve state and federal policies that make afterschool and summer programs more accessible and effective.

 
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Aleks Zavaleta

Mission Vocational School

 
 
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Paul Vega

Paul Vega is serving his first year on the board. He has been a participant in Loco Bloco since he was 14 years old. Born and raised in San Francisco, he participated in the LB Youth program and volunteered for 10 years before joining the board.

He currently works as an HR Business Partner in Emerging Tech Companies. Paul earned his degree from the University of Arizona.



 

Patricia Barraza

Patricia Barraza has previously served on the board at Loco Bloco for 5 years, and is serving her 1st year on the Jamestown merged board.

Patricia is the Excelsior Beacon Director at James Denman Middle. Born and raised in Excelsior, her background includes her BA from City College and a Wedding Planner Certificate from Hayward East Bay.


Beacon Director, Urban Services YMCA

 
 
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Efrain Barrera

Parent, Buena Vista Horace Mann School

"The Mission District is a place that I have been fortunate to call home for that last 24 years, I love its vibrancy, vitality, its hardworking people, and I am proud to work for MEDA, a community agency rooted in the Mission whose mission is to strengthen the Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice. "

Efrain has over 15 years of experience in the field of education, nonprofits, and working with immigrant families and youth. He is most effective in a collaborative environment working toward a common goal. Efrain is the proud father of a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old, who push him to become a better human being day by day.

Efrain Barrera immigrated to San Francisco's Mission District from El Salvador at the age of 15. He attended Mission High School and the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a bachelor's in Sociology and Education.