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LOVE IN ACTION FOR NEARLY SIXTY YEARS

This is a place of hope, meaning and purpose. Visit and become a part of something bigger – a movement that is changing lives.

Overview

GLIDE is a nationally recognized center for social justice, dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives. Through our integrated comprehensive services, advocacy initiatives, and inclusive community, we empower individuals, families, and children to achieve stability and thrive. GLIDE is on the forefront of addressing some of society’s most pressing issues, including poverty, housing and homelessness, and racial and social justice. GLIDE’s mission is to create a radically inclusive, just, and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Our Core Values emerge from GLIDE as a spiritual movement. They are rooted in empowerment, recovery, and personal transformation. Our values inspire and guide our behaviors. They are the ground we stand on.

Values

Radically Inclusive

Radically Inclusive

We welcome everyone. We value our differences. We respect everyone.

Truth Telling

Truth Telling

We each tell our story. We each speak our truth. We listen.

Loving and Hopeful

Loving and Hopeful

We are all in recovery. We are a healing community. We love unconditionally.

For the People

For the People

We break through barriers. We serve each other. We change the world.

Celebration

Celebration

We sing. We dance. We laugh together. We celebrate life.

Our story

Leadership

Our organization is lead by a diverse cross-section of dedicated individuals with backgrounds in non-profit, education, business and more.
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Dr. Gina Fromer

President & CEO

Dr. Gina Fromer
Throughout her life, Dr. Gina Fromer has devoted her career, energy and talent to serving the needs of families in San Francisco and communities across California. In April 2019, following more than four decades of leadership in youth and family services and education programs—including in some of San Francisco’s most underserved neighborhoods—Gina joined Children’s Council of San Francisco as Chief Executive Officer. In 2023, her title was elevated to president & chief executive officer. Prior to joining GLIDE, Dr. Fromer managed a staff of 140+ and served as chief executive officer of Children’s Council of San Francisco oversaw Children’s Council’s $236 million budget to support San Francisco children, families and early educators. She leads the organization’s partnership with the San Francisco Department of Early Childhood, as well as a host of other city and state agencies and organizations. Gina believes that quality childcare and early education is a basic human right. Raised in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, Dr. Fromer began community service in her teens as a counselor for Young Community Developers, which provides support and training for young adults.  She began her career at Head Start, then rose through the ranks of the San Francisco YMCA to become District Vice President, overseeing three YMCA branches serving 15,000 families. She raised over $8.5 million for the Bayview YMCA capital campaign to complete the building of the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA. Most recently, Dr. Fromer was CEO of the San Francisco Education Fund, where she directed community volunteer programs, educator grants and student scholarships designed to help public school students succeed. Prior to that, Gina served as the California State Director at The Trust for Public Land, where she created new parks in park-poor neighborhoods in Los Angeles and San Francisco, while protecting landscapes across the state. Dr. Fromer has a wealth of leadership experience and deep connections to a vast array of communities across the state. Having advocated on behalf of families and children her entire life, she says, “It is all about empowering people to advocate for themselves, to create the social justice and social change needed to change the world.”  Dr. Fromer holds a B.S. in Psychology Organizational Leadership from Dominican University of California, an M.S. in Psychology/Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Leadership from University of Arizona Global Campus.
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Rosália Aquino McMillen

Chief Financial Officer

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Rosália Aquino McMillen​
Rosália Aquino McMillen ensures that GLIDE has revenue growth mindset and deploys effective technical tools and sound controls to support GLIDE Forward. She is committed to tell the purpose and mission of GLIDE in financial terms. Prior to Becoming CFO for GLIDE, Rosália was the CFO/COO at Bay Area Community Area Community Services, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Davis Street Community Health Center Inc and a subject matter expert in fiscal and governance compliance for federally qualified health clinics. She has over 30 years serving the nonprofit sector and the underserved communities. While in New York City, Rosália held senior level roles to prominent and large nonprofits - MoMA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, AFM US & Canada, and VNA. She was recruited to become the controller at NNU/CNA. She lives in East Bay with her husband, Ken McMillen, and 2 pups. She loves to dance, an experimental cook, plays and opera, architecture design. She is a pro-bono consultant and was volunteer board treasurer with community-based organizations
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Gwendolyn Cornwell

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Gwendolyn Cornwell
Gwendolyn has lived in Northern California for over 25 years. She brings over 20 years of HR experience working for community-based non-profit organizations. A graduate of Notre dame de Namur, she earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology and has dedicated her career to serving mission oriented organizations. Most recently Gwendolyn worked with Children’s Council of San Francisco (CCSF) for six years as their CHRO. In this role, she managed the Union relationship and led the strategy for talent management, benefits, compensation, and HR operations. Prior to CCSF, she spent four years as the Director for the Ann Martin Center and eight years as the HR Manager with California Institute of Integral Studies.

Allyson Halpern

Chief Advancement Officer

Allyson Halpern
Allyson has spent her career in nonprofit management and philanthropy, specializing in mission-driven organizations that are starting up and/or at a critical stage of growth. Most recently she worked at Life Learning Academy (LLA) as its first Chief Advancement Officer, building the systems and capacity for major philanthropic growth. Prior to LLA, she spent seven years at 826 Valencia, where she helped the organization expand to two additional sites, triple its contributed income, amass a significant financial reserve, and double its student reach.

Marvin K. White

Minister of Celebration

Marvin K. White
Marvin K. White is the Minister of Celebration at Glide Memorial Church. Marvin is a writer, artist, preacher and public theologian, articulating a vision for social, prophetic and creative justice. He earned a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, CA, and is a well sought-out preacher, teacher and facilitator. Marvin has contributed to local and national publications, and is the author of four collections of poetry: Our Name Be Witness; Status and the two Lambda Literary Award-nominated collections, last rights and nothin’ ugly fly. His poetry has been adapted for stage and screen, and he has performed original works at many theaters. Marvin also performed nationally and internationally as a former member of the acclaimed theater troupe, PomoAfroHomos. He was a Teaching Artist for WritersCorps, and has continued to lead creative arts and writing workshops for a range of audiences. He holds a fellowship in the national African-American poetry organization, Cave Canem, and founded and sat on the board of two BIPOC and LGBTQ writer’s organizations: Fire & Ink and B/GLAM. In 2019, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named him as one of the “YBCA 100”.

Donna LaSala

COO/CIO

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Karl Robillard

Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer

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Karl Robillard
Karl serves as GLIDE’s Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer. He has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years and has been a leading voice in shaping policy, philanthropy, and story-telling for organizations and residents of San Francisco and beyond. Most recently, Karl was the Global Head of Social Impact at Twitter. In this role, he directed cash and product donations totaling over $20 million annually and led community engagement efforts for 7,500 global employees. These investments focused on racial and economic justice, internet safety and education, freedom of expression and civil liberties, emergency response and disaster recovery, and combating the impact of climate change. Prior to joining Twitter, Karl spent 16 years working in the nonprofit community as the Director of Communications & Marketing at Meals on Wheels and the Senior Manager of Public Relations at St. Anthony Foundation. At these organizations, he played a vital role in creating opportunities for businesses in the Mid-Market to engage with and deepen their understanding of complex socio-economic issues that affect residents and organizations in the Tenderloin, SoMa, and Bayview neighborhoods of San Francisco. Karl has shaped his career on the fundamental belief that when diverse groups of people work together towards positive change, they are an unstoppable force for good. Karl was raised in Ithaca, NY and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. When he’s not at work, Karl is likely in the East Bay Regional Parks or the Sierra Mountains trail-running, cycling, skiing, or snow-camping. Or, he might be on the couch watching the PBS news hour with his husband Bob and their three kitties Boots, Buttons, and Wow.
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Naeemah Charles

Senior Director of the Center for Social Justice

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Naeemah Charles
Naeemah Charles is a proud San Francisco Bay Area native with a lifelong passion for social justice. She brings over 10 years of high-level experience in public policy, community organizing and government affairs. Naeemah is a political veteran with a plethora of knowledge in public policy, public speaking, grassroots organizing, and issue-based campaigns. She is a political veteran; using her expertise to uplift and advocate for social justice causes. Naeemah most recently served as the Senior Director of Public Policy Communication at Children’s Council of San Francisco (CCSF). She built the advocacy, policy, and government affairs Department from the ground up which transformed Children’s Council of San Francisco to become the leading policy voice for early care & education in San Francisco. Naeemah co-founded the SF Early Care & Education Advocacy Coalition, secured millions to expand childcare access in S.F & pushed forward innovative childcare policy for San Francisco families. She educated and mobilized community members to make their voices heard, turning out over 700 parents and child care educators in her final organizing effort. Prior to CCSF, Naeemah served as public affairs officer for Planned Parenthood Northern California. In that role, Naeemah directed public affairs operations in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties. Naeemah oversaw the passage of local ordinances, mobilized efforts around state and federal policy and analyzed various bills and ordinances related to reproductive and sexual health. Naeemah has also worked at the SF Democratic Party and the California State Assembly as a Jessie M. Unruh fellow. Naeemah is a Hope Institute, YP4, and College Democrats of America alum. She currently resides in San Francisco where she enjoys life with her mini poodle Meadow. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring various artistic forms of expression; currently, she practices Ashtanga yoga and is learning the guitar.
Jean Cooper

Jean Cooper​

Chief Impact and Strategy Officer

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Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper is currently the Acting Chief Finance and Operations Officer at GLIDE, having served previously as Chief Impact & Strategy Officer and Chief of Staff. Her career at GLIDE began in 2005, as Program Manager for the Daily Free Meals program. She became Director for Community Building and then Strategic Initiatives. With her management and research experience, Jean established her own consulting firm for nearly a decade. She supported national nonprofits to develop and implement innovative programs and projects through thinking partnership, operational capacity building and change management. Jean is a passionate nature lover and equestrian.

Val Feldman

Senior Director, Strategic Learning and Impact

Val Feldman
Valerie Feldman is GLIDE’s Senior Director of Strategic Learning and Impact. As a key member of the Impact and Strategy team, she leads cross-system efforts to align GLIDE’s many strategies to affect change in and for the community. In this capacity, she also provides strategic oversight to GLIDE’s research and evaluation department, the Center for Applied Learning and Impact (CALI), which leads GLIDE in its evolution as a learning organization. Valerie brings more than 15 years of experience in designing and leading mixed-methods research on various social issues including racial justice, sex work politics, and immigrant youth-serving organizations. Prior to GLIDE, Valerie spent several years leading teams in strategic planning, evaluation, and impact assessment for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, primarily in the Jewish community sector. Valerie holds a PhD and MA in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. She lives in the East Bay with her partner and two overly affectionate cats.

Lillian Mark

Senior Director of Programs

Lillian Mark
After 17 years of service at GLIDE, Lillian Mark now serves as the Senior Director of Programs where she oversees GLIDE’s portfolio of client service programs and implementation of GLIDE’s strategic initiatives for client services. Lillian joined GLIDE in 2004 while she was an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley through the organization’s Epworth Emerging Leaders Internship Program, and then she never left… Upon graduation, Lillian joined GLIDE’s Executive Office as a project assistant, but found herself wanting to be more proximate to the community. From then, she has worked in multiple roles supporting program operations and managing client services. Most recently, Lillian served as GLIDE’s Deputy Director of Programs where she led GLIDE programs through significant developments including integrating mental health training with the Community Safety Team, structural changes to holiday events, and in the past year, leading the Tenderloin Community Resource Hub with its COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts. If you want a good story about GLIDE “back in the days,” do not let her somewhat youthful outer appearance fool you – she’s got some good stories!

Nathanael W. Dickinson

Senior Director of Real Estate & Development

Senior Director of Real Estate & Development
Nathanael Dickinson is a Real Estate Development and Construction Expert with 20 years of experience in California. As a Project & Real Estate Development Executive & General Contractor, Nathanael has experience building and managing Project Teams and directly oversees programs and various projects. He has experience leading large Cap-Ex budgets for Real Estate portfolios with budgets over $350MM annual including hundreds of projects. He is very experienced in developing projects from due diligence, entitlements, pre-construction, feasibility, planning, design/ engineering, construction, close-out, and stabilization for sale or lease/ occupancy. Nathanael has won awards for best repositioned assets and historical preservation in San Francisco, California. Nathanael is a Canadian Citizen and a Permanent Resident in the USA who studied with UC Berkeley, is a father to beautiful twin daughters and strives to make a positive impact on society with his work.

Michael Discepola

Director of Health Access

Director of Health Access
Michael Discepola is Director of Health Access at GLIDE. Michael oversees GLIDE's Harm Reduction Program and emerging health project and program teams. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University and M.A. in Marital & Family Therapy at Southern Connecticut State University. He spent nearly 14 years at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, beginning as Associate Director of The Stonewall Project up until his appointment as Vice President of Behavioral & Substance Use Health. He worked previously at UCSF (University California, San Francisco) in several capacities, including as Coordinator of HIV Prevention Services, Director Training & REACH Program (including HIV Prevention, Mental Health and Substance Use Counseling) and as Associate Director, The Stonewall Project. He currently is a member of the LGBTQQI Advisory Committee, SF Human Rights Commission; the Health Care for the Homeless Board, SF Department of Public Health), and The San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club (ENDC). He previously served on the San Francisco Mayor’s Methamphetamine Task Force and the Mayor’s Safer Injections Services Task Force.

Debra Chambers Sharp

Senior Director of Human Resource Operations

Debra Chambers Sharp
Debra Chambers Sharp is Senior Director of HR Operations at GLIDE. Debra oversees GLIDE's workforce planning, talent management, employee development and relations, organization development, compensation and benefits administration, and regulatory compliance across the organization. She received her B.S. in Business Administration/Finance at University of Missouri- Kansas City. Debra brings more than 30 years of experience serving as a senior leader in Human Resources and Financial Operations and has a demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), and the ability to apply and integrate core concepts of DEIB into everyday practice. Most recently, Debra was the Associate Director of Human Resources (Compensation & Benefits) at The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. In this role, she led and assumed overall accountability for strategy development, design, implementation, administration, and governance of all payroll, benefit and retirement operations and compliance programs and processes. She regularly reviewed benefits market data, managed benefit broker resources, benefits enrollment process, and managed leave administration. She worked previously at KRON-TV, San Francisco in several capacities, including as, Director of Finance and HR Administration, Controller and Manager of Accounting. She led HR and payroll operations, ensuring that HR processes, systems, and communication were efficient, scalable, compliant, and enhanced the employee experience. She managed financial operations, labor relations for multiple unions, and pushed innovative approaches, policies, and procedures to continually improve the efficiency of the organization.

Essential Needs

206

families with children served by GLIDE

176

children received direct care from GLIDE

+1,000

people reached by GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice community engagement and experiential learning programs

+23,005

people participated in Sunday celebrations with GLIDE Memorial Church

Family & Community Building

3,937

people reached with vital services, including harm reduction, essential goods and services, violence intervention, and support for families and children

1,932

people connected to social benefits like CalFresh food assistance and SSI

533,298

meals served to unhoused and low-income community members across San Francisco

7,904

grocery bags distributed to families in need across the city

$24 M

secured in state funding for housing subsidies, shelters, and mental health support through coalition work

$114 M

allocated to California’s state budget for food banks as a result of coalition-based advocacy

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