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LEGACY COMMITTEE

About the GLIDE Legacy Committee

The GLIDE Legacy Committee inspires the next generation of Bay Area change-makers to engage in the life-saving work of GLIDE. GLIDE is a nationally recognized center for social justice dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives.

While members of the Legacy Committee have diverse cultural, racial and ethnic, sexual orientation, spiritual, socioeconomic and professional backgrounds, every member of the Legacy Committee brings a shared commitment and passion for social justice and change.

Interested in joining the Legacy Committee? Click here for more information! 

In 2019 we celebrated 10 years of the Legacy Committee and GLIDE Legacy Gala! Check out this video about our journey, evolution, and vision for the future!

PAST EVENTS

Relive the 2020 GLIDE Legacy Gala: A Virtual Gathering!

Nicole Foley

Co-Chair

Nicole Foley
Nicole (she/her/hers) is a Creative Strategist who works on storytelling, brand strategy, design, and video to help mission-based startups and corporations articulate their purpose beyond the bottom line and achieve their growth goals. She uses a variety of tools to unite a brand’s tribe—film is her favorite. For the last several years, she has created videos for non-profits, start-ups and corporations. Her love of documentaries and increasing focus on social justice issues has led her to work on topics closer to her he art, such as inequity, transformation, and the resilience of the human spirit. Her latest project, a documentary short called “Couper Was Here,” has won awards at Palm Springs International ShortFest, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, and Oakland Short Film Festival. She tells Couper’s story to draw attention to the homelessness crisis, and to challenge people’s perspectives on this controversial issue. She studied Psychology at Fordham University, and earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Lauren Jamiolkowski

Co-Chair

Lauren Jamiolkowski
After growing up and attending college in NC, Lauren Jamiolkowski (she/her/hers) arrived in San Francisco in 2013, eager to grow her career in such a progressive and vibrant city. It wasn’t long until she realized that her long hours as an investment banker left something to be desired. Lauren found GLIDE as she was searching for both perspective and community. Nine years later, she continues to be involved with the meals program, annual toy-drive and Legacy Gala. She has made the bay area her home and is invested in seeing it become a more equitable, just and loving place. Today, Lauren runs a strategy team at Intuit and spends her free time preparing for her little one, adventuring with her partner and pup, making a mess in the kitchen and trying to squeeze more than is physically possible into any given day. Lauren graduated from Duke University as a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar with degrees in Psychology and History.

Ana Alanis

Ana Alanis
Ana (she/her/hers) is a non-profit professional, plant-based chef, and founder of the growing media brand, Hungry for Climate Action. She has been featured on PBS NewsHour and other media outlets discussing the intersection of mental health, sustainability, and food. Ana was introduced to GLIDE via the Daily Meals Program in 2018 and has been enthralled ever since by GLIDE's approach to balancing the pursuit of system change with fulfilling immediate service needs. Previously, Ana helped provide free access to health and social services to people experiencing homelessness in the Bay Area as a member of the Suitcase Clinic at UC Berkeley. Ana spent her childhood in the Northern California Trinity Alps Wilderness and the Big Island of Hawai'i and has lived in the Bay Area since 2014. She is an alumnus of the University of California Berkeley and Semester at Sea, where she studied political science and ethnic studies.

Lucy Bartlett

Lucy Bartlett
Lucy Bartlett (she/her/hers) specializes in the overlap of technology and social enterprise with a focus on marketing, growth, and strategy. She is currently a vice president of strategy at TubeScience, a pay - for - performance video company. She earned her doctorate at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Her thesis research focused on ethical business practices and marketing. She also holds a BA Hons in Human Sciences and an MSc in Management Research from the University of Oxford. Lucy is experienced in research, communications, PR, events, and marketing consultant. Her event - production experience has helped bring to life the Skoll World Forum and TEDx Oxbridge. She is proudly from Yorkshire and also a keen traveller, exerciser, and socialiser, who runs on disco and liberally supplements life with fizz and sparkle.

Sion Calabretta

Sion Calabretta
I'm Sion (she/her/hers) and I love the outdoors. I grew up in Northwest Washington where I fell in love with nature and discovered my passions for backpacking, skiing, and hiking. I see nature as not only a source of peace, clarity and adventure but as a basic need. I practice joy by being in community with those around me and love to find safe and creative spaces where I can express my artistic side. I love to read, paint, write poetry and dance and I think they are all a little better when done by the ocean. I am excited to be on the legacy committee to be a part of the unconditional love at GLIDE!

John Carpentier

John Carpentier
John Carpentier's (he/him/his) first ever job was as a community liason at San Francisco Suicide Prevention. Through his work there and his own personal experiences, he developed a steadfast passion for mental health advocacy. This passion led him to study Clinical Psychology at New York University, where he would go on to teach and work in the field of positive psychology. Returning to San Francisco, a proud 3rd generation native, John was drawn to champion the rights and bring light to the suffering of the city's unhoused citizens. His volunteer work at places like St. Anthony's and the SF-Marin Food Bank deepened his empathy for those in need throughout the city and led him to accept the role of GLIDE's Corporate Engagement Lead in 2018. In this role, John worked alongside GLIDE's superstar Fund Development team to build a robust and evergreen corporate donor and volunteer program, which will continue to support the organization for years to come. John now works as a Customer Success Manager at Box. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Harm Reduction Therapy Center, and consults on social impact strategy for nonprofits and corporations throughout the city. He couldn't stay away from GLIDE, and joined the Legacy Committee the day after leaving his full time role. In his free time, John can be found wandering old bookstores, watching movies of questionable quality from the early 2000's, asking strangers if he can pet their dogs, and in search of the city's next great taqueria.

Rochelle Chan

Rochelle Chan
Rochelle Chan (she/her/hers) is a proud first-generation San Franciscan and Chinese American. She was born and raised in the Excelsior and currently resides in the Sunset -- her favorite part of San Francisco is that everywhere you go, there is a rich history and culture you'll find throughout each neighborhood. Every neighborhood is different and has its own charm. She has seen the changes in the city over the years and aims to preserve the beauty and diversity of San Francisco. Rochelle has always held a deep sense of justice and spent much of her time growing up in the city involved in youth-led organizing around intersectional issues such as housing, homelessness, LGBTQ youth advocacy, accessible transportation, and transitional resources. She believes that young people working together in community holds a lot of power towards creating the safe and equitable space that we envision San Francisco to be.   Rochelle moved away for some time but eventually couldn't stay away from San Francisco, where she is excited to expand her community and be involved with other like-minded individuals who are passionate about social justice for all marginalized people. She has always known about GLIDE and its radically inclusive history in the Tenderloin and the rest of the city, and has always had close ties to the Tenderloin community, where her parents first lived as refugees. She feels grateful to come full circle to join GLIDE's Legacy Committee this year to deepen her commitment to GLIDE's mission, which so closely aligns to her own values. Outside of GLIDE, you can probably find Rochelle working from home as a Go-to-Market Program Manager at Snowflake, shuffle running through Golden Gate Park / Great Highway, chasing after her dog Tofu at Ocean Beach, finding a new book to read at Green Apple, or scouring the city for the next best dumpling or boba spot (though she tends to never stray far from her favorites).

Naazneen Essabhoy

Naazneen Essabhoy
As a Bay Area native, Naazneen Essabhoy (she/her/hers) grew up in the East Bay and the Peninsula before leaving the area for “greener pastures” in Washington, D.C., New York, and Denver. After 8 years away, she was eager to come back to the Bay Area and be closer to family and friends. Returning home, Naaz realized how much San Francisco had changed and how heightened some of the social issues she was noticing were in comparison to the other cities she had lived in. Naaz found GLIDE as she set her mind to finding a way to give back to the community that gave her so much growing up, and in long term hopes of seeing a change in the place she plans to call home for the distant future. She joined the Legacy Committee to not only continue educating herself on the various challenges SF faces, but also spread awareness to her Bay Area network and build a stronger younger presence within GLIDE. Today, Naaz works in Business Development at STG Partners looking for interesting companies for them to invest in. In her free time, you can find Naaz travelling, at Barry’s Bootcamp, or hiking around the Bay Area with her sister and their dog Zitto. Naaz graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Divya Kaushal

Divya Kaushal
For the first decade of her life, Divya (she/her/hers) moved around the world with her family while they looked for a place to lead lives full of vibrant experiences, inclusive people, and endless potential. Unsurprisingly, they found the perfect community in the Bay Area and never left. Growing up in the South Bay instilled Divya with a deep love of SF’s indomitable spirit and its commitment to progress and equality. This love was never far from her mind, and after graduating from NYU Stern with a degree in finance, she returned to make SF her home and pursue a career in tech strategy. Coming back to the city also made Divya recognize how much San Francisco was (and is) changing. She began looking for ways to contribute positively to her local community, and form deeper connections to her neighbors. In 2018, Divya found these things in GLIDE's Meals Program, and never looked back. Her time at GLIDE has been deeply rewarding, and she's excited to work with the Legacy Committee to help make SF a place where everyone can thrive. When not dreaming and scheming with her fellow LC members, Divya can be found at Slack where she develops products for their Go - to - Market Strategy & Operations team. She spends any remaining time figure skating with the San Francisco Skating Club or wandering local cafes with her nose in a book and a dessert in her hand.

Margaret Lucas

Margaret Lucas
Margaret (she/her/hers) is an award-winning strategist with more than a decade of experience unlocking big ideas and developing immersive and compelling narratives. She’s has had the pleasure of helping Google, Blue Shield, Silicon Valley Bank, MTV, Nespresso, and Ross Stores find their authentic voice and tell their stories in distinctive ways. She began her career in the nonprofit sector, helping cancel cyberbullies, dismantling the death penalty in California, and empowering under-resourced youth with tech skills. Margaret was born and raised in San Francisco and now lives in Oakland. She holds a Bachelor's in Psychology from San Francisco State University.

Paul Seymour

Paul Seymour
Initially from the Midwest, Paul (he/him/his) moved to San Francisco in 2019 to begin his marketing career on the Tom Steyer campaign for President. This is where Paul was first introduced to GLIDE.    This is his first year serving on the Legacy Committee, and does not intend for it to be his last. He also plans to make San Francisco his home. Today, Paul owns his own marketing shop focused on Web3, as well as working with political shops to advance progressive causes across the US. Paul graduated from IUPUI with a degree in History.

Sasha Sommer

Sasha Sommer
Sasha (she/her/hers), a Seattle native, has lived in the Bay Area for over 10 years. With family roots coming from the San Francisco area, it felt only natural for her to move here for her undergraduate degree and start her adult life in the city. It was Sasha's uncle that introduced her to GLIDE in 2012 - he lived in San Francisco for over 25 years and frequently attended GLIDE's Sunday Celebrations before passing away. GLIDE's mission of unconditional love and radical acceptance is what made Sasha keep coming back, even after her uncle was gone. Sasha started her SF career in marketing for a small tech start up, but quickly realized that her heart wasn't in it. With her passionate love of dogs, she became a dog walker for 3 years, exploring the city by foot and bike, with many 4-legged friends by her side. It was during this time that she discovered her true passion was in the San Francisco community and decided she knew she needed to be working for a nonprofit. For the last 3 years she has worked for a small women's program that provides intensive medical case management services and life-enriching programs to women suffering with chronic illness and experiencing low income or homelessness. In her spare time, Sasha loves to cuddle with her dog, Hamilton, cook, bake elaborate cakes, get her hands dirty on a pottery wheel or in her garden, and spend time with her partner in Lake Tahoe.

Kate Steffy

Kate Steffy
Above all else, Kate Steffy (she/her/hers) is passionate about people. As an extrovert, she loves meeting new people and learning what makes them who they are. While studying Civic Communications, Media, and Politics at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon she spent time at Oregon State Penitentiary with adults in custody. During this time, she learned about the injustices occurring in today’s prison system. This experience sparked her passion and lifelong devotion to fighting for criminal justice reform. When she graduated, she was awarded the Senior Key for her service to Willamette University, a distinct honor few receive each year. Day to day, Kate works at Culture Amp, a company dedicated to helping companies build a better world of work.  Outside of GLIDE, Kate is an avid baseball fan (go A’s!), enjoys travel, and never passes up an opportunity to get outside. One of her favorite achievements to date is hiking Yosemite’s Half Dome in one day.  Kate can be found at the park with friends and a glass of rosé, volunteering, cooking new recipes or exploring the Presidio.

Brittnay Tobin

Brittnay Tobin
Born and raised in the South Bay, Brittnay (she/her/hers) moved to San Francisco in 2009 to pursue her education and a career in venture capitalism. The City emphasized the things she loved most about the Bay Area: rich diversity and vibrant culture; delicious food and beautiful music; but most importantly interesting and passionate people from ALL walks of life. A "Jill-of-all-trades," she has successfully navigated the fields of client account management, cosmetology, real estate, and small-mid sized business operations before realizing her passion lay within event production. Once graduating San Francisco State University, armed with a BA in Liberal Studies, a Minor in International Relations, and a renewed motivation to "BE THE CHANGE,” she pursued her new path. Currently an Event Producer at Winslow & Associates, Inc. (et al) specializing in planning and executing beautiful, engaging, mission-driven events to support and promote Bay Area nonprofits. It only took one event and she immediately fell in love with GLIDE's mission to serve the marginalized and unjustly treated. Their radical motto of UNCONDITIONAL love for every person who needs it, moved her to action. Utilizing the various networks she has amassed with her wide range of experiences, Brittnay hopes to create fruitful new relationships and resources for GLIDE, the Legacy Committee, and the community it serves. In her spare time, Brittnay enjoys spending time with her partner Jon and their two kitties, exploring the coastline; attending live music shows, getting crafty, and spreading cheer with her infectious giggle. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerso

Winnie Tsang

Winnie Tsang
Winnie (she/her/hers) is a first-generation San Francisco native whose passion for social justice started at an early age while volunteering at various community organizations in the city. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biopsychology and a Minor in Applied Psychology, Winnie found her calling in the nonprofit sector and has since worked for organizations that center their work around equity and social justice. Winnie currently works at UNICEF USA on the major gifts fundraising team, helping donors align their philanthropy with the organization's mission of pursuing an equitable world for every child. She's excited to turn back to her San Francisco roots and join GLIDE's Legacy Committee, working on projects that will serve the city she knows and loves. In her free time, Winnie is always looking for her next read, catching up with friends at a local brewery, and roaming the neighborhoods of San Francisco in search of the best cup of coffee in town.

Mia White

Mia White
Mia (she/her/hers) is compensation leader in the tech sector. Her passion is to create competitive and equitable compensation programs, and sharing her knowledge with other tech leaders so they can do the same. A California native, Mia attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and holds an MBA from Mills College. She began by volunteering with GLIDE’s Meals Program and joined the Legacy Committee in 2018. Inspired by GLIDE's dedication to radical inclusion, she is driven to introduce more young professionals to the organization, in particular bridging the gap between the tech community and our most vulnerable neighbors. In her free time, you can find Mia at SoulCycle or Barry’s Bootcamp, volunteering, or at the dog park with her pup, Scottie.