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Our Family Coalition

Stephen Botte

Stephen Botte

Stephen is a proud California native born, raised and educated in Silicon Valley. After graduating from Bellarmine College Prep and Santa Clara University,  he began his now twenty five year career in high technology marketing working for startups and established players like Steve Job’s NeXT Computer, Apple, HP, Oracle and Cisco.

He is the father to a his wonderful son Francesco, whom he adopted at birth in 2007.

Stephen is a long time advocate of LGBT civil rights with his passion now turning to the “new frontier” of LGBT rights - creating, legally protecting and ensuring the safety and inclusion of our families.

Diana Buchbinder

Diana Buchbinder

Since June 2007 Diana has been Director of Organizational Development for the Exploratorium in San Francisco, where she is responsible for the oversight of human resources, labor relations, and pension & benefits administration. Prior to joining the Exploratorium Diana served as Deputy General Manager of Human Resources for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, and worked 26 years as a human resources professional within various agencies in the City and County of San Francisco; including the San Francisco Public Library, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the SF MTA as their Director of Labor Relations. Diana has served as a board member for religious and nonprofit agencies focusing on foster care in San Francisco.

Diana holds a BA in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley and an MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from JFK University. She and her partner, Jeane, live in San Francisco where they are guardians to Nicolas (14). They are also parents to Aaron, Emma and Falyn and grandparents to Edward and Elliana.

Ali Cannon

Ali Cannon

Ali Michael Cannon, Co-President, joined the Board in 2009. He worked as a school district administrator for six years, managing state and federal grants that improved the lives of youth without equal access to education. He led his district in ground-breaking safe schools efforts, particularly on behalf of transgender and gender-variant youth, staff and families. He is a strategic visionary who is well-versed in coalition building. Prior to becoming a school district administrator, he worked for twenty years as a non-profit manager for educational agencies.

 

Ali has a BA and MA in Women Studies. He brings his strong feminist and anti-oppression lens to all of his endeavors. In addition to his professional expertise, he is a writer, organizer, activist, and public speaker. As a recognized leader in the transgender community, he has been invited to speak on various panels and organized numerous conferences and events for the Jewish, LGBT and Queer Jewish communities. His writing has been published in From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond. His provocative illumination of Jewish and transgender themes can be seen in the film It’s A Boy: Journeys from Female to Male and his essay (co-authored with TJ Michels) "Whose Side Are You On: Transgender at the Western Wall" (Queer Jews, Routledge, 2002 and republished in Kulanu: All of Us: A Program and Resource Guide for GLBT Inclusion, URJ Press, 2007).

 

Ali lives in Oakland with his wife, Jessica, and their third-grade son, Raffi. 

Koko Lin

Koko Lin

Full board member bio coming soon.

Lisa Magnuson

Lisa Magnuson

Vice President, Marketing

Silver Spring Networks

Lisa is responsible for Silver Spring’s global marketing and as well as for consumer education and engagement group. Lisa is also is the founder of Power Over Energy, a rapidly expanding global energy literacy campaign focused on educating, empowering, and motivating consumers to make smarter decisions about their energy usage.

Prior to Silver Spring, Lisa worked with some of the top brands in the industry, helping to build innovative marketing communication platforms for such companies as Apple, NeXT, Ascend and Cisco. Lisa holds a BA from Duke University.

Martin Mitchell

Martin Mitchell

Bio coming soon.

Jes Montesinos

Jes Montesinos

With nearly two decades of experience serving the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the area of community change, Ms. Montesinos supports community leaders in addressing disparities in education, affordable housing, health care, and economic security. Through her consulting practice, Montesinos & Associates, she assists grassroots organizations, intermediaries, educational institutions, and foundations in achieving their community, organizational, and programmatic goals. Her firm believes in a society that supports equality, equity, and fairness for people of color, LGBT communities, and low-income individuals. Over the years, she has served a range of clients, including The California Endowment, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, The Hewlett Foundation, PolicyLink, Lambda Legal, and over two hundred and fifty grassroots nonprofit organizations. Examples of her work include serving on the national technical assistance team for the Federal Promise Neighborhood Initiative, providing outcome-based consultation to The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Richmond, CA, and recently completing a full-services community school plan for an elementary school in Vallejo, CA. She has served on various nonprofit boards and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She holds a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from UC Berkeley and an MA focused on Management and Public Policy from UC San Diego. She is a proud native of the Bay Area with roots in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Alfonso Pacheco

Alfonso Pacheco

Alfonso “Alfie” Pacheco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who is currently employed by UCSF at the Alliance Health Project (AHP) on Market Street providing individual and group psychotherapy services to the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities of San Francisco.  He is also an independent contractor with A.G.U.I.L.A.S., Inc., serving as a Group Facilitator for the psychosocial support groups that target the Latino, LGBT communities that are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alfie is a native of the Bay Area being born and raised in Redwood City and having attending elementary school in Menlo Park and high school in Atherton.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare (B.A.S.W.) from the University of Washington (UW) at Seattle in 1998, and his Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Degree from San Diego State University in 2001.

Some of Alfie’s achievements include: co-authoring his first publication in 2011, teaching as a faculty lecturer in the Master of Clinical Psychology/MFT Program at Notre Dame de Namur University in 2012, as well as organizing and leading the State of Washington’s first ever LGBT-Youth Lobby Day in 1996 under the auspices of HANDS-OFF Washington.

Alfie is a SF-GIANTS fanatic and enjoys playing volleyball, catching the latest movies, trying new restaurants throughout the city, spending time with friends & family, and taking road trips with the top down in his convertible.

In addition to being on the Board of Directors at OFC, Alfie also volunteers with NAMI-SF (National Alliance on Mental Illness—San Francisco) as a facilitator for the Spanish-speaking Family Support Group and as a Teacher for the Family-to-Family Education Program.

Alexis Petra

Alexis Petra

Alexis was born and raised on the East coast and achieved a Medical Doctor degree from the university of Pittsburgh and also attended the university of Pennsylvania Wharton school of business for an MBA. After school she gradually made her way out West and worked in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona.

She is a recent transplant to the Bay Area which has always been a dream of hers. She currently works as an Emergency Medicine Physician at Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek.

Alexis is an aspiring parent and hopes to one day have a large, loving family. She is a proud LGBT activist and is excited to be helping work towards equality for all.


Ora Prochovnick

Ora Prochovnick

Ora Prochovnick is Director of Clinical and Public Interest Law Programs and professor of law at John F. Kennedy University. For over 25 years she has specialized in LGBT law, tenant advocacy and civil rights. Ora was a partner and founding member of Bayside Legal Advocates, a woman run community law office in the Mission District of San Francisco, and in addition to her teaching continues a private practice in queer family law, with a focus on adoptions, family creation and protection. She has a distinguished history of community service and pro-bono activities, and has received many awards from the State Bar and local bar associations in recognition of her expertise and legal assistance, particularly to the low income community. In addition to her current position as co-chair on the OFC Board, she has served on numerous boards and committees including active participation in the advisory committee of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and recent co-chairing of Camp It Up! Inc. Ora has been a frequent presenter at workshops and seminars, for both legal professionals and the general public. Without understanding how it happened Ora now finds herself the parent of a college graduate, and is supported in everything she does by Rena, her life partner of thirty years (and now legal spouse) and their two daughters, ages twenty-two and nineteen.

Amber Todd

Amber Todd

Amber Todd Serves as the Special Assistant to the City Administrator in the City of Oakland and has over fifteen years of experience in administrative and managerial work. In addition to her role with the City of Oakland she has been extremely involved in the Oakland community, boasting almost sixteen years of volunteer service to benefit underprivileged youth. She has supported the City of Oakland’s "Combined Charities" program and is a leader in the in the East Bay LGBT community as the Founder and Board Chair for Oakland Pride as well as Board Member of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club. Amber has served on the Board of Directors for Our Family Coalition for the past four years, advocating for services and programing serving those in the LGBT community of lower social economic background. Amber has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Human Services from Colorado Technical University. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Amber is a proud mother to four daughters: Emiko, age 13; Akemi, age 12; Kyoko age 10; and Kyomi age 9. Rising from adversity and a childhood spent in the foster care system, Amber has become a valuable asset not only to Our Family Coalition's team, but to all of the communities where she lives and works.

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