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Staff

Our Family Coalition

Carla M. Peña

Carla M. Peña

Education Manager
Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them
Email: carla@ourfamily.org
 

Carla is a queer, non-binary, Latinx writer, educator, and activist. Committed to equity and social justice, they have focused their life’s work on LGBTQ+ rights, inclusive education, youth work, and community organizing. Born and raised in Queens, New York (land of the Matinecock/Rockaway people) Carla is the proud child of an immigrant Cuban father and Nuyorican mother. They believe it is everyone’s birthright to thrive and they are expressly dedicated to the liberation and prosperity of QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of color) communities.


Carla previously served as the Public Education Manager for SAVE, the oldest LGBTQ advocacy organization in South Florida. As a Public Allies AmeriCorps alum they have also worked at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center as Program Assistant and Outreach Specialist for Project Q Youth Services, assisting in development and implementation of youth programming, case management, and public education.

A graduate of New York University, and recent East Coast transplant, they now live in Oakland with their partner, Mireya, and their shorkie, Rumi.

Jeannette Page

Jeannette Page

Family Programs Manager:
San Francisco
Pronouns: She/Her
Email: jeannette@ourfamily.org
 

Jeannette is a dedicated and passionate advocate for youth and families, with over ten years of nonprofit programming experience. As OFC's San Francisco Family Programs Manager, she works with the Programs Team to coordinate parent support groups, parenting classes, workshops, family events, playgroups and more for LGBTQ-headed families in the city. Jeannette has a B.A. in Sociology, is a California state-certified sexual assault and domestic violence counselor, and is a trained infant massage educator and positive parenting instructor. She's a queer femme who enjoys puppies, swimming, and progressive social change.

Jenny Raviv

Jenny Raviv

Development Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her
Email:jenny@ourfamily.org
 

Jenny brings decades of strategic communications and advocacy experience to Our Family Coalition’s development and strategic planning work. Jenny is also an organizer for racial justice and co-founded SURJ SF, the San Francisco chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, to move White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. Jenny participated in the Fundraising Bright Spots Program by Compasspoint and uses those approaches to shape OFC’s fundraising work.

Karlon Zee

Karlon Zee

Family Programs Coordinator:
San Francisco
Pronouns: He/ Him
Email:karlon@ourfamily.org
 

Karlon started to develop a conscious lens of grassroot work through the Social Justice Academy (SJA) at San Leandro High School ℅ 2015. By dissecting and understanding the intersectionality of community building and organizing through social, economical and political work, he was able to apply and deliver those practices and theories of change to his own community of poc, queer and LGBTQ+ parents and caregivers.

Karlon has approximately 8 years of diverse and direct community work experience. During Summer of 2011, he completed the San Leandro Teen Police Academy through the SLPD and received “Best Communication Award”. A year later, he completed the District Attorney Justice Academy (DAJA) in Alameda County at Hayward City Hall. After applying to the Metro College Success Program at San Francisco State University for Child Adolescence & Development in Fall of 2015, Karlon was able to gain additional direct work experience through a semester-long internship through EDvance and Jumpstart.

 

Karlon was raised in the East Bay all his life in Oakland and San Leandro, however he was adopted from an orphanage in Guangzhou, China and came to live in the U.S. when he was 6 months old. When Karlon was born, his assigned sex was female. Throughout his youth, he constantly struggled to confront his own sexuality and gender identity while simultaneously living as a QPOC (queer poc) while trying to make sense of it all and everything else going on in the world. With the support of his mom, many pets, and amazing educators and friends, Karlon was able to lead and direct his own life to a path of becoming a positive and charismatic agent of change to the QTPOC LGBTQ+ community.

Pauly Pagenhart

Pauly Pagenhart

Communications & Policy Director
Prounouns: They/Them
Email: pauly@ourfamily.org
 

Polly brings more than twenty years’ experience as a writer, teacher, public speaker, editor, educational program administrator, and small group facilitator to work at OFC. Across all this work—whether with outreach and undergraduate educational programs at UC Berkeley, or social media conference programming at BlogHer—Polly's focus has been strengthening understanding across barriers of social difference using authentic connection, education, and mutual support. They've been an active and appreciative member of OFC since their early parenthood, which began in 2004 with the birth of their first child. In 2007 their second child was born, by which time it was clear that parenting was handily their most valuable life teacher and journey. Work at OFC is a combination of a lifelong mission and an act of grace (which they do not consider a coincidence: the OFC office sits at the intersection of Mission and Grace Streets in San Francisco).

Rick Oculto

Rick Oculto

Education Director
Pronouns: He/Him
Email: rick@ourfamily.org
 

As the Education Manager, Rick collaborates with educators and school administrators to create safe and LGBTQ-inclusive schools. Rick provides training and support focusing on the recognition and celebration of all families, challenging gender stereotypes, and addressing name-calling and anti-LGBTQ bias and harassment in schools. Formerly the Youth Service Coordinator at Billy DeFrank LGBT Center in San José, Rick developed programs that addressed LGBT youth issues and created the first transgender youth support group in the area. An accomplished speaker and presenter, Rick has conducted trainings for thousands of students, educators, and youth workers focusing on diversity, harassment, gender stereotypes, and other LGBTQ issues. Rick holds a dual B.A. degree in Psychology and Spanish from Seattle University in Washington and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley specializing in management and planning. Currently, he sits on the board of Performing Arts Workshop, a youth-focused, arts organization in San Francisco. Additionally, he coordinates volunteer events for SF Gaymers, a social group that recognizes diversity within the gaming community and creates safe spaces for LGBT individuals to game with one another. Rick lives and games in San Francisco and frequently visits his family in the South Bay. 

Sam Ames

Sam Ames

Interim Executive Director
Prounouns: They/Them
Email: sam@ourfamily.org
 
Sam Ames is a civil rights attorney and national advocate with a decade of experience fighting for LGBTQ rights.  Sam grew up in Los Angeles and received their B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, their J.D. from George Washington University, and their Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University. They most recently served as Interim Executive Director at Trans Lifeline during the period of transition between 2018 and 2019. Prior to that, they were a community organizer, a trans activist, and a staff attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights working on constitutional law cases involving marriage equality, employment discrimination, and family law. At NCLR, Sam founded the BornPerfect Campaign – a national effort to end conversion therapy through legislation, litigation, and public education. In 2016, they returned to academia to study religious trauma while working as a hospital chaplain on an inpatient psychiatric unit at UCSF Medical Center. Sam has testified in state legislatures, Congress, and the United Nations Committee Against Torture. They are also a consultant on LGBTQ issues nationwide, an avid AIDS LifeCycle rider, and an unshakeable believer that Oakland is the best place on earth. Sam is a member of the California Bar. 

 

Shari D'Aguilar

Shari D'Aguilar

Administrative Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her
Email:shari@ourfamily.org
 

Shari is dedicated to serving those who serve our community. As a veteran and queer POC, her focus is on staff morale and supporting all of OFC's teams.

Shari has helped homeless individuals obtain housing and employment as a case manager at Life Moves – Maple Street Shelter, and cultivated her administrative skills in the Human resources department of a Los Angeles-based insurance company. As Operations Assistant for Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles, she helped link socially and environmentally conscious businesses together.

Bryce Celotto

Bryce Celotto

Family Programs Coordinator:
East Bay
Prounouns: He/Him
Email: bryce@ourfamily.org

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