Staff

OFC's staff work each year with dozens of partners in community-based organizations, along with deeply committed subject matter experts from our own community, to provide support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ families and children in the Bay Area and beyond.

OFC Executive Director Mimi Demissew

Mimi Demissew

Executive Director

 

Mimi comes to OFC with an extensive background in organizational development and strategic planning, having dedicated over two decades to sexual and gender minority advocacy in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.  Prior to joining OFC, Mimi led the Pride Center of Maryland as Executive Director, and helped launch a social entrepreneurship in 2008, on whose board she continues to serve. She also serves on the board of a smaller nonprofit that focuses on education and family planning in Baltimore. Mimi is passionate about aligning her professional skills to support the work of organizations that promote social equity and racial justice. A native of Virginia and longtime resident of Baltimore, Mimi is freshly transplanted to the East Bay.

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email: mimi@ourfamily.org

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Anne Pinkney

Development & Data Coordinator

 

Anne is a recent graduate from Dartmouth College with a Major in History, Minor in Hispanic Studies and was an organizer in college for student workers paid leave and safe housing for all students, among other works and interests.

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email: anne@ourfamily.org

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Dorrell Moncrease

Interim Programs Director

 

Dorrell has worked in the social service field for over 25 years, with a wide range of communities and service models and an emphasis on housing, residential support, and youth services. His most recent leadership includes positions at New Community Pathways, East Bay Agency for Children, Abode Services, and Cal-Pep California's Prostitution Education Project. The values that have informed how Dorrell has done this work: empowerment of the powerless, hope for the hopeless, and inclusion for the marginalized. Dorrell comes to OFC in full alignment with its core mission, looking with humility to add the greatest value in the most collaborative fashion.

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email: dorrell@ourfamily.org

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Jenny Raviv

Development Director

 

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.

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email: jenny@ourfamily.org

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Karlon Zee

Family Programs Coordinator

 

Karlon brings over eight years of diverse and direct community work experience to OFC. As a teen, he honed his understanding of power and privilege at the Social Justice Academy (SJA) at San Leandro High School. He also 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.  In the Metro College Success Program at San Francisco State University for Child Adolescence & Development, Karlon was able to gain additional direct work experience through a semester-long internship through EDvance and Jumpstart.

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email: karlon@ourfamily.org
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Pauly Pagenhart

Communications Director

 

Pauly, a life-long East Bay resident, brings more than twenty years’ experience as a writer, teacher, public speaker, editor, and program administrator to OFC. Across all their work—whether at UC Berkeley, or BlogHer, or writing online as Lesbian Dad—Pauly has focussed on strengthening understanding across seeming barriers of difference, and using authentic connection and communication as critical paths toward social justice. Pauly holds a B.A. in English/ Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in American Studies/Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  Pauly has been an appreciative member of the OFC community since becoming a parent in 2004.  

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email: pauly@ourfamily.org

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Rick Oculto

Education Director

 

Rick collaborates with educators and school administrators to create safe and LGBTQ-inclusive schools. 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.

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. Currently, in addition to his work at Our Family Coalition, 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 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. He lives and games in San Francisco and frequently visits his family in the South Bay.

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email: rick@ourfamily.org

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Shari D'Aguilar

Family Programs Coordinator

 

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.

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email: shari@ourfamily.org