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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Programs & Data Specialist
Aliyah is a Black first-generation student at San Francisco State University. By June 2021 she will have earned a BA in sociology and two years of work experience at OFC. Black radical feminism influences the work she does and the way she lives her life.
Interim Family 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.
Family Programs Coordinator: East Bay
Drew has long been a member of OFC's extended community, attending support and playgroups as a parent, going on to lead one of those playgroups, and speaking at our Womb to Grow events about their family building experiences. OFC is now fortunate to have Drew onboard coordinating East Bay Family Programs.
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.
Family Programs Coordinator: San Francisco
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.
Adopted from an orphanage in Guangzhou, China, Karlon came to live in the U.S. at the age of six months. His assigned sex at birth was female; he grew up in the East Bay in Oakland and San Leandro. Throughout his youth, Karlon struggled to confront his own sexuality and gender identity while living as a QPOC (queer person of color) trying to make sense of it all. With the support of his mom, many pets, and amazing educators and friends, Karlon has been able to direct his own life to a path toward acting as a positive and charismatic agent of change for the QTPOC LGBTQ+ community.
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. Before their second child arrived in 2007 it was clear that parenting would become their most valuable life teacher and journey. Work at OFC is a combination of a lifelong mission and an act of grace (no coincidence: the OFC office in San Francisco sits at the intersection of Mission and Grace Streets).
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.
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.