Staff + Interns

OFC's staff and dedicated interns work 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, MBA

Executive Director

 

Mimi is the Executive Director of Our Family Coalition (OFC) and comes to OFC with an extensive background in organizational development and strategic planning. She has spent the last 20 years working within the field of organization development, project planning and business development within the private, public and currently nonprofit industries.

In addition, she has dedicated over two decades to sexual and gender minority advocacy. She completed her undergraduate studies with a double major in Foreign Affairs and African American and African studies.

She later obtained her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership and Development. Mimi is passionate about aligning her professional skills to support the work of organizations that promote social equity and racial justice.

 


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email: Mimi@OurFamily.org

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Anne

Programs Coordinator

 

Anne found her entry point into the work through sexual violence prevention and response, and has since found deep meaning organizing as part of a mutual aid collective and towards collective liberation.  Anne loves gardening, knitting, and being amongst dear friends. An aspiring lifelong learner, she organizes, alongside others, a collectively-led political education study group.

Anne is a recent graduate with a major in History and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Upon graduation, she was the recipient of the Hannah T. Croasdale Award, which honors the graduating student who has made the most significant contribution to the quality of life for women at her alma mater.


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email: Anne@OurFamily.org

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Q

Communications & Development Program Specialist

 

A consummate trainer and facilitator, Q embodies the rare combination of education, professional experience, and lived experience. With a foot firmly planted on each side of the structure line, Q brings non-profit and corporate experience to a deep reserve of skills and practice gained from group leadership in a range of organizations from small businesses to Fortune 500, conferences and workshops, and academia.

With a background in activism spanning two decades, Q has consistently worked to support community ties, and build bridges between communities using the powerful presence of authenticity, a gift for rapport and trust-building, and an understanding of the value of relationship capital. An outcome-based approach to teamwork supports his ability to gain consensus and utilize group synergy, building cohesion and momentum.

Recognized as a charismatic group leader, facilitator, and instructor, Q is able to create comfortable learning environments, especially when exploring challenging topics such as gender identity, LGBTQ culture, and gender expression. He has a passion for exploring the intersectionality of complex identities in the workplace, starting with his own and using this as a foundation for trust and credibility.


prounouns: he/him
email: Q@OurFamily.org

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Rey

Operations Programs Coordinator

 

Rey has been active in the local LGBTQ+ community for longer than they can remember. They have worked and interned at multiple non-profits and movement-oriented spaces in the Bay Area, cultivating a broad range of skill sets including event planning and management, youth education, outreach and communications, administrative support, and multidisciplinary arts. Rey began working with OFC as an intern in the operations department and became a formal staff member in January of 2022.

Rey has a propensity to see the world in terms of spectrums, rather than binaries. They don’t shy away from wading into the complexities of the human experience, whether related to gender, neurology, activism, or artistic media. Rey is honored to be contributing to a vision of the world in which all can belong and thrive.


prounouns: they/them
email: Rey@OurFamily.org

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Rick, MA

Education Programs Manager

 

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.

In his previous position, Rick developed programs that addressed LGBT youth issues and created the first transgender youth support group in the area. 

Rick holds a dual B.A. degree in Psychology and Spanish and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Welfare specializing in management and planning.


pronouns: he/him
email: Rick@OurFamily.org

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Rose

Grant Writer & Development Data Specialist

 

Rose centers equity and Black liberation in all of her work. With over 10 years experience working within nonprofits and philanthropic organizations, Rose's expertise in creative problem solving, building organizational infrastructure, process revitalization, and grant writing has allowed her the privilege of working with organizations who support resilient communities most impacted by systemic oppression.

Rose has worked with organizations from coast to coast and so many places in between, to support fundraising efforts for projects centering people living with HIV, formerly incarcerated people, trans community, and Black and African American families.

Rose received her BA in English in 2011, and Masters of Public Policy in 2016. She can often be found in an airport on her way to just about anywhere.


pronouns: she/her 

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Shareena, MFA

Programs Director

 

Shareena has over 20 years of experience developing and running community-based programs for underserved youth and families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Their expertise in education, social justice, and community collaboration allows Shareena to engage thoughtfully with programs and participants to deliver meaningful impact within the lives of the communities they serve.

Shareena is an empathetic, compassionate, and adaptive leader with a passion for affirmative youth development and social change. With over two decades of educational administration, mentoring, and family services experience, Shareena is eager to meet the challenge of repairing the world through advising, mentoring, and teaching.

They earned a Masters of Fine Arts in English and is currently working on a PhD in Anthropology and Social Change.


pronouns: they/them
email: Shareena@OurFamily.org

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Edee

Operations Manager

 

Edee is new to the nonprofit world. Edee joined the OFC team in July of 2022. As a new member of OFC, Edee hopes to learn more about herself and others and to positively impact the lives of folks. In a society where non-white male heterosexuals are deemed societal "other," Edee hopes to use her lived experiences as a tool to create. A single mother of a teenager and a full-time graduate student, Edee is currently working toward her Master's in Ethnic Studies. Edee's long-term education goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Sociology.

Her research interest center around the experiences of the global majority (also referred to as socially disadvantaged or marginalized minority) within the education system. With an undergraduate degree in Africana Studies and Sociology, Edee understands the relationship between global majority groups and institutions of power. Edee is passionate about advocating for the benefits of youth and children and plans to open community schools that serve disadvantaged youths. Edee's passions include eating good food, cooking good food, reading, binge-watching all the things, and spending time with her son, Gerald.


pronouns: she/her - all
email: Edee@OurFamily.org

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Agua

Programs Coordinator 

 

Agua is an afro-latine Indigenous queer nonbinary person currently living out their life on turtle island. They are a time-traveler looking for the gifts and lessons left in the sand by their displaced ancestors and past/future selves, to bring into the present and share with chosen kin/community as they continue their collective fight towards remembering life free from the confines of white supremacy/colonialism/capitalism. Still cultivating/carving out/honing their understanding of what embodying liberation looks like in their life. They are using the tools they've been gifted with and honing new ones thanks to the love and support of excellent teachers they've had along the way. 

pronouns: they/them
email: Agua@OurFamily.org

 

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