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 Demissew, MBA

Executive Director

 

Mimi Demissew 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 in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia where she double majored in Foreign Affairs and African American and African studies.

She obtained her Master of Business Administration at the University of Baltimore 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 Pinkney

Programs Coordinator

 

Anne is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College 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 Dartmouth. 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.

 

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email: anne@ourfamily.org

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Communications & Development Director

 

Bio coming soon!

 

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email: elle@ourfamily.org

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Krystal Dawn Peak

Communications & Outreach Specialist

 

Krystal Peak spent the first 12+ years of her career working in business and technology journalism. The lion’s share of her time was spent writing and editing for the San Francisco Business Times and hosting several keystone annual business events. She helped launch the San Francisco Business Times’ first ‘Business of Pride’ publication, and worked at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center as their first community engagement and marketing manager leading up to its most financially successful Pride events. Krystal also spent five years focused on marketing, public relations and communications for high-growth technology companies headed into their next phase of growth.

Krystal holds a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. She lives in Oakland with her wife and baby.


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email: krystal@ourfamily.org

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Rey Simon-Ingra

Operations Associate

 

Rey's bio coming soon!  


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email: rey@ourfamily.org

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Rick Oculto, MA

Education 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.

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. 

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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Rose DeLeon-Foote

Development and Data Specialist

 

Rose DeLeon-Foote 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 recently worked with organizations in San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, and Washington, D.C. 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 from UC Berkeley in 2011, and Masters of Public Policy from Mills College in 2016. She currently is a resident of Pensacola, Florida, but can often be found in an airport on her way to anywhere.


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Shareena Clark Ascher, MFA

Family Programs Director

 

Bio coming soon!


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email: shareena@ourfamily.org

 

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