Board of Directors
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Inc. (FLY)
Christa M. Gannon is the Founder of Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Inc. (“FLY”). As a Stanford Law student in 1995, Christa volunteered with boys who were faced with spending most of their teenage years, and for some their entire lives, behind bars. She asked what would prevent other youth from ending up like them, and their ideas became the basis for FLY. In 1998, Christa received the prestigious George Soros Foundation award to take the kids’ ideas, bolster them with best practices in youth development and crime prevention, and start a pilot program. The pilot was so successful that Christa incorporated the project into a nonprofit. Today, Fresh Lifelines for Youth is an award-winning nonprofit that each year serves approximately 2,500 youth ages 11-24 who are involved the juvenile justice system or are at risk.
Christa has received numerous awards for her work at FLY, including the James Irvine Leadership Award, the Human Rights Award for the City of San Jose, Stanford Law School’s Inaugural Alumni Public Service Award, the Law Foundation’s Youth Advocate of the Year Award, a Bay Area Women of Influence Award, and induction as an Ashoka Fellow. After serving as CEO of FLY for two decades, Christa now serves in a formal Founder role as an advocate and ambassador for FLY, helping with fundraising and investor relations, and working on special projects for FLY’s strategic plan.
Christa holds a B.S. in sociology and law and society, graduated with honors from Stanford Law School, and is a member of the California Bar. She sits on the nominating committee for the American Leadership Form Silicon Valley (Class 25). Christa is also a wife, mother of two teenagers, and basketball coach.
Grail Family Services
Veronica Goei has more than 25 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector developing programming and curricula in the areas of parenting, early literacy, oral language development and adult education. Her curricula are implemented at the local, state and national levels, including the Lee y Serás parent curriculum she wrote for Scholastic, Inc., a global publishing and education company. Recognized as an expert on the role that family engagement plays in children’s successful outcomes, Veronica has been a featured speaker at a number of parent engagement conferences and was instrumental in the design and development of the Alum Rock family engagement program. Over the years, Veronica has served as a consultant to many organizations including Stanford University, Western Illinois University, UCLA, the Children’s Bureau, and many NGOs. As Executive Director of Grail Family Services (GFS) for 18 years, she has provided direction and oversight for all GFS programming, including design, development, funding, implementation and evaluation. Under her leadership, GFS has built a reputation for expertise in early childhood literacy, family engagement and working with Latino families. Veronica serves on the New Market Tax Credit advisory board of Opportunity Fund and is a Board member of the Children's Musical Theater of San Jose and the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN). Veronica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Chile. She is a graduate of the Harvard University Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management Program, and the HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) Leadership Institute.
Sacred Heart Community Service
Poncho is the Executive Director of Sacred Heart Community Service, a grassroots antipoverty organization based in San José, California. A native of Santa Clara County, Guevara’s professional career has been geared toward the advancement of low-income families –from providing direct services and community organizing, to serving in executive management roles in nonprofit housing and human service organizations.
Guevara’s experience has reinforced his dedication to creating systemic approaches to poverty. By cultivating and creating bridges between diverse constituencies, he has helped develop and lead campaigns addressing critical issues in workers’ rights, children’s health care, homelessness, affordable housing, and immigrant rights.
Sacred Heart has grown under his tenure to develop a wider continuum of social change work incorporating services, community building, civic engagement, policy advocacy, and direct action organizing which touches the lives of over 60,000 stakeholders each year.
Poncho Guevara lives in San José with his two amazing daughters.
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA)
Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez is the Executive Director of MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana located in downtown San José, CA. She’s led transformative efforts at MACLA to build organizational capacity, secure a permanent facility, launch a youth digital media lab, and deepen engagement programs while ensuring artistic excellence and community relevance.
As a lifelong arts advocate she is a frequent advisor to the philanthropic field and cultural sector. Anjee’s areas of expertise include: creative placemaking, commissioning art work, program development, capacity building, economic and real estate development, fund development, and participatory evaluation.
In 2009 Anjee was recognized for her dynamic leadership with the “40 Under 40” award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She is a senior fellow in American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley Class XXXVII. Anjee earned an MA in Visual Criticism from California College of the Arts and a BFA in pictorial arts from San Jose State University. She lives in downtown San José with her family and is a novice gardener and recovering karaoke performer.
Anthony Lin is the Communications Manager with Kaiser Permanente San Jose and Santa Cruz County. Before his current role, Anthony was the Senior Public Affairs representative with Kaiser Permanente’s South Bay Public Affairs Team, worked at Pacific Gas & Electric Company in Government Relations/Public Affairs, and as a Senior Field Representative to Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo.
Growing up in the South Bay, Anthony found his calling with community affairs at De Anza Community College. Anthony is a past participant of Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute’s Youth Leadership Academy and Civic Leadership Program.
Anthony transferred from De Anza Community College to UC Berkeley where he double majored in Asian American Studies and Political Science. Anthony also holds a Masters of Arts from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change. Anthony currently serves on the Policy Board of San Jose SPUR.
Immediate Past Chair
Vice President, Operations
American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley
Mark is the Vice President of Operations for American Leadership Forum –Silicon Valley(ALF-SV). In this role, Mark manages all of the organization’s operations including Finance, HR and IT and supports board committees on fundraising and governance. Previously Mark served as Director of IT & Operations for United Way Silicon Valley where he led the technology implementation for 2-1-1 Santa Clara County and a back-office IT collaborative of California United Ways.
Mark grew up in Ohio, received a History degree from Swarthmore College and identifies as an Asian American as the son of an Indian immigrant and husband of a Filipina woman.
Mark loves to play (especially volleyball) and follow (especially the NBA and the Warriors) sports and wants to help our world live up to the ideals of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, namely that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
Victoria (Vicki) Tung
Director of Public Affairs
Victoria is the Director of Public Affairs at Texas Instruments (TI), a global semiconductor and manufacturing company, where she leads state government relations, public policy and corporate citizenship strategy. Prior to her role at TI, she managed state and federal relations and consulted on technology policy issues for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Before moving back home to the Bay Area California, Victoria spent 10 years in Washington, D.C. working in the legislative and executive branch. She was a political appointee in President Obama’s administration where she served as the Associate Director for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In her role, she advised the Secretary of Commerce and executive leadership on innovation and economic development policy. Victoria also co-led the effort to re-establish the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders which was created to increase access and participation in federal programs for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Prior to her appointment, she was the founding Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) on Capitol Hill. Victoria had the unique responsibility to ensure that CAPAC was a leading voice for the AAPI population, which has been historically overlooked, particularly on the federal level. Victoria started off her political career as a congressional fellow for Congressman Mike Honda of California. Throughout her six years on Capitol Hill, Victoria played a significant role in shaping the Congressional policy agenda for AAPIs and ethnic minorities in our country through her advocacy and leadership.
Victoria received her B.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President of Corporate Responsibility
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Jessica Weare is Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, partnering with corporations across the region to help address community challenges and advance strategic corporate philanthropy. Prior to SVCF, Jessica directed Microsoft’s philanthropic work in Silicon Valley, supporting nonprofits working in education, workforce development, and civic technology. In addition to sitting on the SVCN Board, she also sits on the board of California Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is also a senior fellow of American Leadership Forum. In her role on United Way Bay Area’s public policy committee, Jessica has successfully advocated in Sacramento and Washington D.C. for legislation strengthening public education, healthcare, economic mobility, and charitable giving.
Jessica received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and she holds a doctorate from Stanford University. She has completed additional training in cross-sector collaboration at Harvard Business School, corporate social responsibility at Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, and design thinking at Stanford’s prestigious "d.school".