Meet our team

Alan Gouig - Nonprofit Catalyst Fellow

Originally from San Leandro, CA, Alan now stands as a proud graduate from San José State University (SJSU), holding a B.S. in Business Management and Administration.

 

From participating in LEAD Filipino’s Awareness in Action Leadership Program (AAP), graduating from the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute’s (APALI) Civic Leadership Program (CLP), and engaging as a Public Policy and Advocacy Intern at UC Davis' Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies, Alan found passion in exploring the civic sector at the intersection of his own API identity. Across his lifetime, Alan seeks to raise the democratic capacity of his community by raising the political consciousness of Filipinx Americans and the broader API population as a whole.
 

Currently, Alan leads as a Civic Engagement Organizer with LEAD Filipino and stands on the Board of Directors for the South University Neighborhood (SUN) Association. In addition, he also serves as a Legislative Organizer with The Malaya Movement (South Bay) in which he advocates across the State of California on various Philippine human rights issues. He also serves on the 5-member Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee (2020-2021) as an appointee of Mary A. Papazian, the President of San José State University. Throughout his career, Alan hopes to continue the fight in advancing diversity, inclusion, and racial equity throughout all sectors of service and representation.

Wendy Ho, MPA - Chief Strategy + Policy Officer

Wendy is a community advocate and civic leader with over 10 years of experience working on behalf of students and underserved communities at the local, state, and federal level.

 

Currently, Wendy is Chief Strategy and Policy Officer for the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, after serving as its Senior Policy Director for over three years. Wendy was formerly the Advocacy & Public Policy Program Manager at United Way Silicon Valley, where she worked to improve the quality of life of Silicon Valley residents through advocacy and public policy change in the areas of education, financial stability, and health. Prior to United Way, Wendy served as the research and policy analyst for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health justice organization that influences policy and mobilizes communities to improve the health of Asian  Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Wendy’s policy experience also includes serving as a legislative fellow for Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) where she managed the Congressman’s Homeland Security, language access, and Asian American and Pacific Islander issue portfolio.

 

Committed to public service, Wendy serves on the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees. Born and raised in San Jose, Wendy is a proud product of public schools and has championed student success and equity during her tenure on the Board.

 

Wendy holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Japanese Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Josephine Hulburd Schultz - Operations + Policy Associate

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Josephine is a passionate advocate for racial equity and justice. In 2020, she graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University (SCU) with a B.S. in Management from the Leavey School of Business. Josephine found SVCN through SCU’s LSB Community Fellows. As a Community Fellow she served as SVCN’s Policy Intern during the academic year of 2019-2020.  

 

Also, while at SCU, she served as Co-Chair of Igwebuike, the Black Student Union. While Co-Chair, she worked to create an inclusive environment for BIPOC students, petitioned administration to create a safer environment for Black student being policed, led board meeting and general meetings, and hosted events.  

 

As SVCN’s Operations and Policy Associate, her role ranges from policy research to HR to nonprofit support Her other interest includes hiking, drawing and painting, gardening, cooking, music, and going to the beach.  

josephinehs@svcn.org

Kyra Kazantzis - Chief Executive Officer

Kyra has been a nonprofit professional, community leader, and public servant in our Silicon Valley community for over 25 years. Her most recent role was as a Senior Policy Advisor to the San José Mayor, focused on solving San José’s housing and homelessness crisis. Her prior role as a longtime directing attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley saw her leading teams of in-house and law firm pro bono attorneys in conducting strategic impact policy advocacy and litigation in a wide variety of issue areas—fair housing, affordable housing, civil rights, inmate rights, consumer protection, disability rights, and poverty; Kyra co-founded the Law Foundation’s innovative Fair Housing Law Project. She began her legal career at the Law Foundation’s mental health advocacy program, where she was the directing attorney for 8 years, specializing in issues of involuntary mental health commitment, criminal justice interaction with individuals with disabilities, quality of care in psychiatric institutions and jails, and minors’ rights in residential care.

 

Kyra has a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction and honors from the University of Arizona. She has served on the governance boards of SVCN, MACLA, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) and is a long-time volunteer at Children’s Musical Theater, San Jose. In 2013, Kyra was named as SCCBA’s Professional Lawyer of the Year and, in both 2012 and 2020, was listed as a woman of influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Kyra is an American Leadership Forum senior fellow (Urbanism Class XXXVI, CEO DIEL Cohort Class III) and lives in downtown San José with her husband Eric and teenager Kassia.

Marissa Martinez - Communications + Fund Development Specialist

Marissa is a community organizer, arts advocate, and playwright born and raised in East San Jose. With over seven years of experience in communications and events, she is committed to sharing stories and uplifting underserved youth and communities. 

 
As a founding director of More Más Marami Arts, Marissa strives to develop new works, support local artists, and empower the community to use their voices. She teaches workshops for youth on storytelling, script-writing, poetry, and acting. Marissa has had the pleasure of working with Bay Area theatre companies like Bindlestiff Studio, the Playwrights’ Foundation, and TheatreWorks. She is also involved in LEAD Filipino as the Fly Pinays Program Director, bringing together Filipnxs and providing opportunities for personal and professional development. 
 
Marissa earned a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University. She has been featured as a genARTS panelist and a CONTENT magazine artist. When she isn't writing or teaching art with youth, Marissa enjoys ice cream, decorating her planner, and watching movies. 

Loani Nguyen - Operations + Finance Manager

Loani comes to SVCN with experience in business operations at both private and non-profit organizations. She previously worked with a non-profit organization which partnered with educational institutions across the United States and in other countries. In addition, she has worked at several local community colleges. One of her passions is supporting first generation and underrepresented college students. This work has included managing several federal grants at Hispanic Serving Institutions in the Bay Area. She is a certified online instructor and has managed a unique business and computer science learning center that served both youth and adults in the community. 

 

Loani has a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. She is a member of the SNHU chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success. Membership in this group is based not only on academic achievement but also on the demonstration of leadership ability. 

 

Aside from empowering others, Loani enjoys traveling, hiking, SUPing, reading historical fictions and making people laugh. Since Loani was raised in the Monterey area, she loves everything related to surf and sand. On a typical weekend, she can be seen spending time with friends and family.

Marsha Hovey - CADRE Board Chair

Marsha has over forty years of local government emergency management experience in Santa Clara County and throughout the state. She has been involved with CADRE for over 20 years and was elected Chair in 2018. She is a Certified Emergency Manager providing consulting, training and public education services.

Annamaria Swardenski - CADRE Disaster Preparedness and Response Consultant

Anna is a consultant specializing in preparedness planning and CBO relationship building with local government. She has led planning projects focused on disaster shelter planning for access and functional needs populations, pandemic influenza preparedness for community-based organizations, spontaneous volunteer coordination for local government as well as donations management planning partnerships at the local operational area level.

 

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University in Sociology, with an emphasis in Gerontology and a minor in Psychology, Anna's volunteer work includes deploying as a Team Leader for Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response and as a pet therapy team with her dog Koa for Pet Partners. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Eden I&R, Inc from 1999 to 2018 and as a First Aid/CPR instructor for American Red Cross.

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