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Meet Our Team

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Ángel Aliano

Nonprofit Policy + Advocacy Fellow

Ángel is an economic justice advocate, affordable housing proponent, and UC Santa Barbara grad. Holding a B.A. in History of Public Policy & Law, he began his nonprofit career as a Los Angeles LGBT Center Intern, where he helped raise funds for a youth housing project. Prior to joining SVCN, he served as a Communications Associate for Jubilee USA Network, advocating for climate finance legislation and debt relief. After work, he spends his time flipping through recipe books, trying to live up to his parents’ cooking skills, and practicing drums.

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Priscilla Bustos

Program + Operations Coordinator

Priscilla is a nonprofit professional with experience in community building within culturally diverse communities and is passionate about mental health and wellness. Prior to joining SVCN, Priscilla worked with Public Profit as a project assistant to help strengthen programs and empower mission-driven organizations to promote sustainability and enhance their reach through data and evaluation. Priscilla earned her B.S. degree in Public Health, concentrating in Community Health, at San Francisco State University, where she displayed a passion for community building by leading wellness workshops as a Student Peer Health Educator & Ambassador for Campus Health & Wellness. In her free time Priscilla is getting lost on a hike admiring nature’s beauty, dancing, or simply sipping her favorite herbal tea enjoying the sunshine with a book in hand.

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Danna Elneil

Learning + Member Engagement Director

Danna is a nonprofit strategy leader and community organizer. She has played various roles in organizations within the Muslim community throughout California and is passionate about leadership development, capacity building, and movement building. Previously, she served as the first full-time staff member for MSA West where she led strategy & organizational development. Danna is a UC Davis alumna, where she majored in International Relations, minored in Spanish, and was active in leadership roles on campus that worked to mobilize and support marginalized communities. She sits on the board of A Continuous Charity (California chapter) and is an advisor for MSA West. She lives in San Jose with her husband and in her free time can be found exploring coffee shops and spending quality time with her family.

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Marvah Gorlorwulu

Learning + Member Engagement Specialist

Marvah is a nonprofit professional and community advocate. A resident of the South Bay since 2014, Marvah has lived in a variety of states and countries including Ghana and Senegal. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science. Her nonprofit career began at Seneca Family of Agencies in the quality assurance department. While in this role, she advocated for and developed an affinity group for grief and loss. Marvah has a passion for the visual arts and hopes to integrate her artistic abilities in her professional life. In her free time, she can be found drawing portraits, building structures for her cats, and watching bad movies with her partner

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Alan Gouig

Policy + Advocacy Associate

Alan is a community advocate and grassroots organizer based in Downtown San Jose. Originally from San Leandro, CA, Alan is a proud graduate of San José State University (SJSU), with a B.S. in Business Management and Administration. As the Founding Co-Chair of the Filipino Alumni Network, Alan continues to remain involved with his alma mater. Additionally, Alan has furthered his community work as an Organizer with LEAD Filipino, serving on the City of San Jose’s Transportation Equity Task Force, and serving on the Board of Directors for the South University Neighborhood (SUN) Association. In his free time, he also takes great pride in being a long-time boba aficionado, avid news junkie, and AMC A-list Stubs Member.

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Yvonne Jimenez

Policy Director

Yvonne is a policy professional and community organizer with over a decade of federal and local government experience. Yvonne graduated from San José State University (Go Spartans!) with a B.A. in Political Science. Previous to her role at SVCN, she served as a senior policy advisor to Supervisors Ellenberg, Wasserman, and Yeager; focused on behavioral and public health, justice reform, and social services. Yvonne is a passionate advocate for equitable and inclusive policies and increasing opportunities for underrepresented communities. She lives in Eastside and in her free time can be found hiking around the east foothills with her husband, twin boys, and two dogs.

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Kyra Kazantzis

Chief Executive Officer

Kyra has been a long-time nonprofit professional, community leader, and public servant in our Silicon Valley community. Previous to her role at SVCN, she was senior policy advisor in the City of San José’s Mayor’s office, focused on housing and homelessness, and, before that, directing attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, leading teams of public interest attorneys in high impact policy advocacy and litigation. Kyra has a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and a BA from the University of Arizona. Kyra is an American Leadership Forum senior fellow, a recipient of the SCCBA Professional Lawyer of the Year, and a Silicon Valley Business Journal Woman of Influence. She lives in downtown San José with her husband Eric and daughter Kassia.

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Marissa Martinez

Communications + Fund Development Specialist

Marissa is a community organizer, arts advocate, and playwright born and raised in East San Jose. Previously, Marissa led the youth program at AACI amplifying youth voices with arts, media, and leadership development. With over eight years of experience in communications and events, she is committed to sharing stories and uplifting underserved youth and communities. Marissa earned a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University. She is a founding director of More Más Marami Arts and is involved with genARTS Silicon Valley and KQED as a member of the Community Advisory Panel. When she isn't writing or teaching art with youth, Marissa enjoys ice cream, decorating her planner, and watching movies and live theatre.

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Loani Nguyen

Chief of Operations + Finance

Loani comes to SVCN with experience in business operations at both private and nonprofit organizations. She previously worked with a nonprofit which partnered with educational institutions across the U.S. and in other countries. Loani also worked at several local community colleges. 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 an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and a B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University. She is a member of the SNHU chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success. Loani is a life enthusiast who enjoys traveling, hiking, SUPing and experiencing new adventures with family and friends.

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Rose Trotman

Marketing + Communications Intern

Rose is a senior at Santa Clara University, pursuing a major in Business Management and a minor in Spanish. She is passionate about social and environmental justice, helping to lead an ocean conservation club while at SCU, affiliated with the Surfrider Foundation. Graduating from her role as Head of Marketing and Communications for the Surfrider SCU Chapter, she is now taking charge as Vice President. Rose has also dedicated much of her time to volunteering and leading fundraising efforts for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH). She has volunteered at the NPH home in the Dominican Republic several times and remains connected with friends in that community.  In her free time, Rose enjoys painting and reading outside, and exploring the beautiful beaches and hikes in the area.

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Nandini Saldi

Policy Intern

Nandini is a senior at Santa Clara University studying Economics, Data Analysis and Sustainability. She is from Cupertino, California, and is excited to positively serve the community around her through various policy initiatives, work and projects. On campus, she currently serves as the Vice President in a business fraternity, and is also passionate about increasing access to financial literacy resources for minorities, especially to women of color. In her free time, she likes to play the piano and violin, try new brunch spots, go on long walks, and travel!

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