Meet Our Team

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Marisa Corriea-Hernandez

Learning + Member Engagement Coordinator

Marisa (she/her/they/them) comes to SVCN with over 3 years of experience in the nonprofit sector at the intersection of housing and community health. Marisa was previously the Public Health Institute Community Health Fellow focused on Housing based at The Health Trust. Marisa was a working group member in the Coalition of Housers hosted by Silicon Valley at Home and is a member of a Racial Equity Collaborative Project working directly with members of the Lived Experience Advisory Board (LEAB), Destination: Home and the Office of Supportive Housing (OSH). Marisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at UC Santa Cruz. In their free time, Marisa enjoys spending time outdoors on walks or hikes and spending quality time with her family.

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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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Mariela Frías 

Nonprofit Racial Justice Fellow

Mariela is an activist, community organizer, and diversity, equity, and inclusion advocate. She is a proud Afro-Latina born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She graduated from Washington State University (W.S.U.) with a Bachelor of Science in Ethnic Studies, Women Studies, and Communication. ​Mariela has been heavily involved with the WSU community, previously holding roles as an Orientation Counselor (OC) for New Student Programs, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Associated Students of Washington State University, Conference Coordinator for Visionaries Inspiring Black Empowered Students (V.I.B.E.S.), and a Teaching Assistant for the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. Mariela loves meeting new people, experiencing new places, and cooking fresh meals in her free time

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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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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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Claire Kennedy

Nonprofit Policy + Advocacy Fellow

Claire is a policy advocate and aspiring public servant in Silicon Valley. Claire comes to SVCN with experience in special districts, local government, and time with the California Secretary of State. Claire's experience living abroad in Brighton, England, and earning her Master's of Public Administration have brought her to the civic sector to work as an advocate for the nonprofit community. She has a special interest in environmental justice and racial equity, and looks forward to serving her community with SVCN. Claire attended CSU Chico, graduating with a double major in Sociology and Psychology. In May 2022, Claire will graduate with her Master's in Public Administration from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Claire enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Nick Kuwada

Policy Director

Since 2006, Nick has served as an advocate for low-income and immigrant communities.  In the Bay Area, he started his nonprofit career as a volunteer and then staff attorney for Asian Law Alliance where he provided low-cost and pro bono immigration services as well as run the firm’s civic engagement program. Previously, Nick was the Program Manager for the County of Santa Clara’s Office of the Census where he led one of the most comprehensive and successful efforts to count individuals on the 2020 Census. Nick earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and later attended Willamette University to receive his JD. He enjoys spending his free time tending to his new family and collaborating with a local, Japanese dance school, NDS.

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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

Operations + Finance Director

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.