The Tipping Point Emerging Leaders Fellowship is a five-month program to support the growth and leadership skills of emerging nonprofit leaders of color. The Fellowship brings together 12 mid-level managers from Tipping Point Community grantee organizations, who hone their own personal leadership style, build organizational management skills and cultivate a group of peers focused on alleviating poverty in the Bay Area.
Moneek Bhanot has a deep commitment to social justice for low-income first generation students of color, especially as they navigate their post-secondary aspirations. As a college student, Moneek was a participant and peer counselor in UC San Diego’s Summer Bridge program. It was there that she learned to name systems of oppression that she had observed and experienced, and discovered the beauty of folks holding reflective space for one another while moving toward collective healing.
Since then, Moneek has served as an academic advisor, as a middle and high school teacher in San Jose and Oakland, and as a non-profit leader working to integrate culturally relevant pedagogy and holistic approaches to student development in and outside of the classroom. Moneek is currently the Senior Director of Curriculum and Coaching at OneGoal. She holds a B.A. in Economics and minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
I have worked as a project coordinator and manager for close to 10 years. My roles have consistently provided an opportunity to merge education, employment and community outreach to underrepresented communities. I started with the Community College of Philadelphia, working with an award winning Engagement Center designed to recruit, support and retain African-American males. The program was funded through several sources but mainly the My Brothers Keeper Initiative created by former president Barrack Obama. During my seven year tenure we successfully recruited and supported over 1000 students in their academic journey. In 2018, I moved to California and began my position with the YMCA of the East Bay. I have the pleasure of managing efforts that assist Head Start teachers with educational attainment and permit upgrades. I also manage two additional apprenticeship programs to attract high school students and parents of young children to the field of Early Childhood Education.
Kevin Brown is currently an Associate Director of Program at Beyond 12, returning to the organization after originally serving as a college coach from 2011-2013. Prior to re-joining the Beyond 12 team, Kevin spent the last 6 years at KIPP Through College both as an alumni advisor working with under-represented students in college and as a team manager helping to both train and support other advisors. In addition to working in education, Kevin also comes from a background in mental health stemming from serving as a residential advisor at Seneca Center, a group home for youth who’ve experienced severe physical or emotional trauma in their childhood. Kevin is a Bay Area native who grew up in Oakland and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and an emphasis in law. Through various experiences in counseling and education, he has developed a strong commitment to youth advocacy, equity, and community service.
Atziry Gutierrez is the Director of Marketing and Alumni Strategy at College Track, an educational non-profit dedicated to equipping students to earn a bachelor’s degree in pursuit of a life of opportunity, choice, and power. A first-generation college graduate and Mexican immigrant, Atziry identifies with the plight of underrepresented communities and mixed-status families. A self-described marketing generalist with a passion for social justice, community building, and graphic design, at her core, Atziry believes in the transformational power of education. In 2006, she coordinated a district-wide school walkout to protest bill HR437, which sought to criminalize immigrants and anyone who helped them enter or remain in the US. Atziry has dedicated her professional career to public service, working to support educational non-profits in her community and share the voices of the young people through asset-based and visually compelling storytelling. She takes great pride in her ability to nurture relationships, lead strategic initiatives, manage in all cardinal directions, and get work done with a can-do-attitude. Atziry is a proud parent and step-parent, enjoys lecturing her younger siblings and cousins, and is happiest when she is tearing up the dance floor. Atziry earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a concentration in economics from Stanford University.
I’m a San Francisco native, I’m one of six and was born a twin. My mother worked two full-time jobs to provide for all her children. Watching my mother struggle, left me to have parental responsibilities at a young age. This has motivated and given me independence throughout my life. My interests are my two children and fashion. What I love most about life is watching people be successful, happy and healthy.
I’m currently a program manager for LSYS and I oversee a Housing Program of 50 youth experiencing homelessness and mental health issues. I’ve been with LSYS for 6 years and worked my way up the ladder into management. I had the opportunity to participate in the steering committee for the 2019 plan of development. As part of that, I’ve played an active role in the revision of LSYS theory of change. All this experience makes me want to be a part of the Emerging Leaders. I hope to gain better experience and to better service youth of color and LGBTQ experiencing homelessness.
Khadeeja was born and raised in Pakistan and spent her life working in various capacities to alleviate poverty, social injustice and improve outcomes for people in underserved and underprivileged communities. She has experience working with people who face a diverse range of mental health barriers, such as young adults on the Autism Spectrum, adolescents and adults living with HIV, transition aged foster youth, and individuals facing addiction.
Khadeeja’s work at First Place for Youth has been centered on improving educational and employment outcomes for transition aged foster youth while also teaching them healthy living skills. Khadeeja completed her MSW from Columbia University in 2016, and prior to pursuing Social Work in a professional capacity, her goal was to dismantle social inequities through a legal lens. Khadeeja completed her Bachelor of Laws from the University of London, and her Master of Laws from the University of California, Berkeley. Her personal and professional experiences led her to the realization that people from immigrant communities—the South Asian community in particular—were hesitant to access mental health resources. After identifying this area of need, she shifted her focus to Social Work and aims to provide culturally appropriate services catered specifically towards immigrant communities.
Antonio Moreno serves as the Senior Coordinator with Jewish Vocational Service at Downtown High School as a part of the School Partner Programs team. Antonio leads a team with the goal of providing workforce development and internship opportunities to the student body while also supporting students with plans to engage in careers after High School.
As a third generation San Franciscan and Excelsior community member, Antonio is passionate about youth development and building community. As a twenty year veteran in youth development with nonprofits in the Bay Area, he has dedicated his life to the service of others with the goal of providing support to those in need while collaborating with all willing partners. Antonio maintains an open mind, utilizing a youth first approach with a sustainable model mindset when providing and organizing programs and activities for young people.
In 2016, Bernadine Posadas found herself unhappy in the corporate setting and decided she needed a “why”. She left her position in finance of 9 years to seek a more meaningful path, which lead her to LifeMoves. Bernadine started as a Housing Specialist and almost 4 years later, she now manages LifeMoves’ Housing Specialists Program. Bernadine brings both life and professional experience to her organization. Her passion fuels her drive for providing supportive housing services for homeless families and individuals to rapidly return to stable housing and achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
Miranda Shepherd is a mission-centered, $10+ million fundraiser, donor relations and communication expert with a background in education, arts, and public policy. She is a strong relationship builder with a love for storytelling and social impact. Working with State Senator Dr. Pan, she helped unanimously pass bill SB1238 into law which allows prisons to share medical best practices to better address specific medical outbreaks and needs of inmates. At Stanford University, she planned and executed packed-house events with Angela Davis, Solange, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Sterling K. Brown. She holds her B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and M.A. in Communication and Media Studies from Stanford University. Miranda is also an afrofuturistic nerd and artist who is premiering her film-noir radio drama/fiction podcast: The Lavender Files as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival in May 2020.
Michelle Wade is the Lead Program Manager for Opportunity Junction, an organization that fights poverty by helping low-income Contra Costa residents receive the training they need to get and retain jobs. She currently oversees the Administrative Career Training program and manages a team that provides administrative training, job placement, and support for long term career growth. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the East Contra Costa County Women’s Leadership Initiative, an organization that creates a platform and network that fosters future women leaders. Michelle has also worked with the re-entry population as a Career Counselor for Rubicon Programs and prior to entering the non-profit sector, she worked for Chase Bank as the Vice President of Customer Relations. She has a strong passion for helping others achieve their personal and professional goals.