The Tipping Point Emerging Leaders Fellowship is a nine-month program to support the growth and leadership skills of emerging nonprofit leaders of color. The Fellowship brings together 10 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.


2019 Fellows

Morgan Amituanai
Housing Programs Manager, LifeMoves
Morgan Amituanai manages LifeMoves Housing Programs. She oversees Housing Specialists, Transitional Housing, Rapid Re-Housing and Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) rental subsidy programs. In 2010, Morgan began working for LifeMoves as a Relief Shelter Worker. She quickly transitioned into multiple roles— Program Aide, Case Manager, Lead Case Manager and was promoted to Program Manager in 2017. Morgan will be pursuing a formal education at CSU East Bay and will be studying Sociology and Ethnic Studies.
Trevor Arceneaux
Law Program Manager, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
Trevor was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently serves as the Alameda County Law Program Manager at Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY), a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration of teens. As the Law Program Manager, he oversees staff and volunteers and manages the day-to-day operations of the Alameda County Law Program that serves more than 225 youth every year. He began his career at FLY as a San Mateo County Leadership Program Case Manager and later elevated to the Alameda County Law Program Site Manager role. Before working at FLY, he served as a Group Counselor at an adolescent residential treatment facility for severely emotionally disturbed boys, demonstrating his commitment to the juvenile justice population. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he volunteered for the Richmond Youth Academy, a non-profit organization sponsored by the Richmond Fire Department, where he mentored inner city youth and managed the youth leadership team. Trevor holds a MA in Forensic Psychology from Holy Names University and a BA in Criminal Justice Studies from San Francisco State University. 
Shellena Eskridge
Director of Behavioral Health, Larkin St. Youth Services
In recognition of the intersections between generational poverty, mental health, and the child welfare system, Shellena has worked tirelessly to mend the hearts and structures that marginalize youth and families impacted. Shellena was hired as an Associate Director of Programs at Larkin Street in 2016, overseeing two transitional housing programs for current and former foster youth. Shellena was instrumental in opening Larkin Street’s first transitional housing placement plus foster care program for non-minor dependents. Prior to joining Larkin Street, Shellena worked as a clinician and supervisor overseeing clinicians, case managers and MSW interns at an agency serving families at risk for child abuse and neglect. Shellena is passionate about dismantling mental health stigma and addressing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a licensed clinical social worker and holds a B.A. from Tuskegee University and a MSW from Washington University in Saint Louis.
Daniel Hagos
Associate Director, Contracts Administration & Compliance, Larkin St. Youth Services
Daniel Hagos is Associate Director of Contracts & Compliance at Larkin Street Youth Services, where he supports programmatic leadership by ensuring program designs are carried in conformity with local funder requirements and programs are performing at their optimum capacity. Daniel began his career as an AmeriCorps member, where he managed a dynamic structured-play and anti-bullying curriculum as a Program Coordinator with Playworks Southern California. Daniel subsequently served a second term with AmeriCorps as a Group Leader with Super Starts Literacy where he successfully implemented an early literacy intervention program for 2nd grade students with low reading skills.
Prior to his role with Larkin Street, Daniel spent time in the private sector where he managed contract administration and piloted customer insights efforts for a Berkeley-based real estate software company. Daniel is a first-generation immigrant from Ethiopia and completed his B.A. from UCLA, and is the first member of his immediate family to graduate from college.
Lakisha Hoffman
Social Emotional Learning Lead, Caliber Schools
LaKisha Hoffman is a Social Emotional Learning Lead at Caliber Schools, a middle school in Richmond, California. In this role, LaKisha is responsible for leading staff towards the vision of ensuring the the students are engaged and enthusiastic about their education, and have a sense of belonging to their school community. She ensures that we teach and develop in the students lifelong culturally-affirming social and emotional competencies.
LaKisha brings 15 years of experience working with youth as a Teacher, Youth Counselor, Program Coordinator, Social Worker, and Basketball Coach. LaKisha is passionate about restorative practices and believes that everyone working with children should utilize trauma-informed principles to educate the whole child. LaKisha holds a Bachelors of Science in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Masters of Science in Social Work from University of Illinois-Chicago.
Ana Lugo
Director of Communications & Community Relations, Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
Ana Lugo is the daughter of a strong farm worker woman who came to this country looking to give Ana and her sisters a better life. Ana has always been involved in her community because she has the privilege of coming from a family of hardworking women and men who did not only work long hours but who were also extremely involved in their communities. This has become the standard by which Ana lives her life. And is Director of Communications & Community Relations at Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County and has lived in Santa Rosa most of her life. She seeks to bring people together and inspire them to take action to ensure that their community moves toward a more equityfocused future.
Maribel Sainez
Family & Community Engagement Manager, Aspire Public Schools
Maribel Sainez is the Family and Community Engagement Program Manager for Aspire Public Schools Bay Area Regional Office. In her previous role, Maribel served as the Program Manager for the San Francisco Unified School District in the Office of Family and Community Engagement. She directed the Title I Family Liaison program in grades K-12 and helped to implement SFUSD’s community schools incubatorMaribel has a BA in Business and Visual Arts from California State University Monterey Bay. She also attended Universidad Technologico de Monterey in Queretaro, Mexico, and did graduate work at San Francisco State University in Ethnic Studies. She was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission district by Mexican immigrant parents and was the first in her family to attend college.
Marcus Savage
Outreach and Recruitment Manager, YearUp
Passion and diligence are two traits that Marcus believes most reflect his work. They are qualities that have driven him in his quest to advocate for and support underrepresented young adults. The combination of these two passions is why Marcus is in the business of closing the opportunity divide that exists in our country. Throughout his professional career, he’d had the opportunity to support and mentor countless young adults. These experiences have taught him the importance of building and maintaining strong professional relationships and have afforded him the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. Throughout Marcus’ career, he’s had the opportunity to wear many different hats. Most recently, he managed the outreach and recruitment team at Year Up. This role has provided him with the opportunity to provide direct service to young people in search of an opportunity. Without question, Marcus says that his current company, position, and relationships have been the highlight of his career.
Jamie Schecter
Contracts and Evaluation Director, Community Housing Partnership
Jamie Schecter is Contracts and Evaluation Director at Community Housing Partnership (CHP), a non-profit organization serving over 1,500 formerly homeless residents across 17 supportive housing sites in San Francisco. At CHP, Jamie is responsible for the administration of the Salesforcebased case management database, as well as managing their complex public grants portfolio.
Prior to joining CHP, Jamie worked in various non-profit roles and settings that ranged from volunteer management as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Seattle, Washington to hosting youth employment workshops in Oakland, California. Jamie volunteers with the Prisoner’s Literature Project, a non-profit sending books directly to prisoners across the country. In Jamie’s spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and running around parks with her dog. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Santa Barbara in Global and International Studies.
Lara Sidhu
Chief of Staff + Interim Director of Program, Coaching, Beyond12
Lara brings both personal and professional experience to her dual roles at Beyond 12 as Chief of Staff to the CEO and Interim Director of Program, Coaching. Since joining in 2013, her work strengthens her passion for serving youth and commitment to developing systemic interventions that generate more equitable outcomes for individuals from underserved communities. While at Beyond 12, she has served as a college coach, coordinated professional development, and managed a partnership with NASFAA and The Department of Education. Before joining Beyond 12, Lara mentored Upward Bound students, facilitated Kids’ Turn workshops for families experiencing separation, supported survivors of domestic violence with the Riley Center, and promoted health and wellness at the YMCA and St. Vincent De Paul’s Ozanam Wellness Center. Lara earned a BA in psychology, graduating magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco and an MSW with a concentration in children and families with a PPSC from UC Berkeley. While obtaining her MSW, Lara specialized in school-based social work and worked with West Oakland Middle School, and James Logan High School, serving students with individual, group, and school-wide therapy and programs.
Ron Thomas
Project Director, Rubicon Programs Inc.
Ron began his professional journey in August 1997 working with the San Francisco Drug Court. He was charged with working with users and abusers who had active substance abuse issues along with active criminal charge pending. Ron led a team of eight reports along with coordination with the DA, SFPD and Sheriff‘s Department. In doing the work, Ron found that it was where he wanted and needed to be. Although he managed the program he never saw myself as a leader. In the spring of 2012 he became a Project Director at Rubicon Programs, working with low income, disenfranchised, some formerly incarcerated parents and co-parents who were interested in learning parenting skills. This gave him the opportunity to learn better managing and supervisory skills, but never one who wanted to be in front of any of it. Ron wants and needs to have the self confident experience that he knows he has, given the opportunity to be a part this challenging experience will give him the knowledge and confidence to be a better leader.
Katherine Zepeda
Director, Program Operations, Beyond12
Katherine Zepeda is Director of Program Operations at Beyond12. As a recipient of multiple college access, success, and scholarship support services, Katherine has dedicated her career to ensuring that college is not only accessible to first-generation, underrepresented students, but that it promotes persistence, graduation, and a pathway to career. Katherine joined Beyond 12 in 2013 as a college coach, supporting 100 students, before being promoted to program management in 2015 and most recently, Director of Program Operations. In this role she is responsible to supporting Beyond12’s strategic plans and efforts to scale. Katherine graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a BA in Social Welfare.