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Staff 

 

Wendy Calimag
Executive Director

Moumita Chakraborty
Development Director

An Bui
Program Manager

Crystal Leal
Office Manager

Elisabeth Gutierrez
Program Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Advisory Board

Kathara Green
Board Chair

Lisa Dacey

Mona Tekchandani

Ashley Koziol

Candice Carvalho

Zoe Perret

Maren Eattock

Charity Espiritu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Youth Advisory Board

Guadalupe CIsneros

Tiffany Allison

Tiffany Cai

Nora Espinoza

Jency Gonzalez

Zurisadai Arellano

 

 

 

 

 

 


Founders

Ly Nguyen
Jill Pfeiffer

Founders’ Bios ↓


Staff Bios

Wendy Calimag
Executive Director

Deeply committed to working in under-resourced communities where people are highly impacted by inequities, Wendy joined the Oasis team in October 2017, bringing thirteen years of creating and managing girl-centered, youth development programs. She has successfully built and administered middle and high school programs in the areas of comprehensive sexual health education, fitness, advocacy, leadership, college and career readiness and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She believes in the power of collective impact and social justice, and has helped lead a number of initiatives and programs including Bay Area Communities for Health Education (BACHE) and the Breaking the Silence Collective for Women and Girls of Color. Prior to Oasis For Girls, Wendy served the community as a social worker in child welfare, juvenile justice, and housing and through crisis intervention for runaway/homeless youth. Wendy earned her Master of Social Work from Washington University- St. Louis and her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign.

Moumita Chakraborty
Development Director

Moumita joined Oasis as the Development Director in November 2016. A Bay Area native, she holds a BA in English and History from Queen Mary, University of London, and a Master’s degree in International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. In between and after, she flaneused about in different capacities and organizations including at Amnesty International, various campaigns and nonprofits, a stint in tech, and a brief detour into politics. All these experiences confirmed that working on women’s and girls’ rights was what really gave her joy, and she is glad to be back in California doing just that. Contrary to popular belief, she does not spend all her time “writing essays”, but she may drink too much coffee.

An Bùi
ENVISION Career & Academic Exploration Program Manager

An joined Oasis in August 2017 as the ENVISION Program Manager. She holds a BA in English and Education Studies from UCLA and is currently an emerging poet and Resident Minister at USF. Prior to Oasis, she worked in marketing for Aunt Lute Books, a nonprofit publishing press committed to revolutionary queer women and women of color. Before that, she worked with young adults experiencing homelessness at Covenant House New Jersey as a youth advocate. All these experiences led her to realize how passionate she is about youth development, creative arts, LGBTQ spirituality, and using these platforms to inspire and create social change. As a queer 1.5 generation Vietnamese American, she is called to live her best life as a form of resistance and is stoked to accompany young people in their journey to live their best lives as well.

Crystal Leal
Office Manager

Crystal joined Oasis for Girls in September of 2015 as our Office Manager. Her previous experience includes working at the Kansas Children’s Service League in the very rewarding position as Website Coordinator helping to match children in need of care with a forever family. She also was an administrative assistant for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas where she enjoyed working closely with students, staff and faculty. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with hopes to continue on to her Master’s degree to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Elisabeth Gutierrez
RISE Life Skills Program Manager

Elisabeth joined the Oasis team in May 2017 as the RISE Life Skills Education Program Manager. Before Oasis, Elisabeth had the pleasure of working with inner city youth, community members, and families of the Ocean View, Merced, Ingleside, and Excelsior neighborhoods as the Site Coordinator at the comprehensive Beacon Community Center. During her time there, Elisabeth coordinated a girls’ mentoring group and coached a girls’ indoor soccer team with Girls Got Goals, which focuses on team building and life skills. As a San Francisco native, a formerly at-risk young woman of color, and the first in her family to go to college, she is passionate about acknowledging the struggles and strengths of other young women of color and providing them with a supportive space. Elisabeth is a Child & Adolescent Development major with hopes to impact, change, and inspire the next generation of San Francisco youth.

 


Advisory Board Bios

 

Kathara Green
Program Manager | Skoll Foundation

Kathara Green is a Program Manager at the Skoll Foundation, which support social entrepreneurship around the globe. In this role, she is part of both the Community & Convenings and the Portfolio & Investments teams. She curates sessions and programming for the Skoll World Forum, as well as contributes to portfolio intelligence and pipeline research. Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation, Kathara worked at Net Impact, the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, State Department, and Women for Women International. Kathara graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

 

Lisa Dacey
Program Operations Manager, Population and Reproductive Health | The David and Lucile Packard Foundation 

Lisa Dacey is the Program Operations Manager for the Population and Reproductive Health program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She was previously at Deloitte Consulting, advising corporate, nonprofit and government clients on business operations, organizational strategy and communications. Lisa also worked for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts in the public affairs group, coordinating communications, media relations and grassroots organizing, building on her work on local and congressional Democratic campaigns. Lisa holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BA from McGill University.

Zoe Perret
Analyst, Institutional Client Business | BlackRock, Inc 

Zoe Perret is a member of the US and Canada Institutional Client Business at BlackRock. In this role, Zoe is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with large institutional clients, focusing on private and public pension plans, foundations and endowments. Her team partners closely with strategy and investment teams throughout the firm. Outside of BlackRock, she enjoys educating young adults on the importance of financial literacy and working with students in career exploration. Zoe earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with honors, from the University of Southern California–Marshall School of Business.

Mona Tekchandani
Development Engagement & Outreach | Stanford University  

Mona Tekchandani works in Stanford University’s office of development, focused on designing and implementing innovative strategies to foster volunteer engagement and create pathways for emerging leaders. She has also assisted with advancing key university priorities including artificial intelligence and the biomedical revolution. Prior to this, Mona worked for a decade in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman, where she provided strategy and operations advisory services to Global 1000 corporations. She earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan where she graduated with distinction, and a B.A. in public policy from Stanford University.

Maren Eattock
Vice President in Risk Management | Nuveen Financial Services

Maren Eattock is Vice President in Risk Management at Nuveen Financial Services where she manages a nationwide team of individuals responsible for the valuation oversight of Nuveen’s private equity and other alternative investments. She oversees Nuveen’s current operations in these areas, and advises on new business growth. An investment professional for over 15 years she’s helped develop all aspects of the operational infrastructure for private investment vehicles. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS from the University of California, Davis. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.

Candice Carvalho
Senior Strategic Finance Manager | Chan Zuckerberg Initiative 

Candice Carvalho is the Senior Strategic Finance Manager for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). She supports initiative teams as they think through resource allocation, financial grants due diligence, and product cost structures. Prior to CZI, Candice led the Revenue Finance team at Eventbrite, supporting product and country launches, forecasting revenues, and analyzing potential investments. Candice also previously worked at Google on the Corporate Finance team and Bain Consulting where she focused on pricing, sales change management, and education strategy. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. and B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Business and Economics.

Ashley Koziol
Hiring Innovation Program Manager | Google

Ashley Koziol is on the Hiring Innovation team at Google, working to bring science and structure to their hiring processes. She’s particularly interested in exploring unconscious bias, and experimenting with interventions that enable teams to hire the best candidate for every open role. She’s worked at Google for seven years, on various teams across People Operations. Prior to joining, she was a certified English teacher, teaching in Barcelona. She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned B.A.s in Psychology and Business Marketing.

Charity Espiritu
Senior Consultant | The Asia Foundation

Charity Espiritu is a senior member of the public sector team at The Asia Foundation where she manages a portfolio of projects related to governance and economic development in Asia. Previously, she was a fiscal and policy analyst at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office in Sacramento and served as a senior analyst at the Controller’s Office in the City and County of San Francisco. She was also a US Fulbright fellow to the Philippines and an East-West Center leadership fellow in Hawaii. Her career in international development and public policy has given her the privilege of working with organizations dedicated to eradicating poverty in places like Afghanistan, China, India, Mongolia, and Myanmar. Born to immigrant parents and raised in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco, she is committed to advancing the leadership and empowerment of women and girls from under-resourced communities. She has an MPA from Princeton University and a BA from UC Berkeley.


Youth Advisory Board Bios

Tiffany Allison

Tiffany Allison is an alumna of three Oasis programs. Originally from Boise, Idaho, she moved to San Francisco three years ago and is currently a junior at Mission High School, where she enjoys English and Choir. Outside of school, she works at a recording studio called Sunset Youth Services, where she sings, writes songs, and audio engineers music. She is passionate about body positivity, media representation of femininity, and is working on a book called Born Fat, in which she talks about body positivity, big girl struggles, and sexuality.

Tiffany Cai

Tiffany Cai is a 17 year old teen who has grown up in San Francisco. She currently attends Abraham Lincoln High School and is an alumna of three Oasis programs. Some of the social justice issues she is passionate about are body image/positivity and sexual assault. Tiffany loves to travel whenever there is a break from school and collects pressed pennies when she does.

Guadalupe Cisneros

Guadalupe Cisneros is a 17 year old Xicana, and Oasis For Girls alumna of three Oasis programs. Lupe will be starting her freshman year at Mills College this fall, hoping to get a major in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. She identifies herself as a feminist, poet, and activist advocating for WOC, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Nora Espinoza

Nora Espinoza is 17 years old, an immigrant, and a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School, where she is on the football team. She loves traveling to tropical places and is a passionate advocate for immigrant rights, anti-bullying measures in schools, anti-racism, sexual violence education, and body positivity. She loves challenges because they teach her something new.

Jency Gonzalez

Jency Gonzalez is 16 and a student at Balboa High School, where she will be starting Pulse, an academic pathway based on social justice. She has had a passion for helping people ever since she was little, enjoys science, and likes to spend time with family and friends in her spare time. As a graduate of three Oasis programs she believes that every girl should be able to experience the amazing sisterhood and support Oasis offers.

Zurisadai Arellano

Zurisadai Arellano was born in Mexico but raised in San Francisco, the eldest of three siblings. A graduate of three Oasis programs and Balboa High School, she will be the first generation in her family to attend college when she starts at San Francisco State in Fall 2018. She dreams of becoming a health educator, helping young women of color to receive the support they might not get at home or at school. Zuri enjoys playing soccer and dancing in her spare time, and has worked at the San Francisco Zoo’s main gift shop for the last year, which has been an amazing experience for her as a bilingual person, helping people in Spanish and English.

Founder Bios

Ly Nguyen
Communications Manager | Kaiser Permanente

Ly Nguyen is the co-founder of Oasis for Girls.  Her vision for Oasis was inspired by her experience growing up in San Francisco where she attended public school and Parks and Rec programs. While at Oasis, Ly was inspired to pursue her passion for cultural writing, social justice and community building. Since then, Ly has held management and communications consulting positions with several nonprofit organizations including Kearny Street Workshop, YMCA and the McKesson Foundation.  She currently is a Communications Manager with Kaiser Permanente where she supports the mission to bring high quality affordable healthcare to those underserved.  She is a recipient of the Daniel E. Koshland award (2000) and UC Santa Cruz (Oakes College) Distinguished Alumni Award (2013) for her community service work.

Jill W. Pfeiffer
Development Director | Operation Fresh Start

Jill W. Pfeiffer currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, daughter and son. In Madison, Jill works as the Development Director at Operation Fresh Start. For around 20 years, she has worked at nonprofit organizations that support youth and families. She is passionate about work that helps to create a more equitable community and world. In 2006, Jill and her family left San Francisco to move back to the Midwest. During her time in San Francisco, Jill was able to make some positive impacts on the city, including co-founding Oasis for Girls and starting up Excelsior Family Connections (a branch of Portola family Connections), a family resource center in the Excelsior district of the city. Along with other community leaders in the South of Market, Jill was the recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Civic Unity Award for her youth development work. Jill is also a practicing artist who creates sculptures and an avid lover of the outdoors.