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Staff 

Jessica Van Tuyl
Executive Director

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Program Director

Moumita Chakraborty
Development Director

An Bui ENVISION
Program Coordinator

Crystal Leal
Office Manager

Elisabeth Gutierrez
RISE Program Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advisory Board

Amber Milks

Kathara Green
Board Chair

Sadaf Minapara

Lisa Dacey

Maryam Ghofraniha

Anisha Mocherla

Robyn Barnard

Candice Carvalho

 

 

 

 
 

 

  

 

 
 

 

  

 

 

Board Emeritus

Amy Stice
Juanita Luna
Bernadette Sangalang
Melissa McMahon
Mary Dunbar
Mary Rose Fernandez

 

Founders

Ly Nguyen
Jill Pfeiffer

Founders’ Bios ↓


Staff Bios

Jessica Van Tuyl
Executive Director

Oasis For Girls is helmed by Jessica Van Tuyl, a committed and experienced youth development professional. Jessica joined Oasis For Girls as Program Manager in January 2008 to coordinate the RISE program and oversee Oasis arts and leadership programming. Since then, Jessica has served as the Director of Programs & Services and Interim Executive Director, ultimately becoming the Executive Director in 2010. Prior to joining Oasis, Jessica worked primarily with LGBTQ youth supporting youth organizing efforts, leading anti-homophobia trainings for school personnel, and providing case management services at the Richmond Village Beacon, GSA Network, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network. In addition, Jessica has worked in the youth employment field, coordinating city government internships at San Francisco YouthWorks. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from Macalester College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

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 worked in different capacities and organizations including at Amnesty International, a women’s group in India, various campaigns, a stint in tech, and a brief detour into politics. All this experience confirmed that working on women’s and girls’ rights was what really gave her joy, so Moumita 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 Coordinator

An joined Oasis in August 2017 as the ENVISION Coordinator. 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 the Administrative Assistant. 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 Coordinator

Elisabeth Gutierrez joined the Oasis team in May 2017 as the RISE Life Skills Education Program Coordinator. 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.


Bios – Advisory Board Members 

 

Amber Milks
Director of Global Services Operations, Veeva Systems

Amber Milks is the Director of Global Services Operations at Veeva Systems, a software company for the life sciences industry. She is a recent San Francisco transplant who previously lived and worked in Washington, DC and Columbus, Ohio in both nonprofit and government positions. She has been intensely involved with housing justice and homelessness issues, including working in the Consumer Advocacy division of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention program. Amber has previously worked with high-barrier homeless families to find housing, job skills, and stability. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

Kathara Green
Senior Content Manager of Core Programs, Net Impact

Kathara Green is currently the Senior Content Manager of Core Programs at Net Impact, a nonprofit based in the Bay Area that empowers the next generation of leaders to make an impact through their careers. Kathara leads the program strategy, design and execution of the Net Impact Conference, as well as builds leadership programs for emerging leaders tackling social and environmental issues. Prior to joining Net Impact, Kathara worked at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. She graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Maryam Ghofraniha
Head of Global Partnerships, LinkedIn For Good

Maryam Ghofraniha is the Head of Global Partnerships for LinkedIn’s Social Impact group, LinkedIn For Good (LIFG). She manages LIFG’s relationships with nonprofits, private entities, and government partners across various initiatives with a focus on the youth employment space. In addition, Maryam is also responsible for LinkedIn’s Disaster Response program. Prior to LinkedIn, she led private-public partnerships in emerging markets for Google’s Social Impact group (formerly Google.org) where she launched products that leveraged Google’s technology in the disaster response and environmental sustainability sectors. Maryam co-founded PacHope, a nonprofit aimed at supporting the local San Francisco homeless community. She holds a BA in International Economics and a BA in French Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sadaf Minapara
Program Manager, Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law

Sadaf H. Minapara was part of the initial cohort of Oasis for Girls in 1999 and joined the Advisory Board in August 2016. She is a Program Manager with Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law. The research center bridges the worlds of scholarship, policy and practice to understand and advance the conditions for just, democratic, and sustainable development around the world. Before coming to Stanford, she worked for One Million Lights, a non-profit organization committed to providing solar LED lights to under-resourced and energy poor communities in the developing world. She lived in New Delhi, India as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow from 2010-2011 at The Energy and Resources Institute, a leading global think-tank and research institute in the field of energy, sustainable development and policy. In Nov. 2015, she launched a small business, Baynisa Blooms, that provides floral products for South Asian weddings in the Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in Political Science and South and Southeast Asian civilization.

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.

Anisha Mocherla
Market Operations Specialist, Lyft 

Anisha Mocherla is currently with the operations team at Lyft, where she helps unlock growth opportunities and develop best practices to scale efficiently. In the past, she has worked with Education Pioneers, a leading nonprofit in public education and the Center for Microfinance, a research and outreach organization in development economics and finance. Anisha enjoys working with students on college preparation and career exploration. She graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors degree in International Studies and Economics.

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.

Robyn Barnard
Staff Attorney, UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

Robyn Barnard is a Staff Attorney at CGRS. Before joining the Center, she worked at Human Rights First as the detention attorney for the Refugee Representation program. In this capacity, she represented detained asylum seekers, including families and children, mentored pro bono attorneys on detained and non-detained asylum cases, and engaged in advocacy on U.S. protection of asylum seekers and refugees. Prior to joining Human Rights First, Robyn completed a CV Starr Law Lecturer fellowship at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law, where she taught legal research and writing and a seminar on International Refugee Law to Chinese graduate law students. She received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Bios – Founders

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.