Our Staff & Board

Coleman Staff:

Coleman Board:

  • Steve BinghamStaff attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Rosario Cervantes—Consumer rights advocate with the CA Public Utilities Commission
  • Dr. Prudence Carter—Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology at Stanford University and Faculty Director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities
  • Curtis Chan, M.D.—Pediatrician, UCSF; San Mateo Public Health Dept
  • Rick Judd (Treasurer), Retired nonprofit and city Attorney
  • Maria Luz Torre (President) – Director and lead organizer for SF Parent Voices
  • Ianthia Mack—Former PAY member; Community Organizer
  • Giuliana Milanese—Community and Political Organizer, Civil Rights activist
  • Greg Tanaka (Secretary) — Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

Neva Walker, Executive Director
Email: nwalker@colemanadvocates.org
 

Neva is a long-time youth worker, community organizer and political leader from Minneapolis who recently relocated to the Bay Area. She was born into an activist family; her mother founded and ran community programs at the Sabathani Community Center, located right across the street from the family’s home. Neva herself now has decades of experience working with low income youth and families of color around economic and racial justice issues. She has organized intensively around community demands for affordable housing and opportunities for youth. At age 29, Neva was the first African American woman elected to the Minnesota Legislature in the state’s history. She ran a precedent-setting grassroots election campaign that involved young people of color at every level of leadership. She served 8 years as a legislator before stepping down to return to her organizing roots. She’s a former Board member of the Progressive States Network. Since coming to the Bay, Neva spent time supporting the Black Organizing Project at the Center for Third World Organizing, and has been organizing workers in the labor movement.

 


Chelsea Boilard, Director of Programs
Email: cboilard@colemanadvocates.org

Born and raised in San Francisco, Chelsea has always been passionate about working with children and youth!  She has years of experience working with youth in non-profit organizations all over San Francisco, but she found a place at Coleman in 2002 as an AmeriCorps member with YMAC.  Since then, she hasn’t strayed far from the organization, and rejoined Coleman as a staff member in 2007.  She is proud to be a part of this organization, whose members, and staff, are so deeply committed to a more just San Francisco for all young people and their families.

 

Christina Cañaveral, Director of Parent Organizing and Education Policy
Email: ccanaveral@colemanadvocates.org
 
Christina Cañaveral was born and raised in the Excelsior District in San Francisco. She has a strong background in program management and youth development, serving as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and Project Manager at the Upward Bound program of the University of Central Florida. Christina has extensive experience developing skills building and political education curriculum and facilitating workshops and leadership development programs, for both youth and parents. In multiple positions, Christina has carried out federal, state and local budget monitoring activities. Christina received her Masters Degree in Political Science in Bogota, Columbia where she also served as the Academic Coordinator of an English Language Institute. While in Columbia, Christina played leadership roles in multiple political campaigns, including the Mayoral Campaign of a member of the Independence Party, in which she served as a precinct captain, event and media coordinator, fundraiser and translator.
 

Kevine Boggess, Civic Engagement Director
Email: kboggess@colemanadvocates.org
 
Before joining the Coleman staff team, first as part-time support for SMAC and then as our Program Lead for our Youth Organizing Project, Kevine worked with Black Youth Vote in Atlanta and led the Morehouse University Amnesty International chapter. While at City College of San Francisco Kevine served as the Student Body President and Coordinator of Students Serving Students (S Cubed), a peer mentoring program at CCSF.
 
 
Mahnani Clay, Director of Administration
Email: mclay@colemanadvocates.org
 
Mahnani is a well-rounded, experienced and creative administrative professional with over thirteen years experience in office administration, human resources, and event production in both nonprofit and corporate settings. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Mahnani is also a dedicated community activist and currently sits on the executive boards of the San Francisco Black Leadership Forum (Secretary) and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club (E-Board Political). Mahnani is the proud mother of a fifteen year old son, Seth Xavier Marceau.
 
 
 
Kimberly Banford, Youth Organizing Coordinator
Email: kbanford@colemanadvocates.org
 
Kimberly is a second generation San Franciscan and a proud product of SFUSD. Her history with Coleman and YMAC began while she was a sophomore at Balboa high school. Her recent work with San Francisco Rising led her back to Coleman. Upon graduation, she attended Middlebury College, where she was a member of the student advisory board for the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. She served as president and treasure of the school’s African American Alliance, as well as a member of the Institution Diversity Committee. Kimberly is deeply invested in youth leadership development and, in particular, building the knowledge base and inspiring the engagement of young people of color around issues of racial justice and equity in education. In her spare time, Kimberly loves to play rugby and get manicures.  
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Samantha Liapes, Development & Communications Director
Email: sliapes@gmail.com
 
Samantha has over two decades of experience supporting the development and sustainability of social justice organizations at the local and national level. She worked with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights for eight years, serving as the Director of the Bay Area PoliceWatch project, founding staff and Director of NYC PoliceWatch, Staff Development Coordinator and Development Director. In 2007 and 2008, Samantha ran the Generational Alliance (GA), a national network of progressive youth and student organizations working to promote the voices, vision and leadership of young people from historically disenfranchised communities.  Before that, as an independent consultant based in the Bay Area, Samantha provided training and consultation to numerous local and national organizations in the areas of resource development, membership growth, project management and communications.
 
 
Ligia Montano, Parent Organizer
Email: lmontano@colemanadvocates.org
 
Growing up in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Ligia learned early on how crucial education is to the survival, success and well-being of individuals and communities. As an immigrant, she has come to understand, through direct experience, how education broadly – and language learning opportunities specifically – are absolutely integral to achieving genuine social justice and equity in the United States. Ligia is especially committed to supporting and empowering other immigrants to overcome the many structural obstacles to accessing quality education and English communications skills essential to securing living wage jobs in San Francisco. Ligia has worked on education issues with Latino immigrant and other socioeconomically disadvantaged communities in San Francisco with a range of groups, including the District Parent Advisory Council and ExCEL at SFUSD. She is the mother of a Balboa High School freshman who is constantly challenging Ligia to become a better person.
 
 
 
Natalia Vigil, Community Engagement Coordinator
Email: nvigil@colemanadvocates.org
 
Natalia Vigil is the oldest of six children raised in San Francisco. Natalia brings her expertise as a  coordinator, writer and curator to her work at Coleman. As a San Francisco youth, she was a youth leader through Peer Resources  and has continued to work with youth in non-profits around the  Bay  Area. Natalia’s work experience ranges from working with religious communities, to running a women’s center  and assisting in organizing the first DREAM act lobby day  and national conference in DC.In her work and art, Natalia strives to create  moments of cross-racial /cultural/class collaboration. Natalia’s writing and performance has appeared in numerous places around the Bay Area. She is the co-founder of Still Here, a performance and community dialogue project that explores the experiences of Queer/LGBTQI individuals raised in S.F.

Lily Wong, Jobs Policy Coordinator
Email: lwong@colemanadvocates.org
 
Born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Lily has been an advocate and organizer since 1999. As a Y-MAC organizer, Lily constantly struggled with the dichotomy of education offered to different students, from different neighborhoods, in San Francisco. This struggle has been at the root of Lily’s organizing. Lily has returned to Coleman with a range of education and skills to invest in her community. She has worked on immigration issues with Asian Law Caucus as a Community Advocate, and with youth employment as the coordinator for the Mayors Youth Employment and Education Program in Chinatown. She interned at a range of public offices, including the offices of Tom Ammiano, Gavin Newsom, and Nancy Pelosi. Recently, Lily has completed a joint Master’s program in Public Policy and Alternative Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. She plans to use her education and experience to ensure all San Franciscans have the opportunity stay and thrive in this City.