Maritza Sanchez

Maritza was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to the Bay Area in middle school. She feels blessed to have a large extended family that supports each other “pa’ las q’ sea” (whatever is needed). As a product of the public school system in San Mateo County, she has seen firsthand that accessing […]

Christina (Pina) Cañaveral

Christina is a bilingual/bicultural Latinx woman, born and raised in the Portola and Excelsior Districts of San Francisco. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in the History of Latin America and received her MA in Political Science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. She has over 20 years of experience […]

Neva Walker

Neva Walker is a long-time community organizer and political leader. She has decades of experience building power with low-income Black and Brown youth and families for racial justice, education justice, and criminal justice. Neva was born into an activist family in Minneapolis – her mother founded and ran the social service programs at Sabathani Community Center, which was located across […]

Andrea Mejia

Andrea Mejia was born in the City and raised in the City and East Oakland, as the daughter of immigrant parents from Central America. As Coleman’s YMAC Lead Organizer, Andrea brings her personal experience of school pushout and the school-to-prison pipeline, which helps her understand and further serve San Francisco’s most impacted youth. Raised by […]

Sara Leaverton

Sara hails from a working class family in rural Oregon. Finding a passion for economic and racial justice in her youth, Sara has worked with community-based organizations for years, assisting in various capacities. After originally interning at Coleman in college, and assisting with the Solutions Not Suspensions campaign and the re-approval of the Children’s Amendment, […]

Brandie Bowen-Bremond

Brandie was raised in the East Bay Area and currently serves as the Policy Director of Coleman Advocates. She believes that education is the way that we practice freedom and liberation, yet Black and Brown students continue to be pushed out of classrooms and into carceral systems. Her passion for systemic change, racial justice, and […]

Chris Ballard, J.D., M.A.

Chris first joined the Coleman family in 2012 as a PMAC Organizer under the leadership of Neva Walker. He served on the Board of Directors before becoming Co-Executive Director. Chris grew up in the Central Valley region of California. He was born into generational poverty, where he experienced welfare, food stamps, and mass disenfranchisement. Despite […]