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Our Family Coalition

Stephen Botte

Stephen Botte

Stephen is a proud California native born, raised and educated in Silicon Valley. After graduating from Bellarmine College Prep and Santa Clara University,  he began his now twenty five year career in high technology marketing working for startups and established players like Steve Job’s NeXT Computer, Apple, HP, Oracle and Cisco.

He is the father to a his wonderful son Francesco, whom he adopted at birth in 2007.

Stephen is a long time advocate of LGBT civil rights with his passion now turning to the “new frontier” of LGBT rights - creating, legally protecting and ensuring the safety and inclusion of our families.

Diana Buchbinder

Diana Buchbinder

Since June 2007 Diana has been Director of Organizational Development for the Exploratorium in San Francisco, where she is responsible for the oversight of human resources, labor relations, and pension & benefits administration. Prior to joining the Exploratorium Diana served as Deputy General Manager of Human Resources for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, and worked 26 years as a human resources professional within various agencies in the City and County of San Francisco; including the San Francisco Public Library, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the SF MTA as their Director of Labor Relations. Diana has served as a board member for religious and nonprofit agencies focusing on foster care in San Francisco.

Diana holds a BA in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley and an MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from JFK University. She and her partner, Jeane, live in San Francisco where they are guardians to Nicolas (14). They are also parents to Aaron, Emma and Falyn and grandparents to Edward and Elliana.

Ali Cannon

Ali Cannon

Ali Michael Cannon, Co-President, joined the Board in 2009. He worked as a school district administrator for six years, managing state and federal grants that improved the lives of youth without equal access to education. He led his district in ground-breaking safe schools efforts, particularly on behalf of transgender and gender-variant youth, staff and families. He is a strategic visionary who is well-versed in coalition building. Prior to becoming a school district administrator, he worked for twenty years as a non-profit manager for educational agencies.

 

Ali has a BA and MA in Women Studies. He brings his strong feminist and anti-oppression lens to all of his endeavors. In addition to his professional expertise, he is a writer, organizer, activist, and public speaker. As a recognized leader in the transgender community, he has been invited to speak on various panels and organized numerous conferences and events for the Jewish, LGBT and Queer Jewish communities. His writing has been published in From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond. His provocative illumination of Jewish and transgender themes can be seen in the film It’s A Boy: Journeys from Female to Male and his essay (co-authored with TJ Michels) "Whose Side Are You On: Transgender at the Western Wall" (Queer Jews, Routledge, 2002 and republished in Kulanu: All of Us: A Program and Resource Guide for GLBT Inclusion, URJ Press, 2007).

 

Ali lives in Oakland with his wife, Jessica, and their third-grade son, Raffi. 

Michael Courville

Michael Courville

Michael Courville has been an equity advocate, researcher, writer, teacher and non-profit professional for over twenty years. His professional work has focused on public education, social change, LGBT inclusion, non-profit capacity building, resource development, rural equity and economic justice. His writing has appeared in Social Policy, The Journal of the Management Information Exchange, The Kappan and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare and on numerous websites. He is a member of the Land Research Action Network and was a contributing author to Promised Land: Competing Visions of Agrarian Reform (Food First Books 2006), which he also co-edited.

He is currently the Director of Community Programs and Development at California Rural Legal Assistance, where he directs the Fund for Rural Equity, a capacity building and grant making program supporting nonprofits serving low-income communities of color in rural areas. He was the National Program Director for The Respect for All Project, where he developed curriculum, training tools and national partnerships to end bias-based name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools and communities. He began his career as a teacher for students with disabilities in rural North Carolina, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1996. He received graduate degrees in political economy and nonprofit management in 2005 from UC Berkeley and a B.S. from the University of Connecticut in 1994. He now lives in San Francisco with his husband Jorge Roman, a family nurse practitioner at Clinic Olé in Napa County.

Heather Freyer

Heather Freyer

Heather Freyer has over 11 years of experience volunteering in the LGBTQ community and political campaigns. Most recently, she was elected to the Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign and has served as co-chair of the annual gala for the past two years. Heather is an active contributor to many local and national organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLAAD, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, the Transgender Law Center and the Clinton Global Initiative. She is the EVP Network Director at Trinchero Family Estates and has 18 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. Heather lives with her partner in San Francisco and is the mother of twin boys.

James Kadleck

James Kadleck

James Kadleck has served as treasurer and member of our board since May 2010. James currently leads marketing at GCA Savvian, an investment banking firm. Prior to joining GCA Savvian in 2004, Mr. Kadleck worked at Robertson Stephens, the San Francisco-based boutique investment bank. He began his career in the healthcare services with McKesson, and then branched into the financial industry specializing in operations, information technology, human resources, and project management.

Mr. Kadleck served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1992 – 1996. During that time, he served as a member of the Naval Aircrew Program in Sikorsky MH-53E aircraft while completing operational deployments in the North Atlantic and Pacific Rim. He received the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, and National Defense Medal while serving his country. Born and raised in the Dallas, TX, he moved to the Bay Area and entered and graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Trained as a biochemist, he realized technology would eventually follow product based business models. James brings to the board the strategic vision, financial operations, planning and capital raising awareness. James remains active in the community and is a fan of Dallas Cowboys and SF Giants. He resides in Oakland, CA with his spouse, Will and children, Michael and Gabriella.

Jes Montesinos

Jes Montesinos

With nearly two decades of experience serving the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the area of community change, Ms. Montesinos supports community leaders in addressing disparities in education, affordable housing, health care, and economic security. Through her consulting practice, Montesinos & Associates, she assists grassroots organizations, intermediaries, educational institutions, and foundations in achieving their community, organizational, and programmatic goals. Her firm believes in a society that supports equality, equity, and fairness for people of color, LGBT communities, and low-income individuals. Over the years, she has served a range of clients, including The California Endowment, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, The Hewlett Foundation, PolicyLink, Lambda Legal, and over two hundred and fifty grassroots nonprofit organizations. Examples of her work include serving on the national technical assistance team for the Federal Promise Neighborhood Initiative, providing outcome-based consultation to The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Richmond, CA, and recently completing a full-services community school plan for an elementary school in Vallejo, CA. She has served on various nonprofit boards and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She holds a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from UC Berkeley and an MA focused on Management and Public Policy from UC San Diego. She is a proud native of the Bay Area with roots in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Ora Prochovnick

Ora Prochovnick

Ora Prochovnick is Director of Clinical and Public Interest Law Programs and professor of law at John F. Kennedy University. For over 25 years she has specialized in LGBT law, tenant advocacy and civil rights. Ora was a partner and founding member of Bayside Legal Advocates, a woman run community law office in the Mission District of San Francisco, and in addition to her teaching continues a private practice in queer family law, with a focus on adoptions, family creation and protection. She has a distinguished history of community service and pro-bono activities, and has received many awards from the State Bar and local bar associations in recognition of her expertise and legal assistance, particularly to the low income community. In addition to her current position as co-chair on the OFC Board, she has served on numerous boards and committees including active participation in the advisory committee of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and recent co-chairing of Camp It Up! Inc. Ora has been a frequent presenter at workshops and seminars, for both legal professionals and the general public. Without understanding how it happened Ora now finds herself the parent of a college graduate, and is supported in everything she does by Rena, her life partner of thirty years (and now legal spouse) and their two daughters, ages twenty-two and nineteen.

James Raycraft

James Raycraft

James Raycraft is the Director of the Meeting & Event Services Department at Mosaic Event Management, a boutique meeting, event, and conference planning firm in San Francisco, CA. James joined Mosaic in 2006 upon returning home to the Bay Area after living and working in Asia, where he met his Canadian-born spouse, Mark. Prior to James’ time abroad, he worked as a Project Leader in the Meeting Services Division of the Insyght Interactive Group where he planned and managed domestic and international pharmaceutical conferences. Immediately following graduation from university, James worked for the department of University Relations, helping manage the recruitment, solicitation, and stewardship of the University's Board of Regents. In addition to these responsibilities, he also planned and coordinated the meetings and events of the Board. James holds a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University where he studied International Politics and Far Eastern Religions. James volunteered extensively while living in Los Angeles and among other accolades, was honored by former President Bill Clinton for his work with race relations and community building. James brings to the OFC support in event planning, major gift fundraising, Board management, as well as a large network of supporters and allies of the work of the OFC. James is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and cites travelling as his greatest pleasure; however, his partner argues that his greatest pleasure is making and completing to-do lists. James and his husband Mark, a primary education teacher, live in San Mateo with their daughter Malia.

Amy Simon

Amy Simon

Amy Simon is a founding partner of Goodwin Simon Strategic Research, which conducts polling, focus groups, and other qualitative research. During her more than twenty-five years of political experience as a public opinion researcher and communications strategist, she has worked on candidate and ballot measure campaigns in over forty states.

Ms. Simon has a unique background among the nation's top progressive pollsters. She was a community and field organizer, campaign manager, direct-mail consultant, and political director, before becoming a pollster, and she brings that diverse political understanding to all of her message development and message delivery research. She has special expertise conducting research and developing effective messaging around emotionally-complex social issues, particularly issues relating to LGBT people and families and marriage for same-sex couples.

Ms. Simon has been involved in a wide variety of grassroots campaigns since she began working for a nuclear freeze in 1980. She has served on numerous non-profit boards over the last twenty years and brings her diverse organizing and non-profit experience to her work on the OFC's board of directors. Raised outside of Boston, she graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 and spent a decade working on campaigns and working in the Washington, D.C. area before she settled in the Bay Area in 2000. She is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) and the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers (AAPOR). Ms. Simon has two wonderful, rambunctious, and spirited daughters. 

Amber Todd

Amber Todd

Amber Todd Serves as the Special Assistant to the City Administrator in the City of Oakland and has over fifteen years of experience in administrative and managerial work. In addition to her role with the City of Oakland she has been extremely involved in the Oakland community, boasting almost sixteen years of volunteer service to benefit underprivileged youth. She has supported the City of Oakland’s "Combined Charities" program and is a leader in the in the East Bay LGBT community as the Founder and Board Chair for Oakland Pride as well as Board Member of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club. Amber has served on the Board of Directors for Our Family Coalition for the past four years, advocating for services and programing serving those in the LGBT community of lower social economic background. Amber has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Human Services from Colorado Technical University. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Amber is a proud mother to four daughters: Emiko, age 13; Akemi, age 12; Kyoko age 10; and Kyomi age 9. Rising from adversity and a childhood spent in the foster care system, Amber has become a valuable asset not only to Our Family Coalition's team, but to all of the communities where she lives and works.

Stan Yogi

Stan Yogi

Stan Yogi is a Senior Consultant with Klein and Roth Consulting, a firm that helps non-profit organizations build strong fundraising programs that are mission-driven. He has more than 20 years experience with non-profit organizations in fundraising and grantmaking. For 14 years, he was Director of Planned Giving at the ACLU of Northern California, where he was also responsible for securing foundation grants and raising major annual gifts. Prior to joining the ACLU staff, he was a Program Officer for Cal Humanities, a statewide organization which awards grants for cultural and educational programs. Stan is the co-author, with Elaine Elinson, of the award-winning book Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. He is the co-editor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California’s Great Central Valley and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. He received a B.A. in English and Political Science from UCLA and a M.A. degree in English from UC Berkeley. He is married to nonprofit administrator David Carroll and lives in Oakland.

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