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Jennifer Peck
President and CEO
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Jennifer Peck

The Partnership for Children and Youth was created in 2002 and Jennifer is the organization’s first Executive Director. During her tenure she has developed and implemented initiatives to build high quality after school and summer learning programs for students in low-income communities across California. Jennifer’s leadership has enabled PCY to be an influential policy-development and advocacy organization that has improved the reach and effectiveness of public funding for youth programs in California and across the country.

In 2006, as California prepared to launch Proposition 49’s substantial new investment in after school programs, Jennifer led the development and advocacy for state legislation that dramatically reformed the initiative and prioritized funding for schools in the lowest-income communities. For this work, she was recognized as “Woman of the Year” in her legislative district.

Jennifer led the creation of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, the state Legislative Task Force on Summer Enrichment, California’s Summer Matters Campaign, and the California Community Schools Network.

In December 2010, Jennifer was appointed Transition Team Director for Tom Torlakson, the newly-elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this role, Jennifer oversaw the transition planning process and helped ensure that the superintendent’s goals were articulated through policy and organizational development at the California Department of Education. After his re-election in 2014, Superintendent Torlakson appointed Jennifer Senior Advisor, to support development of the superintendent’s second term priorities and she maintains an active advisory role with the Superintendent and his senior team.

Prior to joining PCY, Jennifer spent eight years as an appointee of President Bill Clinton at the U.S. Department of Education, where she supported implementation of numerous initiatives including student loan reform, School-to-Work, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Jennifer has a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Colgate University and she is the mother of Emilia, a rising 7th grader who is enormously patient with her mother’s work schedule.

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Megan Agee
Director, Expanded Learning 360°/365
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Megan Agee

Megan Agee joined the Partnership for Children & Youth in 2016.  As PCY’s Director of the Expanded Learning 360˚/365 initiative, Megan manages this effort to help school districts in California better align their expanded learning programs, which often present valuable opportunities for promoting social-emotional skills, with social-emotional learning goals and practices happening during the school day.  In her role, Megan coordinates professional learning communities for the participating school districts, provides coaching support tailored to each district’s identified goals, and helps both school day educators and expanded learning providers recognize the valuable and essential role that high quality expanded learning programs can play in promoting a young person’s social-emotional learning.

Prior to joining PCY, Megan worked for nearly 12 years at one of San Francisco’s leading expanded learning provider organizations, the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, most recently serving as the agency’s Director.  Megan has also served a year as an AmeriCorps member working with middle school-aged youth in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, and has conducted policy work in Sacramento for First 5 California and a foster youth advocacy organization.  Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University

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Katie Brackenridge
Vice President
Programs
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Katie Brackenridge

Katie Brackenridge is the Senior Director for Expanded Learning Initiatives for the Partnership for Children and Youth. She oversees direct technical assistance to Bay Area after school and summer learning programs, managing efforts to improve the quality of programming and the infrastructure that supports programs.  Katie also develops policy recommendations and advises decision-makers about policies related to challenges and opportunities found in the field.  As part of this role, she oversees Expanded Learning 360°/365, which helps districts coordinate their social-emotional learning strategies across the school day and expanded learning time.  She also oversees the Summer Matters campaign, a statewide effort to expand and improve summer learning programs across the state.  As co-chair of the California Afterschool Network’s Quality Committee, she works with the California Department of Education to provide advice about CDE’s role in improving the quality of expanded learning programs.

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Taylor Brady
Director of Development
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Taylor Brady

Taylor Brady joined the Partnership for Children & Youth as Development Director in late 2014. He holds primary responsibility for planning, oversight, and implementation of our fundraising and grants management program. He also helps to lead the integration of communications and fundraising strategies, and supports an organization-wide effort to align revenues, financial management systems, and program development.

Taylor brings 16 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, grants management, communications, and revenue strategy design. Prior to joining  PCY, his work supported a range of nonprofit organizations including both California statewide intermediaries and local direct-service providers in Oakland and Los Angeles County, all with a focus on social justice, youth development, educational quality and access, and family strengthening.

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Andrea Broxton
Vice President
Operations
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Andrea Broxton

Andrea Broxton oversees the Partnership for Children and Youth’s Expanded Learning Time (ELT) technical-assistance projects and provides direct support and advocacy to communities across California.  Her projects and initiatives include STEM in expanded learning, summer learning, and citywide system support.  Andrea currently serves on and is an active member of the San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative Policy Council, California Afterschool Network STEM Committee, and the Community of Practice for the Power of Discovery:  STEM2 Initiative.  Internationally, Andrea is a Board Member of Africa In Mind, Inc. and a member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).

Andrea brings 15 years of experience working in the field of education and program development for schools and non-profits in the United States and abroad.  She has spent her career seeking social justice and educational equity for children and families.  Her wide ranging experience as a program provider, manager, trainer, facilitator, assessor, and researcher has afforded her the opportunity to set and implement best practices in cutting-edge programs for immigrants, children of incarcerated parents, women and girls, parents and caregivers.  Andrea’s areas of expertise include youth development, gender equity, family supports, expanded learning, and community-school initiatives.

 

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Ezra Denney
Communications Manager
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Ezra Denney

Ezra Denney joined the Partnership for Children and Youth in 2015 as Communications Manager. He has an extensive background in non-profit communications, project management, and development. His tenures at organizations like Catholic Charities, Legal Community Against Violence, California Academy of Family Physicians, and United Policyholders taught Ezra the importance of communication and connection in the non-profit world, along with the importance of creating timelines and schedules.

Ezra graduated from Bennington College with a degree in Theatre. After college he was a proud member of the first class of Americorps*NCCC and then a Teach for America corpsmember in New Orleans. A lifelong supporter of education, he continues to volunteer in local schools.

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Jen Dietrich
Policy Manager
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Jen Dietrich

Jennifer Dietrich joined the Partnership for Children & Youth in 2012 as Office Coordinator, and comes with almost five years of legislative experience at the state and federal levels. In Sacramento, Jen staffed two Chairs of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, while supporting communications and media relations. Prior to working at the California State Capitol, she served two Bay Area Congressmembers, Ret. Representative Ellen O. Tauscher and Representative Jerry McNerney, in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

While working for Congress, Jen earned her Masters degree in Political Management from George Washington University. She focused on issue advocacy, speech writing, and grassroots organization.

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Robin Ferguson
Director
Administration
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Robin Ferguson

Robin Ferguson joined the Partnership for Children & Youth in 2007, and is responsible for the fiscal and administrative areas of the organization. Prior to joining PCY, she worked in a broad range of nonprofit organizations in New York City for more than 25 years, including a community foundation, a health education theater program for young people and an organization that provides quality health care in underserved communities.

Robin has nearly 20 years of experience in nonprofit management. Her skills include financial management, budget development, grants management and office administration.

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Jessica Gunderson
Senior Director
Policy and Communications
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Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson joined the Partnership for Children & Youth in 2011 to help shape and manage our expanded learning time and community school advocacy and policy work. Before joining PCY, Jessica worked as a senior planner at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. While at Vera, she led research and planning efforts to address educational neglect and chronic absenteeism among teenagers resulting in two publications, Getting Teenagers to School and Rethinking Educational Neglect.

Jessica received her Master of Public Administration and Non-profit Management degree at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. While at Wagner, Jessica worked as a research intern at Casey Family Programs and a program coordinator at the NYU Wagner Research Center for Leadership in Action. Prior to graduate school, she worked for California State Assembly Majority Leader Karen Bass on child-welfare and social-service issues including staffing the California State Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care.

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Jenny Hicks
HousEd Director

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Jenny Hicks

Jenny Hicks has worked in the expanded-learning-time spectrum for more than 15 years and has a degree in Human Service Management. Jenny is passionate about supporting Adult Learners and is known for developing and delivering engaging professional developments and instructional coaching for over 2000 youth workers all throughout the state and nation.

In 2000, Jenny began as a peer counselor for the Healthy Start program at James Logan High School.  Jenny later transitioned to intern for Youth Employment Partnership Inc., in Oakland, where Jenny  mentored and supported over 200 youth in job readiness and placement for the 2005 Mayor Summer Job Program.

In 2005, Jenny began working for YMCA of the East Bay, providing service in several capacities over five years.  As site director of the Explore Middle School after school program Jenny earned a 2007 Service of Excellence award from Oakland Unified School District. In 2009, Jenny was promoted to fiscal management director with the lens of after school program strategy and compliance.

During the 2008–09 school year Jenny worked with OUSD’s Expanded Learning department as a consultant in the after school program office.

In 2011, Jenny joined the PCY team and has used her extensive background in youth development to organize, support, and assist with program start up for several affordable housing communities. Jenny’s mission for PCY’s HOUS/ED work is to build and maintain relationships between housing agencies and key partners to embed youth development best practices into the environment of housing, creating a pathway out of poverty for children and youth.

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Daren Howard
Technical Assistance Manager
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Daren Howard

Daren Howard joined the Partnership for Children & Youth in 2015. As the Technical Assistance Manager his is responsible for providing direct support to after school and summer programs across California through advocacy, training, coaching, and consulting.

Daren has been a youth development professional since 2004. He has served students of all ages across California and in Mexico. Most recently, Daren worked with THINK Together in Southern California to provide high quality, academically oriented Afterschool, and Summer Programs. He also served as a Technical Assistance Peer Reviewer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and as a Community Advisory Board Member for several local health and academic initiatives.

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Nazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto
Director, Summer Matters Campaign
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Nazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto

Nazaneen joined the Partnership for Children & Youth as our Summer Matters Campaign Manager, supporting our campaign partnerships, events, outreach and communications. Nazaneen has worked in the education field for over 15 years; she has taught preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school in the areas of Spanish, Social Studies, and English as a second language.

Prior to joining PCY, Nazaneen worked with Citizen Schools, a national network of expanded learning time programs for middle school youth. In this capacity, she served as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow, a site director, and a program director. During her time with Citizen Schools, Nazaneen honed her skills in curriculum development, program management, training youth workers and volunteers, and facilitating collaborations among families, school administrators and corporate partners.

Before moving to California to join Citizen Schools, Nazaneen taught high school social studies in West Philadelphia and earned her Teaching Credential and Masters of Science in Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Nazaneen also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economics from The Evergreen State College.

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Annquenetta Lawrence
Event Coordinator
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Annquenetta Lawrence

Annquenetta Lawrence joined Partnership for Children and Youth in 2014 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Jennifer Peck.  She brings with her experience in both the corporate and non-profit worlds.

Annquenetta  has over 25 years of experience in providing comprehensive executive support and has particular strengths in office organization, project management, and computer proficiency.  Previously, Annquenetta served as executive assistant to the Executive Director of Oakland House of Ruth and Magnolia Women’s Recovery Program.  Before that, Annquenetta worked at Charles Schwab as the assistant for two vice presidents in IT Communications.

A native of California, Annquenetta resides in the city of Oakland with her daughter, grandson, and poodle.

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Deanna Niebuhr
Senior Director
Community Schools Initiatives
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Deanna Niebuhr

Deanna Niebuhr joined the Partnership for Children & Youth in 2004 and directs the Community Schools Initiatives. In this role, Deanna leads PCY’s efforts to create a state-level policy framework supportive of the development and sustainability of community school implementation at the local level. Among Deanna’s areas of focus is the building of a state-wide network of community school advocates and stakeholders. Deanna also oversees PCY’s targeted technical-assistance work with local communities to initiate and grow community school partnerships.

Prior to joining PCY, Deanna worked with adolescent girls in a group home and non-public school setting. Later, as an analyst for Alameda County’s Social Services Agency, she worked on child welfare policy issues at the county and state levels. Deanna has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley.

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Stephanie Pollick
Communications Coordinator
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Stephanie Pollick

Stephanie Pollick joined the Partnership for Children and Youth in 2015 as the Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining PCY, Stephanie worked for the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC in marketing and event coordination. She has a passion for education, drawing from her experience in youth programming at summer camps around the Bay Area and within transitional housing communities. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Clark University.

As Communications Coordinator, Stephanie provides support to the California Community Schools Network as well as overall communications for PCY.

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Greta Wu
Director of Finance

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Greta Wu

Greta Wu joined the Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) in 2013. As Senior Director of Finance and Administration she is responsible for overseeing the financial management, planning, and monitoring of the organization. Greta’s background includes accounting, corporate finance, and operations. Most recently before joining PCY, she worked as an independent consultant, providing advisory services to not-for-profit and for-profit ventures.

Greta is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. She also holds a BS from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jennifer Peck

The Partnership for Children and Youth was created in 2002 and Jennifer is the organization’s first Executive Director. During her tenure she has developed and implemented initiatives to build high quality after school and summer learning programs for students in low-income communities across California. Jennifer’s leadership has enabled PCY to be an influential policy-development and advocacy organization that has improved the reach and effectiveness of public funding for youth programs in California and across the country.

In 2006, as California prepared to launch Proposition 49’s substantial new investment in after school programs, Jennifer led the development and advocacy for state legislation that dramatically reformed the initiative and prioritized funding for schools in the lowest-income communities. For this work, she was recognized as “Woman of the Year” in her legislative district.

Jennifer led the creation of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, the state Legislative Task Force on Summer Enrichment, California’s Summer Matters Campaign, and the California Community Schools Network.

In December 2010, Jennifer was appointed Transition Team Director for Tom Torlakson, the newly-elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this role, Jennifer oversaw the transition planning process and helped ensure that the superintendent’s goals were articulated through policy and organizational development at the California Department of Education. After his re-election in 2014, Superintendent Torlakson appointed Jennifer Senior Advisor, to support development of the superintendent’s second term priorities and she maintains an active advisory role with the Superintendent and his senior team.

Prior to joining PCY, Jennifer spent eight years as an appointee of President Bill Clinton at the U.S. Department of Education, where she supported implementation of numerous initiatives including student loan reform, School-to-Work, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Jennifer has a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Colgate University and she is the mother of Emilia, a rising 7th grader who is enormously patient with her mother’s work schedule.

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