STAFF

Galen Silvestri

Co-Founder | Co-Director

Galen is Co-Founder and Co-Director of United Roots, a long-time community organizer, youth educator and media producer, and has worked with organizations like Men’s Story Project and the Y-Step collective for racial equity. He has over sixteen years of experience developing campaigns, projects, and programs in partnership with local and national communities.

aManda Greene

Co-Founder | Co-Director

aManda was raised between the Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Her bi-cultural upbringing has had a strong influence in her believes, values and how those manifest through her work in the world. This led her to spend a decade between Santa Fé New Mexico, Oakland, Bahia Brazil and Southern India working on various arts and ecological development projects. It was during this time that she saw one can’t address long-term sustainable development without first addressing short-term economic development. In 2013 she received a gMBA in Social Enterprise driven by the belief that the current paradigm of ‘development’ can be transformed into one that is valued based on ecological regeneration and social equity.

Since 2009 she has been engaging with young leaders to address the problems in their own communities by supporting the development of youth-led social enterprises. Responsible for the Youth Hub programming, she works to translate MBA level content into culturally relevant curriculum.

She currently serves on the board of The Hood Incubator & is a Steering Committee member of Oakland’s Youth Ally Alliance.

Gino Pastroni-NG

Co-Founder | Co-Director

Gino was born and raised in East Oakland, California, a city that provided profound life lessons on culture and social justice. The powerful connection between the former and the latter was illuminated at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, where he spent a sizable portion of his childhood and now serves as a board member.  His formal education took place at UC Santa Cruz, where walks through the forest cultivated a passion for environmental stewardship, and a summer abroad in Barcelona inspired an insatiable appetite for international exploration.  After completing a B.A. in psychology, Gino spent 2 years in South America and Asia, teaching English, learning Spanish and Portuguese, attempting to learn Mandarin, and photographing everything in between. Back in his hometown, he supported the launch of a new elementary school in East Oakland and educated thousands of California voters about environmental legislative action before finding his calling in youth-led social entrepreneurship.  Based on the belief that the people most impacted by the problems are the ones best equipped to create innovative and sustainable solutions, he has spent most of the last 7 years supporting Bay Area youth to launch their own social enterprises.

De’Mario Lewis

Co-Working Space Manager

De’Mario Lewis is from West Oakland, and has participated in programs at United Roots for many years. He is a youth leader from the DetermiNation program, and was selected as a Public Ally AmeriCorps member at United Roots. He is a media maker, and a talented graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. His role at United Roots is managing the Youth Impact Hub co-working space and United Roots media labs, among other things.

Javiera Torres

Opportunity Network Manager

Javiera is the Opportunity Network Manager for Youth Impact Hub. She was born in Chile, migrated at age 8, and lived in Sacramento until moving to Santa Cruz to pursue her B.A. While at UC Santa Cruz, she studied Community Studies, mentored and tutored young people at local schools, and did extensive organizing work around migrant rights. As the Opportunity Network Manager, she works to provide resources that help sustain the visions and enterprise of young people, while also holding space and connecting them to community resources that support healing and self-care.

Tammy Chan

Operations Manager

Tammy has a multidisciplinary background, including over 8 years in Corporate Finance and Informational Technology. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Conversations for Good, a 501(c)(3) charity helping to connect students and job seekers with volunteer job professionals. Tammy is also involved as the Director of Operations for IIIJ Foundation, think tank commissioned by the tech elite, formed to advance the understanding of innovation.

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