Staff

Staff


Executive Leadership Team

Laura Valdéz

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Laura Valdéz was born and grew up in El Paso, Texas on the U.S./Mexico border. Her social justice framework is rooted in the struggles she witnessed…

Saúl Hidalgo L.

Deputy Director

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Saúl has over 25 years of nonprofit experience – most of which has taken place in the Mission. His previous experience includes…

Nolia Yulan Lai

Director Of Human Resources

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Nolia Yulan Lai has over 15 years of human resources management experience. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration and an…

Maribel Gonzalez Ruiz

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

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Maribel is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of progressive senior management experience in planning, budgeting, forecasting, and leadership…

Kara Mitzel

Director of Development and Government Contracts

Kara is a fundraising professional with over twenty years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector. While Kara’s roots in San Francisco…

Renee Penton

Director of Programs

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With over 18 years in the nonprofit sector, Renee’s journey spans community mental health, substance use disorder treatment, street outreach programs, and…


Administration

Yesenia Lacayo

Operations Director

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Yesenia has been involved in the non-profit sector from an early age. She was a participant in the Mission Area Federal Credit Union- Youth Credit Union…

Jackeline Rodriguez

Donor Engagement Manager

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Jackeline, a Bay Area native, brings a varied service industry background to DSCS, driven by her upbringing as a daughter of Mexican immigrants…

Donna Guadalupe Cruz

Executive Assistant

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Donna Cruz is a daughter of former Mexican immigrants and a daughter of a single mom. Donna’s mother worked 3 jobs to take care of her children…

Arturo Arévalos

Assistant Director of Operations

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Arturo Arévalos, a native of San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, draws deep inspiration from his personal journey and love for the city. Despite facing challenges…


Housing & Shelter Programs 

Manuel Piña

Director of Housing and Shelter Programs

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Manny has over 12 years of experience in Operations, mostly in private corporations. Manny holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a Masters…

Enrique Roldan

Richard M. Cohen Residence Senior Manager

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Enrique Roldan was promoted as Program Director of Cohen Residence in 2020. Enrique worked for 5 years as the Dolores Shelter Program Manager…

Jaime Torres

Casa Esperanza Program Manager

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Jaime is a San Francisco Native raised in the Mission District by a single immigrant mother. He attended and graduated from John O’Connell High School…

Jorge Rivera

Stay Over Program Program Manager 

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Jorge Rivera has more than 30 years of Community Services experience in the Mission District. Most recently worked at Catholic Charities for over 18 years…

Leslie Valdez

Casa Quezada Program Manager 

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Leslie is an innovative and visionary leader, with more than 8 years of diverse experience working in the non-profit and government sectors administering…

Stephanie Senna

Dolores Shelter Program Sr. Manager

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Stephanie Senna, with a childhood marked by homelessness and challenges, developed a deep commitment to helping those in need. Her personal…


Community Services 

Jacqui Portillo

Community Services Director

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Jacqui Portillo has over 20 years of experience in the social service sector and family support movement. Most recently she worked for East Bay Agency for…

Alejandro Nuno

Access Point Senior Program Manager

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Alejandro Nuno was born in Guadalajara Jalisco, México. His parents brought him to live in the US when he was 10 years old. He grew up in Santa Monica, CA and…


Community Engagement & Organizing 

Sanika Mahajan

Director of Community Engagement and Organizing

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Sanika Mahajan grew up primarily in the South Bay as the daughter of South Asian immigrants. Her commitment to centering social justice for marginalized groups…

Sean McMahon

Director of Deportation Defense & Legal Advocacy Program 

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Sean was raised in an immigrant family in Richmond, California. He comes to DSCS with 14 years of experience in nonprofit organizations, with nearly a decade…

Sayde Leos Diaz

Cooperative Developer Manager

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Sayde Leos is an accomplished Lawyer in Mexico and Paralegal in the US, with 6 years of law experience in both countries. She enjoys using her skills to…

Cindia Diaz

HOUSING RIGHTS SENIOR MANAGER

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Cindia Diaz is a Program Manager for the Nuestro Bienestar Community Wellness Program. She works with a team of Health Promotors to provide wrap around…

Finn Palamaro

SFILEN Program Manager 

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Finn Palamaro (they/them) is a community organizer with years of experience working in Los Angeles, Arizona and San Francisco with a focus in building…

Lizzie Davis

Associate Managing Attorney 

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Lizzie, a dedicated legal advocate, has been an integral part of DSCS since 2018, where she has held various roles including Staff Attorney and…

David Valencia

Worker Center Program Manager 

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David Valencia, originally from El Salvador, has dedicated his life to advocating for immigrant rights and community empowerment. He began his activism…

IMPACT

30

Housing and shelter placements provided for adults, youth, and families

80

Deportations prevented for pre-documented immigrants

4000

Living wage jobs secured for low wage workers