Leadership Team

Laura ValdéZ, Executive Director

Laura 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 growing up as a daughter of Mexican immigrants and queer Xicana.

Laura brings over 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit administration, public health, public policy and grassroots organizing. As a human rights activist, she has led several social justice organizations including organizations working for immigrant and LGBTQ rights. As a National Urban Fellow, she earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Bernard M. Baruch College, School of Public Affairs in New York City and is a LeaderSpring Fellow alumni.

Laura believes that long-term social change in this country requires sustained commitment and leadership from those most closely impacted by pervasive inequity and injustice and is looking forward to grounding this work at Dolores Street.



Mason has spent more than 20 years working in nonprofits across the country.   After sixteen years at Dolores Street, he has become a jack of all trades for the organization and has assumed additional responsibilities in administration and finance.  He is all about random experiences and enjoys the wide variety of responsibilities his job entails.

 Diana Flores, Director of Community Engagement & Organizing

Diana Flores is the second born to a costeña. Transplanted from the city of Angels to the Bay Area, she is a seasoned organizer, curator, and advocate with more than 15 years of base building and program development experience. Trained by gentle giants and rooted in transformative justice, she is guided by the spirit of strategic interventions and proactive intentions. Prior to her joining DSCS, she served as the San Francisco Housing Rights-Based Services Lead Organizer with Causa Justa::Just Cause. She is a graduate of the Labor/Community Strategy Center’s National School for Strategic Organizing.


Saúl Hidalgo L., Director of Housing and Shelter Programs

Saúl has over 25 years of nonprofit experience – most of which has taken place in the Mission.  His previous experience includes being a deputy director, a therapist, a program developer, and a university lecturer.  Saúl’s role at Dolores Street combines his passion for program management, organizational leadership, staff development, and anti-gentrification work.


Ana Herrera, Deportation Defense & Legal Advocacy Program Director

As Director, Ana oversees the day-to-day activities of our legal program. Ana works closely with the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network (SFILEN) and the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC) to develop and coordinate legal services for local residents facing deportation and immigration detention. She also assists and represents local low-income individuals and families in removal proceedings. Ana received her law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. During law school, Ana was a member of the International Human Rights Law Clinic and interned with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Ana speaks English and Spanish. Ana is licensed to practice law in California, as well as before immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals nationwide.




Administration & Fund Development

Barbara Torres, RECEPTIONIST/Office Manager

Barbara Torres started her journey with Dolores Street Community Services at Casa Quezada in October 2014 as a front desk clerk.  In July 2016, she transitioned into the Receptionist/Office Manager role at the main office.

Barbara was born and raised in Daly City, California. She and her three siblings were raised by their single mother and grandmother who had migrated from Managua, Nicaragua.  From her immigrant family, she learned the struggle of coming from a family of poverty. Barbara's main goal is to give back to her community and help  immigrants just like her mother and grandmother. Now as a single mother to an eight-year-old daughter, she hopes to teach her daughter about her family history, as well as the importance of advocacy in their community. She graduated from Skyline College in 2016, and has received her license in Cosmetology. She is also a huge fan of the Warriors, Forty Niners, and of course the San Francisco Giants!


Luis Humphrey, Bookkeeper

Luis joined Dolores Street in 2004 and has been the full-charge bookkeeper since 2005. Luis has a degree in accounting from San Francisco State University. He continues to use his knowledge of accounting and business administration to maintain the integrity and transparency of the organization's finances. Luis values the learning opportunities that lie ahead of him as Dolores Street continues to expand its diverse group of programs.


Housing & Shelter Programs

Casa Quezada

Enrique Roldan, Program Manager

Enrique is a proud San Francisco native, born and raised in the Mission District. After 5 years working as the Shelter Manager for the Dolores Shelter Program, Enrique transitioned into a new role as the Program Manager of Casa Quezada. He is passionate about the work DSCS does and believes in making a difference both on the individual level and as part of larger whole. Enrique takes pride in being able to give back to a community that helped him develop into the person he is today. He demonstrates a high level of customer service by interacting with tenants in a respectful manner that allows him to build relationships and also embraces his connections with staff, leading to an environment that helps the program thrive with positivity.   

Mario Hernandez, Facilities Manager

Mario is the epitome of a “jack of all trades.”  He first began working with DSCS as a contractor, putting his skills to use on many projects throughout the organization. Soon thereafter, Mario began working full-time as a Maintenance Technician and has since grown into the Facilities Manager, splitting his time between Casa Quezada and the Richard M. Cohen Residence. He not only works zealously to ensure and maintain the quality of each site, but is also always willing to lend a help hand around the organization. Mario is a true asset to Casa Quezada, the Richard M. Cohen Residence and Dolores Street overall.

Charles Bultman, MFT, Support Services Coordinator (employed by our services partner Mission Neighborhood Resource Center)

Charles has been the Support Services Coordinator at Casa Quezada since April 2015. Prior to this, he had worked in a variety of clinical settings that addressed the issues of addiction, serious mental illness, sexual abuse, and early childhood mental health. Charles has worked primarily with undocumented Latino clients during this time. Prior to his life as a therapist, Charles studied English literature and is still recovering from PMLTD, or post-modern literary theory disorder. He can’t un-think those terrible thoughts, but he hopes to use his skills as a therapist to help others.

Bernadette Morales, Case Manager (employed by our services partner Mission Neighborhood Resource Center)

Bernadette has worked at Casa Quezada since it’s opening in 2011. Prior to her work at CQ, she was a case manager and peer service advocate at Mission Neighborhood Resource Center. Originally from Puerto Rico, Bernadette is known affectionately as Mama by many people throughout the Mission District. She has a true gift for working with clients who face some of the most difficult challenges. As her nickname implies, Bernadette is kind and compassionate with her clients, and that interpersonal warmth has helped many overcome their difficulties. But just remember, Mama can administer tough love too.


Dolores Shelter Program

Yesenia Lacayo, Program Manager

Yesenia has been involved in the non-profit sector from a young age. She was a participant in the Mission Area Federal Credit Union- Youth Credit Union Program which empowered low income youth to be financially independent and responsible with an emphasis on higher education.  She was a board member for YLI for 2 years, a program that provided grants to youth created projects, and was also a Senior Youth Advocate for Mission Dignity, where her mission was to empower youth in the Mission to finish their high school diploma, and continue into higher education or vocational training. She was a shelter case manager with Dolores Street for 2 years and transitioned to the Program Manager role in the winter of 2015. She continues to grow and plans to continue advocating for the neighborhood she was born and raised in.


Cecilia Moreno, Case Manager

Cecilia has worked in the Mission for 20 years as an advocate, case manager, and substance-abuse counselor. She joined Dolores Street in 2002, earning her clients’ trust by  listening compassionately and championing them to meet their goals. This has allowed her the opportunity to help numerous clients find affordable housing, overcome substance abuse, and learn how to manage their personal finances.  She mentors several volunteers, empowering them
through service leadership.


Mayra Medel-Sanchez, Operations Manager

Mayra was born in Guadalajara Mexico. Her family emigrated when she was 1 to San Francisco. She was raised in the heart of the Mission district. As a youth she attended Potrero Hill Middle School and  was one of the first classes to attend the re-opened John O' Connell High School of Technology. Mayra started with Dolores Street at Casa Quezada as a desk clerk and soon was recruited as a shelter monitor for the Dolores Shelter Program. While in the shelter program, Mayra excelled in her skills and soon was promoted to Manager on Duty. When the opportunity arose she applied for Shelter Operations Manager and was selected for the position. Mayra continues to grow and strives in improving our shelter program.


Steven Reus, Assistant Operations Manager

Steven was born in San Francisco, California. He has resided in the Mission District his entire life. His parents came from Puerto Rico, in the 1950's. Steven attended John Muir Elementary, Horace Mann Middle School, and Mission High School. Steven was introduced  to Dolores Street in 2014, when he became a Shelter Monitor. Steven quickly adapted to the shelter system, and was promoted to Manager on Duty in 2015. And in 2016, Steven had the opportunity to apply/interview for the position as Assistant Operations Manager. Steven is proud to say, he was chosen for the position. Steven is grateful to be with an organization he can grow with, and continue to learn.


Mission SRO Collaborative (MSROC)
SRO Families United (SROFU)

Diana Martinez, Program Manager

Diana Martinez has worked at the Mission SRO Collaborative since the winter of 2014.  She began as Education Coordinator and worked with the team to strengthen MSROC’s tenant leadership and volunteer base. In the fall of 2016, Diana became MSROC’s Program Manager.  Before working in tenants’ rights and education at MSROC, Diana organized homecare providers with SEIU where she learned many valuable strategies in leadership development and community building.  Outside of her work at MSROC, Diana is a proud troop leader for the Radical Monarchs in Oakland.  In the Radical Monarchs, she works with young girls of color that learn about social justice movements, community empowerment through direct action, and sisterhood. In 2017, Diana was selected as a Koshland Civic Unity Fellow for the Mission District.


Tim Hoang, Education Coordinator

Tim jumped into tenant empowerment and housing rights after returning from teaching English in Spain (sí hablo español).  He works with tenants to educate and empower them as leaders. Before he started at MSROC he worked at an organization coordinating volunteer projects in San Francisco and even before that he studied environmental science and minored in ethnic studies. On his personal time he enjoys playing tennis and guitar!


Katie Martin Selcraig, Outreach and Campaigns Coordinator

With experience as a community organizer, teacher, and artist, Katie is passionate about facilitating a space for SRO tenants to lead the movement for housing justice and collective liberation. Outside of MSROC, her organizing has particularly centered around racial justice, domestic workers' rights, and supporting survivors of intimate violence. She believes in the importance of healing from trauma and cultivating joy as forms of resistance. Her favorite things in life include poetry, cinnamon rolls, the desert, dancing, and her greyhound Nalu.


Richard M. Cohen Residence

Kevin Cunz, Program Director

Kevin first started working at the Richard M. Cohen Residence as the Kitchen Manager from 1994-96.  As part of the original team, he guided the project through securing RCF-CI licensing, and worked with the inaugural staff and the very first residents to create a safe, healthy and warm environment for people living with HIV/AIDS. After Kevin left the Cohen Residence in 1996 he became a Facilities Director and later a Program Director at Catholic Charities. He returned to the Cohen residence in February 2016 as the Program Director.

Kevin has worked with those who are living with triple and quadruple medical and and psychological diagnoses and drug addiction issues.  Working with these residents has taught him that he is naturally inclined to be in an environment where he can contribute to their quality of life and to individual independence.

Kevin is a proud 3rd generation San Francisco native


Marc Roman, LMFT, Social Work Case Manager

Marc Roman has been with The Richard M. Cohen Residence dating back to 2015 as the Social Work Case Manager. Since that time, he has become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. He brings to this position decades of experience in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and chronic illness. Prior to joining Dolores Street Community Services, Marc managed several crisis hotlines at San Francisco Suicide Prevention, facilitated support groups for family members left behind following a completed suicide, counseled clients with various substance addictions at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and linked clients with community resources at a few inpatient residential treatment facilities. Marc finds his work at the Cohen Residence personally and professionally rewarding and hopes to develop a small private practice in the near future.  


Workers' Rights Program

San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective

Guillermina Castellanos, C0-Director of Workers’ Rights Program: Women's Collective and the San Francisco Day Labor Program

As co-founder of La Colectiva de Mujeres in 2001, Guillermina has supported hundreds of women to discover and develop dignity, leadership and skills. She is a strong leader in local, regional, national, and international movements to win workplace rights for domestic workers and day laborers. She was given the honor to represent US domestic workers at the International Labor Organization in Geneva for the United Nations’ Convention on Domestic Work, and helped found the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance. She is a member of the board for ENLACE, a nonprofit that supports low-wage worker centers, unions, and community organizations in Mexico and the U.S. through capacity building trainings and strategic campaigning. She is also a board member of the San Francisco branch of Jobs with Justice, an alliance of labor, community, faith-based, and student organizations that strives to build a movement for economic and social justice locally and nationally. She is deeply committed to social, political and economic transformation because it is nourishing for her, and this is where she finds her happiness.

Emiliano Bourgois-Chacón, Impact Manager

Emiliano started his career as Program Coordinator at the San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women's Collective in 2012. Under his current role, Emiliano assures impact and quality of the operations at the worker empowerment center. During his tenure, he has organized workers to create a worker-membership model, coordinating a volunteer program, and managing relationships with funders, contributing to a 25% growth in the program budget and the creation of a street-sweeping project funded by the city government. Emiliano has supported victories for day laborers and the immigrant community such as universal access to drivers licenses for residents of California and a protected separation between the activities of local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Emiliano received a B.A. from Harvard University in 2011 and has collaborated with National Institutes of Health (NIH) on researching drug use, sexual practices, and risk of HIV contraction among day laborers.


Stephanie Yang, Work Empowerment Coordinator

Stephanie began volunteering at San Francisco Day Labor Program in April 2016. After four months of volunteering, as an ESL and technology coach for our staff and in assisting to manage the program’s job placement system, she was hired. Previously, Stephanie worked as a wedding coordinator/event producer. She ensures that jobs for day laborers and domestic workers are well negotiated with employers and successfully handed over to workers. It is her responsibility to ensure that the program’s members are matched with dignified job opportunities at fair wages, and to explore ways in which to professionalize members' work skills and secure more work opportunities. Stephanie is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and the the first person in her family to graduate from college. In December 2016, she secured work for the largest number of workers in the history of the program. She has overseen steady increases in job placements for day laborers and domestic workers since.


Evelin Alfaro, Wellness Empowerment Coordinator

Evelin ensures that community resources are offered to address the basic health, shelter, food, and legal advocacy needs of day laborers and domestic workers, so that they better engage with the program and relate healthily to the larger society. One's personal wellness, which is assured when basic needs are met, is the platform upon which our members can access dignified work and fair wages, become a coordinator of a member committee, and participate in the operations of Worker Center, a collective enterprise. Evelin has seven years of experience as domestic worker and member leader in the Women’s Collective. She has also seen the darker side of the housecleaning industry, working for a cleaning company for three years, where she and her co-workers routinely skipped lunch and rest breaks, and worked extra unpaid time to complete cleanings for the employer. As a member of La Colectiva, Evelin learned to value herself and her work and demand better working conditions. Evelin has been a worker leader with the California Domestic Workers Coalition (CDWC), and help win the passage of the California Domestic Workers Bill of  Rights. She has participated in many important outreach and education drives, speaking with hundreds of her peers in California to inform them of their rights, inviting them to join, and winning their support for promoting better labor regulations. She understands that wellness, in terms of having one’s basic needs met, is indispensable in promoting self-esteem and in believing that each us can improve our situation, develop our leadership, and work in harmony as a collective.


Immigrant Rights Program

Deportation Defense & Legal Advocacy Program and IRCE

Ana Herrera, Director

Ana works closely with the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network (SFILEN) and the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC) to develop and coordinate legal services for local residents facing deportation and immigration detention. She also assists and represents local low-income individuals and families in removal proceedings. Ana received her law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. During law school, Ana was a member of the International Human Rights Law Clinic and interned with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.


Marsiela Esparza, Director of Immigrant Rights and Community Engagement SFILEN

Marisela joined Dolores Street Community Services in 2014 at the Program Manager for SFILEN.  In 2017, she led the advocacy efforts to re-launched the San Francisco Rapid Response Network.  Recently, Marisela was promoted to Director of Immigrant Rights and Community Engagement where she oversees SFILEN, SF RRN, and supports the Northern Regional Rapid Response efforts.  Her passion for immigrant rights stems from early youth when her mother was deported as a result of attorney misrepresentation.  Marisela graduated as a Gates Millenium Scholar with a B.A in  International Studies at the University of San Francisco in 2014 and has worked on immigrant rights campaigns at the local, state, and national level.


Alejandra Rosero, senior Attorney

Alejandra's work focuses on providing legal representation to individuals who are facing imminent deportation.  Prior to joining DSCS, Alejandra worked for a non-profit organization called American Gateways, as an immigration attorney representing individuals detained at immigration detention facilities in central Texas.

 She was part of the Legal Orientation Program where she was responsible for conducting workshops and legal presentations to hundreds of detained immigrant families.  She is a graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law located in Miami, Florida, with a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Intercultural Human Rights.



Elizabeth's work focuses on providing legal representation to individuals who are facing deportation.  Prior to joining DSCS, Elizabeth worked for a non-profit organization called The Door, as an immigration attorney primarily representing young people seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in New York Family and Immigration Courts. She is a graduate of NYU School of Law, where she was a student advocate with the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic.


Julia Dietz, Immigration Attorney

Julia joined Dolores Street in March 2017. Prior to joining the Deportation Defense team, Julia worked at a community organization, Make the Road New York, where she represented immigrant workers facing wage theft and other workplace violations. She is a graduate of NYU School of Law, where she was a student advocate with the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic.


Kelly Engel Wells, Immigration Attorney

Kelly focuses on representing detained adults facing removal. Prior to joining Dolores Street Community Services, Kelly was the supervising attorney of the Unaccompanied Minors Program at Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services in El Paso, Texas, which serves the legal needs of unaccompanied minors detained in or released from government shelters throughout the West Texas/New Mexico region. Kelly has also helped to organize city-wide efforts in New York City to provide asylum screenings to unrepresented respondents in immigration court, and, before law school, served migrant communities in the U.S. and Latin America as an educator, organizer, and policy researcher. Kelly graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2011 and received her B.A. in Comparative Literature with Honors in Latin American Studies from Stanford University in 2005.

Kelly believes that immigration detention and the destruction of families is a form of state-sponsored violence, and she firmly opposes all efforts to criminalize and incarcerate communities of color. 


Daniel Werner, Legal Fellow

Daniel began his work with Dolores Street Community Services during law school as an intern and returned to the organization in his current role in September of 2018. He grew up in San Francisco and began working in immigrant communities in the Bay Area in 2012, including as a legal worker in immigration programs at Canal Alliance in San Rafael and Catholic Charities of the East Bay in Richmond. Daniel continued his work with immigrant communities as a recipient of a Public Service Scholarship at UC Irvine School of Law, where he participated in the school’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.

Andrea Reyes, Paralegal

Andrea Reyes joined Dolores Street in June 2015 as a DreamSF Fellow and continued on as a full time legal assistant and currently as a paralegal in the Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program in June of the following year. Her work primarily focuses on providing support to the program's attorneys and their clients, often unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers. Andrea earned her B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University and is currently preparing to apply to law school for enrollment in Fall 2018.


Daisy Ocampo, Program Assistant

Daisy joined the program in May of 2017. She is the primary point of contact for clients and community members seeking information, referrals, and consultation appointments for their immigration case. She is fluent in Spanish and is proficient at performing client screening and intake. She also helps with other administrative functions of the program, such as reporting for grant management purposes.

Daisy studied City and Regional Planning and Education as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley where she received her B.A. in 2015.


ABIGAIL SALAZAR, Program Coordinator for San Francisco Rapid Response Network (SFRRN)

Abigail was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA to Mexican immigrant parents. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA Degree of Black Studies and Chican@ Studies in 2016 and previously, she worked as the Program Coordinator of the UCSB LGBT center. Having her mother deported at a young age influenced her commitment to serving immigrant communities and is grateful to be part of the San Francisco Rapid Response Team.

 ITZEL Nuno, Bay area Rapid REsponse Network coordinator

Itzel’s current work focuses on coordinating the Rapid Response efforts across 5 counties in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Dolores Street Community Services, Itzel worked at a social impact strategy firm called Third Plateau as their Community Manager. As the Community Manager, Itzel was responsible for growing, strengthening, and leveraging the firm’s network of social impact leaders. tzel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She currently lives in a small but warm apartment in Oakland with her partner, close friend, and plants.

Julia Cortez, Legal Assistant

Julia Cortez joined Dolores Street in January 2019 as a Legal Assistant in the Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program. Her work primarily focuses on providing support to the program's attorneys and their clients, and assisting Dreamers with their DACA renewals.

 Julia earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University, and  her M.P.A. from Notre Dame de Namur University.