President and Chief Content Officer
Ellin is an award-winning journalist who leads the editorial and strategic direction of Youth Radio. She founded Youth Radio in 1992. She led the acquisition of our 20,000 sq. ft. media and technology center in downtown Oakland, the expansion into digital media, and the development of a national network with major media and community partnerships. Her previous experience includes starting newsrooms, channels and bureaus for Inner City Broadcasting, KQED, Pacifica and NPR, and working as a reporter, news director, and producer in radio and television.
Jabari develops employment partnerships, creating meaningful classroom-to-employment experience for young people. He has professional histories in fundraising, marketing and education, and holds a bachelor’s degree from USC Annenberg and a certificate in fundraising from UCLA Extension.
Chief Operating Officer
Erik has nearly 15 years of experience with media education, youth development, workforce development, and juvenile justice programming through his work in various community-based organizations and public schools within the East Bay. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in Psychology.
Director of Arts Pathway and Youth Outcomes
Maeven facilitates Youth Radio’s Remix Your Life and builds partnerships with community arts institutions. She studied community art and performance theory at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, focusing on best practices in leveraging the arts for trauma recovery and community empowerment.
Ben teaches music production, sound design classes, and manages Youth Radio Raw and AllDayPlay. He attended UC Santa Cruz and the Sorbonne and has credited works with organizations and artists such as Deuce Eclipse, Zumbi, Andre Nickatina, Destiny Arts Center and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.
DJ Skills Instructor
David Elliot, aka DJ FUZE, heads up Youth Radio’s DJ Skills Program, part of Remix Your Life. He has over 25 years of history working as a part of the platinum selling, grammy-nominated, Bay Area rap group Digital Underground. He produced and toured with the iconic Tupac Shakur, as well as the platinum Oakland duo, the Luniz, and most recently, toured with comic legend Dave Chappelle. FUZE graduated from UC Berkeley in 2008 with a degree in International Development.
Director of Institutional Giving
Ashleigh leads Youth Radio’s development department. Before Youth Radio, she worked in fundraising and publishing for non-profit media companies in Washington, DC. She began her studies in journalism and communications at American University in Washington, DC. She studied indigenous literature in New Zealand, and earned an English degree from the University of Iowa.
Individual Giving Manager
Heather comes to Youth Radio with a background in political organizing and fundraising. Prior, she worked on environmental, consumer rights and social justice campaigns. She earned her degree in Religion and Women’s Studies from The University of the South.
Victoria brings several years of development experience to her role, as well as a passion for education and progressive media. Past experience includes building a development department from the ground up at one organization, and scaling development procedures through a dramatic growth period at another. She holds a BA from Reed College.
Ai leads the finance and accounting team. Ai has a degree in engineering and design. Prior to joining Youth Radio, she was a process engineer in the semiconductor industry, studied industrial design, and was a partner/finance controller at a creative firm in NYC.
Ivan graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Economics, and he has ten years of experience in the nonprofit finance sector. As the Staff Accountant, he supports the Finance Director and offers key operational support to staff and students. Ivan has also taught personal finance workshops in Youth Radio’s Pathways program.
Director of Human Resources
Erin comes to Youth Radio with over 15 years of experience in youth & workforce development. Her experience leading regional start ups for City Year Los Angeles and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) California led her to pursue her MBA at Mills College where she focused on finance and management consulting. Erin is passionate about building equitable workforces; positive, collaborative, organizational cultures; and coaching managers to unlock their teams’ full potential.
Learning and Evaluation Specialist
Anna is Youth Radio’s Learning and Evaluation Specialist. Before joining Youth Radio, she worked as a research and evaluation consultant with Bay Area, national and international youth development organizations. Anna earned her MA from Claremont Graduate University in Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation.
Director of Media Education
Elena teaches journalism and leads the Media Education team at Youth Radio. She started producing radio as a young person and has produced, trained, and collaborated with youth media groups around the country. She’s a graduate of Temple University.
CORE Journalism Instructor
LaToya Tooles has written for The Brooklyn Ink, Salon.com, OhDang!Mag, The Afro American, The Golden Gate [X]Press and the Western Edition. She most recently worked as a web producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a master’s degree in digital media from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s in print journalism from San Francisco State University. She is a longtime nerd known for her love of fantasy novels, old and new radio shows, crafting, coding and flow charts.
Managing Editor/Director of National Network
Rebecca leads the day to day operations of Youth Radio’s award-winning newsroom, including editing and producing local and national features. She works closely with the Chief Content Officer on strategic planning and the development of our national network. Before coming to Youth Radio, she worked for The World (PRI/BBC), NPR and CNN.
Senior Editor & Founding Director Innovation Lab
Lissa (PhD, Stanford) leads Youth Radio Interactive, where youth integrate journalism and technology to produce engaging, data-rich stories. She founded the YRI, co-wrote Drop That Knowledge (UC Press), had a hand in several Youth Radio award-winning series, and lectures on digital media learning.
Brett works hand-in-hand with students filing stories for national outlets, and has contributed to multiple award-winning productions, including Trafficked, a Peabody-Award winning investigation into child sex trafficking. Before Youth Radio, Brett worked at Sound Portraits Productions, StoryCorps and The Kitchen Sisters, and before that Brett was a photographer.
Reporter and Multi-media Producer
Denise works alongside newsroom interns to produce stories (in all formats) for local and national outlets. She was a reporter for Trafficked, a Peabody Award winning investigation by Youth Radio on child sex trafficking in Oakland. Denise was part of Youth Radio’s broadcasting class of 2004.
Producer and Designer
Teresa works with teens in Youth Radio’s newsroom and interactive teams to produce deep multimedia stories. She is an award-winning journalist and a former classroom teacher, with master’s degrees in both public health and journalism. She also develops and helps implement Youth Radio’s curricula. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including Matter, Hyphen, KQED, KALW, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Youth Radio Interactive Manager
Asha coordinates digital communication strategies for the newsroom. She co-founded Youth Radio’s App Lab in 2010, where young people develop web based and mobile apps that engage the community. Asha is a recent graduate of Mills College, B.A. in Economics, and has passion for marketing and tech.
Chaz works within multiple departments at Youth Radio to provide quality videos for various outlets and has over 6 years of professional video production experience. Chaz holds a B.A. in Cinema from SFSU in 2006 and has worked independently on short films and music videos.
Noah Nelson is a reporter for Turnstylenews.com, Youth Radio’s online news service covering the intersection of tech and culture. His coverage of trends in transmedia, crowdfunding, and gaming have been featured on outlets including NPR and Marketplace. He’s a graduate of SF State and alum of Youth Radio’s first class.
Cliff (PhD, UCLA) researches and publishes findings and supports Youth Radio Interactive. He also collaborates on the Teach Youth Radio hub; creating, disseminating, and analyzing the curriculum. He has over 15 years of urban education experience where he was a founding English, Social Studies, and Media Arts teacher at Life Academy High School in East Oakland. Cliff is also an Assistant Professor in the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California, where he teaches preservice secondary teachers.
Shawn works with teens in Youth Radio’s newsroom to produce stories for local and national outlets. She is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her radio work has broadcast on This American Life, Marketplace, and Freakonomics Radio.
Nancy works in Youth Radio’s newsroom and focuses on statewide collaborations and productions in California, and helps coordinate the national network. She’s an award-winning journalist who has done work for several media outlets including The Tennessean, USA Today, KQED and Latino USA. Prior to joining Youth Radio, she was a college journalism instructor.
Michael began working with Youth Radio as an intern while in school and is now program manager for Youth Radio’s Digital Communication Pathways Program. An Oakland native, Michael has 6 years of experience working with youth and holds a B.A. in Social Work from San Francisco State University.
Pathways Program Coordinator
Jessica has years of experience supporting staff and programmers at KPFA Radio. She holds a B.A. in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and credits her studies at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento for developing her appreciation of the community college system. As the administrative component of the Pathways Program, she hopes to share this passion and support the goals of students at Youth Radio.
Molly supports Youth Radio participants through resources, relationship building, one-on-one counseling, and crisis support services. Molly has seven years of experience working with adolescents in a variety of settings including health centers, high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
In her role as a case manager, Tiff provides Youth Radio participants with a wide variety of support services including counseling, referrals and advocacy. She has been working with youth of all ages for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining the Youth Radio team, Tiff worked as a medical social worker at Laguna Honda Hospital, at Berkeley High School as an MSW therapist intern, and as a case manager for pregnant and parenting teens. Tiff is completing her Masters in Social Work at California State University, East Bay this fall.
Education & Career Pathways Manager
Dovie manages the team of academic advisors and coordinates the educational and career exploration services for Youth Radio’s students. She is passionate about seeing Bay Area youth succeed and she brings over seven years of counseling experience working with this population to assist them with college and career readiness. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies (Education Policy) from the University of California, Berkeley and is a certified Instructional Aid.
C.H.E.F. Program Coodinator
“Chef Shelby is formally educated in Culinary and Holistic Culinary Arts. She has been working in the culinary field for the past four years, holding various positions from Culinary Instructor to Executive Chef. Chef Shelby has extensive catering, restaurant, banquet, and event coordinating experience which she has shared with several Bay Area organizations and event venues. When she is not here, she is running her own business.