About Us

Our Mission

To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever

Our Vision

Is that all children achieve success in life

Our People

We are headquartered are in San Francisco, with local offices in Oakland, Milpitas, San Rafael, and American Canyon. In addition to maintaining the dedicated services of more than a thousand matches, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area employs over two dozen staff members who identify and support our matches in all nine counties.

Dawn Kruger

Dawn Kruger

Chief Executive Officer

Email: dkruger@bbbsba.org | Phone: 415-503-3933

Dawn came to the CEO position at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in 2015 with over 11 years of experience in increasingly senior roles within the agency.

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Prior to her appointment as CEO, Dawn served as the Vice President of Operations, overseeing all program functions throughout the five-county service region as well as providing operations leadership for facilities, finance, and human resources. She holds the BBBSBA mission very dear as she has also previously served as a Big Sister, and 15 years later remains connected to her Little Sister.

While she has over two decades of professional experience, Dawn’s passion for social justice began as an American expatriate growing up in Asia, where she witnessed the results of corruption and extreme poverty.

Dawn holds a Masters in International Relations from Stanford University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Devoted to serving her community, Dawn volunteers for the various activities that her children participate in. She lives with her husband and four children in Walnut Creek.

Administrative

VP of Finance and Operations

Carissa Tonner

Carissa joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in 2014 as Director of Administration, and was named Vice President of Finance and Administration in 2016. Her areas of expertise include operations management, process improvement and financial oversight. Before relocating to California, Carissa worked as Administrative Director for The Conservation Center in Chicago, the nation’s largest privately-held art conservation laboratory, and for the corporate division of renowned jewelry retailer Lester Lampert, where she managed client services and fulfillment. After 10 years in arts administration and a lifelong history of volunteering, Carissa is grateful for the opportunity to serve her community through her work in the nonprofit sector.

Carissa’s educational background includes a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Roosevelt University.

Phone:415-503-3939

Email:ctonner@bbbsba.org

VP of Data & Systems Administration

Rick Ohren

Rick has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area since 2008, starting as Data Communications Specialist before becoming Director of Operations in 2013. He was named Vice President of Operations in 2014 and Vice President of Data and Systems Administration in 2017. Prior to his arrival at BBBSBA, Rick worked for over 17 years in retail management, where he developed his penchant for problem-solving and system management, as well has his desire to help others and serve the public.

Rick’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University. He and his wife live in Berkeley.

Phone:415-503-4047

Email:rohren@bbbsba.org

Director of Communications

Skye Christensen

Implementing digital media content to achieve organizational goals and deliver clear returns (ROIs), Skye leverages over a decade of experience in communications to effectively address the needs of mission driven organizations and connect them with the communities they serve. Skye believes deeply in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters mission and enjoys developing and implementing communications that support program engagement and organizational brand development. When not at work, Skye loves to spend time with family and friends, swim in the ocean, and tend to her garden.

Development

VP of Development

Jenifer Jayme

Jen joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area as Vice President of Development in November 2016 and has volunteered as a Big Sister for nine years.She brings 18 years of extensive experience in fund development and youth-serving organizations.

Jen has previously served in development leadership roles at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology & Society, Techbridge (a national nonprofit devoted to STEM education for underrepresented girls), and university, high school and elementary educational institutions (UC Berkeley, and independent Montessori, Waldorf and Catholic schools).

Jen gained invaluable experience over seven years as a fundraising consultant to nonprofits, where she worked with and learned from high net worth donors, veteran fundraisers, and extraordinary boards and leaders at a broad range of philanthropic organizations. At San Francisco-based Laura Talmus Associates, and at the international firm Community Counselling Service (CCS), Jen worked with leading nonprofits on development audits and capital campaigns, including the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Oregon Province of Jesus (Jesuits), the Nature Conservancy of Washington, and Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Jen was raised in government housing in East Boston by a single mother who went from welfare to being a homeowner/landlord and first in her family to earn a college degree.Jen’s career in philanthropy was shaped by childhood years in an inner-city neighborhood of concentrated poverty followed by high school years in affluent Marin County, California, and the stark contrast in opportunities and culture she experienced between those communities. She has a passion for racial and gender equity, and deep interest in youth development and trauma-informed care rising from personal experience, avid reading, parenting a young child, and growing up in a family of social workers and therapists.

Jen earned a B.A. in English with Honors from U.C. Berkeley. She lives in Novato with her husband and 8-year-old son, and enjoys snowboarding, reading, tinkering, and leading arts and crafts activities at her son’s elementary school.

Phone:415-503-4057

Email:jjayme@bbbsba.org

Dir, Individual Giving

Ammarah Maqsood

Dir, Institutional Giving

Laksmi Lagares

Special Events Manager

Stacey Mohr

Program

Vice President of Programs

Cristina Barron

Cristina is a UC Davis King Hall Outreach Program alumna, as well as a former fellow of the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, CSU Monterey. She holds a BA in Political Science from California State University, Stanislaus, and an MA in Political Science, Domestic Policy/Systems from San Francisco State University.

With a deep commitment to public service, Cristina has spent her career in public health, education and juvenile justice, working for local and federal elected officials as well as managing local, state and federal government programs. As her life’s work has taken her from the Central Valley to the national sphere of policy and community development, Cristina remains focused on one driving force “Humanity shares a common thread that we need to hold tight to… small things build into BIG things.”

Phone:415-503-4035

Email:cbarron@bbbsba.org

Program Manager (Oakland)

Stacie Schlenker

Program Manager (Milpitas)

Anthony Spivey

Email:aspivey@bbbsba.org

Phone:650-242-2546

Marynoelyn Jacob

Marynoelyn Jacob

Lead Match Support Specialist (Milpitas)

408-318-2333

Gina Rae Garibaldi

Gina Rae Garibaldi

Match Support Specialist (Oakland)

510-828-4936

Raquel Grande

Raquel Grande

Enrollment & Match Specialist (Oakland)

510-414-9645

Brandi Hamilton

Brandi Hamilton

Customer Relations Specialist (San Francisco)

415-503-4034

Cinthya Hernandez

Cinthya Hernandez

Enrollment & Match Specialist (San Francisco)

415-503-4056

Brenda Palaby

Brenda Palaby

Match Support Specialist (San Francisco)

415-503-4053

Cristal Nuñez

Cristal Nuñez

Enrollment & Match Specialist (American Canyon)

707-235-4848

Arthelle Porter Burns

Arthelle Porter Burns

Match Support Specialist (American Canyon)

707-215-5015

Elijah Ramon

Elijah Ramon

Customer Relations Specialist (San Francisco)

415-503-3609

Tania Rivera Calderón

Tania Rivera Calderón

Match Support Specialist (American Canyon)

707-215-5016

Annette Sanchez

Annette Sanchez

Match Support Specialist (Milpitas)

408-655-0228

Raven Sanchez

Raven Sanchez

Match Support Specialist (San Francisco)

415-503-4351

Syeda Shah-Cruz

Syeda Shah-Cruz

Match Support Specialist (Oakland)

510-846-8431

Andrea Thornton

Andrea Thornton

Program Partnership Coordinator (San Francisco)

415-323-4074

Marisol Vargas-Dominguez

Marisol Vargas-Dominguez

Match Support Specialist (Milpitas)

408-318-8360

Elizabeth Garcia-Navarro

Elizabeth Garcia-Navarro

MATCH SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Patricia Melgoza

Patricia Melgoza

Enrollment & Match Specialist (Milpitas)

408-206-6085

Board of Directors

Lawrence Bancroft, Capital Partners
Darren Buck, Jasper Hill Enterprises
Mike Campbell, BDO
John Castelly, Personal Capital
Alex Coassin, PwC
Martha Ehmann Conte
Anne Coyne, CPA
Tom DeJonghe, Retired, Chevron Corporation
Nelson Duckett, Comcast
Rod Eshelman
Kendal Agins Friedman
Curtis Gardner, ARA Newmark

Malcolm Goodwin, World Wide Technology, Inc.
Jeremiah Gordon, Google Capital
Mike Halper, ATC Partners, LLC
Tom Keiser, Zendesk
Majd Khleif, Syserco, Inc.
Jeff Kragel
Todd Lachman, Sovos Brands
Ralph Loura, Rodan + Fields
Barbara Miller, Artemis Management

Paul Owens, Reed & Greenough
Wade Pitts, Fort Point Capital Partners LLC
Priya Rajan, Silicon Valley Bank
Lisa Schrumpf, SAP
Shonda Scott, 360 Total Concept LLC
Lynda Simpson, UPS
Charles Taylor
Kate To, Oracle
Aaron Vermut, Prosper Marketplace
Dan Wire, FireEye Inc

Community Boards

Community Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area provide the opportunity for employees or members of your organization to volunteer in the community. Our volunteer programs also build teamwork and employee engagement.

Community Boards strengthen ties in local areas and help raise funds and awareness through events that attract a diverse network throughout the Bay Area.

Join the fun, all while helping support mentoring for Bay Area kids!

Junior Board

The Junior Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is a group of young Bay Area professionals dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support our mission. Members commit to meeting a committee fundraising goal, attending one meeting each month and participating in the planning and promotion of our signature events. Connect and stay up to date with the Junior Board via Facebook or email for more info about joining the board or the next event.

South Bay Community Engagement Council

The South Bay Community Engagement Council engages the Silicon Valley community, meeting monthly to organize activities for South Bay Littles and Bigs, bolstering recruiting efforts, and conducting fundraising events that provide vital support for our agency’s mission. Membership entails a one-year commitment to attend meetings and events. To get involved, follow on Facebook or email for more info about joining the board or the next event.

East Bay Advisory Council

This group of volunteers focuses on recruiting men of color so that we can better support the specific needs of our waiting Littles in the region. ​The Council helps to identify resources necessary to better serve the community, including securing meeting space,​ dedicated fundraising support, and frequent East Bay community feedback. To get involved, contact Cristina Barron at cbarron@bbbsba.org

Our History

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes and monitors meaningful matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 – 18, in communities across the country to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect.

Bay Area Wide

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area has been providing Bay Area kids with professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1958, gradually growing to represent all of the Bay Area regions, at large.

With the first major Bay Area merger in 2006, three separate Big Brother Big Sister organizations — San Francisco & Peninsula, East Bay, and Santa Clara County — integrated into Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area to more efficiently serve the community and meet the increasing demand for services.

In 2017, we merged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, which had been serving children in Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties since 1970, to further streamline resources. Effectively reaching the entire Greater Bay Area as a unified organization, we now serve children from nine counties in the Greater Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma.

Financial Statements

Your financial support helps kids to realize their potential, one relationship at a time.

The documents below provide detail of our carefully managed financial status. Every local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with its own IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements.

Careers

Make a Big Difference in the Lives of Bay Area Kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is an exciting, fast growing non-profit with heart-felt goals. We’re committed to building a great staff: we offer a good benefits, competitive wages, and of course, a job that matters.

Current Open Positions