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Advisory Board

Anik Guha, partner at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe law firm.

Barnaby Payne
Barnaby Payne is a career public educator and administrator, a native San Franciscan, public school graduate and the current principal of Abraham Lincoln High School in SFUSD. He recognizes Peer Resources programs as a critical component in the training of student leaders to represent the student voice in the shared governance of schools that are truly designed to meet the needs of the students.

Brian Fox
Brian Fox is the Community School Coordinator at Mission High School. Brian has a long history with Peer Resources, founding the Peer Resources program at Lowell High School in 1994, coordinating the program at Mission High School in 1998, and then serving as Director of Peer Resources from 2001-2007. Brian has also served as the administrator for the SFUSD Public Education and Enrichment Fund, as well as the Director for Strategic Partnerships for the San Francisco Education Fund. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

Bryant Tan, senior analyst at the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families, and an alumnus of SFUSD.

Gregory Peters
Gregory Peters is Executive Director of SF-CESS, the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools. SF-CESS’s mission is to interrupt and transform current and systemic educational inequities to ensure all students have access to personalized, equitable and high performing schools that believe and demonstrate each student can, should and will succeed. Prior to SF-CESS, Greg was the Principal of Leadership High School.

Hayin Kim
Hayin Kim serves as the Director of Community Schools for the San Francisco Unified School District. Hayin is a trained educational researcher and evaluator, with a focus on community based programs and partnerships that support healthy development of youth and their communities. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University School of Education.

Karen Zapata

Karen Zapata teaches 4/5 grade at San Francisco Community School. Karen is a veteran teacher in San Francisco Unified School District. She co-founded Teachers 4 Social Justice in 1999, and continues to lead the organization today.

Lorne Needle, Chair
Lorne Needle is a Curriculum Development Manager at Google.  Formerly, Lorne was the Chief Community Investment Officer at United Way Bay Area, and leading United Way’s programs and partnerships in seven Bay Area counties. Lorne serves on the Executive Committee of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, chairs the Youth Council of the Workforce Investment San Francisco board, and is also a mayoral appointee to the Citizens Advisory Committee for the S.F. Department of Children, Youth, and Families. He has worked for over twenty years in youth development, prevention and health, workforce development, school-linked services, and other areas. Lorne was the Director of Peer Resources in the mid 1990s. Lorne holds a BA in Public Policy and MBA from Stanford University.

Patricia Barraza
Patricia Barraza is a 20 year veteran alumna to Peer Resources 1992-2012. Patricia serves on the Peer Resources Advisory Committee because, as she says, “Peers was always a way for me to advocate and have a voice for youth that hadn’t found theirs yet.” Patricia is currently the After-School Coordinator at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco.

Pui Ling Tam, Executive Director, Peer Resources
Prior to joining Peer Resources, Pui Ling was a high school English teacher in New York, and led Youth Empowerment Programs at a community-based organization in Chinatown, San Francisco. She is a core member of Teachers 4 Social Justice, has served on the Board of Directors of LYRIC, an LGBTQQ youth organization, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Parents for Public Schools San Francisco. Pui Ling graduated from Brown University and has a master’s degree in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education from Stanford University.

Samantha Sherman
Samantha Sherman has been a part of Peer Resources from middle school through high school and college. As a Junior at SF state, she is interning with Peer Resources at Balboa High School. Her involvement in peer programing ranges from mentor to youth council member to volunteer.

Tia Elena Martinez
Tia Elena Martinez has over 25 years experience doing social change work in low income communities in the United States. Over the decades her work has spanned a wide range of issues including education reform, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the war on drugs, homelessness, affordable housing, disconnected youth, and immigration. She is currently an independent consultant doing work on dismantling the school to prison pipeline and transforming life chances for boys and men of color.

Thomas Graven
Thomas Graven serves as the Executive Director for the Student, Family and Community Support Department in the San Francisco Unified School District. He has spent over a decade in the district, working at Balboa High School, Visitacion Valley Middle School, and most recently, serving as Principal at Hoover Middle School.

Vicki Abadesco
Vicki Abadesco is the co-founder and director of Soul Shoppe, an organization that teaches character education and life skills to elementary school communities. Last year Soul Shoppe served over 75,000 students through interactive workshops and assemblies. Vicki is an award-winning creator of compelling curriculum for adults and youth, spotlighting communication skills, conflict resolution, bullying prevention and peacemaking tools. Vicki recently became a fellow for the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.