sidebar_AboutUs02“The Safe Passages Board brings together a diversity of experiences, expertise and innovative ideas to social justice. I am proud to serve on a board with individuals who are committed to making a long lasting positive change for the children and families of our communities.”

Lewis Cohen, Chair 

Board of Directors


 Safe Passages Board of Directors

Lewis Cohen, Chair
Director of Communications,
National Center for Youth Law

Sherry Beeler Young,  Treasurer
VP Private Client Advisor, Bank of the West Wealth Management

Reagan Harmon
Ceasefire Program Director
City of Oakland Police Department

Colin Lacon
Director of Strategic Partnerships,
Office of the Mayor, San Francisco;
Professional Faculty, Haas Business School, UC Berkeley

Dr. Tomas Magaña
Attending Physician, La Clinica de la Raza, Inc.;
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UC San Francisco
Assistant Professor, Samuel Merritt University;
Principal Investigator Public Health Institute

Josefina Alvarado Mena, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
Safe Passages

Jerry Ostrander
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones Investment

Jean Quan
Former Oakland Mayor

Dan Siegel
Siegel & Yee
Former OUSD School Board Member


Funders and Partners


  • Barbara & Donald Jonas Family Fund
  • East Bay Community Foundation
  • Echoing Green Foundation
  • Sills Foundation
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Thomas J. Long Foundation

Public & Private Agency Partners

  • Applied Learning Technologies Institute
  • Bright Research Group
  • Edward Jones
  • Inner City Advisors
  • Public Interest Projects
  • Siegel and Yee Law Firm
  • Wells Fargo Bank

Colleges and Universities

  • Cal East Bay State University
  • Merritt Community College
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California San Francisco

Federal Government

  • National Corporation for Community    Service/AmeriCorps and VISTA
  • U. S. Department of Labor

Alameda County

  • Board of Supervisors
  • Behavioral Health Care Services
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • Health Care Services Agency
  • Our Kids Initiative
  • Probation Department
  • Public Defender’s Office
  • School Based Health Center Coalition
  • Social Services Agency

City of Oakland

  • Department of Human Services
  • KTOP –TV10
  • Oakland Fund for Children and Youth
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Oakland Head Start
  • City of Oakland Head Start Sites
  • Workforce Investment Board

Oakland Unified School District

  • Office of the Superintendent
  • Department of Community Accountability
  • Department of Family, Schools and Community Partnerships
  • Department of Research and Assessment
  • Division of Student Achievement
  • Facilities Department
  • OUSD Child Development Centers

OUSD School Sites:

  • Claremont Middle School
  • Coliseum College Preparatory
  • Community United Elementary
  • Dewey High School
  • Edna Brewer Middle School
  • Elmhurst Middle School
  • Frick Middle School
  • Futures Elementary School
  • Madison Business Park Academy
  • Ralph Bunche High School
  • Roosevelt Middle School
  • Roots Middle School
  • Rudsdale High School
  • United for Success
  • West Oakland Middle School


New Haven Unified School District

  • Emanuele Elementary School
  • Searles Elementary School
  • Cesar Chavez Middle School
  • Union City Kids’ Zone

San Lorenzo Unified School District

  • Office of the Superintendent
  • Student Support Services
  • Bohannon Middle School
  • Edendale Middle School
  • Washington Manor Elementary
  • D.I.C.E. Program

Community Service Providers

  • Alameda County Food Bank
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Samuel Merritt College Youth in Medicine Program
  • Asian Community Mental Health Services
  • Bay Area Community Resources
  • Brothers on the Rise
  • Central American Refugee Committee of the East Bay (CRECE)
  • Chabot Space & Science Center (Tech Bridge)
  • Children’s Hospital Oakland
  • East Bay Agency for Children
  • East Bay Asian Youth Center
  • East Bay Community Law Center
  • East Bay Consortium
  • Family Paths
  • Family Violence Law Center
  • Fred Finch Youth Center
  • Friends of Hacienda Peralta Creek
  • Girls Inc.
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay
  • La Clinica de La Raza
  • Life Long Medical Care and Healthy Oakland
  • Native American Health Center
  • Our Kids Initiative
  • Seneca Center
  • Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation
  • STARS Behavioral Health Group
  • Through the Looking Glass