Michael Maldonado is a current Senior Policy Associate for Workforce and Youth Development and Life Coach at Safe Passages-Oakland. Michael explores, develops, and maintains partnerships in the community that seek to serve youth and their families in the Oakland Area. He also supports foster youth in agency programming with mentoring and case management services. Previously Michael has held mental health positions in the San Francisco Bay Area where he employed a mix of case management and therapeutic techniques to assist a diverse client population. In addition to this, Michael was an adjunct general counselor and technical education counselor at Modesto Junior College. Michael completed his B.A. in Sociology and M.S.W. at UC Berkeley and is also a veteran of the United States Navy.
Jonathan Brumfield oversees the implementation of the Get Active Program, the Safe Passages Urban Arts program. Through art, this program is designed to promote social justice and cultural awareness with a strong emphasis on leadership development and community engagement among youth. Mr. Brumfield has worked as an Urban Arts Instructor and case manager in Oakland schools and has over a decade of experience in addressing the needs of high need youth, with an emphasis on young males of color. Mr. Brumfield has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University. He is also an Artist in Residence at the African American Complex in San Francisco.
Lauren Chambers joined Safe Passages in August 2010 in the role of Site Coordinator for the afterschool program at Roots International Middle School. Ms. Chambers was responsible for program delivery to over one-hundred students daily. Programming included homework support, sports, urban arts, and other enrichment offerings. Currently, Ms. Chambers is a Life Skills Coach for the Safe Passages Law and Social Justice Program at Rudsdale Continuation High School. Ms. Chambers is an Oakland native and graduated from Berkeley High School and attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Laura Cabral currently serves as the Early Learning and Youth Development Senior Policy Associate. Ms. Cabral is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the 0-8 programs at Elementary School sites; these programs include: Early Learning Baby Learning Communities Collaborative and the School Linked Services After School Programs for which Safe Passages is the lead agency. Ms. Cabral has led the Baby Learning Program for the past year. Her work in this capacity is programmatic assistance to partners and work with other Safe Passages staff assigned to the three communities to ensure seamless integration and coordination of program activities. Ms. Cabral will receive her Masters in Mexican American Studies with an emphasis in Policy from San Jose State University this year and holds a B.A. from the University of California at Davis.