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.
Dedication, Empowering and an all-around helper are words that describe Krystal Jenkins. Krystal was born in the Bay Area and lived in Oakland much of her life. She attended Oakland schools and graduated from Life Academy of Health and Bioscience; she was in the first graduating class of FACES for the Future. She began her career in education soon after, first becoming an Academic/Enrichment Instructor in elementary schools, then a Site Coordinator, and now Full-Service Community Schools Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Psychology from California State University, East Bay. Krystal has been with the organization, running in the marathon, since 2015. She aspires to continue serving her community for many years to come.
Robert Campbell serves as the Elev8 Project Coordinator at Coliseum College Prep Academy. In his role, he works with school administration in the implementation of the full services community school model. He also facilitates the Coordination of Services Team, Student Success Teams, and Student Attendance Review Teams, as well as overseeing the extended day program. Prior to his role as the Elev8 Project Coordinator, Robert worked as the After School Coordinator at United For Success Academy. Since 2006, Robert has served in Oakland’s public education system. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Discourse from California State University East Bay.
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 is an Oakland native. She is a graduate of Berkeley High School. With a bachelor’s degree in Business from Florida A&M, she decided to return to Oakland to follow her passion for working in education. Through her matriculation at Safe Passages beginning in 2009, Lauren has worked in multiple capacities. Starting her career in 2009, as the after-school coordinator in her hometown of East Oakland with Roots Middle School, continuing on to be a life coach and mentor for high school students. She presently serves as the lead life coach for the Oakland Unite grant and is enthusiastic about supporting her community for years to come.
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.