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.
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.