Board of Directors

Our board of directors is committed to the long-term interests of CYC’s youth-led model and strategically sets the direction for the organization to ensure our work is consistent in supporting our mission. If you would like to apply to serve on the board of directors, please complete the appropriate application to the right. For questions, please contact Erica Hickey at

Sarah Bess Lee Hudson

Sarah Bess Lee Hudson is a Lead Facilitator with Georgia EmpowerMEnt (an affiliate of FIYA), dedicated to hearing the “ME” in the voices of Georgia’s foster youth. 

Joshua Elizondo

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Josh has been involved with CYC for many years. Since joining, he has held multiple positions within the organization including Los Angeles Chapter Chair and Statewide Advisory Board Co-Chair. 

Erica Hickey

Youth Voice, Youth Choice! One could describe Erica as a determined young woman with the actions to match her drive. She has been a foster youth advocate with California Youth Connection (CYC) since entering the system at 16 years old.

Lucy Salcido Carter

Lucy Salcido Carter, MA, JD is the Public Policy Director at the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a policy alliance of 10,000+ organizations and the voice of the nonprofit community in California. Lucy directs policy initiatives that protect and promote California’s nonprofits.

Carroll Schroeder


Carroll Schroeder is a consultant in private practice focusing on organizational and program transformation of nonprofit organizations serving children, youth and families.

Monti Silva

Monti’s philanthropic work includes being the founder of Hope Generations and collaborating and advocating with several organizations for various human rights creating social impact through her music and story.

Gail yen


Gail Yen is the Senior Policy & Research Analyst at California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy, a higher education research, policy, and advocacy organization focused on the intersection of equity and the workforce.