Board of Directors

Our Board Members are committed to the long-term interests of CYC. If you would like to apply to serve on the board, please download and complete the appropriate application below and email to, Erica Hickey

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. 

Marissa Guerrero


Marissa is a Program Officer at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation on the Organizational Effectiveness team. At the foundation, she provides organizational development funding for grantees working on reproductive health and protecting biodiversity.

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.

Nora Kim

Nora Kim is an Associate Philanthropic Advisor with the San Francisco Foundation, helping donors to identify and fulfill their philanthropic visions. 


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.