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 ericah@calyouthconn.org.

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

BOARD CHAIR

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 is the Associate Philanthropic Advisor at San Francisco Foundation, an organization committed to ensuring that all people in the Bay Area are economically secure, rooted in vibrant communities and civically engaged.

Sherry LACHMAN

Sherry Lachman is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster America. She has devoted her career to improving government systems that serve vulnerable children and families. 

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.

Gail yen

Gail Yen is a Health Policy Associate at Children Now, an advocacy research and policy development organization dedicated to promoting children’s health and education in California.