Staff

Janay Eustace

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
janaye@calyouthconn.org

Janay is a former member of the Sacramento Chapter and has served in many CYC roles over the years. In her role as Executive Director she plans to continue putting members ideas and vision first, support community building, and support work to strengthen member impact and voice locally and statewide.

Miguel Almodavar

BAY AREA COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
miguel@calyouthconn.org

Miguel is the bay area community advocacy coordinator at CYC with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State University East Bay and a minor in Music. He is a brother of his local chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc, where he organizes regular community service opportunities for youth.

Jeannette Brock

EVENTS AND OUTREACH MANAGER
jeannette@calyouthconn.org

Jeannette currently supports the planning and implementation of CYC’s annual conferences, including Day at the Capitol and the Summer Leadership and Policy Conference. She also supervises conference volunteers and collaborates with the conference planning committee, as well as works closely with the development team to identify in-kind donations.

Janel Brown

OPERATIONS AND DATA MANAGER
janel@calyouthconn.org

Janel fulfills a multi-faceted role, supporting CYC’s operations, data collection, and reporting functions, which includes monitoring the implementation of our strategic plan — all key to ensuring the organization’s accomplishments.

Kenneth Brown

FAR SOUTHERN COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
kenneth@calyouthconn.org

As the far southern community advocacy coordinator, Kenny’s primary responsibilities include promoting leadership development, strengthening chapter processes, facilitating community and advocacy efforts, building local relationships to strengthen access to decision-makers to build the social capitol of members, and increase visibility for funding opportunities, and developing curriculum and training materials.

Sade Daniels

CURRICULUM AND TRAINING MANAGING DIRECTOR
saded@calyouthconn.org

Sade brings an extensive amount of experience in training, specifically using creative means to educate and build bridges. Sade believes in the amazing work CYC does and is excited to be a part of the team and learn more ways to contribute to its continuance.

Jessica James

NORTHERN COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
jessica@calyouthconn.org

Jessica is responsible for providing the foundational resources for youth-led advocacy and leadership development activities in county-based chapters throughout California.

Makayla James

LEAD STATEWIDE POLICY COORDINATOR
makayla@calyouthconn.org

Makayla is a former member of the Butte Chapter, which she became involved in during her time as a college student. She was drawn to California Youth Connection due to her interest in policy and her passion for creating change within the foster care system.

Quijai Johnson

SOUTH BAY COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
quijaij@calyouthconn.org

Quijai (goes by Jay) is the South Bay community advocacy coordinator at CYC. Quijai will focus on promoting leadership development, strengthening chapter processes, facilitating community and advocacy efforts, as well as building local relationships.

SAIRA MALIK

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
saira@calyouthconn.org

Saira brings experience in public health research, grants management, funder relations, and nonprofit administration to CYC where she is responsible for all things finance. That includes paying bills, ensuring CYC and our staff get paid on time, and working closely with the Board, members, and colleagues to maintain our strong financial health.

Meribe Martin

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
meribe@calyouthconn.org

Meribe coordinates an extensive array of duties for the policy team, including travel logistics for Policy Parties, Curriculum Development, Shadow Day, YTP and other important events. She maintains the administrative workflow, implementing procedures that support CYC staff and members.

Yaasmin Mauris

HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR
yaasmin@calyouthconn.org

As Human Resources Administrator for CYC, Yaasmin ensures that the organization cultivates a continuous learning environment, is compliant with the most recent labor laws and HR practices, and cultivates and upholds a strong team to implement our youth-led mission and vision.

Marissa Miller

CHIEF PHILANTHROPY AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER
mmiller@calyouthconn.org

As the Chief Philanthropy & Strategic Partnerships Officer, Marissa is responsible for the organization's overall fundraising strategy, cultivating and maintaining relationships with key funders and stakeholders, and bringing CYC's youth-led vision to life.

Blade Oestreich

CENTRAL VALLEY COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
blade@calyouthconn.org

As a child welfare advocate, Blade is most passionate about promoting leadership development, strengthening chapter processes, facilitating community and advocacy efforts, building local relationships to strengthen access to decision-makers to build the social capital of members, and increase visibility for funding opportunities, and developing curriculum and training materials.

Katarina Sayally

FAR NORTH COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
katarina@calyouthconn.org

CYC is excited welcome Katarina Sayally as the new Far North Community Advocacy Coordinator for the California Youth Connection. We are truly happy to have the opportunity to get Katarina back on the team and in their new role!

Jordan Sosa

STATEWIDE LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY MANAGER
jordan@calyouthconn.org

Jordan Sosa is a former member of the California Youth Connection (CYC) Orange County Chapter and currently serves as a Statewide Legislative and Policy Manager. He got connected with CYC through the Guardian Scholars Program at Cal State Fullerton.

KATE TEAGUE

LEAD COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
kate@calyouthconn.org

As the Lead Community Advocacy Coordinator, Kate works with the CYC Chapters in LA County providing technical assistance to support CYC Members in developing their leadership and putting their campaigns for change into action both locally and regionally.