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.
BAY AREA COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
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.
EVENTS AND OUTREACH MANAGER
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.
OPERATIONS AND DATA MANAGER
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.
FAR SOUTHERN COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
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.
CURRICULUM AND TRAINING MANAGING DIRECTOR
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.
NORTHERN COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
Jessica is responsible for providing the foundational resources for youth-led advocacy and leadership development activities in county-based chapters throughout California.
LEAD STATEWIDE POLICY COORDINATOR
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.
SOUTH BAY COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
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.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
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 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.
HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR
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.
CHIEF PHILANTHROPY AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER
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.
CENTRAL VALLEY COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
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.
FAR NORTH COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
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!
STATEWIDE LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY MANAGER
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.
LEAD COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
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.