Youthworks Staff

The SF YouthWorks Office is housed by its fiscal agent, Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC).

Employment Coordinator Elizabeth Tish (415) 202- 7951

Elizabeth is from Graham, North Carolina, and earned her BA in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Before moving to San Francisco and joining the YouthWorks team, Elizabeth worked in Washington, D.C. as Special Assistant at the Afterschool Alliance, a national policy organization that advocates for afterschool programs. She also interned for the College Promise Campaign, a national campaign for free community college. Elizabeth is passionate about helping students explore their postsecondary options. In her spare time, you can find Elizabeth traveling, running, and searching for the best ice cream in the city.

Elizabeth currently manages internships with: Department of Public Health.

Employment Coordinator Danielle Anderson (415) 229- 4687

Danielle is a San Francisco native who grew up in the Bayview and earned her BA in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining the YouthWorks team she worked for SWEP a former JCYC Workforce Program. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, listening to music and trying new foods.

Danielle currently oversees internships with the: San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and The Department of the Environment.

Employment Coordinator Leoloa Numera (415) 202- 7912

Lealoa is a native San Franciscan. She received her BS in HR Management from California State University-Long Beach. While in Long Beach, she mentored at-risk youth and first-generation high school students. This sparked her passion in working with students and helping them to achieve their academic/ career goals. Prior to joining the YouthWorks team, she briefly worked in the Career Development Center at City College of San Francisco and in Academic Affairs at the CSU: Office of the Chancellor.

Lealoa currently oversees internships with the: Board of Supervisors, City Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, SFFD, SFUSD Student Advisory Council, Sheriff’s Department, and Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Employment Coordinator Lavonda Gray (415) 202- 7942

Lavonda is a San Francisco native who grew up in the Visitacion Valley Area. Lavonda participated in the JCYC programming when she was in high school and has served many different roles since returning to JCYC in late 2013. In her spare time Lavonda enjoys reading!

Lavonda currently oversees internships with the: Neighborhood Libraries and a few City Hall departments.

Employment Coordinator Alejandra Arroyo (415) 202- 7912

Alejandra is a San Francisco native who grew up in Ingleside. They received their BA in Sociology and a minor in Spanish language from Occidental College, Los Angeles. While in LA they dedicated their time towards managing the universities multicultural fly in program for students of color,  as the Admissions Office Diversity Intern. While Alejandra has worked with youth since High School, it was this position that sparked their interest towards findings youth pathways that promote academic/personal/ and career growth. 

Prior to their time at JCYC, Alejandra has worked as a dialogue facilitator for High School seniors, a curriculum builder for 826 National, another non-profit from San Francisco, and many odd jobs that feed their many hobbies, such as ice cream scooper, florist, and swim instructor. 

Outside of work, Alejandra loves being outdoors, learning about plants, cooking Filipino food, listening to music, and taking day trips around the bay on the weekends. 

Associate Director of SF YouthWorks Mandy Au (415) 202- 7904

Mandy is a San Francisco native. She graduated from UC San Diego with a BS in Management Science and minored in Business. She has worked with youth since high school as a camp counselor and through work experiences from MYEEP as a participant. Mandy was also a CIT and PC in MYEEP and joined the Workforce team after college as the Payroll Coordinator. She is excited to be a part of SF YouthWorks! Her hobbies include traveling, trying out the new food trends, and watching dramas.

Director of Workforce Programs Alvin Woo
Alvin is a native San Franciscan who has been on staff with JCYC and MYEEP since 1997. Alvin began his post college working life as a member of the first AmeriCorps class in 1994. That experience transformed a lifelong desire to be helpful into a career dedicated making the world better. He sees a better world as one where all young people see and become the responsible and empathetic adults they have the potential and desire to be. The superpowers that he employs most to do this work are an optimism with a super capital ‘O’ and an energy level that at times may rival the release at the Big Bang. These superpowers are deployed in every facet of his life – work, gym, sports, parenting, minimized sleep as well as hobbies like poker, fantasy sports and any competition. With enough effort he believes he can do anything and everything. It is the quality that he hopes everyone develops.
Data Analyst & Payroll Specialist Elizabeth Levy
Eliza is from Bronx, New York. She received her degree in Sociology and Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. After graduating, Eliza served with AmeriCorps for a year in Bridgeport, Connecticut as a tutor and mentor.
Eliza is so happy to have joined the JCYC team. Youth empowerment is a central motivator in Eliza’s life. She is confident that her work with MYEEP will contribute to a long and rewarding career devoted to community outreach and development. In her free moments, Eliza can be found reading, hiking, caring for her plants, and spending time at cafes.

Operations Manager Zafiro Joseph

Zafiro is a transplant from the midwest. She received her BFA in Visual Communication and minor in Painting from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. After serving as an AmeriCorps member for two years in East San Jose, California. Zafiro joined the JCYC team to continue supporting young people in the community. During her off time Zafiro enjoys going to art museums, working on projects, working out, cooking and most importantly – sleeping!