Re-Connecting Youth to their Families, Schools and Communities
Y'Anad Burrell - Executive Director
Y’Anad Burrell, MPA/MHA, is a native San Franciscan with more than 10 years experience in the philanthropic sector. From managing large scale fundraising campaigns to securing grants from corporations, foundations and government entities, Y'Anad chose the non-profit field as a profession out of her sincere passion and interest in elevating the voice of communities of color and ensuring resources are at their fingertips so they can thrive. Her interest in supporting children comes from her advocacy work in the area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math), as she is a product of how access to art elevated her academics while attending Lowell High School in San Francisco.
As a freelance journalist for the Huffington Post, Y'Anad often uses that avenue to share the need of challenged communities in hopes of elevating their need for support. She is also thought leader in the diversity and inclusion space and has more than 10 years experience as a trial paralegal. Ms. Burrell has a Masters in Healthcare Administration, a Masters in Public Administration, both from Golden Gate University as well as a Bachelors Degree in Accounting From SFSU. Y'Anad's Board experience includes: Commissioner, Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Immediate Past President, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), SF Chapter; Board Member, Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals/Golden Gate Chapter and Board Member, Museum of the African Diaspora, Vanguard Leadership Council. Y'Anad is also an Instructor at SFSU Extended Education teaching Event Meeting Planning and Crisis Communications.
Lo Halpern - Program & Outreach Coordinator
Lo is the newest member of our family here at Project Re-Connect. She is an Oakland native. She just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in International Relations from Mills College and a double Minor in Spanish and African and African Diaspora Studies. She is tri-langual (Spanish, French and English), and has a knack for all things related to web design and social media (she designed our Website and our Business Cards). Her favorite part about Project Re-Connect is working with her incredible coworkers and having an opportunity to give back to her community, specifically black and brown youth. (View her LinkedIn)
Marrika Lopes - Program Manager
Marrika Lopes was introduced to the agency while in high school as a client. She has worn many hats at Project-ReConnect, but she is currently the Program Manager. Marrika has stayed connected since her introduction; participating in field trips, events, as well as groups before becoming a staff member. With a B.S. in Health Science her goal was to become a nurse, but working with the community and giving to other families what her own had received is her true passion.
Dawn McMahan - Development and Program Coordinator, Master of Social Work (MSW) Intern
Dawn joins us during her final internship semesters in the University of Southern California's Master of Social Work program. Having achieved High Honors in Merritt College's in their Substance Abuse Counseling program while creating her own, small, arts agency in East Oakland, she joins us with her enthusiasm to find better solutions for society issues. She has had decades of experience working in both the for profit and nonprofit community, in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, in both leadership and supporting roles.
Anna Rainey - Volunteer Assistant/Translator
Anna Rainey has been with Project Re-Connect, Inc. since October, 2014. She is our resident Spanish translation during our workshops and translates all of our literature. Anna is grateful that she get's to see the transformations in the youth and families as they progress through our workshops. Anna also credits her work here for greatly helping her in her personal life.