Children, Youth, and Their Families Oversight and Advisory Committee

Members and Bylaws

The members of the Children, Youth and Their Families Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) were appointed according to rules established in Charter Section 16.108-1. The descriptions below are from the language in the Charter.

For more information about the members and their terms, please visit the 311 Boards & Commissions Database and search for Children & Youth Fund Oversight and Advisory Committee.

If you are interested in applying for a vacant seat on the OAC please send your resume to Dori Caminong

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Seat 1 Description

A youth 19 years old or younger at the time of appointment for the term, recommended to the Mayor by the Youth Commission. Because this Committee member may be younger than 18 years at the time of appointment, this member is not subject to the requirement of Charter Section 4.101(a)(2) that members be electors of the City and County unless and until the member reaches the age of 18 years.

Audrey Yingwei Xu

Bio:Audrey Yingwei Xu immigrated to the U.S. when she was about to turn 12. Like many English-as-second language students, she had attended a new comer Middle School and lived in Chinatown. After moving three times with her family, Audrey finally had a place called “home” in the summer of 2017. Attending Balboa High School and involving with community programs gave her the chance to witness many economic and racial injustice in San Francisco, leading to her passion and determination to help monitor youth funding admistiations for her fellows.

Audrey was part of DCYF Youth Advisory Board, Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program, Young Adult Work Link, Golden Gate National Recreation Area Park Youth Collaborative Youth Advisory Board, and United Way Bay Area Ambassador. She has been taking active leaderships roles in her school through climate committee and the club she established.

These experiences act as the foundation for Audrey’s position in OAC. She represents immigrants of colored and other kids who had grown up in San Francisco alike. She is excited to learn and work with San Francisco governors and community leaders to improve the city for all youths




 


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Seat 2 Description

A youth 19 years old or younger at the time of appointment for the term, recommended to the Mayor by the Youth Commission. Because this Committee member may be younger than 18 years at the time of appointment, this member is not subject to the requirement of Charter Section 4.101(a)(2) that members be electors of the City and County unless and until the member reaches the age of 18 years. 

Charley Obermeyer

Bio: Charley Obermeyer is a student and youth activist born and raised in San Francisco. In his sophomore year of high school he became a part of the San Francisco Youth Empowerment Fund (YEF) and after a year of training became a YEF Community Funder. In this new role Charley, alongside other youth leaders, worked to grant money for the creation of youth-led community projects all over the city. He also helped to host the 2017 Youth Advocacy Day as a Youth Leader. After two years at YEF, Charley left to pursue other opportunities. He became a member of the DCYF Youth Advisory Board and the DCYF OAC, both of which he still currently serves on.

Charley believes that youth voice is essential in all aspects of San Francisco governance, and works to expand empowerment opportunities for passionate youth all over the city.

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Seat 3 Description

A parent of a youth, which youth, at the time of the member’s appointment for the term, is under the age of 18 years and enrolled in the San Francisco Unified School District. This Committee member shall have demonstrated commitment to improving access to and quality of services for children, youth, and families.

Mollie Matull (OAC Vice Chair)

Bio: Mollie Matull is the parent of two teenage children who have grown up in SF public schools. She is a strong believer in the quality of SF public schools - and that its strong leadership, strong curriculum, enriching and varied experiences, and nurturing environment solidly prepare students for college. Mollie began her involvement in public schools when her children were in SFUSD's Early Education program. She was appointed on the inaugural Parent Advisory Council for the San Francisco Board of Education in 2003 representing pre-K families. She then became involved in the Afterschool for All Initiative/Expanded Learning Collaborative, working to improve access to and the quality of afterschool programs across the City. She has also served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee, advising DCYF on the original Children's Fund. Mollie participated in selection panels for the Mayor's Teacher of the Year Award, and was involved in various SFUSD efforts, including enrollment. As her children have grown, Mollie has supported her children's schools in the classroom, on field trips, in special programs, and on School Site Councils. She works and lives in the Presidio.

 
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Seat 4 Description

A person with expertise or substantial experience working in services and programs for children ages 5 and younger.

Dr. E’Leva Hughes Gibson (OAC OCOF Liaison)

Bio: Dr. E’leva Hughes Gibson is a native San Franciscan who is familiar with the unique experiences of urban youth and families, and is committed to the core values to promote access, equity, and social justice. She joined the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) faculty in 2000, served as the Executive Director for the Early Education Department (EED), which oversees schools serving Infant/Toddler, PreK, TK, and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs, and is currently Executive Director in the PreK-8 School Division. Dr. Gibson is part of a leadership team that facilitates PreK-12th grade alignment efforts and has established the new Transitional Kindergarten (TK) grade level. Working with the youngest of learners to college graduate students, she has been afforded the opportunities to support the foundation skills of PreK/TK students, teach in the K-12 system, lead enrichment programs, and instruct university students aspiring to be teachers. As an educational leader, she is dedicated to closing the achievement gap, providing educational opportunities for 21st century learning, and promoting teaching the “whole child.” As a productive citizen, she is committed to supporting the larger community, which she also serves on the Children and Families Commission (First 5 San Francisco) and the Childcare Planning and Advisory Council (SF CPAC). Dr. Gibson is married, has a son, and lives in San Francisco.

 
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Seat 5 Description

A person with expertise or substantial experience working in the field of children and youth services in communities that are low-income or underserved.

Nadiyah Shereff

Bio: Nadiyah Shereff is a San Francisco native who grew up in Districts 5 and 9. She now resides in District 10 where she is raising her 11 year old daughter. Nadiyah currently works for the SF State Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) - an on-campus supportive service program for former and current foster youth at SF State that provides wrap around services to assist students throughout their academic career.    

With over a decade of experience undertaking criminal justice reform as well as youth leadership development work Nadiyah is committed to ensuring that DCYF continues to support and strengthen San Francisco’s most vulnerable populations. Her personal struggles living in poverty, growing up in neighborhoods plagued with violence, and her involvement with the juvenile justice system has strengthened her commitment to academic achievement, personal success, and social justice.  

Nadiyah’s personal and professional experience provides her with a unique understanding of the adversities and challenges young people who live below the poverty line must overcome to achieve success. Her desire to serve on this board comes from her passion for empowering youth to achieve their full potential. She is particularly dedicated to creating community based alternatives to detention and advocating for the rights of girls and women in the juvenile and criminal justice system. Her commitment to improve outcomes for children and youth who come from disadvantaged backgrounds is a driving force behind her desire to serve on this committee.  

Nadiyah holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State University Eastbay and currently serves on the National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Leadership Institute Alumni Advisory Committee.

Seat 6 Description

A person who has demonstrated commitment to improving access and quality of services for children, youth, and families in communities that are low-income or underserved.

Linda Martley- Jordan

Bio: Linda Jordan is the African American Community Resource Specialist at Mission High School in San Francisco. Ms. Jordan is committed to ensuring access to educational programs, resources, and structures to the diverse African American communities whose children are educated at Mission and other schools in SFUSD. She creates, collaborates, and implements culturally relevant educational and college prep programs at various SFUSD High Schools that serve youth from all over San Francisco who have not had successful experiences in other school settings. To support the mission of ongoing engagement with the community and students she develops partnerships with community-based organizations aimed at engaging students  and their families in completing high school successfully with post-secondary options and scholarships.

Another passion of Ms. Jordan's is working in collaboration with the college and career team at Mission and the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators (SFABSE) in developing a strong college going culture for students. In the fall of 2014 Ms. Jordan was the chairperson of the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Fair, sponsored by SFUSD and SFABSE. Over 35 colleges and university admission directors and counselors were on site to meet with students and provide on-site admission to their institutions.

Ms. Jordan proudly serves as the faculty support person for the African American Parent Advisory Council of Mission High School She is on the San Francisco Chapter of the NAACP Youth Council as an Advisor, SFABSE as HBCU Chair, San Francisco African American Shakespeare Company Education Committee, and is a Black Women Organize for Political Action (BWOPA) Youth Advisory Coordinator.

Ms. Jordan is a graduate of Laney College in Oakland, California, where she received two AA degrees in African American Studies and Social Science. Ms. Jordan has attended the University of California-Berkeley; her major was African American Studies. 

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Seat 7 Description

A person who is a Disconnected Transitional-Aged Youth, as that term is used in Charter Section 16.108, 18 through 24 years of age at the time of appointment, and who is familiar with the issues and challenges faced by Disconnected Transitional-Aged Youth and with services, programs, and systems for them.

Jada Curry

Bio: Jada Curry is a college student, who was born and raised in San Francisco. Growing up in a low- income family and in some of the city’s underserved communities, Jada has grown up to understand and cherish the value of education. Homelessness, the foster care system and familiarity with substance abuse are just a few issues that Jada shares with disconnected transitional youth, that she will represent as seat 7 on the Oversight and Advisory Committee.

 
She has been involved in several youth development programs such as; Enterprise for Youth, Young Community Developers and Advancing Via Individual Determination 
(AVID). These youth development programs have allowed Jada to broaden her professional skills and her knowledge of college and the application process. She has also been apart of programs that assist in the educational development of students, such as City College of San Francisco’s, Project Shine, where she was an ESL Coach and America Reads, where she is currently a literacy tutor at Rosa Parks Elementary School.

As a young women of color, who has surpassed many of many of the challenges that disconnected transitional youth face, Jada hopes to offer her unique experiences and insight to the committee, in hopes that youth services and programs will be improved and that established programs can continue to make an impact on San Francisco youth. Jada hopes that San Francisco youth will have access to developmental programs and services that have the ability to change lives just as she has had the privilege of having access to.

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Seat 8 Description

A parent of a child, which child is enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade at the time of the member’s appointment for the term. This Committee member shall be from a low income community or have expertise or substantial experience working to promote the interests of communities of color and shall have demonstrated a commitment to improving access and quality of services for children, youth, and families.

Winnie Chen

Bio: Winnie Chen is a parent with a child in SFUSD who will be attending middle school and a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee for Special Education under SELPA. She believes in supporting the public school system and has interests in Special Education Policy and K-12 Pedagogy. Ms. Chen resides in San Francisco’s District 8.

While in graduate school, Ms. Chen participated in Upward Bound at Oakland High School as part of her practicum. She helped refugee students fill out college applications and write college essays. Using her skills in Cantonese, she was able to encourage Vietnamese and Chinese students by sharing her story of immigrating to the United States at 4 years old to find common ground in the challenges of assimilating to a new culture.

Ms. Chen holds a BA from San Francisco State University and Broadcast Electronic Communication Art and a MA from Holy Name University in Culture and Creation Studies.

Seat 9 Description

A parent of a child, which child, at the time of the member’s appointment for the term, is under the age of 5 years and enrolled in a publicly-subsidized or City-funded program. This Committee member shall have demonstrated a commitment to improving access and quality of services for children, youth, and families.

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Seat 10 Description

A person who has demonstrated commitment to improving access to and quality of services for children, youth, and families.

Eddy Xiao Fei Zheng (OAC Chair)

Bio: At the age of 12, Eddy and his family immigrated to Oakland, CA, from Guangzhou, China. Due to socioeconomic struggles, language and cultural barriers, and childhood traumas, Eddy got involved in criminal activities as a young teenager. At 16 years old, Eddy pled guilty to kidnapping to commit robbery. He was sentenced to life in prison, due in part to his limited understanding of the English language and the U.S. judicial system. While in prison, Eddy learned English, earned his college degree, published his poetry, and transformed into a nationally recognized leader—inspiring youth, activists, and politicians on issues of prison reform and youth violence prevention. As an advocate for Ethnic Studies in the prison college curriculum, Eddy was sent to solitary confinement for 11 months, where he garnered support from community activists and leaders. After years of denials, Eddy was granted parole in 2005. Despite being released from state prison, he spent another two years in immigration jail and ordered deported to China. While his immigration case went through the appeals process, Eddy was released from immigration jail in 2007.

Upon his release, Eddy led youth development, violence prevention, and cross cultural building activities as a Project Director at the Community Youth Center of San Francisco. Eddy Zheng also served as the Co-Chair and Co-Director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, where he worked to dispel the model minority myth and expose the migration-to-school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline. A 2015-17 Soros Justice Fellow, Eddy co-founded the national Asian American and Pacific Islander Beyond Bars coalition. Eddy co-edited a book, Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology, and served on many Boards, such as Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinatown Community Development Center, and the Asian American Law Journal.

In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown granted Eddy an unconditional pardon, which finally prevented his deportation. Eddy became a U.S. citizen in 2017. Eddy’s commitment to service has been frequently recognized, most recently with the 2016 Uncommon Hero award, the 2017 Bridging the Gap award from the University of Pennsylvania, and the 2019 Frederick Douglass 200 award.

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Seat 11 Description

A person who has demonstrated commitment to improving access to and quality of services for children, youth, and families.

Joanna Powell

Bio: Joanna is an attorney and advocate who has long been committed to ensuring that all children receive a quality education.  After graduating cum laude from Yale University, she became a second grade ESL teacher in the Bronx.  Inspired, humbled, and, yearning for broader impact, she then enrolled in New York University School of Law, where she was the Teach For America/LeBoeuf Lamb Emerging Law Leaders scholar.   

While in law school, Joanna defended students facing suspensions and expulsions; prosecuted incompetent administrators and teachers on behalf of the NYCDOE; and participated in an interdisciplinary graduate program at Columbia University dedicated to preparing leaders to transform public education.  She also served as Managing Editor of the N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change and Chair of the Education Law & Policy Society.

Following graduation, Joanna clerked for a federal judge and worked as an education litigator at a large law firm, representing students and teachers in large-scale education litigation.  She now works at a public interest law firm, helping school districts deliver their promise of excellent education.  In her general counsel role, she assists in all types of legal and policy matters, including board governance, litigation, special education, charter school, and labor and employment.

When not at her day job, Joanna serves as Vice President of the Thomas Edison Charter Academy’s Board of Education, in which role she oversees the academic and fiscal success of one of San Francisco’s largest public charter elementary schools.  She also volunteers as a tutor at SMART, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing low-income students with access to excellent educational opportunities.  She lives with her fiancé (a labor lawyer) and rescue dog in San Francisco’s Duboce Triangle neighborhood.