Opportunity Impact Staff
Emily LoSavio, Executive Director
Emily LoSavio is the founding Executive Director of Opportunity and Collective Impact. Since the early 1990's, Emily has worked for local, statewide and national non profits focused on youth development, education and social justice. Emily graduated early from UC Davis with bachelor's degrees and honors in both Sociology and Communications. She served on the Board of Directors for Spark, a global women’s non profit, and the Booker T. Washington Community Center in San Francisco. She has also served on committees for the Department of Human Services Family & Children Services, the “Afterschool For All” initiative and the Advisory Board to A Good Idea. In 2004, Emily completed the Coro Community Fellows Program in civic leadership and more recently finished a year long fellowship with Wellesley's National After-School Matters Initiative at UC Berkeley. Emily has been honored by AT&T and 92.7FM radio as a local “Community Hero.” She was filmed as the inspiring visionary for "The Leadership Challenge" training video and has made appearances on Comcast Newsmakers and Black Renaissance to peak about her work.
Pam Pradachith, Director of Programs
Before joining Opporunity Impact, Pam spent over ten years in the nonprofit sector working in education, youth and workforce development. Pam is returning to the Bay, from New York, where she has been leading Program Quality for a comprehensive youth services program that serves more than 10,000 individuals per year. Pam received a Masters of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and Policy from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University. Pam was selected as a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar in the inaugural year of the program and was awarded a Clark Foundation Fellowship for Public Service.
Evan Jones, Case Manager
Evan Jones was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He attended D.C. public schools and went on to graduate from Dartmouth College, where he majored in History. As the product of a diverse household and the beneficiary of many nonprofit enrichment programs, Evan has always felt a need to give back to his community. While at Dartmouth Evan took advantage of several opportunities to positively impact the lives of others. As a mentor and co-chair of the D.R.E.A.M program, Evan was able to provide guidance to children from Hanover area housing projects. He also, chaperoned weekend outing trips for inner-city Boston teenagers through North Country Weekends. Upon graduation, Evan accepted a teaching position at Pope John XXIII high school in Everett MA, where he taught History, and English and coached the girls soccer team to two straight play off appearances and a league title. Evan joined the Opportunity Impact family in 2009 on a part time biases and has held every role from tutor to his current position of Middle School case manager.
Noah Marjavi, Case Manager
Noah was born and raised in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. He attended New Traditions Elementary School, which at the time was on the third floor of what is now Rosa Parks Elementary School, where many of the OI youth he works with today attend. After graduating Lowell High School he worked at the Stonestown Family YMCA in summer camp, youth sports, coaching and refereeing. Noah moved on to study at City College of San Francisco, where get completed his general education courses with a focus on Architecture and Child Development classes and found his career after working as a teacher’s aid in a Math and Social Studies class at James Lick Middle School. He then worked for the Buchanan YMCA/Western Addition Beacon Center at John Muir Elementary School as a K-1 after school teacher, practicing Spanish with his multilingual students and found a passion for after school work. He then moved on to be the Site Coordinator of the Buchanan YMCA Safe haven after school program for Middle and High School students, leading tutoring, life skill classes, job prep, and created a safe place for local teens to hang out in the evening. Noah came to Opportunity Impact during the summer of 2010 to help lead field trips and recreation activities. Noah continued to work with the Elementary School youth at OI through the school year and is now the Case Manager. Noah credits his interest and talent in youth work to his mother Pat, who worked as a Midwife and Labor and Delivery Nurse at Kaiser Hospital on Geary Blvd and whom probably delivered a few OI youth in her day.
Katie Ravey, Lead Community Leader
Katie Ravey was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked for the City of Alameda Park and Recreation Department through numerous youth recreation programs. After attaining her A.A. at San Francisco Community College, Katie pursued an internship at the San Francisco Youth Guidance Center where she worked closely with detained youth for two years. Katie now attends San Francisco State University aiming to attain a B.A. in Psychology. Last spring Katie enthusiastically joined the Opportunity Impact and is committed to the program and its youth.
Allison Ambrozy, Community Leader
Allison Ambrozy was born and raised in Michigan, growing up with a love for sports, writing, and psychology. She then moved to West Philadelphia to pursue a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for working with youth began early as a tutor and lacrosse coach and continued in college where she was able to volunteer at a transitional housing center for women and families. Tutoring for the elementary aged-kids at the People's Emergency Center in West Philadelphia was a pivotal experience in shaping her aspirations to get involved with social equality and justice issues. Having moved to San Francisco in early 2009 she is excited about her role as Community Leader to work directly with the children of OI to help serve their cause and create positive youth development. She also is a board member and active participant in the Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE), the regional Time Bank in the area, an online alternative currency model that helps strengthen communities through reciprocal skill-sharing.
Whitney Redd, Community Leader
Whitney Redd, born and raised in the Western Addition, has traveled many places but as the song goes she 'left her heart in San Francisco' each & every time she lived elsewhere. Her passion is law and she has an affinity towards any and every fictional book written. Currently attending the University of San Francisco with a major in Politics and minors in both Legal and Latin American Studies she hopes to effect change in her home community through her scholarly endeavors. She believes that opportunity + hard work and perseverance = success, having had experience with all three herself, she knows success is within her grasp and believes whole heartedly in the same for the kids she encounters daily at Opportunity Impact.
Zachary Sims, Community Leader
Zachary Sims is perusing a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University. Before joining the team at Opportunity Impact, Zach worked at a youth development program in Benicia, CA.
Tim Cheung, Program Assistant
Tim Cheung has been working here at OI since mid summer of July 2010. Born and raised in San Francisco in the Sunset district, Tim ventured not too far to attend the University of California Santa Cruz. During his time and growth, many social injustices as well as cultures outside of his immediate community were brought to his attention which began to fuel his passion for youth. Upon experiencing great growth and exposure during his time in Santa Cruz, Tim was awarded his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2009. Taking and applying what he has learned, Tim is getting his feet wet by supporting Opportunity Impact behind the scenes as well as working directly with elementary school children in the Richmond district in San Francisco. Tim is very grateful is given the opportunity to simultaneously experience both direct and indirect support for youth and is excited to learn different ways to serve towards positive youth development.
Lonnie Peterson, Transportation and Facilities
Lonnie has been with Opportunity Impact for more than a year now. Initially running facilities, he was soon promoted to an expanded role as the van driver. His strong and silent demeanor makes him a particularly powerful youth worker.