James Spingola was born and raised in San Francisco's Fillmore District. From an early age, James became attracted to the opportunities available to young, impressionable men in his neighborhood, which ultimately led to his incarceration. Defeating the odds after several tries, James took a fruitful path to reentry, working three jobs - one at Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, which would prove life changing - and then landed a position at a local hospital. He was able to focus on helping community, mentoring young men and women struggling with the same issues and poor choices that he had. In recognition for his providing quality support and services since 2004, in October 2018 James was appointed to the Juvenile Probation Commission of the City & County of San Francisco. James, "Uncle" to many, understands the connection that young people are craving; his approach is centered around ensuring those critical connections are in place. Knowing his own successes are tied to someone taking a chance on him, James extends that same courtesy to every person who comes through the doors.
Brittany Ford Director of Mo'MAGIC
Brittany Ford was named Director of the Mo'MAGIC community collaborative in February 2019, and is passionate about making the Fillmore District a safe place with excellent opportunities for everyone. She has been part of the Collective Impact staff team since 2014, and previously served as Magic Zone Middle School Lead, where she managed all aspects of programming for grades 6 to 8; she also took on the role of Finance & Operations Assistant, providing administrative support for the organization. Brittany graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2012 with a B.A. in Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations. She has served as a Community Advocate for the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, instructing earthquake preparedness workshops in the Western Addition, and as an Educational Advisor for PACT Inc. Brittany, born and raised in Oakland, enjoys spending her free time with friends and family.
Renaud DeVreker Finance Manager
Renaud DeVreker is Collective Impact’s Finance Manager. He joined the organization in July 2016 as a full-time employee after serving on the organization’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Collective Impact, Renaud spent two years at Lookout, a mobile security startup with the Finance Team as Manager of FP&A. He previously spent 11 years working as an equity research analyst for financial institutions, focused primarily on the application and infrastructure software industry. He holds a B.A. in Economics from UCSD. A father of two girls, he loves to BBQ, attend live music shows, and snowboard whenever possible.
Chaniel Williams Program Manager
Chaniel Williams, was born and raised in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood by her maternal grandmother. A product of the San Francisco Unified School District, Chaniel went on to attend San Jose State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies, with a minor in Psychology. Chaniel has held her current position since 2012, and has been very involved in all aspects of the program, serving previously as Administrative Assistant. Chaniel, once a participant of the program herself, feels that it is her responsibility to be the person to make the youth see their future in a brighter way; she knows how important it was to have other people besides her family wanting the best for her, and that it made her push herself harder to achieve all her goals.
Nico Bremond Senior Program Lead
Nico Bremond, Collective Impact’s Teen Program Lead, is an African/Mexican American man who hails from in Oakland. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2014 with a degree in Sociology; during his time at USF, Nico was an Esther Madríz Diversity Scholar and an intern with Collective Impact’s Magic Zone program. Nico joined the staff in 2014, and was a founding lead within the Community Safety Initiative; he also manages the teen afterschool program and facilitates 10 student success groups for middle and high school students, including 6 groups tailored specifically for young men of color in need of targeted supports. Nico also led the organization’s partnership with Hack the Hood, managing a cohort of 25 young website developers, and over the last 3 years has co-presented or co-facilitated several workshops in the Bay Area and beyond. Nico is passionate about empowering each of his students to their best success, whatever success looks like for them.
Shayd Bowers Workforce Development
Shayd Bowers, is a passionate advocate for women, youth, and low-income communities. She has previously worked as a Community Advocate for Community Youth Center, Program Coordinator for SF Tobacco Free Project, Project Intern for MUSADE, and a Program Lead for Middle School here at Collective Impact. In her current position, she provides job readiness/placement services that assist marginalized transitional age youth. In order to do this, she cultivates, grows, and actively maintains lasting partnerships with employers in San Francisco and nearby counties (San Mateo, Alameda). She attended California State University, San Marcos for her Bachelors in Communication with a minor in Women's Studies, and San Francisco State University for her Masters in Communications with an emphasis in Social Justice. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball, nature activities, traveling, and hanging out with family/friends.
Collective Impact Board of Directors 2020-2021
Puneet Shah, Chair Product Lead | Adyen Inc.
Lauren Weitzman, Secretary Search Audience Global Product Lead | Google
Jessie Stuart, Treasurer Vice President | Align Real Estate + Founder | NourishX