Luz Aguirre Ramirez
Senior Program Director
Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and raised in the San Joaquin Valley, California, Luz was a part of the Migrant Educational Program as a public school student. Focusing her career in education, she is experienced with recruitment, partnerships, and event planning. Luz is passionate about all things education, equity, travel, and culture. She is committed to empowering youth to feel supported and guided in career and professional development. She loves traveling, coffee, reading, and attending local events.
Chief Executive Officer
Nínive Calegari provides oversight for all programs. Nínive is a veteran classroom teacher who taught in many places, including in SF’s first charter school and in Mexico. Nínive is Mexican-American and grew up in San Francisco in a bicultural/bilingual family. As co-founder of 826 Valencia, Nínive built a national network of youth-serving literacy organizations; she also founded and led The Teacher Salary Project. As director of the Brave New Voices Initiative, she worked to unify international spoken word nonprofits and support their organizational capacity. She has a graduate degree in Teaching & Curriculum from Harvard and holds an honorary doctorate in humane letters from USF Graduate School of Education.
Lori is a longtime San Francisco resident, previous flower shop owner, and mother of two adult children. She is bi-cultural, a bilingual Spanish speaker and passionate about equality for all—beginning with education. She spent the last year volunteering at local non-profits, dedicated to Covid-19 relief and asylum-seekers. When Lori is not working you can find her walking her dog, Penny, taking in the scenery along Ocean Beach.
Program & Evaluation Manager
Lauren was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York before finding herself in the Bay Area. A proud product of public schooling from K through college, Lauren graduated with her bachelors degrees in Human Development and English from the State University of New York at Binghamton before going on to work in school-based operations at several public charter schools in New York City focused on closing the achievement gap for traditionally underserved local communities. Her work is informed by a strong belief in the value of experiential learning and the desire to bridge gaps between theory and practice. She enjoys creating sustainable systems and solving logistical puzzles to enable her team’s, and ultimately the youth’s, success. She is passionate about advancing educational opportunities and racial diversity and equity. In her free time, Lauren loves to dance, plan road trips, and play with her two calico cats.
Lamiya Cotton joined the Enterprise for Youth program as a sophomore at Lincoln High School. Through Enterprise, Lamiya kickstarted her professional journey. She participated with Old Navy’s This Way ONward internship. She leads young people as a job coach at Old Navy HQ, and works seasonally as a Program Assistant for Enterprise. As part of the Reimagine Internship, Lamiya advocated for changes to SFUSD’s educational curriculum and better mental health practices at school. She was awarded the inaugural David Perlman Scholarship in 2021. Lamiya attends the University of San Francisco. She is majoring in Communication Studies, focusing on conflict resolution and interpersonal communication.
Madisen is a lifelong resident of SoCal who has recently made the move to the Bay Area. Initially drawn by the change of scenery and an abundance of bodies of water, Madisen has decided to stick around to experience more of what the Bay has to offer. Madisen graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and while she no longer ponders the merits of great philosophers, she is still very interested in applying ethics and morality to the real world. This is also a part of what led her to start her journey with Enterprise for Youth. As a Program Associate, Madisen hopes to use her past experience working with students, and dedication to service, to improve the lives of San Franciscan youth.
Youth Workforce Development Manager
Josh has always been passionate about giving everyone a voice, and he’s proud to help everyone get the chance to learn and work through Enterprise for Youth. Born and bred native of the East Bay, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on Media Studies and Ethnic Studies. While in school, he organized radio specials, concerts, and fundraisers to call attention to local issues and raise money for community organizations teaching kids music and feeding the homeless. Prior to joining Enterprise, he interned at KQED Radio, assisting producers at Forum with Michael Krasny. If he’s not at work, you can probably find Josh looking for new food spots with friends, supporting local Asian American artists through the organization he co-leads, Kollaboration SF, or finding a new TV show to start watching, only to finish months later.
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Bonnie is a Los Angeles native who found herself visiting the Bay Area so often that one day she decided to stay longer than just a weekend. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and most recently worked on the Development team at Le Lycee Francais de San Francisco. Bonnie finds her motivation working in Development as someone who has always been inspired by the power of interpersonal relationships and the difference impactful connections can make. She enjoys spending her free time baking sweet treats for her family and friends, as well as volunteering at various reproductive health justice organizations.
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Elva Sprattling, MBA, has more than 20 years of experience in NFP Finance, Accounting, and Business Compliance. She has lived in the Bay Area for almost two decades. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, and she has lived and worked in Eastern Canada and Western Europe. Elva earned her MBA in Europe, and she has taught college level classes. She has worked with small NFPs in the Bay area as well as bigger companies such as one of the BIG 4s, and at a Governmental level for the City and County of Santa Cruz and the California Superior Court.
Elva believes young people are the future and are main agents of change and progress in our country. When she’s not at Enterprise for Youth, she is spending time with her family and friends in the Bay Area. She loves art, painting, reading, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Associate Director of Development & Communications
A Bay Area native, Margan started her career in the art world, primarily in fundraising, sales, and marketing roles. Margan joined Enterprise for Youth as the Marketing & Events Manager for The San Francisco Fall Show, a major international art and antiques fair. Prior to Enterprise, Margan was responsible for marketing at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, where she secured press articles, planned gallery openings, and organized a 5-person panel discussion on women in the arts. She also served a local nonprofit as the President of the Board of Directors, and helped plan their annual fundraising auction for 3 years. Margan enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending time with her young son.
Alexandra Quinn is a nonprofit development professional, specializing in institutional giving for organizations in the arts, education and youth development. She has worked in arts and education administration in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. While working in the communications department at the de Young Museum, she established the first press programs for high school journalists and encouraged access to all student media outlets. Alexandra has also served as education curator at the Sonoma County Museum and founding program coordinator of The Oxbow School in Napa. She is co-author, with master builder Paul Discoe, of Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice. Raised in San Francisco, Alexandra has been an active community volunteer serving on the boards of 826 Valencia, The Tin Man Fund, and Transparent Theater, and as a member of the Northern California chapter of ArtTable.
Senior Program Director
Meghan believes in working alongside youth to foster skills that will help them excel. Before Enterprise, Meghan worked with youth and children in a variety of settings ranging from a residential home for youth with social and emotional disorders to a Montessori classroom. One of her most prized experiences was volunteering with a peer sexuality education program through a national women’s health organization. She earned her MA in Sexuality Studies and her thesis analyzes a piece of education legislation. Meghan’s research expanded her understanding of how certain education policies disregard barriers that many youth face. Workforce development is one area where schools do not fully prepare youth. As she continues her work at Enterprise she hopes to create an engaging environment where young people discover and strengthen their skills and self-awareness. In her free time Meghan takes mini adventures in the Bay Area and taste tests local ice creameries.
Director of Development
Merritt is a passionate educator and community leader who has focused her career on empowering young people to develop their talents and engage with their community in a meaningful way. After twelve years in the classroom, she earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Mills College. Merritt was a founding team member of the Center for Childhood Creativity where she developed and facilitated teacher workshops to catalyze creative thinking in our schools. She is an experienced fundraiser with a background in annual funds, capital campaigns, donor cultivation, and events. She has supported development efforts at Juma Ventures, 18 Reasons, SCRAP, Lick-Wilmerding High School, and SF Friends School. Merritt adores living in the Bay Area with her family, especially hiking, discovering Bay Area artists, and finding ways to get into, onto, or close to the water.
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Carlo was born and raised in San Francisco. He is a product of SFUSD, and a member of San Francisco’s first charter school’s first graduating class. He has worked as a Program Director at both local and national nonprofits, managing work with young people and the adults that serve them. His last four years were spent at MyPath overseeing curriculum design and training, program expansion and partnerships. This work led him to lead projects in 15 cities across the United States. When not at work, you can find him playing music throughout the Bay Area or at his print shop in Berkeley. He is excited to bring his knowledge and expertise in program development, strategic growth, and training to Enterprise.
Talia is a Los Angeles native living in the Bay Area. As a proud SF State alumni, she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Incarceration Justice Studies. As an undergraduate, she focused on educational equity in public schooling and the juvenile justice system. Since graduating, Talia has expanded her knowledge by studying herbal medicine, food justice/equity, and sustainable farming practices. Recently, she earned a certificate in applied agroecology and has recently interned at Alemany Farm in San Francisco. Talia’s professional background in K-8 education and non-profit development has brought her to Enterprise for Youth as a Program Associate, where she continues to foster her commitment to creating safe spaces for youth to develop their leadership skills and experiences. In her free time, you can find Talia cuddling up with her animal companions and a hot cup of tea.
Alex is a passionate marketer hailing from Boston who has focused her career on spreading more positive messages into the world. Prior to joining Enterprise, Alex was the social media voice for the Balance Meditation app and Elevate Brain Training app. She crafted daily mental health posts, planned larger social media campaigns, and ran monthly Instagram Live events for 174k followers. Alex is excited to use what she’s learned and make a positive difference by supporting Enterprise. In her free time, she loves improv, ceramics, and cuddles with her puppy, Otis.
Board of Directors
Board members past and present at Heroes at Work, May 6, 2022, left to right:
Ana Moraga Archila, Andi Pimentel Dunn, Myles VanderWeele (former board), COO Carlo Solis, Terrance Bei, Donna Boyer, Leslie O’Hara, Ashik Ardeshna, Andrea Dublin (former board), CEO Ninive Calegari, Kathryn Money (former board), Joe Sinha, Scott Snow. Roberto Rivera. Not pictured: Dalana Brand, Jackie Chen, Brent Hyder, Jay Jacobs, Tynnetta McIntosh, and Alison Gelb Pincus.
“Our impact has been tremendous. It is wonderful to see how students going through our programs increase their communication skills, teamwork and most importantly their confidence through help with resumes, mock interviews, internships and employment opportunities.”
— Jeff Hocking – Former Board President
Ashik Ardeshna – Senior Partner, Oliver Wyman
Terrance Bei – Senior Vice President, Banneker Partners
Donna Boyer – Chief Product Officer, Teledoc
Dalana Brand, Secretary – Chief People of Diversity, Twitter
Daniel Burnett – CEO, Theranova
Andi Pimentel Dunn – Chief of Staff to the CEO, Uber
Brent Hyder, Co-President – President & Chief People Officer, Salesforce
Jay Jacobs – Director of Industrial & International Business, Basic American Foods
Tynnetta McIntosh – Managing Director, Head of Firmwide & Corporate Employee Communications, JP Morgan Chase Bank
Ana Moraga Archila – Senior Attorney, Kids in Need of Defense
Leslie O’Hara, Co-President – Senior Vice President, PepsiCo
Alison Gelb Pincus – Co-Founder, Short List Capital, One Kings Lane
Roberto Rivera, Treasurer – Senior Managing Director, First Republic Bank
Joe Sinha – Chief Marketing Officer, Parnassus Investments
Scott Snow – Director, Technology Investment Banking, pH Partners