Introducing our new "Staff Spotlight" series, where we will be featuring a different Compass staff member every few weeks!
Where do you live? Where is your hometown?
I was living in San Pablo, CA, but just moved to Lake Merritt in Oakland! And although I was born in San Francisco, I grew up in Oakland and consider it my hometown.
How long have you been with Compass and what is your role?
It will be 17 years in September. I started out as a floater in childcare at Compass Clara House, but I am now the Children’s Activities Coordinator at Compass Family Shelter.
During the summer I run Camp Compass, a fun and enriching summer program for the children of Compass' client families. Camp is in session Tuesday throughThursday, but it takes a lot of work during the rest of the week to make things happen! Camp staff meet at 10 in the morning and camp starts at 10:30. I’ve got to make sure parents don’t leave the kids before then, as well as facilitate check-ins, help serve breakfast and keep the kids engaged until lunch and the daily outing (which can include ice skating, bowling or going to parks around the city).
Best thing about the Bay area?
There’s a ton to do in San Francisco, but I honestly prefer Oakland. It’s a crazy city, but has lots of diversity and culture. I like to walk around Lake Merritt, bike and enjoy the bars and food.
What is your favorite Bay Area restaurant?
Regent Thai on Church Street. Best Thai in the city.
What do you do on your day off?
Rest! Work can be exhausting, so I enjoy relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.
What have you enjoyed most about working at Compass?
More than anything the diversity and wonderful people.
The amazing programs. The fact that most of our services are wrap-around and are offered to all parts of the family make us unique and such a successful organization.