Erika Katske, Executive Director
Erika Katske has been an organizer at SFOP since May of 2004. She accepted the role as Associate Director in 2007 and later served as the interim co-director until her appointment as Executive Director in April 2008. She has been the lead organizer on our violence prevention work, in our expansion initiative with Jewish congregations and most recently on our education work. Prior to coming to SFOP, Erika organized in New York City, building a citywide leadership team by organizing in public schools and surrounding communities. She has experience in nonprofit management including fundraising, volunteer/parent/leader recruitment, increasing dues-paying memberships and assisting with grants and events. Erika graduated Magna Cum Laude from Smith College with a BA in Sociology.
Geoffrey Nelson-Blake, Community Organizer
Geoff has been an organizer at SFOP since September 2011. He is the lead organizer on our corporate accountability work and Prophetic Voices clergy initiative. Previously, Geoff served as Pastor to a Seventh-day Adventist church in National City, CA, working with PICO’s San Diego federation to found a Local Organizing Committee and partner as a clergy leader in the community. Geoff enjoys writing and has been published widely, including the Washington Post. Geoff received his BA in Sociology from La Sierra University and M.Div. from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University.
Teshone Jones, Community Organizer
Teshone Jones came to SFOP after working as an organizer with the Clean Air Defense Campaign in Arlington, VA. She is a North Carolina native, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in African American Studies. Teshone’s organizing work is inspired by her experience working with a young 3rd grader that could not read. While working with this young boy, who was a product of a failing education system and a community in the midst of economic crisis, Teshone was introduced to community organizing in a local community center. Through this work, Teshone has come to know that organizing is the only way through which communities of color can advocate for a quality education system and create avenues for sustainable economic opportunity.
Patrícia Ribeiro, Partner Parish Organizer
Patrícia is a Parish Organizer working jointly with SFOP and the Office of Public Policy & Social Concerns, Archdiocese of San Francisco. SFOP began partnering with the Archdiocese in the fall of 2010 to work on the Justice for Immigrants Campaign. Patrícia has continued that work, focusing on San Francisco’s immigrant communities. Patrícia previously worked in her home country of Brazil with “Universitários Vão á Escola,” an organization that strives to make higher education more accessible for children from low income families.
Elizabeth McDonald-Zwoyer, Operations and Development Manager
Elizabeth joined SFOP in September 2012. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies from Smith College, and has been working for non-profits and tutoring French since graduating in 2011.
SFOP has been developing leaders in San Francisco congregations, schools and community centers for 25 years. We believe that San Francisco can be a city for all.
Eleanor Williams, Former SFOP Board President
SFOP Executive Board
Michelle Antone, Board Co–Chair
Leader at Sanchez Elementary School
Sue England, Board Co-Chair
Leader at June Jordan School for Equity
Msgr. Mickey McCormick, Board Chaplain
Leader at St. Cecilia Catholic Church
Ali Akbar, Treasurer
Leader at San Francisco Muslim Community Center
David Morgenstein, Secretary
Leader at Congregation Sherith Israel
Leader at Church of the Epiphany
Juan Carlos Esteban
Leader at St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Leader at Star of the Sea Catholic Church
Leader at Providence Baptist Church
Reverend Carl Alexander
Leader at True Hope Church of God in Christ
Leader at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
Leader at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Leader at Congregation Emanu-El