Raquel Pinderhughes, Ph.D. is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at San Francisco State University and the Founder and Executive Director of Roots of Success. An internationally recognized expert on green jobs, green jobs training and environmental literacy, Raquel has decades of experience working with incarcerated, low-literacy and first-time college populations. Her Green Job Training Model was used to form the Oakland Green Job Corps and inform the Obama Administration’s Pathways out of Poverty Initiative funded with ARRA funds. 

Chad Flores is the Deputy Director of Roots of Success. His expertise is in nonprofit organizational management and environmental policy. Chad’s leadership perspective is informed by studying environmental policy in Washington, DC, European Union policy approaches in Belgium and Ireland, as well as his international humanitarian aid service in Honduras and Vietnam. Previous to his work with Roots of Success, he worked for the online fundraising nonprofit Network for Good and the social innovation incubator Hub Bay Area. Chad holds a M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University’s School of Public Service and a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University. He is passionate about issues at the intersection of public health, economy, policy, and innovation.

Shamar Theus is a Program Manager for Roots of Success, and a Roots of Success curriculum contributing author. An Afro-Caribbean, Vallejo, CA native, Shamar holds B.A. degrees in sociology and environmental studies from San Francisco State University, where he focused his studies on social (in)equity, sustainability, environmental (in)justice, ethnic studies, history, urban education, public health, and social change. He is an active member of the Black Organizing Project in Oakland and deeply committed to grassroots organizing for social, racial, economic, environmental, and educational justice.

BrandiBrandi Campbell is a Program Manager for Roots of Success. She holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation from San Francisco State University. Her prior work experience focused on educational advocacy and program management, urban ecological restoration, campaigning for local environmental legislation, and conducting research on pedestrians for The San Francisco’s Department of Public Health. She is pursuing a Masters degree in the City and Regional Planning Department at the University of Oregon.

Kelly Meehan is a Research Associate for Roots of Success. She completed her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and studied at University College Cork in the Republic of Ireland. Prior to joining our team, Kelly served as the Community Engagement and Environmental Programs Manager for Community Housing Partnership, teaching environmental education to formerly homeless individuals through Roots of Success and environmental service learning projects.