Staff & Advisory Board

Learn more about the team behind Roots of Success



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.

Colin Smith headshotColin Smith is the Head Editor of Roots of Success. He holds a B.A. in History and American Studies from Kalamazoo College. Colin is interested in advocating for literacy and how culture, policies, and the economy have affected communities. He has previously interned under a sustainable farm in British Columbia, the environmental news organization Circle of Blue, and had enrolled in Sociology and Development courses for six months in Kenya. As a writer and editor, he works with Roots of Success‘s books and texts, including laying out the Green Jobs and Career Pathways Guidebook.

Kristin Linden is graduating with a Master of Public Health from U.C. Berkeley and is a Project Manager (Intern) at Roots of Success. As a life-long learner with a background in journalism, marketing, and business operations, Kristin believes education empowers and enables people to reach their full potential. 


Myah Rivera-Wiegmann is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and an emphasis in Sustainability and Social Justice and is a Project Manager (Intern) at Roots of Success.


Advisory Board

Kay O’Neill

Co-Founder, Open Access

Cyril Walrond

Teacher, Roots of Success Master Trainer for Washington Dept. of Corrections

Jamie Brewster

Program Manager,
Five Keys Charter School

Anne Boyd-Rabkin

Nonprofit Consultant in Health and Sustainability

Larry Cohen

Executive Director, Prevention Institute (co-chair)

Van Jones

Executive Director,
Rebuild the Dream

BC Broussard

Founder and CTO,
Flying Cranes

Patrick Brown

Leadership Academy Manager, Greenlining Institute

Trina Martynowiez

Cleantech Coordinator and Transportation Sector Lead, EPA

Paul Cox

 Founder, Veterans Speakers Alliance

Lisbeth Shepard

Executive Director,
Green City Force

Curtis Penn

Director, Project Rebound

Mark Jacobstein

Technology Entrepreneur

Pedro Noguera

Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

David Duhaime

 Teacher, Roots of Success Master Trainer for Washington Dept. of Corrections

Grady Mitchell

Teacher, Roots of Success Master Trainer for Washington Dept. of Corrections

Maurice Hampton

E.I.T. Civil Engineering, Quality Engineering Solutions (QES)

Eugene Youngblood

Teacher, Roots of Success Master Trainer for Washington Dept. of Corrections

Nwamaka Agbo

Director of Programs,

Kenji Kato

Visual Simulation Expert, NASA
at the Ames Research Center

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Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

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