Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at San Francisco State University and the Founder and Executive Director of the Roots of Success Environmental Litearcy and Job Training Program, an empowering Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship program that prepares youth and adults who have been failed by the education system (and other systems) to access jobs and career pathways in environmental fields and to improve environmental conditions in their communities. A national expert on green jobs and workforce development, Raquel conducted the landmark “Green Collar Jobs for Individuals with Barriers to Employment” study; co-authored the first report on “The Greening of Corrections” for the Federal Department of Corrections; and is the lead consultant for the city of Ithaca’s Green New Deal Workforce Development Initiative. Raquel has developed and directed education and workforce training programs for individuals impacted by incarceration for more than three decades. Her programmatic work on preparing individuals with barriers to employment for jobs in the green economy informed the creation of the Obama Administration’s ARRA funded “Pathways Out of Poverty” Initiative, which supported green job training programs throughout the United States. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for “The Healing Project”, which creates artistic works, collective healing spaces, and advocacy initiatives in partnership with individuals impacted by structural violence and incarceration to build a world based around healing rather than punishment.
Stevie Gaynor is Operations Manager with Roots of Success. Prior, she worked as a programmatic advisor to grassroots environmental initiatives across the country. She is also a co-founder of a mutual aid organization that serves unhoused people in Portland, Oregon. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from SFSU.
Shruti Sreenath is Product Manager and Project Lead for Course Migration at Roots of Success where her work focuses on researching learning management systems, content migration, and improving user experience. She has a wide range of experience in Technology Management and Consulting with multiple industries. Shruti holds an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management, Indore and a B.E degree from BITS Pilani. She is passionate about learning new technologies and their application in product management.
Board of Directors
Kay O’Neill, Board President Kay joined Roots of Success Advisory Board in 2010 while directing five Green Job Academies in California’s San Mateo county. Inspired by the enduring and transformative power of the Roots of Success teaching method, she continued to support Roots of Success as a Community College Workforce Director and Consultant to non-profit workforce and apprenticeship training programs. Kay became President of the Board of Directors in 2022 and is committed to expanding the reach of our 600+ programs across the country through fundraising and community-based partnerships.
An Bui, Vice President and Secretary An has worked in the nonprofit sector for close to 10 years, and has been involved with Roots since 2017. Currently, he is the Community Needs Assessment Coordinator for the nonprofit Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland, OR. He is passionate about equity, community empowerment, and data-informed decision making, and is immensely proud to be serving on the board.
Maurice Hampton, Directorbegan working with the Roots of Success Program in 2013, while serving a 4 year prison term in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) at the Pickaway Correctional Institution (PCI). Since 2016 he has been employed by Quality Control Inspection (QCI) as a Civil Engineering Inspector. He earned a Bachelor of Science Engineering Technology (BSET) in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University (OSU). Maurice is also the President of Hampton Properties Reformed, LLC a Commercial and Residential Construction Company providing living wage employment for previously incarcerated men and women.
Chad Flores, Treasurer Chad is Director of Product Management at Cohesion. His expertise is in nonprofit organizational management and environmental policy. 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.
Cyril Walrond, Director Cyril was a Roots of Success Instructor and Master Trainer in Washington state prisons, where his immense talents, passion, wisdom, and leadership have changed the lives of countless men during his incarceration. After being incarcerated for nearly two decades, with two more on the books, Cyril was resentenced in June 2022 and was able to return home to his family and community. He is a dedicated community organizer, advocate, and ambassador for social change, transformative justice, and community empowerment.
Van Jones – CNN political contributor, The Van Jones Show, The Redemption Project
Lisbeth Shepard – Independent Consultant
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
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