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The Spark Team

We are a passionate, innovative and collaborative team focused on celebrating students and promoting possibility.

Nicole Bruno
Asaundra Dalton
Tran Tran
Lucy Brennan

Nicole Bruno
Development Specialist

Nicole is a New York native, who came to San Francisco in July of 2018 after graduating from Binghamton University with her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. She will also complete her M.A. in Public Administration in December 2018. Nicole has worked in development in a variety of capacities, including fundraising for her alma mater. She hopes to one day attend law school and continue working to promote a more equitable society. 

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Asaundra Dalton
Program Fellow

Asaundra is a Detroit Native, who came to San Francisco is 2013 after being recruited by the USF Dons for track and field. Since then, Asaundra has graduated with her B.A. in Sociology from the University of San Francisco and is currently finishing her last year of her Master's Degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Asaundra is very passionate about social justice, especially in the areas of work representation, education equity, and making inclusivity for all a norm in every space. Asaundra has previously worked at Johns Hopkins for Talented Youth and volunteered with Girls on the Run Bay Area, SF RBI, and Reading Partners. She hopes to continue to create change for youth with Spark.
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Tran Tran
Program Fellow

Tran Tran recently graduated from Amherst College with a major in Sociology and extensive experiences in working with international youths. She was instantly drawn to Spark because of her shared belief in the life-transforming power of intergenerational mentorship and experiential learning practices. As a Program Fellow, Tran hopes to contribute her program planning skills and unwavering adoration of middle schoolers to ensuring another successful year of Spark programs. Outside of Spark, Tran can’t wait to explore and indulge herself in all the Bay Area’s delicacies, from a zillion types of bubble tea to breath-taking hiking trails. 
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Lucy Brennan
Senior Program Fellow

A Chicago native, Lucy moved to the Bay Area to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her four years at Cal, she worked closely with the Youth Support Program, an organization that builds one-on-one mentoring relationships between UCB and Willard Middle School students. While at YSP, her eyes were opened to the multitude of opportunities mentoring introduces not only to the students being mentored, but for mentors as well. She is passionate about bridging gaps between geographically near, yet culturally disparate, communities, and believes strongly that increasing exposure and familiarity within diverse spaces is critical to promote social change. So, when an opportunity at Spark popped up on her computer screen, she knew this was the place she wanted to be!

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Samantha Scheetz

Samantha Scheetz
Program Manager

Sam is an East Coast native, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and began her career as an AmeriCorps Urban Education fellow in New York City. Then she packed her bags and shipped off to the Bay Area where she worked as an Account Coordinator at a PR agency, honing her skills as a communicator, problem-solver and corporate partner liaison. Her experience with youth spans tutoring, after school program instruction and teaching yoga. She’s passionate about the power of education and relationship-building to bridge communities. She’s eager to spread her zest for social equity to the West Coast and to Spark stakeholders.

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Bay Area Board Members

Executive Board
Alan Braverman, Founder & CEO, Textline Amanda Valentino, Head, Talent Acquisition and Mobility at Genentech, Inc. Anjai “AJ” Gandhi, Vice President, Sales Strategy & Operations at RingCentral Christina Kosmowski, Head of Customer Success at Slack MR Macgill, President, MRM Consulting Prakash (Venkataraman) Raman, Senior Consultant, Executive Development at LinkedIn Susan Salop, Director, APAC and Japan Advertising Cloud, Adobe
Advisory Board
Anthony Overstreet, Product Specialist, Facebook Ashley Quintana, Community Outreach Coordinator, Facebook, Spark Alumna Brendan Chan, Program Manager, Google Garen Corbett, Board Chair; Director, California Health Benefits Review Program, University of California Jennifer He, Program Manager, Visa's Innovation Center Kalpana Chandrasekhar, VP of Customer Experience, HotelTonight Michael Davis, Healthcare Risk Advisory Manager, Wipfli LLP Odette Go, VP and Treasurer, Lam Research Shireen Javandel, Research Coordinator, UCSF Spencer Anderson, Business Operations, Atrium LTS Tom Yankowski, President, Center for Career Evaluation

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