Rodney Chin

Executive Director

Buchanan YMCA


As a resident of the Western Addition neighborhood, Rodney is driven by a strong passion for meeting the needs of his community.

Jenifer Hughes

Director of Teen Programs


Developing teens through Workforce Development, Civic Engagement, and Alternative Education.

Bill Burke

Senior Director of Community Programs


Since moving to San Francisco in 1998, Bill has grown to appreciate and enjoy how diverse and inclusive our City is. That is one of the many reasons why he enjoys working for and supporting our youth in the Western Addition Community.

Adam Hajsz

Membership and Wellness Director


Adam has always had a passion for health, wellness and sports.  In his free time, he enjoys sports and outdoor activities.

LaSaundra Owens

John Muir Community School Beacon Director


Born and raised in the Bay Area, LaSaundra is a vibrant character whose passion is to enhance the lives of young people by bridging innovative and engaging youth development strategies with tangible educational outcomes.

Misa Nguyen

Chinese Immersion School Program Director


Misa has dedicated her professional career to youth development. She is constantly inspired and renewed by the youth she serves. She has worked in several communities throughout the Bay Area and is very excited to be a part of the Buchanan Y team. 

Jasmine Benton

Dr. William Cobb Beacon Director


-Born and raised in San Francisco, CA

-Would love the opportunity to take my students to Africa

-Love being with family, traveling, and action movies

-Passionate about education and supporting youth and families with resources that could be used to further their personal and professional goals

John Acosta

C.A.R.E. Program Director


John has been working with the YMCA since 2009. Prior to coming to San Francisco he was stationed at his hometown, Stockton, CA, where he focused his work with youth and community development. He is passionate about working with teen and providing the opportunity to find their potential and succeed in life. He is excited to take on the role as the C.A.R.E Program Director.

Gregory Flores

New Traditions Elementary School Site Coordinator


Greg has spent the past 10 years working in youth development and, since moving to San Francisco in 2018, continues to learn more every day about the community and its youth. While his passion for teaching and helping others drives him at the Buchanan YMCA, you may find Greg exploring new things around San Francisco to share with the youth at New Traditions Elementary.

Gabrielle Torres

Dr. William Cobb Beacon Site Coordinator


Ashley Gainer

Student Advocate C.A.R.E. Program


As an SF Native, I love to go on spontaneous adventures enjoying the city views, food, and vibrant mix of cultures. I graduated from Florida A&M University, an HBCU in Tallahassee Florida with a degree in criminal justice with a focus in Juvenile justice. I have a great passion for advocating and mentoring youth who just need someone who will care enough about them and their goals. I love to travel and make people laugh. I am convinced my purpose in this world is to share knowledge and love to all that pass me by. Be the light in someone’s life.

Julie Ha

Site Coordinator Rosa Parks Elementary


I am originally from the Los Angeles area but have been residing in the Bay Area since Fall 2013. I graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies.  I love sharing my hobbies with youth because I believe that exposure to art can be therapeutic. I look forward to meeting everyone and growing with the community. 

Board Members 

Matt Bargman

Board Chair

Al Guinto

SEI Investments

Angela Lewis-Morrison

Board Member

Project Manager

US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Andre Srinivasan

Board Member


Solutions Architecture

Richard Yuen

Board Member

Carrie Banks

Wiltse Carpenter

Artise Hardy

Board Member

Finance Director

Rich Hashimoto

Tonya Coney

Lucas Poynter