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.

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. 

Joshua Pisciotta

Site Coordinator ASP



I have been working with the YMCA of San Francisco since 2019. It is my goal to create a fun, safe and creative space for students to learn about themselves and the world around them. I believe that youth have the largest stake in creating a strong future and I am dedicated to helping them achieve their goals.

Gabrielle Torres

Dir. 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.

Nancy Hernandez

Associate Director of Teen Programs


Leadership for Gateway Middle School, Model UN, and Youth & Government. Nancy works hard to provide opportunity and encouragement to the Teens of the Western Addition/Fillmore District. Her work at the Buchanan YMCA consists of Civic Engagement, Middle School Afterschool, and Workforce Development programming. 


Board Members 

Andre Srinivasan

Board Member


Solutions Architecture

Richard Yuen

Board Member

Carrie Banks

Wiltse Carpenter

Rich Hashimoto

Tonya Coney