Marissa Cowan

Executive Director

(415) 452-7576

Marissa grew up in the Y and has been a part of the Y family for 20 years. Marissa has been part of the YMCA of San Francisco for the last five years.

Laura Chavez

Associate Executive Director

(415) 452-7563

Laura has spent her career working with youth, advocating for youth development, social justice and education. She’s eager to work with the Y’s community programs. 

Katia Alvarez

Child Development Director

(415) 452-7566

Katia Alvarez has a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. She strives to provide children opportunities to learn in a safe and welcoming environment. 

Becky Chen

Administrative Services Director

(415) 452-7574

Becky started her Y journey working directly with youth in after school programs, summer day camp, and community programs. She has been a part of the YMCA of San Francisco since 2013, and joined the Mission YMCA in 2015.

Nick Knauer

Senior Director

(415) 452-7578

With over a decade of experience working with youth and families in the YMCA, Nick has recently returned to his roots in the Bay Area. As a Berkeley native Nick is passionate about providing quality programming for youth and their families every day.

Genny Pinzón

Associate Director of Healthy Living

(415) 452-7581

Genny's priority is to provide a safe and welcoming place for active older adults, where they can socialize and take advantage of the health and wellness opportunities that the Y has to offer.

Lydia Villalobos

Community Development Director

(415) 452-7561

Lydia has been part of the Mission Y family since 2012. She loves to see the impact the Y has made and continues to make in the community.

Lariece Williams

Youth and Family Program Director

(415) 452-7579

Lariece has been an integral part of the Mission YMCA family since 2000 and has been a valuable asset in our licensed after school and summer programming. Lariece leads the Mission Y’s outdoor education and camp program initiatives.

Board Members 

Kathleen Bolts



Carlotta Mills

Christopher Corgas

Project Manager

City & County of San Francisco

Eric Chan

Senior Systems Engineer


Gabriel Medina

Policy Manager

Mission Economic Development Agency

John Rojas



Michael Mohaghegh

Financial Advisor

Wells Fargo Advisors

Violet Sinclaire

Marketing Manager

RRA Construction

Sarah Brayton

Senior Consultant

Deloitte Consultant's Strategy