HOPE BUILDERS LEADERSHIP TEAM.
Shawna Smith, Executive Director
Shawna received her degree in English from Santa Clara University. As a young college graduate, Shawna spent her first year post-graduation as a Jesuit Volunteer. During her year of volunteer service, Shawna lived and worked among the poor of Central Orange County, California, providing emergency assistance services to support families on the edge of homelessness. This experience marked a watershed moment in her life and resulted in her choice to work in the social service sector.
Shawna has worked in numerous capacities in the non-profit sector including as a board member, volunteer, and advisor in the areas of: workforce development, violence prevention, intervention, emergency assistance, homelessness, and volunteer service. Despite many accolades—she was named a Marano Fellow by the Aspen Institute in 2006 and was a finalist for the Cardinal Bernardin Award—she views the opportunity to lead Hope Builders as a call to further service to the community in which she and her husband live and raise their family.
Zajid Cova, Director of Finance
Samantha Harris, Director of Programs
Christa Sheehan, Deputy Director
Laura Stagner, Senior Director of Development
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
HOPE BUILDERS’ STAFF.
ADMIN AND OPERATIONS