Jacob Savage was only 15 when he became a cadet with his local Police Dept. and spent six years on ride-alongs. He expected to become cop until perspective shift after studying the brutal reality of our justice system. He departed from his expected track and launched a production company. While in Eugene, OR for work, he found a group that responds to crises instead of police. Seeing this model inspired Jacob to revisit public safety and design a program to bring to San Francisco
Neil Shah brings an array of skills to the team. Most recently, he quit his corporate finance career to become a Director at Code Tenderloin, a start-up nonprofit in SF, single-handedly leading development, partnerships, employment placement, and support services coordination. He’s been on the Board of Concrn for the last year, and stepped down to lead growth, put systems in place, and scale. Neil majored in Human Bio at Stanford and has MBA in finance from UC Irvine.
Amy Paulson left eBay Europe in 2011 to co-found Global Gratitude Alliance (formerly, The Gracias Foundation) after 14 years of working in finance, operations, project management, accounting/tax, and consulting in the U.S. and Europe for companies such as Deloitte, SAP, and eBay Inc. Once an orphan herself, Amy is passionate about empowering opportunities for vulnerable children and the communities who care for them. She’s served in the non-profit sector in a variety of roles as a volunteer, international program manager, finance manager,and board member focusing on projects benefiting orphans and vulnerable children in the U.S. and abroad.
Hy Carrel is a connector in San Francisco. He builds community and runs meaningful events through Connect With SF. He has developed a deep connection with the people who live and work in the Tenderloin through his two years with the Faithful Fools. He provides volunteer leadership in organizations such as Project Homeless Connect, Project Open Hand, Code for San Francisco, Awesome Foundation, and Ultimate for All. A former Python engineer, he learned to run frequent 200-person events by leading the SF Python meetup for three years. He is deeply committed to joining, facilitating and empowering the Concrn team, community, and mission.
Deb Borne MD is a family physician with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She serves as medical director at Tom Waddell Health Center and oversees HIV treatment and prevention efforts. As both a social worker and a physician, she has worked with highly marginalized communities including homeless persons, drug users, psychiatric patients, and incarcerate/recently released individuals. She is interested in how research can inform and assist with community-based clinical work. HIV prevention is one of her personal and professional passions.
Lakiba Pittman MA is a creative artist and educator. She is the founder of Creating New Images, a motivational and inspirational business focused on opening hearts and minds through classes, workshops, performances, presentations, products and services. Lakiba is a published poet, writer, artist, singer songwriter and recording artist. She is the Director for the Office of Diversity at Notre Dame de Namur. She is certified by Center for Compassion Altruism & Research Education (CCARE) program at Stanford University, offering their 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training.
Hilary Roberts MA has been in adult and secondary level education since 1979. She has focused on curriculum design, development and implementation in the areas of Peer Resources, Restorative Practices, Youth-to-Youth Advocacy, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Conscious Communication and Community Building. Ms. Roberts spent 26 years with the Fremont Unified School District in many positions, including Small Learning Communities Coordinator, Project Based Learning Coordinator, Peer Assistance Review Mentor, and Peer Resources Coordinator, training youth to counsel other youth, carry out Conflict Mediations, Community Building and other Restorative Practices, and to be youth educators and advocates.
Erik Milosevich is an officer in the Santa Monica Police Department. His passions are acting/theatre and martial arts. In his 20s, he enlisted in the US Army-82nd Airborne Division. After his service he got hired as an officer by the Hawthorne Police Department and then lateraled to Santa Monica PD. In addition patrol, he has held positions such as combat instructor, neighborhood outreach coordinator, and crisis de-escalation instructor. Erik’s emphasis on his wellness practice defies stereotypes of police culture as he is an avid meditator and yoga instructor. After spending more than 20 years as a cop, he has rarely resorted to any use-of-force; a testament to his peacekeeping ideology of creating human connection through unconditional love and compassion