Kathryn has spent most of her working life in non-profits focusing on social justice work. She joined the Alliance in 2010 to provide training for professionals in Contra Costa County on the impact of domestic violence on children with the Families Thrive Project. Being responsive to the experiences and concerns of those who were trained, the focus of the Families Thrive work has expanded to include research and curriculum development on the impact of trauma on children, their families, communities and the workforce providing services. Kathryn has worked closely with county and community-based organizations to develop cross-system collaboration, training, and trauma informed leadership. Most recently Kathryn has been involved in supporting County-wide prevention work and participating in circle keeping, with a restorative justice lens.
Alex first joined the Alliance in 2014 as the Project Coordinator for the Comprehensive Services for Victims of Human Trafficking grant. Since then her work at the Alliance has grown to include oversight of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking projects. Her research and much of her past work have focused on collaborative models for creating comprehensive, cross-agency, support for victims of human trafficking and other forms of violence in the Bay Area. She has worked with Freedom House, Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE), The Human Trafficking Center and various other agencies dealing with interpersonal violence. Alex holds a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights, with a concentration in human trafficking, from the University of Denver. Prior to receiving her graduate degree, Alex spent over two years as a Head Start preschool teacher in San Francisco. Alex is thrilled to be a part of a dedicated team of individuals who are committed to systemic change to prevent violence.
Susan was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the Bay Area. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1984 with a degree in Mathematics. After working in the corporate world for over 10 years, Susan realized that her values were better suited in the non-profit world. She spent the next 17 years working for a domestic violence agency starting as a Crisis Line Counselor and ending with Manager of Volunteer Services. In 2013, Susan started her current position as a fiscal analyst for the Alliance to End Abuse where she oversees a portfolio of over 50 contracts with a total budget of over $7M. Susan loves her job because she can finally combine her love of numbers with her love of supporting systems to help survivors of intimate partner violence. In her spare time, Susan, an avid runner, tries to improve on her best times in races.