HEY Staff


Sara Razavi • Executive Director • 415-808-4435 • [email protected]

Sara Razavi joined HEY in 2005 and has served as the Executive Director since 2007. Prior to HEY, Sara was the Parent and Youth Development Program Coordinator at I Have a Dream Foundation located in Aim High Academy Middle School in San Francisco and before that she was the Education Programs Coordinator at The Friendly Center, a family resource center in Orange County. Sara holds a BA in Sociology from University of California, Davis.  She is a foster youth advocate with a background in program administration, strategic planning and organizational development.

Dana MandolesiProject Manager • 415-808-4284 • [email protected]


Dana Mandolesi holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of New Orleans and specializes in research design. She is an expert in qualitative research methods and designed and managed HEY’s 2-year Emancipation Research Project (ERP). Her expertise is evaluating multi-organizational community systems. She has researched social systems in professional and academic settings varying from youth sub-cultural networks and drug policy in New Orleans, urban non-profit functionality in Costa Rica, voluntary and faith based agencies active in the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and the interaction between San Francisco’s Child Welfare System and transitional age youth serving non-profits. Out of this work she has written many reports and toolkits, such as a guide promoting best practices and communication strategies between agencies active in disaster, multiple statistics sheets, and articles and reports. At HEY, Mandolesi manages all foster care and community research, and acts as the ‘info-hub’ for anyone needing data, statistics or information about HEY’s focus areas. Mandolesi creates, designs and markets HEY materials, such as the HEY Statistics Sheets, the HEY Housing Guide and other trends. She also dabbles in online fund-raising, internet marketing and social media for non-profits and built the beautiful new HEY website.

Leslie BrownProgram Coordinator[email protected]


Leslie Brown joined HEY in early 2009. Prior to HEY Leslie was the Associate Director of Ozone House, the nation’s second oldest homeless youth shelter. She has extensive experience and education in non-profit leadership, specializing in designing, implementing, and managing programs and services to supporting transitional aged youth. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Michigan. At HEY, Leslie provides technical assistance training and curriculum development for the employment and education work groups and supports the Emancipated Youth Advocacy Board (EYAB), a team of emancipated foster youth who teach the community about foster youth issues, among other projects.

Justin SlaughterAmeriCorps VISTA Research Assistant • (415) 808-4435 • [email protected]

Justin Slaughter graduated from Earlham College last December with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. He spent the last semester writing an institutional analysis and history of the U.S. health care system for his senior thesis. The last summer he was hired as an internal researcher to develop suggestions for Earlham College’s academic assessment policy. Justin joined HEY as an AmeriCorps VISTA member to help develop, expand, and dissimenate the Emancipation Research Project on emancipated foster youth in the Bay Area.

HEY Other Volunteers

Jim Bracken
Organization Development Committee, Member
Nonprofit Communications

Kate Kalstein
Program Committee, Member
Kate Kalstein Consulting

Josefina Bolufer
Web Design Intern

Rebecca Woodson
Organization Development Committee, Member
McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP

Committee & Other Volunteer Positions Open

For more information contact Sara Razavi at 415-808-4435 or [email protected]

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