With over 5 years of experience working in higher education, Atalie Chan is passionate about supporting educators, especially in the Bay Area where she was born and raised. Atalie obtained her bachelor’s degree in business economics from University of California, Irvine and recently earned her Master of Public Administration from University of San Francisco. Being the first in her family to graduate from college, she believes that education is key to helping communities and its members thrive. Atalie currently lives in San Francisco and works at University of California, Berkeley.
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Azalea Renfield is the Founder and Chief Executive Director of United Educators Association for Affordable Housing, INC (UEAAH). Azalea is responsible for the strategic direction of UEAAH and oversees all areas of the company including policy, grant development, programs and services, asset management, and partnerships. Azalea has earned her Master of Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco and a master's in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University. She also has received her bachelor’s in American Politics and Communication from the University of California, San Diego. Azalea had the honor of being selected as a recipient of the University of California, Washington Center (UCDC) Academic Program in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
Artem Shipovsky is a proud San Francisco Bay Area native. Artem’s passion and hope for equality and fair treatment for all, is fueled by his Russian roots. Artem hopes to assist public school teachers by offering his knowledge, skills and keen ability to navigate policy research to UEAAH. Artem earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from San Francisco State University. Upon graduating SFSU, Artem has enriched his interests in community and wellness through his work for the City and County of San Francisco assisting needy families. In his free time, you’ll find Artem practicing yoga, bicycling, and driving on the coast in his car.
With over 35 years of experience in administration, property management, and the real estate field, Fely Rodriguez is currently a dedicated full-time Real Estate Consultant and offers a unique level of real estate expertise combined with an uncommon level of professionalism. She has participated in a variety of real estate contract transactions, including investment properties. She successfully completed the courses to receive the GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) designation and Property Management certification. As an owner of residential and investment property, Fely has established relationships and local experience combined with coastal resources providing a unique advantage to her clients.
Born in San Francisco, but raised in Brentwood, CA, Austin Cook returned to the city to attend San Francisco State University, from which he graduated in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and electronic communication arts. Austin seeks to use his passion for video and audio production to advance causes such as social justice and educational reform, and hopes to see education become more accessible both for students and for educators.
Video Production Specialist
Karimah Arnold is a San Francisco native and a parent of a young boy who attends school in San Francisco Unified School District. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing and a minor in behavior science. Karimah values education and those who contribute to it. As a parent she believes that teachers are very important to the younger generations because they help set the framework for a brighter future. No one ever forgets that one teacher that challenges and inspires one to be greater; the teacher that opens up young minds to a new perspective and inspires one to take on the world and reach new potential. Karimah is passionate about providing support to those vested in educating the youth and believes in the mission of UEAAH.
Jennifer Salerno is Director of the Empowerment to Employment program, a workforce development program for at-risk youth at Urban Services, the social services branch of the YMCA. In her role as director, she is focused on providing transitional age youth, ages 18-24, with the tools required to obtain and retain sustainable employment. As a former at-risk youth, Jennifer personally understands the challenges that coincide with finding and maintaining a job that provides a living wage. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in human rights education from the University of San Francisco. She is passionately committed to promoting education as a human right and believes strongly in the philosophy that human rights education can be practiced anywhere, whether it be in a traditional classroom setting or in the community.
Erin is passionate about access to education and has served in various roles in higher education in the Bay Area for more than ten years. She has worked at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley as well as Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She earned her undergraduate degree in literature at Scripps College and her master’s degree in German at Stanford University. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the Business School Advisory Council for Educational Testing Service, the Haas Alumni Diversity Council, the Equity Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, the Board of Directors for C.E.O. Women, the Planning Committee for the Northern California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, the 2014 GMAC Annual Conference Advisory Group, and the Development Board of Special Olympics Southern California.
Education is the single most important catalyst in Colleen's life, so joining UEAAH as President of the Board gives her the opportunity to pay it forward. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Social Science from Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities, where she volunteered as the Director of Community Relations for a charitable beer company. Having moved to San Francisco three years ago when she accepted a job with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Colleen is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Public Affairs and Practical Politics from the University of San Francisco, while working as a full-time administrative professional. A certified volunteer mediator with Community Boards of San Francisco, she believes effective and honest communication gives advocacy its power. Colleen believes the mission of UEAAH is reasonable, attainable, and imperative to the future of the public educational system.
A native of the Bay Area, Timothy Tandun is a UC Berkeley graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the Haas School of Business. Timothy is currently a Financial Analyst at ATEL Capital Group. He joined UEAAH because he wants to give back to the people that helped him get where he is today. Timothy believes that teachers should be able to focus on educating students without worrying about their housing situation.
Danielle Pollack is a Bay Area native and understands the needs of the housing market. She joined the Board of Directors with UEAAH in 2014 after feeling inspired by the mission, which aligned with her personal respect and admiration for teachers, and understanding the struggles they face of pay vs. housing prices in the Bay Area. Danielle strives to use her industry experience to influence and educate about programs and offerings that are available to teachers. With over 25 years in the banking/lending arena in Northern California, she is currently the Area Manager for Northern California for W.J. Bradley Mortgage. Prior to this she worked for Citibank and Wells Fargo. Danielle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an honors concentration in financial services and a minor in economics from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga.
Advisory Board Member
Founder & Chief Executive Director