Metro Academy of Business
Laurie Jones Neighbors, M.A.
Laurie is a member of the SFSU Metro Faculty Learning Community team and serves as the Coordinator for the Metro Academy of Business. Laurie has taught in and directed a number of academic programs for under-represented students at several universities and colleges in Texas, Oregon, and California, including at California State University Monterey Bay. She holds a B.A. in History and English and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Texas Tech University as well as an M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She is the former Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Urban Habitat, one of the nation’s oldest environmental and racial justice organizations, where she also sat on the leadership team. In addition to her work with Metro, Laurie teaches in the Health Education Department of SFSU and works as an independent consultant, specializing in program development in support of equitable political representation and policymaking for low-income communities of color across the state.
Metro Academy of Child and Adolescent Development
Ashley Williams, M.P.H.
Ashley Williams, a current Bay Area resident and a native of Los Angeles, has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education in San Francisco for the past 13 years. She started her journey in the ECE field as student in a service learning program at SF State University and she continued in the field as a Preschool Teacher and a Center Director. She currently works at SF State as the Metro CAD Program Coordinator, Instructor in the CAD Department, and the Associate Director of EDvanceSF in which she develops, implements, and promotes a variety of services that support future and existing San Francisco Early Childhood Educators move towards higher education degree attainment.
Metro Academies of Health Education I
Jade Rivera, M.P.H.
Jade has previously worked as a school teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District, and holds a California Bilingual Teacher Certificate. Jade has also worked at Mission Graduates College Connect. She obtained both her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education, and a Master’s of Public Health from San Francisco State University. In her free time, Jade likes writing poetry, visiting Ocean Beach, and enjoying pupusas.
Metro Academies of Ethnic Studies and Education
Dr. Mark Bautista
Mark is the coordinator of two academies, Metro Ethnic Studies and Metro Education. He is an adjunct professor in the College of Ethnic Studies and in the School of Education. Mark’s practice is grounded in his everyday work with underserved youth and communities of color. His teaching and scholarship focuses on the agency and self-determination of disadvantaged peoples, critical pedagogy, decolonizing education, critical media literacies, and participatory action research (PAR). Mark brings together his duties at work and in family life, working to make a more just world for all young people.
Metro Academy of Health Education II
Sophia Simon-Ortiz, M.P.H.
Sophia works on Metro program communications. She is also the Health 2 Academy Coordinator and an instructor for the Metro First Year Experience course. Sophia’s professional experience includes immigration and housing legal support with low-income residents in the Bay Area, media production, and advocacy for sexual and reproductive healthcare access. Previous to joining the Metro staff in 2015, Sophia worked to conduct public health research on issues including policing practices, public housing conditions, education access in prisons, and environmental justice. She holds a Master of Public Health from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. She loves working with young people in Metro towards justice in education and beyond, and achieving their educational goals.
Metro Academy of Science and Metro Academy of Engineering
Genievive Del Mundo, M.S
Previously, Genievive was the Lead STEM Instructor for USF Upward Bound Math and Science projects, and a former community college Biology instructor. Genievive holds a B.S. in Marine Biology and a M.S in Zoology with a concentration in Molecular Ecology. As a former Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) fellow, she continues to inspire women and under-represented students to pursue post-secondary degrees in the STEM field.
Metro Academy of Liberal and Creative Arts I
Cindy Huynh, Ph.D.c
Since 2014, Cindy has been teaching with Metro in Race and Resistance Studies. She received her BA in Asian American Studies at UC Davis, MA in Asian American Studies at SFSU, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah. She plans to wrap up her doctorate in Fall 2016. When she is not teaching or working on her dissertation, she’s either baking, crafting, or kickboxing!
Metro Transfer Academy of Science
Sarah Wongking, M.P.H.
Sarah Wongking has been working with the Metro program since 2011–teaching several Metro core courses, coordinating Metro academies at both CCSF and SFSU, and co-leading the program’s faculty and curriculum development work. She loves working with Metro because it allows her to work with young leaders, helping to build them to advocate for social justice. Sarah has conducted research on the intersection of health and education. She has a passion for examining what constitutes a healthy learning environment for both students and instructors. With a deep commitment to the integration of a health equity lens into the science field, she is excited to continue her work with CCSF and the Metro Transfer Academy of Science.
Julieta Kusnir, M.P.H.
Julieta has taught at both CCSF and SFSU. She loves being in the classroom and learning with her students. Before joining Metro, Julieta provided media advocacy trainings across the country for Berkeley Media Studies Group. Julieta continues to produce and host segments of La Raza Chronicles on KPFA radio with an emphasis on health issues and inequities in the Latino community. She has also contributed to other bilingual radio programming in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2000, producing pieces for NPR, KCBS, and PRI. Julieta’s commitment to addressing health inequities drew her back to the university to complete a master’s in public health, at SFSU. Her areas of interest in public health include the media’s impact on civic engagement and popular education strategies. In 2008, she received an Ethnic Media Health Fellowship through The California Endowment. You can listen to her program at soundcloud.com/larazachronicles
Sergio R. Martinez, M.P.H.
Sergio has been coordinating the Metro Transfer Academy of Health at City College of San Francisco since January 2015. Mr. Martinez teaches the first year experience class. He uses various teaching modalities to reach vulnerable groups and in building rapport with marginalized communities. He believes meeting students where they are in life and acknowledging their experiences is key to building healthy sustainable relationships and in creating great learning environments. His public health work stems back over 15 years in local government and research. During his spare time he writes blogs for East Oakland Building Healthy Communities Initiative and freelances for the Oakland Tribune. His most recent stories have included profiles on the best taco trucks in East Oakland, urban gardening and Oakland’s Mayoral elections.