Board of Directors


Douglas pierce, chair

Doug joined the board in February 2014 and has served as chair since February 2016. He has approximately 20 years experience working directly with homeless individuals in shelters and on the streets. Doug has an MDiv from Boston College and a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. He most recently worked with Shelter Network (now LifeMoves) in San Mateo County as Manager of Housing Services, and is currently semi-retired, raising two young kids with his wife in San Francisco.


Elizah abduh-salam, board member

Elizah is a small business owner and long-time resident of the Tenderloin, with deep roots in the neighborhood where Gubbio began. A service-oriented and mission-inspired man, Elizah says “God gave me two hands, and I’m going to use them to help.” We are delighted to have this wise and beloved member of the TL community join our board of directors here at Gubbio.


Lydia Bransten, Board Member

Lydia Bransten has worked in the Tenderloin since 2006. She came to this community as a volunteer at the Father Alfred Recovery Center and fell in love with the people of the Tenderloin. This diverse and resilient community is a daily inspiration and has brought great joy and faith in the human spirit into her life. She is currently the Dining Room Manager at the St. Anthony Foundation. serving meals in a free community dining room where all are welcome. Lydia is dedicated to the work of amplifying the voices and advocating for the needs of the community she serves. She is a member of 100 Block Safety Group, Tenderloin Hunger Task Force, Safer Inside—Community Partnership, and is representing the Tenderloin Safe Injection Facility initiative on the City Taskforce. She is a proud single mother to her beautiful daughter Cecile, and they complete their loving home with Luna the faithful Chihuahua, and three chickens: Ramona, Henny-Penny, and Pinky.


Zack Ciesinski, TREASURER

Zack is a Bay Area native and has lived in San Francisco since 2011. He started volunteering with The Gubbio Project through his previous company, Zendesk, and vividly remembers his first day of walking through St. Boniface (his immediate thoughts: "Why doesn't every church do this?"). While Zack has moved on from Zendesk, he is always trying to include his new teammates and co-workers in volunteer opportunities.



Peter is long-time Bay Area resident and one of our newest board members. Professionally, he has over twenty years of experience leading large-scale corporate finance and accounting operations for companies like Genentech, Roche, Kaiser Permanente, and eBay, and most recently led Global Business Services for PayPal. He has an MBA from SFSU and a BS Accounting from SJSU. Believing that a "measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members,” Peter was quickly drawn to the Gubbio Project's mission. He resides on the Peninsula with his wife and two sons.



Mary brings a background of spiritual direction and creation spirituality to her work of nurturing Nonviolence as a way of life. She is a trainer with Capacitar, an international network of solidarity and empowerment whose vision is to transform the effects of violence and trauma, bringing peace and healing to our world. She also has studied at the Sophia Center, Holy Names University, in Oakland, CA.



Michael Mallory received his Master's in Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in 2012.  He was introduced to the good work of The Gubbio Project when he organized a group of volunteers to serve and eat breakfast with the guests.  He attends church at St John the Evangelist, Gubbio's second site, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2016.  He is ordained as a deacon with San Franciscan Workers and is now in process to become a priest with Ministry of Presence.  He works closely with neighbors in the Tenderloin by providing memorial services for tenants of Single Room Occupancies.

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Lucas MuÑoz, board member

Lucas began at The Gubbio Project by making pancakes for the Friday breakfasts, and has loved every moment of his involvement since. He has been working with Gubbio since 2010 in various capacities, including as a Board Member and Board Chair. He is an attorney at Lyft, specializing in labor and employment law, and holds his JD from Columbia School of Law. He lives and works in San Francisco.