Board of Directors
Douglas pierce, chair
Doug joined the board in Feb 2014 and has served as chair since Feb 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 masters 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.
CHRISTINA ALVAREZ, VICE-CHAIR
Christina joined The Gubbio Project's Board of Directors in 2015, and has been honored to serve as its Treasurer and, currently, its Vice-Chair. She is an accomplished professional with 15 years in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on affordable housing and human rights advocacy, LGBT activism and animal welfare. She is currently the Principal Consultant with Prospect Consulting Group, specializing in working with California corporations in securing and administering funds through the Employment Training Panel (ETP). She lives with her wife and sons in San Francisco.
PETER FAWZI, BOARD MEMBER
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 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 LITTEL, ADVISORY CHAIR
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.
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 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 he 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 volunteering opportunities.
MICHAEL MALLORY, Board Member
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 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.
JASON SMITH, Board Member
Jason has been working in the non-profit sector for over 8 years, specifically with social services and workforce development. He is currently the Assistant Director of Contracts in Contra Costa County for Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay and has been with the company for over 3 years. He is originally from Philadelphia where he has had the privilege of serving the homeless community as a case manager and Shelter Program Manager for over 4 years. He is concluding studies at the University of San Francisco, obtaining a master’s degree in Organizational Development in December 2017. He is honored serve on the board of such an amazing organization with powerful mission and contribute his efforts to the benefit the great people of the Gubbio Project.
Laura Slattery, Executive Director
Laura has been the Executive Director of the Gubbio Project since 2010. Prior to that, she worked at Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service for 7 years as a nonviolence trainer, workshop facilitator and organizational coordinator. She is co-author of the workbook “Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living.” In addition to her work at Pace e Bene, Laura has experience as a chaplain, teacher, Catholic Worker, and military officer. She received her MA in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and her BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She lives with her spouse, Cile, in Oakland.