Meet the Gubbio Staff


CHRISTINA ALVAREZ, Executive director

Christina joined The Gubbio Project's Board of Directors in 2015, serving as its Treasurer and its Vice-Chair.  She became Gubbio's Executive Director in 2018, and is honored to serve in this new role.  She has 15 years in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on affordable housing, human rights advocacy, LGBT activism and animal welfare. She lives with her wife and sons in San Francisco. 

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Roxana salazar, Program Manager

Roxana brings nineteen years of experience working in the non-profit world to her role as Program Manager at The Gubbio Project. Roxana studied Graphic Communications at CCSF and is a certified TESOL teacher. Originally from Latin America, Roxana has been in California for over 30 years and lays claim to both her Latin and North American cultures. San Francisco is home. She is inspired every day by seeing herself in others in both her professional and personal lives. Of her work, Roxana says she takes pride in being a part of Gubbio, knowing that at the end of each day she has had a small part in making others feel seen, welcomed, and valued. She describes herself as both an optimist & a pacifist. When not at Gubbio, Roxana is an avid artist and is inspired by her favorite illustrator, Moebius.

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John Brett, Site Coordinator

John grew up on a wheat farm far from metropolitan SF. He began work at The Gubbio Project in June 2016 after having slept on the floor of Saint John the Evangelist during a street retreat with The Faithful Fools. He's a seminarian and has chosen to work with The Gubbio Project as he continues his formation and discernment. He continues to work as a ministry assistant with the San Francisco Night Ministry and previously completed a Chaplaincy Residency at John Muir Health in Concord. Prior to seminary, John completed his BA in Spanish and Performance Studies at Dartmouth College and arrives to Gubbio with a background in non-profit work, having served as the director of a regional legal aid program in Washington State.


Ed Bowers, Hospitality Monitor

Ed has lived in the San Francisco Tenderloin for 14 years. He doesn't remember too much before that, though he remembers that he graduated with a "worthless" English-major degree from the University of New York at Binghamton. He was married twice, and has written a few poems. Now, he says, "I am honored to work at a job that for me is from the heart instead of for the wallet."


Travis maider, Hospitality Monitor

Travis grew up in rural Massachusetts and went to school at Ursinus College outside of Philadelphia where he studied chemistry. He enjoys acting in the many small venues around SF and baking bread at his other job. Travis did the Peace Corps in Senegal where he was a sustainable agriculture volunteer. Naturally, all of this led Travis to Gubbio where he volunteered for a year before joining this lovely staff.


Lisa Roncella, Hospitality Monitor

Lisa brings a gentle presence to her work as a hospitality monitor at The Gubbio Project. An avid reader as well as a writer, Lisa attended Mills College in Oakland where she studied Political, Legal, & Economic Analysis. She is a graduate of the RAMS Peer Counseling Program, and a lover of libraries and animals. Lisa lives in San Francisco.