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Daniel Dadoun is executive director of the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, a nonprofit organization serving youth at three clubhouses in San Mateo and Daly City. In addition to educational and recreational programs, the organization features SMART Moves, a youth prevention initiative designed to deter youth from high-risk behaviors through activities designed to increase self-esteem and self-worth.

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Cathy Frey is executive director of Alliance for Rural Community Health (ARCH), a network of eight community health clinics in Northern California. Its service area covers 3,500 square miles and serves 37,000 patients in rural and geographically isolated communities in Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma counties. The alliance offers policy, collaboration, project management and technology services to each health center.

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Catherine J. Ertz-Berger is executive director of the Contra Costa Child Care Council, a nonprofit organization offering a variety of child care programs and services to residents of Contra Costa County. Through area offices in Richmond, Concord and Antioch, and a satellite office in Brentwood, the council helps parents find the best child care placement for their child and family. To make referrals, the Child Care Council maintains information on more than 1,800 licensed caregivers.

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Bruce Fisher is executive director of Huckleberry Youth Programs Inc., an outreach program that seeks to engage adolescents and their families in San Francisco and Marin counties in a comprehensive array of quality services addressing prevention and health promotion, crisis intervention, stabilization and growth. Fisher is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he earned his B.A. in history followed by a J.D. at Harvard Law School. Mr. Fisher came to Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) as project director in 1985 and became executive director in 1988.

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Bruce Alfano is CEO of the Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation (RCHDC), which develops housing projects involving low-income families and low income elderly. It has expanded into operating a self-help housing program serving Lake, Mendocino, and Humboldt Counties. He was formerly executive director of West County Community Services, an organization offering counseling, youth employment services, a senior center, Sonoma works, adult employment services, a food bank and housing assistance to residents of Guerneville in Sonoma County.

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Boona Cheema is executive director of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, or BOSS, an Alameda County nonprofit organization serving poor people with disabilities and special needs since 1971. BOSS seeks to help homeless, poor and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. As executive director, Cheema has forged partnerships with faith groups, schools, business leaders and service providers, and has worked with equal commitment alongside policy makers and poor and disabled community members.

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Barbara A. Garcia is director of health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She previously served as deputy director starting in 1999, when she became responsible for the department's community programs, which are comprised of over 2,000 civil-service employees and 150 community-based organizations delivering primary care, behavioral health, maternal and child health, prevention and health promotion, housing and urban health, indigent health, adolescent health and women's health services.

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Avi Rose is executive director of Jewish Family and Children's Services of the East Bay, a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency supporting the social and emotional well-being of Alameda and Contra Costa County residents. JFCS/East Bay serves over 10,000 people with a staff of 60 in four offices and a volunteer program of over 200 volunteers visiting the elderly, welcoming new refugees, tutoring in English and mentoring refugee youth from Bosnia, Afghanistan and Cambodia.

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Anthony Wright serves as executive director of Health Access, a statewide health care consumer advocacy organization based in Oakland that is comprised of a coalition of over 200 constituency groups working for quality, affordable health care for all. He currently works out of Sacramento on reforms to prevent severe health care budget cuts, to provide consumer protections for self-pay hospital patients, to address rising health care costs, and to advance comprehensive health care reform.

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Anne Molgaard is executive director of First 5 Mendocino, a nonprofit group that promotes, supports and improves the health and development of children, prenatal to 5 years of age, in Mendocino County. Funded by the passage of Prop. 10 in 1998, First 5 Mendocino distributes tobacco-tax revenue by awarding grants and funding other initiatives. Molgaard formerly worked with the Peace Corps in Honduras and as an attorney for Catholic Charities. She received her J.D. from Herzing College in San Francisco.

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