Asha is a project director at CompassPoint with extensive experience in equity-based leadership, facilitation, and community building. Over the past two decades, she has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations and schools in the Bay Area and beyond. She started her career at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in San Francisco where the godmothers of the Mission, as she calls them, inspired her vision of leadership as something collective, loving, fierce, and deeply rooted in community traditions. These early professional experiences ignited her entire career as a community school coordinator, high school teacher, youth empowerment program director, evaluator, grantwriter, executive director, and capacity builder.
Prior to joining CompassPoint, Asha was the associate program director at LeaderSpring where she designed and facilitated leadership development programs for The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative and the Oakland Museum of California. She also spent six years as the executive director of the San Francisco Beacon Initiative, strengthening school-based community centers in 17 public schools serving 10,000 participants annually. Other organizations she has worked at include: Community Network for Youth Development, Community Educational Services, Hatchuel, Tabernik, & Associates, and Alternatives in Action. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford University with an emphasis in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She loves to spend time listening to music with her son, reading, and swimming. She secretly dreams of being a standup comic one day.
Bachelor of Arts: Comparative Literature
Masters of Arts: Education
Spanish Bilingual Teaching Credential
University of San Francisco
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Asha is leading a planning process to design a leadership development program for reproductive health, rights, and justice leaders in Mississippi and Louisiana. She is also assessing and making recommendations for leadership development of the Starting Smart and Strong initiative which aims to strengthen early learning systems and opportunities in Oakland, Fresno, and San Jose. Both of these initiatives are funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Next Generation Leaders of Color: Asha is co-faclitating the current version of this program taking place in Los Angeles. NGLC is a transformative leadership development program that builds leadership confidence, management competencies, and the ability to unleash organizational change.