A Bay Area native, Ed brings an immense passion for working with youth who are at risk of being failed by adult-driven systems. Ed has a diverse, 16-year background in supporting and developing comprehensive school based programs, off site community based programs, and summer camps. He also has experience in gang prevention and intervention, building programs and services in a juvenile detention facility, and working to support special education. An experienced, endorsed California School-Age Consortium trainer, Ed has worked with out-of-school-time professionals across the state.
Ed studied Community and Commercial Recreation Administration at California State University, Chico. He lives in the East Bay with his wife, a 6th grade teacher.
David Banks is a community advocate with a passion to enrich future generations. He believes in initiating and promoting collaborative environments that are inclusive, accessible and safe for underrepresented communities. David is a San Francisco native, was raised in a middle class family, and is grateful to have been educated in some of the best schools the city could offer. Through his schooling, David was made keenly aware of the wealth disparity, and the ongoing lack of access to resources vulnerable communities have. He also bore witness to how an environment could be set-up to limit a young person's expectations of success and dim their outlook on life. David knows that not only does one have to have an open mind, but also they must have access to the opportunities for advancement that the privileged enjoy. With these factors in place, David feels strongly that anyone can manifest their dreams.