Our People

Our People

Our Participants

Our program participants have entrusted Rubicon to partner with them to reach their long-term goals for economic stability, mobility and inclusion. We make decisions at every level of the organization with the wellbeing of participants, and the communities in which they live, at the forefront.

Our Staff

Rubicon actively recruits staff members who are not only highly skilled, but who consistently demonstrate a commitment to Rubicon’s vision of an East Bay without poverty, and are passionate about their work.

Executive Team

Jane Fischberg

Jane Fischberg

Chief Executive Officer

Jane has been with Rubicon Programs since 1997 in a number of leadership roles, serving as CEO since 2009.   She has lead Rubicon through a number of major changes, including a restructure to sharpen its focus on ending poverty, adopting a theory of change, innovating new service models and increasing advocacy. 

Prior to serving at Rubicon, she worked in the public and nonprofit sector in San Francisco, on initiatives dedicated to equipping people to move out of homelessness and into permanent housing. 

Jane received her BA degree from Williams College in Massachusetts, her MPA degree from San Francisco State University, and has received additional training at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and at Harvard Business School. Jane has been named a Woman of Distinction by the Business Times, and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the SFSU MPA Department. She serves on the City of Richmond Workforce Development Board, the Healthy Richmond Steering Committee, and is the past Chair of the Contra Costa County Human Services Alliance. 

Roger Contreras

Roger Contreras

Chief Financial Officer

Roger joined Rubicon in 2014. He manages Accounting, Facilities, Information Technology and Landscape. He brings diversified financial management, financial strategic planning, forecasting and reporting and budget development backgrounds in the non-profit, public, and private sectors. He has prepared operational and capital budgets in excess of $1.3 Billion, and has issued over $2.0 Billion in financing through diverse and innovative financing mechanisms. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico. He is a graduate of the Disney Institute of Leadership and Business Excellence and also of the United Way’s Project Blueprint leadership academy. 

Carole Dorham-Kelly

Carole Dorham-Kelly

Chief Program Officer

Dr. Carole Dorham-Kelly, Ph.D. (DC) joined Rubicon Programs in 2016 to build wellness services into Rubicon’s economic mobility programs in Contra Costa County. DC was promoted to Chief Program Officer in January 2018. Prior to joining Rubicon, Dr. Dorham-Kelly served over 10 years providing therapy, mentoring and directing programs in community based programs.  Immediately prior to joining Rubicon, she directed wellness, leadership, and workforce programs for transitional age youth.

DC double majored in Psychology and Criminology at Fresno State University, and earned her M.A. in Counseling, Family & Human Services and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from University of Oregon. As a Black, female psychologist, raised in Richmond, she is particularly committed to the mission of reducing stigma around mental health and increasing access to and utilization of medical and mental health services in communities of color and those chronically enduring trauma and loss.  

When not working, she enjoys bowling, movies and laughing with family and friends. With her husband, DC is fueled by the love and labor of raising their school age children.   

Kelly Dunn

Kelly Dunn

General Counsel and Director of Legal Services

Kelly has been the Director of Rubicon's legal services division, previously known as the Hawkins Center of Rubicon Programs, since July 2003. Kelly was the Executive Director of the Hawkins Center from 1991 until its merger with Rubicon in the summer of 2003. In addition to serving as Director of Legal Services, Kelly is General Counsel for Rubicon. Kelly has been a practicing attorney since 1982, specializing since 1985 in the field of Social Security disability law. He has been a Co-Chair of the Contra Costa HIV/AIDS Consortium, and has served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Family Care Network in Alameda County.

Kelly received his J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from U.C. Irvine. In 2007 he was honored with the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award presented by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George on behalf of the Contra Costa Bar Association and The Bar Fund.

Lisa Dyas

Lisa Dyas

Chief Development Officer

Lisa joined Rubicon Programs in October 2015 and provides vision and strategy for Rubicon’s development activities. Prior to Rubicon, Lisa was the Director of Development at Alameda Point Collaborative where she managed the fundraising and volunteer programs to benefit the agency’s supportive housing community of East Bay families transitioning out of homelessness. Prior to APC, Lisa worked at Compass Family Services in San Francisco, a nonprofit organization that provides a continuum of services to homeless and low-income families. At Compass, she served in a variety of leadership positions in both direct client services and fund development.  Her earlier career included corporate retail operations, and photography for news outlets and private clients.

Lisa received her BA degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and MBA from St. Mary’s College of California. She has also completed extensive post-baccalaureate coursework in journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism, at San Francisco State University.

Adrienne Kimball

Adrienne Kimball

Chief Talent Officer

Adrienne Kimball was appointed Chief Talent Officer in 2017, after serving as Culture Manager since 2014, and as the Executive Assistant to Rubicon’s Chief Executive and Chief Program Officer for the prior seven years.  Adrienne has been instrumental in building engagement and capacity building initiatives at Rubicon, including the facilitation of several agency-wide committees, quarterly all-staff meetings, and the annual employee wellness fair. Prior to Rubicon Adrienne worked as a Human Resource Manager in the Biotechnology sector. Adrienne received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from California State University, East Bay.

Board of Directors

Paul Leonard

Paul Leonard, Chair


Paul opened the Center for Responsible Lending's (CRL) California office in spring 2006 and directed its state policy and outreach efforts for 10 years. Prior to joining CRL, Paul was a public policy consultant focused on housing and community development, welfare reform, and other anti-poverty issues. Prior to 1999, Paul was a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, serving as Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development from 1994 to 1998.

David Gray

David Gray, Vice-chair

Deputy Director for Community Benefits, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

David Gray has spent his professional career at the nexus of public policy, social innovation, and community service. He is currently the Equity and Inclusion Manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. In this capacity, David is responsible for coordinating the SFPUC involvement in the San Francisco My Brother and Sister’s Keeper Initiative, a project focused on identifying and advancing strategies and investments that develop and offer educational, workforce, and economic opportunities for African American residents of San Francisco. David is also responsible for ensuring the SFPUC’s multi-billion dollar Sewer System Improvement Program maximizes community benefit opportunities for Bayview-Hunters Point residents, specifically in the areas of education, jobs, workforce development, and contracting. David previously held positions as Chief of Staff and Director of Projects and Programs in the Office of Richmond, California Mayor Tom Butt; and Poverty to Opportunity Project Coordinator at the Louisiana Budget Project. He also mentored the next generation of leaders through the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. David holds his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelor’s degrees in social policy, urban studies, and sociology from Tulane University.

Claire Levay-Young

Claire Levay-Young, Secretary

Principal Product Manager, Workday, Inc.

Claire Levay-Young graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Social Welfare in 1981 and earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from University of San Francisco in 1983. Claire currently works as a Principal Product Manager at Workday, a provider of software solutions for human resource and financial management. At Workday, Claire has led the design and development of many features in the human resources product area over the past five years.  Prior to joining Workday, Claire held a number of managerial roles at Chevron, Cargill, and University of California, including Implementation Lead, Business Relationship Manager, HR Call Center Manager, HR Systems Strategy Advisor and Project Manager. 

Claire and her husband have lived in El Cerrito since 2007 and have two adult sons. Their older son lives in New York City and their younger son lives nearby in San Pablo. Claire and her husband enjoy bicycling, and attending plays, concerts and baseball games. 

Mary Purcell

Mary Purcell, Treasurer

Freelance Writer & Translator

Mary Purcell is a freelance writer and Spanish-English translator in the East Bay. She previously worked for over 20 years for non-profit organizations in the field of international development. As a program and grants manager, she supported grassroots economic development organizations in Latin America. She also coordinated international advocacy campaigns designed to influence policymakers, and conducted policy analysis for NGOs in Washington, DC and Mexico City. In the Bay Area, she has been involved with immigrant rights and employment programs. She is fluent in Spanish and has a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. Mary grew up on the East Coast, and after working in Washington, DC and Mexico City for ten years, relocated to the Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and son.

David Abella

David Abella

Associate General Counsel for the Alameda Health System

David is a San Francisco Bay Area Native, who currently resides in Richmond.  He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Political Science. During his tenure at SFSU, he served on the student government council for three years, including one year as the Student Body President. Thereafter, he successfully pursued a law degree at the University of California, Berkeley College of the Law (Boalt Hall) where he served as Student Body President. 

David currently works as the Associate General Counsel for the Alameda Health System (AHS).  In this capacity, he is responsible for providing sound legal advice and counsel to various strategic business and support service units within the health system.  David also manages the interests of AHS in litigation and public agency matters.

Throughout his legal career, David has maintained an active profile of pro bono and community work. He has been a member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and supported the work of the Second Chance Clinic, which seeks to remove barriers that criminal convictions impose on people’s lives. He has also been involved with several legal organizations that strive to recruit and advance persons of color in the legal profession. 

David is an avid San Francisco Giant, 49ers, and Warriors Fan. 

Sophia Loh

Sophia Loh

Partner, Family Office, Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP

Sophia started her career at Frank, Rimmerman, then served as a Controller for a real estate firm, and developed and implemented commercial accounting software packages. Sophia rejoined the firm in June 2012, and she has served as director of finance for several early-stage venture backed companies and closely held business. Her responsibilities have included managing start-up operations, accounting and business process, system implementation and conversion, financial reporting, audit preparation and budgeting.   Sophia graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Accounting.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Sophia serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Sustainable Contra Costa, a non-profit organization which helps people and businesses create and maintain sustainable communities.

Karen Norwood

Karen Norwood

Facilities Services Manager, Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences

Karen Norwood serves as the Facilities Services Manager for Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences in Richmond, CA. She is responsible for overseeing the operations of Kaiser Permanente’s internal and external operating protocols. She is responsible for providing daily operational leadership in overall maintenance for Kaiser Permanente’s School of Allied Health Sciences Richmond Campus. Karen is a graduate of The University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. Karen also has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Aspen University in Denver, Colorado.

She is a board member at the Invictus Academy of Richmond, CA, and a member of Kaiser Permanente African American Professional Association, Kaiser Permanente Care Volunteer Organization, and serves on Chevron’s Richmond Economic Revitalization Committee. Karen has received three National Awards from the State of California for her work in Eliminating Health Disparities.

Sophie Sharp

Sophie Sharp

Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo

Sophie Sharp is an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo, and the interim leader of the Conduct Center of Excellence. In this interim role, she is helping transition all front-line activities related to Conduct from the Conduct Management Office within Corporate Risk, as well as other relevant functions.

Prior to this role, she led Integration and Planning for the Chief Administrative Office. In this role, was responsible for strategic leadership, planning, and prioritization across the CAO. Previously, Sophie led Strategic Planning for Payments, Virtual Solutions, and Innovation (PVSI). Since joining Wells Fargo in 2006, she has held a variety of enterprise leadership and strategy roles for Consumer Lending, Technology and Operations, Human Resources, and the Internet Group. 

Sophie serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living. She is also serves on board committees for the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, and as a member of the advisory panel for New Media Mentors. She earned her bachelor's degree from UCLA. 

Sarah Sternau

Sarah Sternau

Director of Merchandising, eBay

Sarah Sternau is currently a Director of Merchandising at eBay.com, driving growth in the Sporting Goods, Pet, and Food & Beverage categories. She joined eBay after serving in a variety of strategic roles in Amazon.com’s US, UK, and India businesses from 2004 to 2012. Her earlier career included photography, marketing, advertising, and journalism.

Allison Thurman

Allison Thurman

Nonprofit Consultant

Allison Thurman has worked in nonprofits for over 10 years. She currently consults with nonprofits to build relationships and strategic alliances that advance educational equity. She previously served as the Director of Partnerships at KIPP Bay Area Public Schools where she developed and managed corporate and nonprofit partnerships to provide students and alumni with increased access to opportunities. Prior to KIPP, Allison worked in nonprofit marketing and community outreach in Chicago. Allison serves as the Chair of Rubicon’s Associate Board.  A Midwest native, Allison holds a B.A. in Communications from Ball State University and an M.A. in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University. She lives in Oakland and can most often be found at Lake Merritt.

Tatiana Ware

Tatiana Ware

Business Analyst, Workday

Tatiana Ware is a Bay Area-native currently living in San Leandro. She has a passion for solving problems, broadening social connections and being a champion for groups underrepresented in the workforce.

Tatiana is currently employed at Workday, Inc. as a Business Analyst who works with multi-disciplined teams using a combination of business and technical skills to drive results. Tatiana believes that leveraging data to solve complex problems is the key to success.

Tatiana holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University. When she’s not working or volunteering her time to various causes she enjoys traveling, salsa dancing and reading.

Sachi Yoshii

Sachi Yoshii

Director of Strategic Initiatives, East Bay Community Foundation

Sachi Yoshii has worked with leaders of foundations, non-profit organizations, academia and the public sector, focused on the development of community infrastructure in the Bay Area through public/private partnerships. Prior, Sachi covered a range of executive, program, and operations teams at a multi-billion dollar endowed foundation, providing oversight of global grant making activities, including the development of program strategies, financial and budget planning, and execution of technology initiatives and data trend analyses. Sachi serves on the board of an Oakland-based organization that provides culturally competent services and support for the Asian/Pacific Islander incarcerated and formerly incarcerated population, primarily at San Quentin and Solano state prisons, and also with re-entry populations in Alameda County.  She resides in Oakland and received a dual-degree MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School and a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.