Co-Founder & Executive Director
Dawn has worked with young people in San Francisco for more than two decades, starting campus-based girls’ support groups at Lincoln High School and A.P. Giannini Middle School in the early 1990s and co-founding in 1992 the organization that would later become Sunset Youth Services. In addition to providing leadership for the nonprofit, managing staff, connecting with donors, and building relationships with young people served by Sunset Youth Services, Dawn partners with numerous community coalitions and city agencies as an advisor, change agent, and voice for the disenfranchised youth of the city.
In 2018 Dawn was elected to co-chair the Juvenile Justice Providers Association (JJPA)–– a consortium of community-based organizations that she helped establish in 2004 and which plays an important role in local policy-making, youth advocacy and has a strong voice in how funds are used to meet the needs of vulnerable youth.
SAVE THE DATE
Annual Benefit Gala on March 18, 2023
Location: The Haas-Lilienthal House
Join us to celebrate our vibrant community of young people who are overcoming poverty, hardship, and violence to achieve stability, education, employment, and hope. Your support and investment–together with other faithful donors, partners, advocates, and volunteers–make a lasting impact!
Tickets and further details to come.
Our 2021 30th Anniversary Gala featured:
• A life-sized timeline showcasing thirty years of Sunset Youth Services work
• An exquisitely catered meal with an entrée of guests' choice
• Youth performances and dancing with live music by Middle Class Murder
• Open bar with wine, beer, and two signature cocktails
• Photo booth with printed photos and digital files
Corporate sponsorship is used to offset the cost of the gala, thereby allowing all donations from the event to go directly toward programs. For more information, contact email@example.com.