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.
During a historic year of tumult, we did what good nonprofits do––we took our staff to a farm for an outdoor retreat to get some sunshine, plan for the future and count our blessings.(We're big on hugs, but Helen the chicken was as close as we could get to the real thing!)
And our blessings are many.
Unexpected partnerships allowed us to serve over 2,200 meals weekly to families in need, then foundations came through with generous COVID funding, and you––our faithful giving community––showed up in force to our “Live from the Living Room” virtual gala to cheer us on and sustain our work! Our hearts are made bigger by your generosity.
Today Dawn, Helen the one-eyed chicken, and our entire Sunset Youth Services family salute you!
May we see you all safely on the other side of this pandemic (and soon!)