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.
“I have witnessed the quality and skill of the people working here– their integrity and their sincere care and loving presence is transforming lives.” - a volunteer
“A stellar organization. What I have observed for decades, is truly remarkable." - a long-time agency partner
“The SFPD and SF Public defender seek them out as partners. Their work is priceless.” - a former board member
“They supported me with guidance, love, and support." - a youth participant
“It's a home away from home. They meet you right where you're at.” - a young adult participant
“The parenting support group was great for parents needing a safe, non-judgmental space to share their experiences.” - a parent participant