Brittany Ford was named Director of the Mo’MAGIC community collaborative in February 2019, and is passionate about making the Fillmore District a safe place with excellent opportunities for everyone. She has been part of the Collective Impact staff team since 2014, and previously served as Magic Zone Middle School Lead, where she managed all aspects of programming for grades 6 to 8; she also took on the role of Finance & Operations Assistant, providing administrative support for the organization. Brittany graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2012 with a B.A. in Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations. She has served as a Community Advocate for the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, instructing earthquake preparedness workshops in the Western Addition, and as an Educational Advisor for PACT Inc. Brittany, born and raised in Oakland, enjoys spending her free time with friends and family.
Nayansey Curiel, is first generation born and raised San Franciscan, in what she likes to call the heart of many different neighborhoods. She graduated from School of the Arts High School and attends City College of San Francisco to pursue Paralegal Studies. She is a proud mother of two. Nayansey, has worked with children her whole life, before becoming most recently employed at Don’s Auto Body SF as administrative assistant and later front office manager. In her new role as administrative coordinator, Nayansey has looked forward to serving, working, helping and building relationships along with all organizations in the community to support the youth in the Western Addition.
Community Outreach / Program Assistant
Originally an immigrant from Asia to San Francisco at an early age. Having seen the change of the city thought studying, working, and living here for over 29 years. Having worked at a comic book store assistant young kids to not getting scam by older kids to an assistant manager at Chuck E. Cheese to working at an elementary school for the San Francisco district. Each job having to share his personal and work experience with youth of all ages and now at Mo’MAGIC he hopes to continues to be able to share his experience with the youth in the community.
San Francisco Public Defender
Manohar Raju is the San Francisco Public Defender and a founding member of Public Defenders for Racial Justice.
A son of immigrants from India, his pursuit of justice is rooted in his acute awareness of the ramifications of social inequalities. Despite coming from a farming village, his parents managed to emigrate to America, where they raised Mano on the East Coast.
Mr. Raju completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, and holds a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies from U.C. Berkeley, where he also earned his law degree. He worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County for seven years before he was recruited by Jeff Adachi to join the SF Public Defender’s felony unit in 2008. Due to his impressive practice as a felony line attorney, he was promoted to be the Director of Training and then Manager of the Felony Unit.
Mr. Raju is deeply committed to a client-centered approach to defense work. “Our impact is not measured in numbers, but in the people we represent,” he said. “It’s by the mother who can return home to her family. The son who can continue to work to support his family. And to the children of those we defend, who benefit from having an equal opportunity to survive and who might one day use that opportunity to lead.”
The personal interest he takes in his clients’ lives helps fuel him not only to fiercely litigate and win cases, but also to raise his voice against the inequities he and his clients encounter in the criminal justice system. It has earned him the loyalty of his entire Department and the confidence of Mayor London Breed, who appointed him to fill the post in March 2019. As Public Defender, Mano will continue to uphold the office’s reputation not only as a formidable group of lawyers, but also as a catalyst for criminal justice reform.
Contact: 415-553-9617 or http://sfpublicdefender.org/
Deputy Public Defender-Juvenile Unit Manager
Emily Goldman is a Public Defender and has been practicing in the Juvenile Court for over 20 years. She is the manager of the Youth Defender Unit. Emily’s commitment to system involved youth in San Francisco is rooted in her own experiences growing up in the City. Those early experiences exposed her to a justice system that often seemed unfair to kids, where young voices were marginalized or ignored and where economic and racial disparities were rampant. The Youth Defender Unit works diligently and holistically to overcome those barriers; to keep young people out of juvenile hall and insure that they are supported within their own communities where each youth’s individualized needs can be addressed outside of a carceral system.
Contact: 415-753-7610 or http://sfpublicdefender.org/