The Team

"I’m here because I should be here."

—Willie Brown, former Mayor of San Francisco

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GREGG ZAIRE,Executive Director

Gregg brings over 25 years of experience working in partnership with private and public institutions to improve outcomes and advance opportunities for vulnerable populations. His extensive background leading capacity-building initiatives at the organizational, systems, and regional levels, coupled with his experience managing cross-functional operations and development projects, has enabled institutions to launch their strategic priorities.

As Senior Advisor, Policy and Programs in Redwood City, Gregg spearheaded County-wide assessment and capacity-building to improve program infrastructure across collaboratives. This endeavor enabled the Sequoia Unified High School District, San Mateo County’s Behavior Health and Recovery Services, and the City of Redwood City to partner more effectively on system-wide efforts to identify and eliminate structural Social Determinants of Health within the school system.

Gregg received a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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ERIC J. NORMAN,Development & Communications Director

Eric brings nearly two-decades of experience in fundraising, community organizing, and political activism to San Francisco Achievers. Born and raised in Indiana, Eric left for the Army soon after graduating high school, but was discharged for being gay. Becoming the first in his family to attend college, Eric spent two years at Santa Monica College studying political science before taking his journey up north to U.C. Berkeley. Eric graduated from Cal as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. 

Eric has previously worked or consulted for the Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco Waldorf School, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, as well as 15 state and local political campaigns and ballot measures. In his spare time, he enjoys taking road trips up the coast, reading a good book, having dinner with friends, or playing tourist around town. 

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PAVITRA BALASUBRAMANIAN,Operations Manager

Pavitra has joined as the Operations Manager/Analyst at Sf Achievers. She holds an MBA from India and a Master’s in Information Systems from The University of Utah. In the past she has worked for two years as a Data Analyst and is passionate about applying her skills for social good and leveraging the power of data to maximize impact. She has previously worked with non profits like Hand In Hand Parenting and California Rural Legal Assistance.
 
In her spare time, she likes running, volunteering as a dog sitter and organizing social events at her community 
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DANIELLE ADAMS,Program Manager

Danielle Adams was born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated with her B.S. in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine. In addition to working with San Francisco Achievers, she is currently a high school varsity girls basketball coach. Danielle has worked as an Intervention Specialist with OUSD, College and Career Technician with HUSD, and an Academic Counselor at a local University. She is very passionate about working to help students achieve their education, life, and career goals.

Danielle is excited to be part of the team at San Francisco Achievers and to help support students on their paths to success. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys playing and watching sports, traveling, shopping, and attending different shows.

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DAVID MILES III,Senior High School Program Advisor

David G. Miles III (more affectionally know in the office as Miles) joined the team in 2016 as the High School Support Coordinator. Prior to joining Achievers, Miles received his B.A. in Communication Studies from San Jose State University as a San Francisco Achievers Scholar! Miles is one of the first alumnus of San Francisco Achievers. His experiences with the organization as a student has led him on a path to volunteering as a mentor to the younger students and eventually becoming a key part of the staff. Miles also served as a Site Coordinator with the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center where he was able to design a dynamic afterschool program centered around academics, enrichment, and recreation.

On the weekends, Miles is the DJ at his family's roller skating rink, Church of 8 Wheels. He also travels abroad several times a year: 9 countries and counting.

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DEVON BANKS,High School Advisor

Devon Banks is a San Francisco Achievers Alumni and is super excited to be a part of the team. He was born and raised in Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco. He graduated from Sonoma State University, with a major in Business with a concentration in Management. Being the first person in his family to graduate from college, he recognizes how SFA helped him throughout his college years and beyond and he hopes to be that pillar of support for the next generation.

In his off time he loves spending time with his fiancée and two children, Lil Dev and Deshawn. He is also a huge sports fan and an ardent follower of the niners.