Nathalie DeOliveira Hoffman
Case Manager/Social Worker
Nathalie De Oliveira Hoffman joined YSA as our Social Worker in June 2017. Nathalie provides assessments, goal action planning, behavioral coaching/ mental health counseling, case management, and resource referrals for YSA participants. She also assists with YSA’s evaluations, contracts, and reports. Nathalie moved to the Bay Area from Southern California in 2009, and received her Masters of Social Work from San Francisco State University in 2012. Nathalie has many years of experience working with Transitional Age Youth from diverse, low-income backgrounds, and incorporates her personal passion for art, wellness, and social justice into all aspects of her work at YSA.
Jimi Evins is an Artist, Art Educator, and Cultural Arts Activist. Jimi has been Art Director for many years in the Oakland community. As a graduate of CCA (California College of the Arts), Evins has worked with many arts organizations to bring quality art programming to Oakland, and especially East Oakland. Evins was lead Artist for the initial “100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change” project in 2005. Jimi has exhibited at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA., San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, the Sargent Johnson Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Oliver Hyde Gallery, the Richmond Art Center, Slate Contemporary Gallery, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Gallery 555, and the Solano Gallery, among others. He has received awards from the Ebony Museum of Arts, Inc. for Artistic Excellence and Pioneering Spirit in the Preservation of African Heritage, the Community Arts & Education Award from the California College of the Arts, the Jan-Schuyers Artistic Achievement Award from the Richmond Art Center and The Art of Living Black, and honored by the EOYDC for dedicated service as a Champion for Youth. In 2010 he received the Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.
According to Jimi, “Art making has been my passion since I was a child. I am at YSA to help bring a sense of creative possibilities to Youth Spirit participants. I want to improve & instill in youth a sense that they can create, in art, and in their lives, whatever they can imagine. Introducing to youth new methods and materials in the art making process is another of my goals at YSA.”
Jimi’s art has been influenced by his travels to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.
Mary Stackiewicz joined YSA as a Senior Artist in September 2018. She has lived in California since 2004 and struggled with homelessness for eight years, joining Youth Spirit as a participant in January 2016 when living in the youth shelter. A master of street sales, Mary sold art on the street to support herself when homeless, building self-confidence using anything and everything to make art. She taught art before it became her calling and wants to now use art to empower other homelessness youth who are in the same position she was once in. Mary is impassioned to help youth reach their personal and professional goals at Youth Spirit Artworks.
Alejandro “Alecks” Ramos is the Program Coordinator for Youth Spirit Artworks and Managing Editor for Street Spirit. He recently graduated from Long Beach State University in 2018 with a B.A. in Sociology with a focus on Interaction and Group Relations. Throughout his collegiate career, Alejandro covered local news and events from an intersectional perspective for The Inquirer at Diablo Valley College and the Union Weekly at Long Beach State University. He had the opportunity to serve as Editor-in-Chief for both publications, which helped him refine his skills as a leader and mentor. Outside of Youth Spirit Artworks, Alejandro is a writer and podcast host for Sons of the Beach, an online publication that focuses on the intersection of sports and social justice in America.
Editor in Chief of Street Spirit
Alastair Boone joined YSA in July 2018 as the Editor in Chief of Street Spirit, the San Francisco East Bay homeless newspaper. As Editor, she assigns and edits the stories in the paper, builds relationships with writers and vendors, and keeps her finger on the pulse of homelessness issues in the Bay Area and beyond. Boone was born in San Francisco, and earned a BA from UC Berkeley in 2016. Previously, she worked for CityLab, The Atlantic‘s website on urbanism and city life. Her writing has also appeared in California magazine and The Daily Californian. At Street Spirit, she is looking forward to combining her passion for social justice with her love for journalism, and elevating homeless voices in the media.
Sally Hindman has thirty years of management and other experience working with non-profit organizations serving homeless people. She previously directed Berkeley California’s interfaith Chaplaincy to the Homeless and set up its Telegraph Avenue drop in center for homeless youth. Sally is the co-founder of Street Spirit, the San Francisco East Bay homeless newspaper. Sally received her M.A. in Theology and Art and her M. Div. from Pacific School of Religion. She holds an undergraduate degree in Natural Resources (Environmental Conservation) from Cornell University. Sally is an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate Theological Union Center for Art, Religion, and Education and Starr King School for the Ministry teaching “Liberation Art.” In 1998 she received KPFA radio’s Alice Hamburg Community Service Award for her outstanding leadership in serving homeless people in the East Bay. Sally has been a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) since 1984 and is a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting.
Angel Jesus Perez
Sr Artist/Print Tech
Angel Jesus Perez began as YSA’s Print Tech and Sr. Artist in September of 2015. Angel provides studio art training to youth during the day and screen prints all of YSA’s youth designed merchandise at night. During the summers Angel works with youth to design murals for the Alcatraz Alley Mural Park Project. Angel teaches traditional mural design and techniques similar to the Chicano muralist movement during the 1960’s, but with a fresh flavor for the younger generation. He is a first-generation Chicano artist born and raised in Washington D.C. with Mexican lineage to Puebla and Jalisco. Angel moved to the Bay Area in 2011 to pursue a Bachelors of Fine Art degree in Printmaking at California College of Arts in Oakland. He is an award-winning artist, who is exhibited in D.C, Japan, Lebanon and Mexico. Outside of YSA he works as a freelance artist into the very late nights.