YSA Staff

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

Artist-In-Residence/Sr Artist

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.


J.R. Furst

Program Coordinator

Specializing in leadership development and community building, J.R. has been involved with YSA since 2014—when he introduced the youth to his project, “Beyond This Prison,” creating pen pal relationships between young people and long-term inmates in prisons. Starting in January 2017, J.R. began transitioning into a full-time staff role at YSA. His programming emphasizes communication, conflict resolution, increasing creativity, and building personal integrity. JR has lived in South Berkeley since 2006, and has a personal background in Creative Writing, Poetry and Dance.


Sally Hindman

Executive Director

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.


James Shields

Creative Director/Senior Artist

James Shields is a creative-preneur who specializes in fine art, education, and business strategy. He joined YSA in the summer of 2017 as a lead artist on the “Sugar Sweetened Beverage” Soda Tax mural and has since taken on the role of Creative Director and Senior Artist. James’ passion is rooted in helping others discover their freedom through creativity and problem solving. He’s the proud creator of the Hip Hop Coloring Book and newly released web app, ArtxHouse.com. James is a graduate of Howard University