Rachel Paras

Executive Director, Oasis For Girls

Rachel comes to Oasis for Girls with a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, as well as in youth programming and development.

Prior to Oasis for Girls, Rachel was a Unit Director at the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club in San Mateo. She also served as the Girls' Day Coordinator and Program Director for South Hayward's Intel Computer Clubhouse.

Rachel attributes the affirmation and burgeoning of her youth development career to the knowledge activists and fellow founding members of Project PULL Academy, a summer leadership challenge and college preview for Pilipino American high school students, where she was a founding team member and the summer 2000 Program Director. She has lived in the Bay Area since 1989, with the exception of a two-year hiatus in which she oversaw the implementation of a community based, art and technology program for youth working at Brown University's Swearer Center for Public Service in Providence, Rhode Island. She is committed to working with creative and educational programs in urban communities, and hopes to inspire and enable the young women and girls of Oasis to achieve their aspirations through reinvigorating programs and building the community of Oasis supporters. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California – Berkeley and holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. She is also the proud parent of an elementary school aged daughter.

Website: http://www.sfoasis.org/

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