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Board of Directors

CJCJ would like to thank our Board of Directors for their unwavering commitment and support.

Barbara Johnson

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Barbara Johnson, Board Chair

Ms. Johnson is a native of San Francisco, with 34 years of experience working in the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department. She teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at City College. Ms. Johnson has a BA in History and African-American studies from San Jose State University.

Chris Gauger

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Chris Gauger, J.D., Vice Chair

Mr. Gauger has worked for the San Francisco Public Defender for almost 30 years, much of it at the trial level. In the last ten years, he has been involved in training, research and writing in support of trial attorneys. Mr. Gauger has argued in front of the Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court. 

Tom Yeh

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Tom Yeh, Treasurer

Mr. Yeh is CEO and co-founder of Siteler, Inc. and a 5-time serial entrepreneur and investor. He has served in various executive capacities for many early stage companies in both the US and Asia. Mr. Yeh is also the General Partner of Asanga Capital, a EB-5 Immigration Venture/Private Equity Fund. 

Patricia Lee

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Patricia Lee, J.D.

Ms. Lee has been a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco since 1978. She is the managing attorney for the Juvenile Division of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Lee also serves as the Co-Director of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center, and the co-chair of the juvenile justice committee of the Asian Youth Advocacy Network.

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Frederick R. Chavaria, Ph.D.

Dr. Chavaria has over 25 years of leadership experience in adult education and the criminal justice system. He is the Dean of the School of behavioral and Social Science at City College, and served in departmental chair positions for both the Administration of Justice and Fire Science and the Latin American and Latino Studies programs.

Melody Fountila

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Melody Fountila

Ms. Fountila is a native of San Francisco, and has over 18 years of experience in employment services. She currently works for the San Francisco City and County Human Resources Department. Ms. Fountila was an All-American basketball player at Clark College in Atlanta, GA. She has a B.S. in Business Management.

David A. Bracker, MSW

Mr. Bracker has extensive experience as the executive director of several community based agencies including Mission Neighborhood Health Center, US Dept. of Interior Conservation Corp, The SF Bay Area Hearing Society and Arriba Juntos. He is retired from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was the Community Health Programs Manager.

Michael Ding

Mr. Ding is an associate at TPG Capital, a leading global private investment firm with $54.5 billion of capital under management. Prior to TPG, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Ding received his B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science from Stanford University.


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