Shining a Light on Team Leo — in 2023!

In this week’s blog, we shine the spotlight on our staff  in appreciation of their incredible work and dedication to the mission of public service and community engagement. “Team Leo” continues the legacy of Lt. Governor Leo T. McCarthy in leading for the common good through a multitude of programs and initiatives under the McCarthy Center and in collaboration with faculty, individual and organizational partnerships. Here, we share and showcase individual members on our team and their work to-come in 2023. 

Karin Cotterman
Director, Engage San Francisco

  • Team research on literacy in the Fillmore with Dresden and Carla
  • Co-facilitating dialogues on whiteness and community engagement
  • Ed.D. anticipated May ’23


Carla Trujillo
Engage San Francisco Graduate Assistant

  • Co-facilitating with Cassidy at the Women of Color Leadership Conference on ESF Literacy
  • M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs anticipated May 2023
  • Team research on literacy with Dresden and Karin


Cassidy Steele
Engage San Francisco Graduate Assistant

  • Co-presenting at the Woman of Color Leadership Conference with Carla
  • Completing M.A. Counseling Psychology courses by July ’23 and beginning traineeship in August ’23



Camille Batiste
Engage San Francisco Program Assistant

  • Updating the Engage San Francisco website
  • Supporting ESF team with program implementation
  • Pursuing graduate studies in Public and Urban Affairs


Star Plaxton-Moore
Director, Community-Engaged Learning and McCarthy Center Programs

  • Designing community-engaged curriculum intensives for faculty
  • Delivering keynote talk at the Northwest Community Engagement Institute
  • Publishing two book chapters


Angeline Vuong
Associate  Director, Community Engagement and Public Service Programs

  • Implementing community-engaged learning into existing programs
  • Creating ongoing alumni portal project for mentors
  • Inaugural member, Anti-Racism Committee at St. Ignatius Church


Jacqueline Scott Ramos
Community-Engaged Learning Program Manager

  • Abolition research on school-to-prison pipeline and housing injustice
  • Healing mentor with No More Tears
  • CEL and poetry publications



Leslie Lombre
Director, External Relations

  • Relaunching Conversations for the Common Good speakers series
  • Developing and expanding Board of Advisors
  • National storytelling and media coverage of Center’s success with Aisha and Delaney


Delaney Lumpkin
Graphic Design Assistant

  • Creating visuals for McCarthy Center programs, events
  • Designing layouts and graphics for student and center-wide newsletters
  • Photographing McCarthy Fellows portraits


Aisha Williamson-Raun
Communications Assistant

  • Recognizing McCarthy Center newsworthy content
  • Producing Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and WordPress stories, posts
  • Authoring articles for e-news, e-blasts, Annual Impact Report, and other publications

Dresden Frazier-Smith
Literacy Program Coordinator, Engage San Francisco

  • Presenting at the Continuums of Service Conference on student mental health
  • Presenting a webinar for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity on activism and Black identity
  • Coauthored book chapter in Anti-Racism in Sports Organizations

Beth Gonzales
Program Assistant

  • Coordinating capital improvements of Masonic 103
  • Supporting Center’s financial reporting and operations
  • More advertising coursework in Fall 2023


Derick Brown
Sr. Director

  • Launching Rising Dons mentorship program
  • Establishing a bi-coastal partnership with Georgetown University
  • Hosting the inaugural McCarthy Center Friendraiser Celebration


Learn more about our programs here!

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arwilliamsonraun • January 25, 2023

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