Charise works closely with all of EBALDC’s programs to align and continuously improve impact evaluation, information systems, and cross-departmental collaboration. For nearly 20 years, she has worked to create opportunities and resources for low-income families and to build healthy and vibrant communities. Charise started her career as a litigation attorney in Los Angeles. She transitioned into the nonprofit sector to work on policy advocacy at CAA in San Francisco and then served as Program Director at Mission Hiring Hall/South of Market Employment Center. Charise has also worked in business development for a technology startup. As an independent consultant, she has assisted nonprofit clients with program development, research and fundraising. She first came to EBALDC in 2006 as the Director of Neighborhood and Economic Development. During this time, she launched the Resident Services program and significantly expanded Family Economic Success programs. She was also a core member of the team that conceptualized EBALDC’s Healthy Neighborhoods strategy. She continues to support this vision through her role as COO. Charise holds a BA in history from UCLA and a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.