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Paul L. Watson, Jr., MSHS

Formerly Executive Director of the Training and Research Institute for Residential Youth Centers in New Haven, CT; San Diego Youth and Community Services; and Watson and Associates International. Paul began his career as a youth organizer at the age of 17. He has a Master's degree from Springfield College. He began a consultant organization in 1998 and specialized in Community Development, Youth Development, Child Welfare, and Organizational Development. He successfully completed International projects in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan), The Netherlands, Brazil, Jamaica, and Egypt. He is a national trainer in Youth Development and a member of the Community Youth Development Design Team. He was trained as an ICA Participatory Facilitator. Paul has also served as faculty at Springfield College, New School of Architecture and Design, San Diego City College, and UC San Diego. Paul has won numerous awards and has published both books and articles.


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William T. Oswald, Ph.D.
Associate Executive Director for Research and Evaluation

Bill received his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island where he studied Community Psychology. Prior to this work he served as Dean/faculty at Springfield College, School of Human Services and as a community organizer/educator. His work included serving as lead organizer for Workers Association for Guaranteed Employment, Executive Director of the Foundation for Community Organization in Rhode Island, and Director of Community Development for Tenants United for Public Housing Progress in Boston. He has also worked as an independent Community Development consultant providing technical assistance to grassroots, community organizations.

His more recent work includes: the Caring Council (Chair), a network pushing for policy changes that impact the lives of people living in poverty; Supportive Parents Information Network (SPIN), a constituent-led network of families living near or below the Federal poverty line; United Women of East Africa, an ethnic-based community organization giving voice to their community; City Heights Youth for Change, a refugee youth group serving as a pipeline for the development of progressive leaders/activists; the Parent~Student~Resident Organization that organizes the community around education; and Mid-City CAN Building Healthy Communities Initiative, a community-wide mobilization to develop and implement a 10-year plan to transform the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego into a healthy community.

Recent reports include "Hunger and the Safety Net in San Diego County" and "Barriers to Quality Healthcare for East African Families as Identified by East African Women." Both studies were participatory action studies. The first was conducted by 12 women living near or below the Federal poverty line. The second study was conducted by 23 East African refugee women from six different African countries.




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Marina Castelo
Community Outreach Specialist






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Deron White
Community Outreach Specialist






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Adam Graves
Food Production Coordinator





Refugee Parent Support Network


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Famo Musa
Youth Organizer






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Madina Maho
Parent Engagement Specialist




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Anna Obura
Parent Engagement Specialist




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Maryam Omar
Parent Engagement Specialist





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Agazit Tesfai
Parent Engagement Specialist