The perfect team.

Randi Shafton

Co-Executive Director

Randi joined Peninsula Bridge in 2013. Before joining Peninsula Bridge, Randi was the co-Development Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. She has also worked as a legislative assistant, in industry and as a non-profit consultant, and has co-founded a non-profit agency focused on girls aged 7 - 12. Randi has a BA from UCLA and a MA in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Jocelyn Swisher

Co-Executive Director

Jocelyn joined Peninsula Bridge in 2013. She has held a number of corporate positions and been a highly effective volunteer. In Portola Valley, she has been a key leader in raising millions of dollars for the public schools as well as for the new community center. Jocelyn served as a trustee on the Portola Valley School Board from 2010-2015. Before joining Peninsula Bridge, she was the co-Development Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Maureen Garrett

Development Director

Maureen joined Peninsula Bridge in 2012. She brings more than 20 years of non-profit and for-profit experience in the financial and education sectors on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.  She has a B.S. in Public Administration/Public Affairs from the University of Southern California. Maureen and her husband Bill, an attorney in Palo Alto, have three children and live in San Carlos.

Paula Calamato

Director of High School and College Programs

Paula joined Peninsula Bridge in 2012 and supports both programs and development. She emigrated from Argentina and self-funded her education through a Masters in Sociology at San Jose State University. She wrote her thesis on financial literacy, and is the first in her family to earn a master's. Prior to joining Peninsula Bridge, Paula lectured at SJSU, taught Spanish, and interned with Friends Outside. Paula is currently completing a Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning through U.C Berkeley Extension.
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Amanda Afshar

Director of Middle School Programs

Amanda has been a part of Peninsula Bridge since August 2015. She has dedicated her career to the education and empowerment of students and families since completing her B.S. in Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education at Illinois State University in 2004. After four years in the classroom, she began pursuing a degree in administration and received her Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2009. She has taught and held administrative roles in both the public and independent school sectors and welcomes the cohesion these experiences bring to her role as Middle School Director for Peninsula Bridge. She and her husband Raman, a scientist and business development director, live in San Jose.
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Felipe Ocampo

After School Program Site and Outreach Coordinator

Felipe joined Peninsula Bridge in 2016. Felipe is passionate about issues of inequality and access to resources in historically disadvantaged communities in the United States and abroad; these interests have led him to dedicate his career to community organizing and alternative education. As a product of caring after-school programs and strong nurturing mentors, Felipe is a firm believer in intercultural education and project-based learning. Felipe is a community leader and founder of Colombia Conexion, a collective working to bring visibility to the Colombian peace process and work on sustainable peace in the US and in Colombia. In his spare time Felipe loves to travel, backpack the backcountry, snowboard and play soccer. He graduated from Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton and University of California at Berkeley.
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Rene Jimenez

Assistant Director of High School Programs

Rene Jimenez joined Peninsula Bridge in August, 2015. As a Bay Area native from Menlo Park, CA, Rene feels very connected to the Bridge mission and the families. He participated in the Bridge program as a 7th and 8th grader. He has a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and International Business. During his free time, Rene enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding the mountains of Lake Tahoe, and kayaking.
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Teresa Wong

Program and Evaluation Manager

Teresa joined Peninsula Bridge in 2015 and brings over six years of experience in development, marketing, and program management in the non-profit sector. She is passionate about education and believes that all students, when afforded the opportunities, can succeed. She grew up in the Bay Area and is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she is an avid football fan, and enjoys traveling and hiking in her free time.


Karen Zamora

Assistant Director of Middle School Programs

Karen joined Peninsula Bridge in January, 2016. Prior to joining Peninsula Bridge, Karen was an operations manager for Summit Preparatory Charter High School. Karen has a passion for working with youth and a dedication to effective and equitable education. She lives in East Palo Alto and loves spending time with her family and new boxer puppy, Weston. Karen is fluent in Spanish and is a Peninsula Bridge and Menlo School alumna. She has a BA in Education from San Jose State University.
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Osvaldo Muro

High School Academic Advisor

For Osvaldo, Peninsula Bridge marks the beginning of a long and fruitful career in education outreach. The son of immigrants and the product of a Title I education, he understands intimately the challenge of striving towards college when the road ahead is foggy and unfamiliar. Thankfully, he also understands the potential for mentorship and guidance to alter the trajectory of a young adult’s education. In the summer of 2016, Osvaldo received his B.S. in Biotechnology & Life Science from Stanford University.
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Site directors.

Michelle Hammel

St. Matthew's Episcopal Bridge Program

Matt Carroll

Matt Carroll

Sacred Heart Bridge Program


Gulliver LaValle

Woodside Priory Bridge Program


Brenda Villa

Castilleja School Bridge Program


Rolando Victoria

Menlo School Bridge Program

Shannon Hastings

Crystal Springs Uplands Program

Board of directors.


Alan Austin
Retired Managing Director, Silver Lake


Nicole Batchelder
Attorney, Mercer LLC

Gerri Bock
Community Volunteer

Les DeWitt
Founder and Community Volunteer

Richard Dioli
Director of Schools, Sacred Heart Schools

John Draper
Alumni Outreach, Philanthropy Advisor, Crystal Springs Upland School

Julie Galles
Head of School, St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School

Amika Guillaume
Principal, East Palo Alto Academy

Than Healy
Head of School, Menlo School

Nanci Kauffman
Head of School, Castilleja School

Tim Molak
Head of School, Woodside Priory

Mark Mordell
Chairman & CEO, Avidbank

Patricia Murray
Retired Senior Vice President, Intel Corporation

Brian O’Kelly
Sr. Superintendent, DPR Construction

Andy Pelletier
Head of Private Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Amy C. Richards
Head of School, Crystal Springs Uplands School

Diane Rosenberg
Head of School, Nueva

Randi Shafton
Co-Executive Director, Peninsula Bridge

Jocelyn Swisher
Co-Executive Director, Peninsula Bridge

Cindy Traum
Community Volunteer