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Ms. Amy Lemley, MPP, is the Policy Director of the John Burton Foundation, founded by former California State Senator John Burton. Ms. Lemley develops and implements legislative, regulatory and administrative strategies to achieve the goals of the Foundation. Prior to joining the John Burton Foundation, Ms. Lemley was the Executive Director and co-founder of The First Place Fund for Youth, a nationally recognized program providing affordable housing and supportive services to former foster youth.

Ms. Diane Matsuda, JD, is the Executive Director of the John Burton Foundation, and manages grant oversight for the Homeless Youth Capacity Building Project. Prior to joining the John Burton Foundation, Diane was the Executive Officer of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment in Sacramento where she administered a $122 million capitol grant program to support and preserve projects of significant cultural and historical significance in our State.

Ms. Debbie Raucher, MSW, is the Housing Specialist for the Homeless Youth Capacity Building Project. Ms. Raucher has worked in the field of affordable housing for over twelve years, including serving as the Deputy Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic (THC) and as the Director of East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO). She brings to the Project her experience providing assistance to non-profit and government agencies with designing and implementing new housing and homelessness related programs; needs assessment and analysis; the creation of written materials including policies and procedures and training curriculum; and conducting program evaluations including facilitation of community stakeholder processes. Ms. Raucher also has demonstrated expertise in the procurement and oversight of a variety of funding programs that includes federal, state and local funding streams.

Ms. Simone Tureck, MSW, is the Policy/Project Associate at the John Burton Foundation, and manages the outreach and selection process for the Performance Management Training Series among other components of the Project.  Prior to joining the John Burton Foundation, Ms. Tureck worked with and on behalf of youth in the fields of child welfare and public education, and has a background in program management and planning.

Mr. Oscar Wolters-Duran is the Project Coordinator for the Homeless Youth Capacity Building Project. He brings twenty years of experience directing youth development programs, and ten years of providing training, coaching and technical assistance in the areas of organizational and board development, strategic planning, evaluation, fundraising, and effective supervision. From 2000 to 2005 he served as the Executive Director of UC Berkeley's Young Entrepreneurs at Haas, and has since provided consulting services to many nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area and the Central Valley, including the California School Age Consortium, the California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative in Fresno, and the National Academy Foundation.


The John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, dedicated to improving the quality of life for California’s homeless children and developing policy solutions to prevent homelessness.  The organization pursues its mission through grant-making, public policy and advocacy, independent research, promoting public awareness and engagement, coalition building and community organizing.  The John Burton Foundation was founded in 2004 by retired President Pro Tem of the California State Senate John Burton, and is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives.  




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