Board of Advisors
Capture the Dream, Inc. is pleased to introduce our 2013-2015 Inaugural Board, who bring a variety of expertise and skills to compliment our growing Dream Team Family:
Aurice was born and raised in Oakland, CA. After graduating from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, she achieved her dream of attending HBCU (Historically Black College and University). She accepted a scholarship to Paul Quinn College, where she graduated with a BS in Business. She pursued an MBA in Marketing at the University of Dallas, worked in the corporate world, and ultimately left to join the Peace Corps. Aurice lived in the small farming village of Blue Creek, Belize, and worked supporting underprivileged Mayan youth at an alternative high school. She facilitated donations and grants for the school while encouraging the creation and marketing of sustainable products to help students offset the cost of education. Her work has had a profound impact on the village, that continues to sell these products today. She joined Capture the Dream Inc. to lead our fundraising events, drawing upon her passion for community service and her extensive experience as a youth mentor, entrepreneur, and event organizer. Her dream is to grow Capture the Dream Inc. into one of the most efficiently run and successfully operated organizations in the state, with the hope of fostering future growth in other states.
Laurie comes to Capture the Dream, Inc. with a strong skill set in adolescent and youth development. She has a Bachelors in Human Development and a Masters in Counselor Education with a focus in Marriage & Family Therapy and School Counseling. An active advocator with a passion for social justice, Laurie is a social worker in a large urban school district where she works as district coordinator of their mentorship program. The program provides mental health and mentoring expertise to individual and group counseling efforts, case management, parent/guardian workshops and professional development training for the district. She has published articles on various social issues including Teen Dating Violence, and is an active presenter and member of several professional counseling organizations. Laurie joins Capture the Dream, Inc. as Chair of the Program Management Committee, which is working to grow each program to better support our clients.
Leslie has served as Legal Advisor for Capture the Dream, Inc. since 2010, and has joined the board with over a decade of legal experience, including numerous civil rights cases. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in English Literature and Howard University School of Law in 2002. Leslie became interested in Capture the Dream, Inc. to fulfill her desire to serve her community. As a board member, she will continue to strengthen her dedication to serving families in the Bay Area. Leslie looks forward to finding new and innovative ways to grow Capture the Dream, Inc., building on its strong foundation to increase the impact on her community.
Andrew was born in New York and raised in the Los Angeles area. Upon graduating from Taft High School, he attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where he majored in Linguistics. After college, he moved to San Francisco, where a temporary position at Levi Strauss led to a career in marketing. A position at the newly-reopened California Academy of Sciences led to him to marketing an educational message for a non-profit institution, an experience he found much more rewarding than marketing for the fashion industry. He is currently the Marketing Manager at Z Space, a non-profit theater in San Francisco’s Mission District. He joins the Capture the Dream, Inc. board, offering his expertise in marketing to a non-profit that relies on ingenuity and networking in lieu of advertising dollars, while maintaining professional standards and creating a long term strategy. A life-long love of learning about linguistics, philosophy, literature, history, science, fuels his desire to help Capture the Dream, Inc. provide educational opportunities to all who have the passion and ambition to pursue their educational dreams.
Stephanie brings over 15 years of expertise in strategic and financial planning to her role as Finance Committee Chair and Board Member of Capture the Dream, Inc. After obtaining her BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Stephanie built a career in finance with expertise in financial analysis, capital markets, acquisitions and project management. Her résumé includes several Fortune 500 companies such as BlackRock, Yahoo! and Goldman Sachs, and she currently holds the title of Vice President of Finance at Lending Club. Stephanie’s leadership and vast experience in financial strategy and management greatly benefits Capture the Dream, Inc. and the clients we serve.