St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

St. Anthony’s Young Professionals Council (SAYPC)

“By joining SAYPC, I’m an active participant in my community, and am able to get a real understanding of homelessness in San Francisco.”

Living in San Francisco, poverty is something seen first-hand on a daily basis. Witnessing members of our community unsure of where their next meal will come from, lacking access to clean bathrooms, or living in tents on the street is heartbreaking and eye-opening, and we invite you to take action with us. SAYPC is a creative and passionate group with a diverse background that volunteers time and skills to extend the mission of St. Anthony’s and change the conversation around poverty and homelessness.

If you’re passionate about your local community and are craving more involvement, join SAYPC. Writers, designers, developers, advocates, public servants—everyone has a unique background and skill set that will add tremendous value to our group. Find out more about the application process, check out our Facebook page, or drop us a note!

Meet the Council

Ashley Cookerly - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Ashley Cookerly

Director of Operations, CoinList

Why I serve: I joined St. Anthony’s Young Professional Council because it gave me the opportunity to be a part of the conversation around poverty and how to help those in need where I live in San Francisco. These people are my neighbors and I believe we share a responsibility to help those in our community who need a little support. I’m honored to volunteer alongside my fellow councilmembers and am constantly inspired by their passion and eagerness to help our society.

 

Taylor Skillin - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Taylor Skillin

Executive Assistant to the CEO, Zendesk

Why I serve: St. Anthony’s offered me my first job in San Francisco, helping a 66-year-old nonprofit share its stories online. It’s been central to my identity and helped me make connections with neighbors I’d never have known, in neighborhoods I might otherwise have avoided.

It’s taught me that hunger and homelessness are problems of logistics and priorities, not scarcity; that I want to measure my city by how it treats its most vulnerable residents; that San Francisco has a big heart.

Katie Weller - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Katie Weller

Marketing Communications Writer, Fistula Foundation

Why I serve: My journey with St. Anthony’s started when I was a college student. I spent a summer interning here and saw first-hand how the loving and inclusive community embraces everyone like a family–guests, volunteers, and neighbors alike.  When I moved back to the city as a young professional several years later, jumping back in was a no-brainer. I’m thankful to be a part of SAYPC, and I’m proud of the work we do to connect our peers with the important conversations happening around poverty and homelessness in San Francisco.

Julie Arcaro - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Julie Arcaro

Sales, Windfall Data

Why I serve: I serve on SAYPC to stay educated on issues impacting our local community and in turn, to speak up alongside others for a more inclusive and accessible San Francisco.

Molly Marsh - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Molly Marsh

Problem Solving Specialist: Coordinated Entry, Episcopal Community Services

Why I serve: San Francisco is the greatest city on the planet! Unfortunately, we also have a huge gap between the rich and poor that no one should ignore or sweep under the rug. I joined SAYPC to engage, invest, and empower the community around me that deserves the equity it’s been deprived of for far too long. We are a beautiful, creative, and intelligent city, and I want to help our young people get on the same page of wanting compassionate and dignified care to be an unquestioned part of everyday life in San Francisco. I serve because I love this city and everyone in it!

 

Stephen Sih-Choi - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Stephen Sih-Choi

Investment Analyst, Endowment Office at Santa Clara University

Why I serve: I grew up in the Bay Area and have watched San Francisco develop into the prosperous, technological hub it is today.  As a young professional who has benefited from the uplift our city has seen, I think it is important to give back to those who have not been as fortunate as me.  Through the SAYPC, I hope to foster a sense of community between people of all different backgrounds.

Rachel Bayuk - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Rachel Bayuk

Executive Assistant, Salesforce

Why I serve: I started volunteering at St. Anthony’s in the Dining Room as a way to connect with my community and proactively give back. The more I volunteered, the more I saw the amazing services St. Anthony’s provided the guests and knew this was a special organization. I connected immediately with the guests and fellow volunteers and wanted to do more. SAYPC is the perfect spot to connect like-minded individuals to bring other young professionals into the St. Anthony’s family and the work being done to help our neighbors living in poverty.

Cara Walden

Cara Walden

Director of Chapter Relations, Girls in Tech

Why I serve: I was introduced to St. Anthony’s by a former coworker. Her passion and commitment to this organization convinced me that it was something that I had to investigate on my own. I decided to volunteer for International Women’s Day and immediately understood why she felt the way she did. What impressed me most is how St. Anthony’s takes a holistic approach to supporting the homeless and low-income community in San Francisco. I walked away from the experience feeling like I had met amazing people doing important work who are invested in the community the way I want to be.

Parth Bhakta - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Parth Bhakta

Co-Founder & CEO, Nursefly

Why I serve: I joined St Anthony’s Young Professionals Council to learn more about the homelessness issues that affect all of us living in San Francisco each day. I want to feel more connected to the entire San Francisco community and understand what can be done to help mitigate and alleviate the crises of homelessness and poverty throughout the city.

Lili Polastri - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Lili Polastri

Consultant, Beyond Blue Consulting

Why I serve: I had my first experience serving in the St. Anthony’s Dining Room at a very young age and it’s been near and dear to my heart ever since. Volunteering and joining the SAYPC enables me to be an active participant in my community, and obtain a deeper understanding of the growing issue of homelessness in San Francisco.

I have lived in San Francisco for almost a decade, and one of the reasons I love it here is because of places like St. Anthony’s that care deeply about the residents of this city, and treat all individuals with dignity and respect.

Samantha Rhodes - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Samantha Kahn Rhodes

Assistant Paralegal, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Why I serve: As soon as I moved back to the Bay area, I sought out a place to help the people I spoke to who needed food, clothing and comfort. Quickly, I discovered St. Anthony’s and after serving in the Dining Room, I knew I’d never be far from their doors. The details of St. Anthony’show much the free clothing program mirrors a real department store, using the term “dining room” for where we serve our guests and the constant treatment of those who come in as friends and even familyis what makes this place special. I joined the SAYPC to further my commitment to St. Anthony’s and the loving community within it.

Gillian Pressman - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Gillian Pressman

Senior Director of Development, Peer Health Exchange

Why I serve: St. Anthony’s brings dignity, compassion, and connection to San Francisco’s most neglected. The downside of San Francisco’s growing cosmopolitanism and global outlook is that we may often ignore our own city’s local struggles and inequities. St. Anthony’s not only provides the highest quality services to local residents, it invests in advocacy, communications, fundraising, and volunteering to engage the broader community in solutions to local poverty. As a newer member of the San Francisco community, I feel called to connect locally and give back. I can’t imagine a better organization to invest in than St. Anthony’s!

Justin Reyes - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Justin Reyes

Accounts Payable, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Why I serve:  When I moved to San Francisco after college and saw how much poverty has increased, I had two things on my mind. First, I wanted to make a difference. Second, I wanted to do it with St. Anthony’s, specifically SAYPC.  Serving on SAYPC allows me to experience that same passion I had when I volunteered in high school, make a difference, and work with a great group of people that share the same values.

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