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. Apply by submitting your application here.

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Meet the Council

Ali Baird - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Ali Baird

Associate HR Management Partner, VMware (LinkedIn)

Why I serve: I’m committed to working toward a healthier, stronger — more equitable — San Francisco for all of our community members.

Rachel Bayuk - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Rachel Bayuk

Associate Program Manager, Salesforce (LinkedIn)

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.

Mary Bruynell - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Mary Bruynell

Consultant, Bain & Company (LinkedIn)

Why I serve: I serve the guests of St. Anthony’s to be a better neighbor. Being a member of Young Professional’s Council (YPC) and a part of St. Anthony’s mission has made me feel more connected to my community.

Katherine Chung  - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Katherine Chung

Sales Strategy & Operations Analyst, Salesforce (LinkedIn)

Why I serve: Serving on the SAYPC allows me to further St. Anthony’s mission to empower and provide resources/support to some of our city’s most vulnerable residents.

Lauren Fendel - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Lauren Fendel

Program Manager, YouTube at Google (LinkedIn)

Why I serve: Everyone deserves a place to call home.

Kavjot "Navi" Hansra - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Kavjot “Navi” Hansra

Associate Consultant / Bain & Company (LinkedIn)

Why I serve: Growing up in rural India and then later an underserved area of the Bay, I grew up witnessing individuals suffer from houselessness and knew that I wanted to be a part of the solution – in whatever capacity, big or small. I was first exposed to St. Anthony’s when I started a knitting club in high school and we chose to donate our items to this amazing organization. Since then, I have committed to devoting my time and effort toward this organization — whether it be through volunteering in the Dining Room or joining the YPC — because it serves an essential purpose for many individuals who are so often forgotten by our society.

Hannah Miller - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Hannah Miller

Policy Associate / Facebook (LinkedIn)

Why I serve: I was introduced to St. Anthonys by a former coworker who used to work at St. Anthonys. After attending an event for International Women’s Day, I quickly saw the impact St. Anthonys had on the community and knew I wanted to be a part. I support St. Anthonys commitment to service and treating all members of our city with respect and compassion. I appreciate being able to connect with local residents and work to de-stigmatize homelessness, while supporting those in my local neighborhood. I’m grateful to be a part of SAYPC and feel strongly about our work to connect young professionals with opportunities to build bridges with our local community.

Ethan Niedermeyer - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Ethan Niedermeyer

Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (LinkedIn)

Why I serve: I serve on SAYPC as a way to live out the Golden Rule. St. Anthony’s helps us recognize that we are all the same, that we all deserve to be treated with the same passion and compassion with which we want to treated. Pope John Paul stated “Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves … if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.” St. Anthony’s is a place where we can all start on this journey. I’m so excited to be a part of it!

Albert Pan - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Albert Pan

Private Equity Investor, Vector Capital (LinkedIn)

Why I serve: After moving to SF, I knew I wanted to do something to help the underprivileged members of my new community. St. Anthony’s is an amazing organization, and volunteering gives me the opportunity to connect with many of the city’s wonderful residents. However, it hurts me to know that a lot of people in SF misunderstand the homeless crisis, leading them to unfairly stigmatize certain communities and certain neighborhoods here. I joined SAYPC so I can educate myself and other young people about what’s actually going on and what we can do to build a more compassionate city.

Lili Polastri - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Lili Polastri

Consultant, Beyond Blue Consulting (LinkedIn)

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.

Gillian Pressman - St. Anthony's Young Professionals Council

Gillian Pressman

Senior Director of Development, Peer Health Exchange (LinkedIn)

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!

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

Stephen Sih-Choi

Investment Analyst, Endowment Office at Santa Clara University (LinkedIn)

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.

Cara Walden

Cara Walden

Director of Chapter Relations, Girls in Tech (LinkedIn)

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.