Jenah Yangwas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2006, she earned a Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University with an emphasis on Social Development. She has been a social worker for 17 years. Her experience includes working with underserved communities; Areas of professional practice include homelessness, supportive housing, seniors and disabled adults, immigrants, veterans, HIV/AIDS, mental health, complex case management and medical social work. She has been involved with BiSHoP since 2009, and has served as the Board President since July 2018. She currently is a medical social worker at the Human Services Agency.
Richard Daquioag was born and raised in San Francisco. He received his BA in English from UC Berkeley and his Master’s in Social Work from San Francisco State University. He is currently retired having worked as a Social Worker for 28 years serving serving people with Mental Health issues, HIV, Substance Abuse and Homelessness. He has been involved with BiSHoP since 2009 and currently serves as BiSHoP’s Vice President since July 2018. He enjoys performing in San Francisco with his jazz trio, Conscious Contact.
Amorena Simpson is the granddaughter of Bill Sorro, and has been involved with the Sorro family's community work in San Francisco since childhood. She has served as Board Secretary for BiSHoP since July 2018. She brings extensive operations and marketing experience to the organization. After a career as a business leader and educator in the wine industry, she has now joined the tech world and is running the NY operation for a global FinTech firm, InvestCloud. Amorena also continues to do volunteer work in both NY and SF with the Department of Elections.
Born in Oakland, Rick grew up in the East Bay and eventually made his way to the City College of San Francisco. After pursuing his Ethnic Studies degree at UC Berkeley, he returned to City College of San Francisco to coordinate a peer mentoring program focused on helping underrepresented students transfer to 4-year universities. Rick helped found the college’s first Filipino-student retention program, as well as the college’s first Pacific Islander retention program. Rick served on various committees at the college that looked at student equity, facility usage, and strategic planning. Rick Cantora has been involved with BiSHoP since 2009. Rick is currently pursuing a career in the culinary and hospitality field.
Laura Elaine Daza is an immigrant from Colombia who moved to the Bay Area in 2009. She first became involved with BiSHoP in 2014 as a volunteer. In 2016, she became a bilingual case manager for BiSHoP and eagerly supported hundreds of households in San Francisco, mostly Latinx, low-income families. She currently works as tenant counselor & organizer for Causa Justa::Just Cause. Laura is pursuing a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Development and Housing. Laura is deeply interested in community acquisition and decolonization of land and planning.
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Andrea Bañas has been involved with BiSHoP since 2018. She has a background in community development, and is currently the Manager of Data and Reporting at Larkin Street Youth Services.