We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and led by our leadership team and Client Advisory Committee. We also value the input and experience of our participant's family members and their Circles of Support.
Kristen came to The Arc from Oak Hill School in 2011, where she was Director of Development and assumed the Executive Director role at The Arc on January 16, 2021.
Kristen had previously been the Senior Director of Business Development & Workforce Inclusion, overseeing all of The Arc San Francisco’s Employment Services, including immersion internship programs through Project SEARCH and The Arc's employment placement and coaching specialists. Kristen drove The Arc's Universal Learning for the Workplace initiative, which builds and focuses on the skills and assets of participants in both job search and job retention. Kristen holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Miami and a Masters of Public Health from the University of San Francisco. Kristen is a past Circle Co-Chair of the Full Circle Fund, a community that leverages resources and accelerates nonprofits to build a better Bay Area.
“My team and our partners are committed to driving diversity and inclusion forward in the Bay Area, and it all starts in our classrooms, our workplaces, and our community."
Jennifer holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in health and a Master of Public Health focused on community health education from UC Berkeley. Jennifer has twenty years of experience with people with developmental disabilities, including job support, supported living, and community building in Chicago. In England, she worked as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities in Surrey County. Jennifer was a supervisor/advocate for Victim/Witness Division of Domestic Violence Court in Chicago and a social worker in the Center for Child Protection at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Jennifer has been with The Arc for twelve years. With four associate directors' support, she directs Arc programming: Health and Wellness, Seniors, Life Skills, Residential Services, and Comprehensive Community Services.
Esther Landau, CFRE, joined The Arc San Francisco in 2021 after a seven-year stint at the Pomeroy Center. She has extensive experience in communications, fundraising, public relations, and a deep admiration for the disability community. In 2022, Esther served as the President of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, leading the chapter's efforts to increase the diversity of its programming and leadership. She loves being part of The Arc because of its commitment to social justice and because the participants are centered in all our work. Prior to her work in fundraising, Esther was a professional flutist and teacher, performing with her wind quintet and teaching in the Pre-College program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She lives with her wife and anxious dog in Bernal Heights.
Nichole is an accomplished Human Resources and Operations professional with 15 years' experience. She holds a BA from California State University, Sacramento and has been a leader in the HR field across both non-profit and for-profit organizations. A true Bay Area native, Nichole currently resides in Oakley, CA with her husband and children.
Virginia joined The Arc San Francisco in 1999 and has been making an impact ever since. From job coaching to Day Programs and Residential services, Virginia has been instrumental in The Arc's expansion. After 24 years, she now oversees all Employment Services in three counties and supports The Arc's programming with Community Engagement & Partnerships, Intake & Information Referral, Programs Revenue & Analysis and Quality Assurance.