Jen Nichols,


Jen has worked with youth in community-based clinics in New York City and has designed and implemented health education initiatives for marginalized adults and teenagers in the U.S. and overseas for over 40 years. This work included developing AIDS education materials for inmates and staff in California prisons, designing birth control programs in Nepal and Barbados, providing counseling at Planned Parenthood clinics and developing curricula for AIDS Project LA. In 2014, Jen became the Volunteer and Community Outreach Program Manager at Bridge the Gap College Prep in Marin City, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and mentoring to support students throughout high school and college. Also in 2014, Jen was invited to Daraja Academy in Kenya to help develop their volunteer program -- an experience which would inspire her to found Powerful Beyond Measure. Jen holds a BA from Colgate and a MPH from Columbia University.

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Whitney Hoyt,

Education Director

Whitney has dedicated her career to creating access and opportunity in education for young people. Whitney served as Assistant Principal at San Rafael High School, Assistant Principal at White Hill Middle School, Principal at Mill Valley Middle, and Co-Principal at Tamalpais High School. As Educational Director at Bridge the Gap College Prep, Whitney supported students living in public housing in getting to, and through college. Throughout her career, Whitney’s focus has been on the design and execution of educational programming that “make the school work for the kid." Whitney holds a BA from San Francisco State University and a MS from Sacramento State University.

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Amber Allen-Peirson,

Program Coordinator

As a founding partner of Powerful Beyond Measure, Amber works with underrepresented communities to cultivate resilience, compassionate communication, and empowerment. Amber has designed programs that educate, connect and inspire youth for a number of Marin community-based organizations including Bridge the Gap College Prep, The Marin City Teen Center, and White Hill Middle School. Most recently, as Program Manager at the Marin City Health and Wellness Center, Amber turned her focus to African-American health equity, and introduced innovative initiatives such as the Food Pharmacy, the Park Rx Program, and the Senior Task Force.


Advisory Council

Tom Steyer, NextGen America

Monib Khademi, Cypress Praxis, LLC

Jodi Morris, Connecting Growth Globally

Emily Goetz, Pyramid Communications

Susan Bertelsen, VP Macy’s (retired)

William Woods, Bridge The Gap College Prep

Maggie O'Donnell Floum, Daraja Education Fund Board