Founder, Executive Director
Steve brings over 25 years experience in nonprofit management and consulting to 1in6, which he founded in January 2007. He originally worked in the private sector as Director of Human Resources for Six Flags Corporation and Landmark Entertainment Group. In 1988, Steve co-founded My Friend’s Place, a resource center for homeless and runaway youth in Hollywood, California and became its full-time Executive Director in 1990. In June 1999, he left My Friend’s Place to found the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, a community-based outreach program preventing high-risk behavior among students in his own neighborhood. Steve is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow (having researched effective strategies to address difficult social issues and create change through program and policy development) and also served on the board of CALCASA (the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault).
Martha Lucia Marin
Community Education, Outreach & Awareness Director
Martha is a Colombian native raised in L.A. and South Florida where she received a B.A. in Business Management from the University of North FL. She brings us a unique set of skills acquired from many years of for-profit management and a deep dedication to human rights. As a Program Coordinator for the Women’s Center of Jacksonville and FL Dept. of Health, she taught thousands of students on topics related to the prevention of sexual assault including cyber bullying, LGBTQ/sexual harassment, and teen dating violence as well as human trafficking. Martha is a public speaker, consultant and professional trainer.
Most recently she served as the Chair of the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition. Her international projects include a large-scale bi-lingual internship for the USAID Scholarship for Economic Education and Development at FL State College at Jacksonville. Martha first identified the lack of services for male survivors while teaching at a correctional facility. The need was overwhelming. In response she developed the life skills and healing curriculum, “YOU ARE WORTHY”!
Peter Pollard, MPA
Communications & Professional Relations Director
Peter Pollard has been a longtime advocate for extending accountability for preventing child abuse to include all adults as well as individual perpetrators of sexual violence, most recently as public education director and Helpline supervisor at Stop It Now!. Peter previously worked for 14 years as a child protection case manager for the state of Massachusetts. Since 2003, he has served as the Western Mass. regional coordinator for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Treehouse Foundation, a multi-generational community for elders and families with children who have experienced foster care. Peter is a survivor of sexual abuse as a child. He received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government in 2005. His comments about child abuse and community responsibility for prevention have been published in the Boston Globe, on National Public Radio, CNN, and WBUR Boston.
1BlueString Outreach Coordinator
George Pritzker is a Southern California based musician and artist with experience in youth education and the promotion of community-centered art. As a musician, George has recorded and toured throughout the United States as a member of rock and experimental bands. He has performed in ensembles dedicated to traditional Chinese, Balinese, and West African music, and his work also appears in collaborative and interdisciplinary settings, including mixed media installations and film scores.
George taught audio production and film scoring to high school students at the Media Arts Center in San Diego, and has raised funds and promoted events for the Che Cafe, a nonprofit community arts venue and collective. He received his B.F.A. in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts in 2011.
Emiliano C. Diaz de Leon
Cultural Capacity Specialist
Emiliano works as a consultant with more than a decade of experience working for multiple Domestic/Sexual Violence centers in Texas. Since 2008, Emiliano has worked as Primary Prevention Specialist for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) with the lens of engaging a diverse population of boys and men in the prevention of sexual violence throughout Texas. In addition he has consulted with various national/international organizations on the issue of improving or infusing cultural capacity into their programming and services for boys and men. He currently serves on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Multilingual Access Project Advisory Committee which will develop relevant materials and resources for Spanish-speaking communities along with a nationwide Language Access community needs assessment. Emiliano is a new father and is working on organizing a local support network of Latino fathers.
Heidi is originally from Los Angeles, where she received a BA (in Communications/Mass Media) from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (emphasis on Social Welfare programs) from USC. Currently she is working on her PhD at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and serving as Lead Investigator for an assessment of the California Connected by 25 project, a multi-county initiative to improve the outcomes of young people transitioning from the foster care system into adulthood. The initiative is funded by leading foundations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. For over seven years, she has also worked as a freelance consultant on grant writing, helping to raise over $1.5 million for nonprofit organizations operating in Los Angeles County.
Peter is a Los Angeles-based design consultant specializing in web and corporate identity design. He has worked on a broad spectrum of projects including Stamps.com, News Corporation, Red Mango, Paul Mitchell, Baby Ruth, LA Family Housing and Animal Wow. Prior to consulting, he taught art in the Los Angeles Unified School District at El Camino Real High School for three years. Peter received a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Education from UCLA.