Founder, Executive Director
Steve brings over 27 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), serves on the advisory board of Take Back the Night and also served on the board of CALCASA (the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault).
Martha Lucia Marin
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 Scholarships for Education and Economic 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.
Creative Projects Manager
Meredith Alling is a Los Angeles-based writer. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan and has worked for the artist Jeff Koons, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Art + Commerce. Before moving to Los Angeles, she volunteered as an event organizer for the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault and as a Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence ER Advocate for Beth Israel Hospital. As part of her work with Beth Israel Hospital, she won a contest for her essay “A Day In The Life Of… A Rape Crisis Advocate.”
Heidi Sommer, PhD
Development & Program Evaluation Consultant
Heidi Sommer is a research consultant specializing in program evaluation and development for nonprofit organizations, as well as for privately funded initiatives. She received a BA in Communication Studies from UCLA, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from USC, and a PhD from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy with a research focus on child welfare programs. Heidi most recently served as Evaluator for the Putting Pride into Practice Project, a privately funded, multi-county effort to improve the capacity of California’s child welfare agencies to serve the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in the foster care system. She previously served as Lead Investigator for a systems change assessment of California Connected by 25, an initiative to improve the educational, employment, housing and financial literacy outcomes of young people transitioning from the foster care system into adulthood.
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.
Bryan is a San Francisco-based designer specializing in web design and front-end development. He has worked on a variety of projects for small to large businesses and non-profits, including the 2011 redesign of 1in6.org. After designing for a San Francisco startup, and starting one of his own companies, he joined Hawaii-based FareHarbor in 2012 where he leads product design. He has a passion for making things that people use and that make a difference. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design Management from the Art Institutes International Minnesota.
Josh is a Los Angeles-based software engineer. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from New York University. Josh quickly realized his passion for technology and switched his career path. After working for several companies in New York and Washington DC he moved to Los Angeles to work for MySpace. For the past four years, Josh has been part of the technology team at a Los Angeles-based startup company in social recruitment.
Design and Social Media
Gil is a California writer, analyst and sports-rules guru who specialized in the study of sex crimes and domestic violence while completing his Criminology, Law & Society and Social Ecology degrees at the University of California, Irvine.
A baseball and basketball sports official, Gil founded Close Call Sports & the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, which is baseball’s home for objective analysis with comprehensive ejection and instant replay databases, and is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)’s Umpires and Rules Committee. He serves as Chair of his association’s Constitutional Committee and sits on Ethics & Grievance. When not analyzing data and trends or running up the court, Gil can be found playing the piano or organ. He was hired by NHL’s Anaheim Ducks as organist prior to the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Savanna is a Los Angeles-based undergraduate intern. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s in Journalism at Azusa Pacific University. Originally from the Chicago area, Savanna realized she needed a change of pace and moved to California to complete her degree. Her skills include writing, editing and working with social media.
Dante is an undergraduate intern currently working on his Russian Literature and World Arts and Cultures degrees at UCLA. He is originally from the San Fernando Valley, where he first got involved in community outreach efforts with Planned Parenthood and Adult Literacy at the LAPL. He wants to use literature and writing programs to help build communities and raise awareness for social causes.
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