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 has worked for more than 25 years as a social worker, sexual-abuse and domestic-violence prevention specialist, and survivor advocate. Before joining 1in6 in 2008, he was Public Education Director and Helpline Supervisor at Stop It Now!, and worked for 15 years as a state child-protection case manager. He currently acts as a group facilitator for a Certified Batterers Intervention Program in Western Mass, and since 2003, he has served as the Western Mass. Regional Coordinator for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).
Creative Projects Manager
Meredith 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.”
Education and Training Coordinator
Zachary is a New England based sexual assault advocate and educator with a specialty around college campuses. He is staff at the University of New Hampshire’s Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) where he works as the Male Victim Program Coordinator. At the university he is identifying gaps in direct services for men, provides advocacy for all survivors of sexual violence, and conducts training and programs for the UNH community. He has presented nationally and across the state of New Hampshire to various audiences about male victims of sexual violence.
Zachary also has a passion working with underserved populations. He has worked to increase resources on campus and address barriers to people seeking services for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, international students, students with disabilities and student veterans. He is excited to be joining 1in6 in this role as Education and Training Coordinator where he can provide support to college campuses as well as coordinate 1in6 trainings for the community.
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.
Editor, The Bristlecone Project
Andy is a Los Angeles-based video editor and cinematographer, specializing in short-form video content. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and, while finishing his undergraduate studies, began his professional career as an intern with Movieclips in Venice Beach. He transitioned with the Movieclips team to Fandango when they were acquired in 2014. Andy’s work has been featured by various media news outlets, including CinemaCon, CBS Sports, IMDb, and Tubefilter.
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.
A native of Los Angeles, Sage is a student of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, and recently completed degrees in the fields of Sociology, Psychology, and Addiction Studies. She is an advocate for foster youth, the LGBTQ community, and her fellow survivors of sexual abuse. Sage works with the transgender community at the Gender Health Center as well as with The Little Voices Project, which helps protect children from slipping through the cracks of the legal system. In her spare time, she is an artist, creative writer, and guitarist, and plans to pursue her graduate work in the field of Social Work at Sacramento State University.
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