Staff & Board of Directors


Eddie Ahn Eddie Ahn | Executive Director

Eddie Ahn has been engaged in policy and legal advocacy since 2009. Prior to being a nonprofit attorney, he was an AmeriCorps member, serving as an afterschool programmer in Oakland’s Chinatown. While working toward his law degree, he continued to teach art and public speaking workshops for youth and worked on civil justice and environmental issues for the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the UC Hastings Legislation Clinic in Sacramento. In 2013, Mr. Ahn was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the Citizens Committee on Community Development to advise the City and County of San Francisco on social services and affordable housing policy. His workforce development expertise and analysis of federal constitutional law has also assisted multiple municipalities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.

Mr. Ahn has received his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his B.A. from Brown University.

Ivan Jimenez Ivan Jimenez | Legal Fellow

Ivan Jimenez engages in Brightline’s renewable energy, workforce development, and housing campaigns through legal and policy advocacy. During law school he served as a legal intern with Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, a law firm specializing in renewable energy, land use, and environmental law. He also served as a legal summer associate for the Greenlining Institute, a policy, research, and leadership institute that advocates on behalf of disadvantaged communities. Prior to law school, he worked with youth in the East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park communities through a college-prep non-profit organization and continues to mentor youth from that area.

Mr. Jimenez received his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his B.A. from Stanford University.

Christina Tegeler Christina Tegeler | Program Coordinator

Christina Tegeler recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in political science. Prior to working for Brightline, she was a Development Associate at an environmental nonprofit. As a Development Associate, she assisted with fundraising, policy advocacy, and communications. She has also interned at World Affairs of Northern California and for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Before moving to California, Christina lived in Boston, where she volunteered at Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit that provides high-quality early educational for homeless children and their families.

Jennifer Ye Jennifer Ye | Community Organizer

Jennifer Ye is currently a B.S. Anthropology student at University of California, Los Angeles and is interested in pursuing opportunities in improving low-income and disenfranchised communities through involvement in environmental policy. As a native San Franciscan, Jennifer has volunteered and worked for non-profit organizations within the Bay Area since 2006. Through working with people from many different ages and backgrounds, she is in touch with the struggles of the people in her city. She has tutored physics at City College of San Francisco and volunteered as a program leader for Cameron House, a nonprofit organization in SF Chinatown. Jennifer has also interned as a docent for the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

José Atilio Hernández | Chair

José Atilio Hernández has worked for the past ten years developing and implementing policy solutions at the state and local levels. Currently, Mr. Hernandez serves as Principal for IDEATE California- an issue specific policy management and public relations firm. In this capacity, he works with decision-makers in business, non-profit and government sectors to advance policy solutions in the fields of Energy, Education, Workforce Development, Telecommunications, and Health. Prior to IDEATE, Mr. Hernandez was the Director of External Affairs and Community Relations for ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. Mr. Hernández is currently a member of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Low Income Oversight Board and received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kevin Chan | Director

Kevin Chan, CFA, is a Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has over 10 years of investment and risk management experience. Mr. Chan has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and received his bachelor degree in Economics from University of California at Berkeley.

Nick Hardeman | Director

Nick Hardeman is a native of San Francisco. He earned a B.A. degreen in Politics from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, where he was a leader in a successful living wage campaign. Upon graduation, he entered the California Senate Fellowship Program. Nick currently serves as the Capitol Director for Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma. Prior to joining Assemblywoman Ma’s office, Nick served as a consultant to the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. In his years working in the Capitol, Nick has worked on legislation to guarantee all workers paid sick days, to prevent the spread of Wal-Mart Supercenters, and on issues relating to Poverty. Nick is active in the labor movement and is a member of Sign and Display Local Union 510.

Guillermo Rodriguez | Director

Guillermo Rodriguez has an extensive background in both business and non-profit management. He was the executive director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute where he has successfully championed local hiring programs and serves as a member of San Francisco’s Solar Task Force which has recommended an innovative incentive program to spur residential and business solar installation using San Franciscans trained as solar installers. Mr. Rodriguez has been active in many civic and community based organizations, including the Greenlining Institute, the California State Parks Foundation, Meals on Wheels San Francisco, and Latino Issues Forum. He has also been a former director of CityBuild, San Francisco's premiere workforce development system, and now currently serves as the Director of Policy and Communications of the SF Department of Environment.

Nang-keo Duarte

Nang-keo Duarte has been helping non-profits raise money to pursue their missions for over a decade. Nang-keo is well-versed in building donor networks, event outreach, and large-scale event logistics for non-profits focused on seeking justice through the legal process. She is currently a partner in a fundraising company Parity Events that coordinates annual galas and luncheons for non-profits. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and enjoys volunteering.


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