Lisa Truong, Founder & Executive Director: Lisa is a social entrepreneur with 20 years experience in non-profit and communications sector. She has been working across sectors to build public and private partnerships to address diaper need since 2009. Under Lisa’s leadership, Help a Mother Out has grown from a grassroots, volunteer-run kitchen table idea to a nationally-recognized, policy-influencing organization with an annual operating budget of $1 million. During her tenure, HAMO established (2015) and operates the nation’s first publicly funded diaper program, the San Francisco Diaper Bank, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to her work with HAMO, Lisa held roles at Tides Foundation and Organic, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of California, at Berkeley. Lisa lives in Oakland with her two boys. In her spare time, you'll likely find her in the dance studio or hiking in the redwoods.
Nora Nicholson, Program Director: Nora has 15 years of experience working in retail, eCommerce, and consumer product including roles at Gap, Inc., Banana Republic and Macy’s. Her expertise is in financial forecasting, inventory management, and project leadership. Nora is an avid community volunteer, having served as an active member of the board of the directors at the Bayview YMCA in San Francisco. Nora has also served as a fundraising volunteer for Lafayette Partners in Education. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. Nora lives in Lafayette, with her husband and two daughters. She is thrilled to be working with HAMO, making a direct impact in the lives of families and children.
Emily Knight, Manager, Community Engagement: Emily joins the HAMO team after relocating to the Bay Area from Los Angeles, where she worked in Development for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles. A Santa Clara graduate, she is excited to be back in the Bay! She brings with her over seven years of development and operations experience, having previously worked for a local hospice, an international aid charity, and the pioneer of venture philanthropy in the UK. Emily received her MS in International Childhood Studies from Birkbeck College – University of London, and her BS in Anthropology from Santa Clara University. She currently lives in San Jose with her husband and her dog, and is enjoying rediscovering all that the Bay Area has to offer. Emily is passionate about ensuring that all people and all communities have access to the resources that they need to live and thrive, and she is excited to assist Help a Mother Out in doing good in multiple Bay Area communities.
Claudia Ceseña, Program Coordinator: Claudia recently graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law, and is currently studying to take the CA Bar. She hopes to practice law in immigration or prisoner’s rights. Claudia joined HAMO part time to continue to be connected to her community, and to help support children and families which is her true passion. She brings with her over five years-experience working in non-profit organizations, formerly at a non-profit where she was the primary contact with HAMO. Claudia graduated from the University of California, at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Claudia lives in Oakland with her many plant babies.
Aggie Briscoe, Volunteer, Database Administrator: Aggie is a retired information technology project management consultant. She has worked in various industries including aerospace, healthcare systems, and government. Aggie is a graduate of Texas Southern University. Aggie first became aware of HAMO by attending the Annual Benefit Tea in 2011. Since then she has been an avid supporter and volunteer. She currently helps HAMO keep in touch with our community by managing HAMO’s donor information database. Each month you can also find her volunteering at our warehouse. Aggie lives in Oakland, where she is able to spend much quality time with her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. She also volunteers at her grandchildren’s school. When not enjoying her grandchildren, Aggie loves to travel, especially to Hawaii and the Caribbean where she lived for many years.
Lisa's photo: courtesy of In Her Image Photography, Aggie's photo: courtesy of HERliograph, Emily and Nora's photos: courtesy of Morgan Shidler Photography