Meet Our Board

Patricia Barahona, Chief People Officer, Youth Leadership Institute

Board Chair

Patty Barahona is the Chief People Officer (CPO) for Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), operating multiple community-based programs implemented across four California counties, and capacity-building consulting services delivered to communities nationwide.

With over 10 years of non-profit management and direct service experience, beginning with the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault and then Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (Forward Together) in Oakland, Patty continues to support social justice organizations in centering the lived experiences of youth and families to shape and transform communities. Patty earned their M.Ed. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from School for International Training and their BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Douglass College, Rutgers University. Patty believes deeply in the work of Brothers on the Rise to continue to center boys and men of color in providing opportunities to deepen leadership and shift the systems that impact boys and men of color in Oakland.

Ignacio Ferrey, School Health Career  Pipeline Coordinator, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

Board Member

Born and raised in San Francisco, Ignacio Ferrey is committed to maintaining the history and resilience of our generations past and strengthening that connection among the younger generations. As the first in his family to attend and graduate from a university, Ignacio has a B.A. in Sociology from San José State University and a M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences and M.A. in Latin American Studies from UCLA. He has worked in Oakland and the East Bay since 2005 in a community health center, family service organization. Over the years, Ignacio has participated in multiple leadership training programs and worked on issues impacting boys and men of color since early 2000’s. Ignacio is committed to the mission and vision of Brothers on the Rise and expanding the direct service and systems change approach to guide young men and adult allies to counter machismo & patriarchy and redefine manhood the way we want to interact within our families and community.

Christopher Smith, HR Consultant, Employee Relations Manager, AT&T (retired)

Board Member

Chris Smith has over 30 years of experience in all areas of Human Resources management and extensive experience in business and project management.  This includes experience working in varied public and private industries: government, health care, publishing, sales and technology.  Chris is a retiree from AT&T, where he had human resources responsibility for over 3,000 employees.  Chris feels he can bring his experience and knowledge to the Brothers on the Rise Board of Directors, with the  goal of supporting and guiding the further growth and success of the organization.  Chris has a B.A. degree in Political Science from Grinnell College and an M.P.A. in Public Affairs from Indiana University.

Brian Macias, Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, KIPP Foundation

Board Member

Brian Macias has over 10 years of finance, operations and project management experience in the education sector and holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He is currently the Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis at the KIPP Foundation. In this role, Brian leads the organization through its annual budgeting process of $45 million in operating expenses, manages monthly forecasting and reporting, and has implemented improved financial processes and systems for federal and philanthropic grants management.

Gaurav Ohri, Analyst, Hall Capital Partners LLC

Board Member

Gaurav Ohri is analyst in the Equity Strategies group, where he focuses on research, identification, due diligence, and monitoring of long-only public equity investments and long-short equity hedge funds.  Gaurav believes in devoting resources to underserved communities in order to enable upward socioeconomic mobility, and is confident that BOTR’s work will continue to help facilitate more equitable outcomes.  He has a B.A. degree in Economics & Financial Markets from Colby College.

Daniel Vasquez, Executive Director, Brothers on the Rise

Board Member

As the Executive Director of BOTR I have found true alignment of my purpose, passion, and skillset.  I have been building up these areas of my life in very different ways.  My passion around working with our youth and young adults has been ongoing through volunteering with various bay area groups focused on supporting our youth to reach their full potential.  My skillset has been developed through my time in the for-profit sector along with partnering with many bay area non-profits to get them to the next level of operating to make a broader impact.  Then my purpose comes from my own experience of growing up as a child of immigrant parents trying to navigate through systems that were not set up for us.  I will be today the person my family and I needed growing up.