Meet Our Staff

Cesar Barragan

Program Coordinator – Lift a Brother Up

Before BOTR, Cesar spent the bulk of his career as a Spanish teacher within Oakland high schools.  He also supervised community survey implementation as part of Hayward Promise Neighborhood.  Cesar has also been active as a community artist and curator.

Errol Garcia

Group Leader

Chris Gibson

Program Coordinator – Brothers, UNITE!

Before BOTR, Chris was a leader within Oakland Parks and Recreation and also his church. He supported fatherhood and male involvement at Brighter Beginnings. Prior to his community-based work, Chris honed management skills in the corporate world for Enterprise Rent-a-Car and AT&T Park.

Jon Gilgoff, L.C.S.W.

Senior Director for Programming and Systems Change

Jon is the Founder of Brothers on the Rise, and served as the Executive Director for its first eight years in operations.  Jon brings over 15 years of experience designing, delivering and directing programs for urban males of color in Washington, D.C. New York City and now Oakland, CA. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, fluent Spanish speaker, certified mediator, published writer, and leading trainer and consultant around therapeutic empowerment work with boys and young men of color. Jon holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and an M.S.W. from Columbia University.  He has been honored with a Jefferson Award for Public Service, as well as with a Bowne Foundation Research Fellowship, a Progressive Jewish Alliance Social Justice Fellowship and a LeaderSpring East Bay Executive Director fellowship.

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.