Home & Hope Staff
Meg Clark, Executive Director
Meg Clark grew up in the Bay Area and is a recent graduate from Illiff School of Theology in Denver. She earned her Master's degree in Social Change, while serving as a youth pastor and working to organize students. While living in Denver she also worked as a behavior coach for at-risk youth and their families.
She received her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies; served in the Peace Corps in Gao, Mali; worked as a camp director in Grass Valley, CA and taught English in South Korea. Before earning her Master's degree in Social Change in Denver. She has worked as a youth pastor, student Organizer, behavior coach for at risk youth and their families.
Upon returning to the Bay Area she started managing marketing content and social media with a startup. As Executive Director of Home & Hope she gets to incorporate all of that experience to empower local families to return to self- sufficiency, while connecting with volunteers, organizations and public officials.
Gina Cooper, Program Manager
A native to the Peninsula, Gina has worked as a Receptionist/Office Admin and Pharmacy Tech. Gina is now Home & Hope's Program Manager.
In 2010 when the economy crashed, Gina worked for Goodwill Industries. At the time, she and her son and lived with Gina's mom. In March 2012 Gina's mom was diagnosed with cancer and passed away March 21. Gina's household income was greatly diminished. Unable to keep up with bills, Gina and her son became homeless, and, eventually became guests at Home and Hope. "My time as a guest became more than finding a place to live. I love the concept and compassion of one human being helping another."
As a Program Manager, Gina looks forward to connecting with clients and volunteers. Home & Hope is lucky to have Gina on staff!
Arlina Ramirez, Weekend Manager
Arlina, a founding employee, joined the organization in September 2001. Arlina has spent 20 years working with housing in San Mateo County as a Housing Specialist assisting homeless and low-income populations. She was recognized by County Supervisors and Women in Government as outstanding Woman of the Year in 2002 for her extraordinary commitment and service. She is responsible for assisting clients in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing
Aliyah Shelton, Program Assistant
Aliyah grew up in the Bay Area and is passionate about improving the lives of others. She has participated in the Cinnamon Girls, a group for young women of color where she was taught the importance of philanthropy, independence, and financial literacy. In high school Aliyah volunteered at the Oakland Zoo Camp where she learned that learning can and should be fun. She was a part of an after school club called YAT (youth action team) where she helped students stay on track to graduate high school, taught them the requirements needed to attend a CSU or UC and worked to improve school unity.
Aliyah is currently attending Cal State East Bay to get a B.A in Sociology with a concentration in Social Services and plans to graduate in December 2017. During her last year of college Aliyah wants to join the Sociology Department’s community engagement program to work with immigrant students and maintain her spot in CSUEB’s honors society.
As Program Assistant, Aliyah hopes to continue to improves the lives of others. Not just by doing her assigned duties but by creating genuine connection with the families in Home & Hope.
Adriana Cicciarelli, Program Assistant
Adriana Cicciarelli is a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, and a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is passionate about learning, serving the communities around her, and building meaningful connections with others.
While earning a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Education, Adriana volunteered for a nonprofit called Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem, a national network of free summer camps, serves children whose parents are affected by cancer. Upon joining the Camp Kesem chapter at UC Santa Cruz, Adriana was equally inspired by its mission as she was in need of it: she and her younger sister watched their own mother battle breast cancer in 2013 and 2014.
Camp Kesem also provided Adriana a chance to gain valuable skills. In 2014 she served as the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, where she helped establish the chapter’s community presence through social media.
As Program Assistant, Adriana looks forward to connecting with families, ensuring they get the most out of their experience with Home & Hope.