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.
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.
Lily Shen, Assistant Program Manager
Lily Shen is from Modesto, CA. She obtained her B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Her major focus was people and nationalities. She recently received her Master of International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University. Her studies focused on community development and leadership. During graduate school on the East Coast, Lily served the role as Volunteer Services Mid Central Pennsylvania Chapter Hours Manager for the American Red Cross. This opportunity aligned with Lily’s passion towards nonprofit work and humanitarian causes.
After graduation, Lily returned to the West Coast and served as the Employment Services Assistant to the International Rescue Committee. Her work experience geared towards assisting refugee families with job placement, job search, and other social services.
As the new Assistant Program Manager, Lily hopes to utilize her knowledge of casework, community-building, and civic engagement to assist the families of Home and Hope.