Board of Directors


Doug Pierce1

Douglas Pierce, Chair joined the board in Feb 2014 and has served as chair since Feb 2016. He has approximately 20 years experience working directly with homeless individuals in shelters and on the streets. Doug has an MDiv from Boston College and a masters degree in philosophy from Fordham University. He most recently worked with Shelter Network (now LifeMoves) in San Mateo County as Manager of Housing Services and is currently semi-retired raising two young kids with his wife in San Francisco.

Christina Alvarez

Christina Alvarez, Treasurer is one of the newest members of The Gubbio Project's board. She is an accomplished professional with 13 years in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on affordable housing and human rights advocacy, LGBT activism and animal welfare. She has served on the Board of Directors of Hopalong Animal Rescue and Friends of the Rockridge Library, and is currently the Grantmaking Council Director on the Board of The Junior League of San Francisco. She lives with her wife and son in San Francisco.


Peter Fawzi

Peter Fawzi is long-time Bay Area resident and one of our newest board members. Professionally, he has over twenty years of experience leading large-scale corporate finance and accounting operations for companies like Genentech, Roche, Kaiser Permanente and eBay, and most recently led Global Business Services for PayPal. He has an MBA from SFSU, and BS Accounting from SJSU. Believing that a "measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members”, Peter was quickly drawn to the Gubbio Project's mission. He resides on the Peninsula with his wife and two sons.

Traci Lewis

Traci Lewis, Secretary is the Director of Asset Management and Facilities with the St. Anthony Foundation and a local real estate broker.  She joined St. Anthony Foundation in 2012 after working for many years in affordable housing development with the City of Oakland and as the Shelter Plus Care Housing Representative for the Oakland Housing Authority.  Traci believes that all people are worthy and valuable and is passionate about helping to clothe, shelter and feed those in need.  She has also served on the Board of B.O.S.S. (Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency) in Berkeley, CA.

Mary Litell

Mary Litell, Advisory Chair brings a background of spiritual direction and creation spirituality to her work of nurturing Nonviolence as a way of life. She is a trainer with Capacitar, an international network of solidarity and empowerment whose vision is to transform the effects of violence and trauma, bringing peace, and healing to our world. She also has studied at the Sophia Center, Holy Names University, in Oakland, CA.

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Deleano Seymour, Vice Chair has quite a history with the Tenderloin.  Although it's not his current residence, Del has spent many years living in the TL - both housed and on the streets.  While he used to pander and deal, he now sees the neighborhood from a new view.  As the founder of Tenderloin Walking Tours, Del leads approximately 100 visitors each week through the streets of the TL, giving life to its history and noting the advancements.  He is also on the Local Homeless Coordinating Board in San Francisco and Men's Committee at the SF Christian Center, and has been featured in Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and SF Magazine, among other publications.

Lydia Bransten Bio and Photo Coming Soon!

Zack Ciesinski

Zack Ciesinski Zack is a Bay Area native and has lived in San Francisco since 2011. He started volunteering with The Gubbio Project through his previous company, Zendesk, and he vividly remembers his first day of walking through St. Boniface (his immediate thoughts: "Why doesn't every church do this?"). While Zack has moved on from Zendesk, he is always trying to include his new teammates and co-workers in volunteering opportunities.

Michael Mallory Bio and Photo Coming Soon!

Jason Smith has been working in the non-profit sector for over 8 years, specifically with social services and workforce development. He is currently the Assistant Director of Contracts in Contra Costa County for Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay and has been with the company for over 3 years. He is originally from Philadelphia where he has had the privilege of serving the homeless community as a case manager and Shelter Program Manager for over 4 years. He is concluding studies at the University of San Francisco, obtaining a master’s degree in Organizational Development in December 2017. He is honored serve on the board of such an amazing organization with powerful mission and contribute his efforts to the benefit the great people of the Gubbio Project.

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery has been the Executive Director of the Gubbio Project since 2010. Prior to that, she worked at Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service for 7 years as a nonviolence trainer, workshop facilitator and organizational coordinator. She is co-author of the workbook "Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living." In addition to her work at Pace e Bene, Laura has experience as a chaplain, teacher, Catholic Worker, and military officer. She received her MA in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and her BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She lives with her spouse, Cile, in Oakland.