Board of Directors

GSA Network’s Board of Directors is a unique partnership between youth and adults, committed to advancing the leadership and mission of GSA Network.

Student leaders from Gay-Straight Alliance clubs across California work in partnership with adult board members to lead the fight against homophobia and transphobia in schools. 

  Sam Alavi, Co-Chair

Sam Alavi is in her 3rd year at UC Davis, studying sociology and education. She has been serving on the Board of GSA Network since her Junior year in high school. Sam served as the president of her high school's GSA, and worked as a Campus Climate Coordinator at UC Davis' Cross Cultural Center last year. This year, she is serving as the Director of the Office of Advocacy & Student Representation at UC Davis, working on issues of sexual assault prevention, mental health resources, LGBT issues, and political literacy.
  Richard Cain, Treasurer

Richard is a Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he leads the Northern California Emerging Company Services tax practice. He has his Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University and his undergraduate degree in Finance from Georgetown University. Richard co-founded PwC's San Francisco GLBT Diversity Circle and has participated in AidsLifeCycle for the past six consecutive years. In addition to cycling, Richard enjoys reading, cooking, working out, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Sophie Fanelli, Secretary

Sophie Fanelli is a Senior Program Officer, Education, at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco.  She plays a key role in advancing the Foundation’s goal to provide opportunities for students to be engaged, learn, and achieve in schools through the development of effective education systems. Previously, she served as Director of Research & Policy at Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA where she oversaw public policy and legislative efforts focused on education reform, equity and access, and student and parent engagement. Her range of experience also includes work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California where she focused on advancing education equity, LGBTQ equality, immigration rights, the needs of at risk youth, and advocacy for the homeless. Sophie was also a Board Member for Immigration Equality which fights for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Sophie received her Master’s Degree in Political Science and Juris Doctorate, both from Faculte de Droit d’Aix-en-Provence in France, and a Masters in Legal History and Political Science from Universita La Sapienza, in Rome, Italy.


Amanda Goad, Co-Chair

Amanda is Director of Litigation at Inner City Law Center, a nonprofit organization working to secure healthy homes for the most vulnerable people in Los Angeles. From 2011 to 2015, Amanda worked in the LGBT & HIV Project of the national ACLU, where she advocated for the civil rights and civil liberties of LGBTQ youth from Hawaii to Maine. She also previously served as Senior Counsel with the New York City Law Department, and coordinated a pro bono name change project for transgender individuals. In 2015, Amanda was named to the national LGBT Bar Association’s annual list of 40 Best LGBT Lawyers under the age of 40.

Amanda is an alum of Harvard Law School, Rice University, and Teach for America. Outside of social justice work, she can often be found hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains or playing with her cats.


Logan Henderson

Logan is a student at Dartmouth College, pursuing a degree Native American Studies, African American Studies, and Digital Arts. He has been involved with GSA Network programing since 2010, joining the board in 2012 before taking a break for school, and coming back in 2015. Logan is a proponent for racial, economic, and gender justice, queer rights, disability rights, and community healing on his college campus. In his spare time, Logan does his homework and takes long walks in the wilderness.

  Danny Orsburn

Danny is a director at PwC in the Financial Markets team where he focuses on the valuation of portfolio companies. He has spent 12 years with the firm and works with a diverse client base comprised of venture capital and private equity firms as well as corporate investment entities. Danny has been performing financial reporting, tax, and strategic valuations for over 14 years. He is also a leader in PwC’s OPEN (Out Professional Employee Network) group and with the firm's youth financial literacy initiative (Earn Your Future). He has been involved in Kiwanis International through Key Club and membership and executive board positions in the NYC Young Professional and San Francisco Kiwanis Clubs. Originally from West Virginia, Danny has a B.S.B.A from West Virginia University with double majors in Finance and Management Information Systems and is a founding member of WVU’s College of Business and Economics’ Young Professional Network. Having found career opportunities in New York, London and now San Francisco, Danny enjoys travel, food, the outdoors, and bikram yoga.

Henry Pickavet

Henry Pickavet is the copy chief at TechCrunch. Prior to that, he was the editor of several online and print publications, including as chief copy editor and Government Technology magazine as managing editor. Between 2007 and 2010, He lived in Australia and was editor of RBI Australia’s manufacturing group, which is when he also developed an affinity (a love, really) for cricket.

Henry consulted the board of directors of San Francisco-based nonprofit Queer LifeSpace. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Chico, and a master’s in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York.


Sterling Waldman, College Organizer (they/them)

Sterling is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri studying Women's and Gender Studies. They are a senator in their student government, having passed several pieces of legislation, including increasing the number of gender-neutral bathrooms and writing a new preferred name policy that allows trans students to have their name on transcripts. They previously served on the board of Missouri GSA Network and on the National Youth Council throughout high school. They are the youngest person certified to the National Sexuality Education Standards in the state of Missouri. They feel it is a great honor to be able to serve on the GSA Network board, and hope to continue to organize with queer and trans youth throughout the rest of their life.


Matthew Yeung

Matthew Yeung is a champion for intersectional and systemic reform for minority communities. As a recently appointed member of the Board, Matthew is always inspired to continue navigating their gender and advocacy. They also serves on the Trevor Project Youth Advisory Council and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Student Council.

Matthew is a proud community college student at Diablo Valley College. They plan to transfer to the University of Southern California and aspires to be a Public Defender. Naps are their favorite pastime.

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