Meet the Women who run our programs!

They serve as our girls’ mentors and allies throughout the programs and after our girls graduate.

Anu Menon    Executive Director   Anu joined Oasis in September 2019 as Executive Director. With a broad background in fundraising, operations, law, policy, strategic partnerships and government relations, Anu is uniquely qualified to lead Oasis. Anu’s prior leadership roles include: Associate Director of the City and County of San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women, where she developed internationally recognized human rights programs; educational strategy and operations at De Marillac Academy, a school in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco serving low income students, and at Presidio Knolls School, a startup Mandarin immersion school in SOMA; Community Engagement and Development Director at Help a Mother Out, which provides diapers to low-income families, where she developed strategic fundraising initiatives and cultivated donor relationships while working closely with 30 non-profit and governmental agencies in five Bay Area counties to provide over one million diapers annually to their low-income clients. Anu is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her JD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Anu Menon

Executive Director

Anu joined Oasis in September 2019 as Executive Director. With a broad background in fundraising, operations, law, policy, strategic partnerships and government relations, Anu is uniquely qualified to lead Oasis. Anu’s prior leadership roles include: Associate Director of the City and County of San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women, where she developed internationally recognized human rights programs; educational strategy and operations at De Marillac Academy, a school in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco serving low income students, and at Presidio Knolls School, a startup Mandarin immersion school in SOMA; Community Engagement and Development Director at Help a Mother Out, which provides diapers to low-income families, where she developed strategic fundraising initiatives and cultivated donor relationships while working closely with 30 non-profit and governmental agencies in five Bay Area counties to provide over one million diapers annually to their low-income clients. Anu is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her JD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Elisabeth Gutierrez    Project Manager & Program Manager, RISE   Elisabeth joined the Oasis team in May 2017 as the RISE Life Skills Education Program Manager. Before Oasis, Elisabeth had the pleasure of working with inner city youth, community members, and families of the Ocean View, Merced, Ingleside, and Excelsior neighborhoods as the Site Coordinator at the comprehensive Beacon Community Center. During her time there, Elisabeth coordinated a girls’ mentoring group and coached a girls’ indoor soccer team with Girls Got Goals, which focuses on team building and life skills. As a San Francisco native, a formerly at-risk young woman of color, and the first in her family to go to college, she is passionate about acknowledging the struggles and strengths of other young women of color and providing them with a supportive space. Elisabeth is a Child & Adolescent Development major with hopes to impact, change, and inspire the next generation of San Francisco youth.

Elisabeth Gutierrez

Project Manager & Program Manager, RISE

Elisabeth joined the Oasis team in May 2017 as the RISE Life Skills Education Program Manager. Before Oasis, Elisabeth had the pleasure of working with inner city youth, community members, and families of the Ocean View, Merced, Ingleside, and Excelsior neighborhoods as the Site Coordinator at the comprehensive Beacon Community Center. During her time there, Elisabeth coordinated a girls’ mentoring group and coached a girls’ indoor soccer team with Girls Got Goals, which focuses on team building and life skills. As a San Francisco native, a formerly at-risk young woman of color, and the first in her family to go to college, she is passionate about acknowledging the struggles and strengths of other young women of color and providing them with a supportive space. Elisabeth is a Child & Adolescent Development major with hopes to impact, change, and inspire the next generation of San Francisco youth.

An Bui    Program Coordinator, ENVISION   An joined Oasis in August 2017 as the ENVISION Program Manager. She holds a BA in English and Education Studies from UCLA and is currently an emerging poet and Resident Minister at USF. Prior to Oasis, she worked in marketing for Aunt Lute Books, a nonprofit publishing press committed to revolutionary queer women and women of color. Before that, she worked with young adults experiencing homelessness at Covenant House New Jersey as a youth advocate. All these experiences led her to realize how passionate she is about youth development, creative arts, LGBTQ spirituality, and using these platforms to inspire and create social change. As a queer 1.5 generation Vietnamese American, she is called to live her best life as a form of resistance and is stoked to accompany young people in their journey to live their best lives as well.

An Bui

Program Coordinator, ENVISION

An joined Oasis in August 2017 as the ENVISION Program Manager. She holds a BA in English and Education Studies from UCLA and is currently an emerging poet and Resident Minister at USF. Prior to Oasis, she worked in marketing for Aunt Lute Books, a nonprofit publishing press committed to revolutionary queer women and women of color. Before that, she worked with young adults experiencing homelessness at Covenant House New Jersey as a youth advocate. All these experiences led her to realize how passionate she is about youth development, creative arts, LGBTQ spirituality, and using these platforms to inspire and create social change. As a queer 1.5 generation Vietnamese American, she is called to live her best life as a form of resistance and is stoked to accompany young people in their journey to live their best lives as well.

 
Crystal Leal    Office Manager   Crystal joined Oasis for Girls in September of 2015 as our Office Manager. Her previous experience includes working at the Kansas Children’s Service League in the very rewarding position as Website Coordinator helping to match children in need of care with a forever family. She also was an administrative assistant for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas where she enjoyed working closely with students, staff and faculty. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with hopes to continue on to her Master’s degree to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Crystal Leal

Office Manager

Crystal joined Oasis for Girls in September of 2015 as our Office Manager. Her previous experience includes working at the Kansas Children’s Service League in the very rewarding position as Website Coordinator helping to match children in need of care with a forever family. She also was an administrative assistant for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas where she enjoyed working closely with students, staff and faculty. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with hopes to continue on to her Master’s degree to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

 
Miranda Alfano-Smith    Program Coordinator—CREATE   Miranda joined Oasis in September 2019 as the CREATE: Arts and Activism Coordinator. Miranda holds a BA in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle where she also minored in Education, Learning and Society. Prior to working at Oasis, Miranda worked as a Curriculum Intern at ChickTech, a non-profit organization that works to facilitate hands-on, technology-focused workshops, events and programs to empower, support and increase both women and girl's confidence in the field. In addition, Miranda worked at the WAVE Foundation, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to ending sexual violence as well as relationship abuse through community awareness, education, and empowerment. As a student speaker for the Discover Your Power program, Miranda traveled to different Fraternity and Sorority houses at the University of Washington, spreading awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault in college environments and leading discussions with the students on successful ways to not only raise awareness about the frequency of assaults but also take steps to prevent sexual assault. Through her previous work with non-profits, Miranda found that she has a strong passion for helping young women and girls and looks forward to pursuing this passion with Oasis for Girls as the CREATE Coordinator.

Miranda Alfano-Smith

Program Coordinator—CREATE

Miranda joined Oasis in September 2019 as the CREATE: Arts and Activism Coordinator. Miranda holds a BA in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle where she also minored in Education, Learning and Society. Prior to working at Oasis, Miranda worked as a Curriculum Intern at ChickTech, a non-profit organization that works to facilitate hands-on, technology-focused workshops, events and programs to empower, support and increase both women and girl's confidence in the field. In addition, Miranda worked at the WAVE Foundation, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to ending sexual violence as well as relationship abuse through community awareness, education, and empowerment. As a student speaker for the Discover Your Power program, Miranda traveled to different Fraternity and Sorority houses at the University of Washington, spreading awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault in college environments and leading discussions with the students on successful ways to not only raise awareness about the frequency of assaults but also take steps to prevent sexual assault. Through her previous work with non-profits, Miranda found that she has a strong passion for helping young women and girls and looks forward to pursuing this passion with Oasis for Girls as the CREATE Coordinator.