Point Source Youth is led by a diverse team of incredible humans who have A deep and unwavering personal commitment to ending youth homelessness

 

Point Source Youth Team


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Larry Cohen

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Larry Cohen

Co-FOUNDER & Executive Director

Larry Cohen co-founded Point Source Youth in 2015. He previously co-founded and sold Heartbeat Experts, a company that connects the world's leading scientific researchers to the health care industry with offices in 22 countries, now part of IBM Watson. Larry worked in the healthcare field for 20 years. He broadcasted the first HIV treatment meetings online in the 1990s, and was Director of the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project, which was the first community based organization to advocate for the combination HIV/AIDS treatment that would changed the course of the AIDS crisis. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

larry@pointsourceyouth.org


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Pilar Barreyro

Associate Director, Northeast

Pilar Barreyro

Associate Director,
Northeast & Strategic Communications

Pilar Barreyro is driven by the goal to dismantle discriminatory institutions and policies that continue to oppress historically marginalized communities across the US. A firm believer in the power of young people, she is especially dedicated to eradicating paternalistic and disempowering practices that silence the voices of young people and infringe upon their right to exercise freedom and agency in their lives. Before joining the Point Source Youth team Pilar oversaw anti-discrimination campaigns at DoSomething.org, where she activated the organization's 6 million members around racial justice and criminal justice reform issues. Pilar worked closely with young people across the country to make critical race theories digestible and accessible, matching education to actions young people could take to improve their communities both online and offline. Her previous work also includes grassroots advocacy in Buenos Aires for local Afro-Latinx (Afro-Latine) and LGBTQ+ communities. Pilar holds a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Human Rights from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

pilar@pointsourceyouth.org


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Orlando Roybal

Associate Director, West Coast

Orlando Roybal

Associate Director,
West Coast

Orlando Roybal believes in the power of mentoring, community, and empowering others to stop the cycle of poverty. Orlando has almost a decade of experience in higher education and understands deeply and personally the barriers youth face and the solutions they need to succeed. Orlando is a product of the foster care system. On his own at 18, he worked hard and seized every opportunity possible to obtain stable housing and succeed at California State University Northridge. While there, Orlando worked with the Educational Opportunity Program serving educationally disadvantaged, underserved, and historically low-income students and foster youth. Orlando ran four transitional programs supporting over 1,000 students in getting the support they needed to succeed. Orlando went on to graduate from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with an emphasis in Organizational Development, leading trauma-focused interventions that supported youth experiencing homelessness. 

orlando@pointsourceyouth.org


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Elijah Wood

Associate Director, San Francisco

Elijah Wood

Associate Director,
San Francisco

For Elijah, the goal of ending youth homelessness is personal. When he came out to his parents, they quickly cut him off from financial and familial support for being LGBTQ. For years after, Elijah experienced housing insecurity while struggling to provide for himself and finish his studies at the University of Louisville.  After graduating, Elijah spent two years at the Peace Corps implementing grassroots community building initiatives and working as a social worker.  Elijah recently graduated from the Public Policy Graduate Program at the University of California, Berkeley.  Having experienced the direct correlation between LGBTQ discrimination and homelessness, Elijah is beyond thrilled to work to scale-up solutions to end the youth homelessness crisis.

elijah@pointsourceyouth.org 


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Todd Rosendahl

Associate Director, South

Todd Rosendahl, PhD

Associate Director, South

Todd Rosendahl is a leading expert on LGBTQ youth topics in the South. Growing up on a farm in rural Iowa, Todd has dedicated his professional career to creating safer and more welcoming schools and communities for LGBTQ youth by engaging with youth-serving organizations, governmental agencies, and K-12 schools across North Carolina. Through his previous work with Equality North Carolina and Time Out Youth Center, he has supported school districts and organizations on policy writing and implementation, trained thousands of youth-serving staff members, developed youth leadership programming for middle/high school students, and organized and ran the annual Carolina Conference on Queer Youth in Charlotte. He was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Youth Advisory Council in January 2018. Todd regularly presents at regional and national conferences and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Master's degree and PhD from Florida State University. 

todd@pointsourceyouth.org


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Brittany Garner

Associate Director, Rural

Brittany Garner

Associate Director, Rural

A licensed social worker, Brittany’s background includes time at Georgia Equality, running the Youth HIV Policy Advisors program. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Partnerships, she was the Deputy Director for Programs for a service provider that caters to the needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in Georgia. Brittany oversaw the implementation of all programs and outreach, particularly serving southern rural youth. Brittany recently worked at the Atlanta Continuum of Care (CoC) where she spearheaded the creation and implementation of a youth action board with rural youth, youth coordinated entry, as well as rapid rehousing and host homes. Brittany is an instructor at Georgia State University’s School of Social Work. She is thrilled to take her skills and knowledge to work with rural communities that may have otherwise felt left behind and unsupported, building resources in rural areas is essential to ending youth homelessness.    

brittany@pointsourceyouth.org


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Kayla Montiero

Associate Director, Conferences & Events

Kayla Montiero

Associate Director, Conferences & Events

Fueled by her lived experiences as a queer, Afro-Latinx activist Kayla Monteiro is passionate about cultivating safe and inclusive spaces for marginalized communities. With over 5 years experience producing live events and project managing cross-functional teams, she is dedicated to bringing thoughtful detail, creativity, and a social justice lens all of her work.  Kayla is committed to creating compelling programming that creates real social change. Prior to joining Point Source Youth, Kayla oversaw special projects and events at DoSomething.org, where she was able to work directly with and for young people to create scalable impact. Kayla has worked with faith based practices to inspire more inclusive religious spaces for queer identifying young people, as her previous work includes mentoring young people in Evangelical churches. More than anything, Kayla is honored to be  a part of a team that is brings sustainable and scalable solutions to end the youth homelessness crisis.

kayla@pointsourceyouth.org


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Macy Verges

Research & Program Associate

Macy Verges

Associate Director, Digital Advocacy Manager

Macy Verges recently graduated from Bard College where she majored in Human Rights. While at Bard, Macy personally realized the power of what youth can achieve when granted agency for themselves. With her lived experience in mind, Macy is deeply committed to supporting Point Source Youth in its efforts to empower youth experiencing homelessness. 

macy@pointsourceyouth.org


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Suneil Sanzgiri

Associate Director, Storytelling,
Communications & Development

Suneil Sanzgiri

Associate Director, Visual Storytelling & Video communications

Suneil Sanzgiri is an artist, filmmaker and video journalist whose work is deeply informed by movement building, grassroots organizing, and understanding how systems of oppression are reinforced and informed by trauma and memory. He joins us after working as a Producer for the popular online news outlet NowThis, creating videos at the intersection of culture and politics with a focus on mass incarceration, police brutality, grassroots organizing, and protest movements. Suneil studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Art, Culture and Technology program and in Baltimore at the Maryland Institute College of Art. As a video journalist, Suneil focuses on how narrative and storytelling can help make lasting change by creating powerful and passionate videos that resonate with audiences in the hopes of mobilizing them to take action. Suneil is excited to work with Point Source Youth to intimately explore the multifaceted experiences of homeless youth through all their challenges and successes. 

neil@pointsourceyouth.org