Point Source Youth is run by a team of recognized leaders, experts, and veterans in the fields of health policy advocacy, HIV/AIDS and homelessness prevention, and communications for social impact.
Point Source Youth Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research & Program Associate
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.
Associate Director, storytelling, communications & Development
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.
Watch the video below to hear their stories and find out more about the Point Source Youth team.