Sunny Zhang, Beacon Director

As a progressive educator with a background in social work and education research, Sunny strives to combine data-driven best practices with empathy work and design thinking from a lens of equity and cultural competency. These mindsets drive her to create sustainable foundational systems that support the needs of the youth and community at hand, and empower their voices. Sunny is passionate about innovation and pushing the status quo to progress the existing education system. Furthermore, she truly believes in human-centered design and collaboration with all stakeholders involved in a community to achieve the desired collective impact and outcomes. Sunny views her work with young people and families through a strengths-based lens where they all have potential that can be achieved through the right support systems, interventions, and resources. People who work with her feel seen and heard, and appreciated for their individual and group contributions. She derives satisfaction and joy from knowing that the work she does is making a tangible difference in the lives of the youth and families in her extended community. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA with Honors in Psychological and Brain Sciences, and received her Master’s Degree in Education and School Social Work License from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


105 Aptos Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94127
Neighborhood: West of Twin Peaks
Phone: 415-469-4520
Fax: 415-333-9038
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