Our Team

The San Francisco Beacon Initiative team is comprised of four individuals. Learn more about each individual below.


Carol Hill

Executive Director, (415)305-0197



Dr. Carol Hill brings more than 20 years of progressive leadership in the development, implementation and management of successful educational programs and initiatives, most recently including leadership in the San Francisco Beacon Initiative. She is a nationally recognized leader and trainer for the Coalition for Community Schools and for the National Beacon Initiative. She grew up in a working class family in Washington D.C. where she gained a lifelong love for learning and a deep understanding of her responsibility to “lift as she climbs.” She is a gifted trainer and a skilled facilitator who has chosen to use those talents to disrupt the status quo while creating lasting and replicable solutions through partnership and collaboration. She has been a lecturer in ethnic studies at San Francisco State University and has trained on the Community Schools Model at a number of national conferences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in Ethnic Studies and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.

Sally Jenkins-Stevens

Associate Director, (314)791-0755



Sally started her career in education as a high school teacher, teaching math to students with learning disabilities in St. Louis and New York City. She then moved back to her hometown Bay Area as a math coach at John Oc’Connell High school, before becoming a Program Specialist at DCYF, and then on to the Beacon Initiative. She has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Cornell University, and a Masters in Math Education from City College of New York. Outside of work, Sally spends most of her time chasing after her twin toddlers, Micah and Amelia. She also likes to sing karaoke, play board games, run, and do math.

Erica Hernandez

Program Manager, (415)613-3565



Erica is the Program Manager for the San Francisco Beacon Initiative, overseeing and manages Beacon program committees, events, and logistics.  She was born and raised in San Francisco and has worked in youth and community development for a total of twelve+ years. Prior to SFBI, Erica worked for Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.) for seven years beginning as a Program Leader then moving up to Beacon Director. She attended San Francisco State University where she earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies. She also has Minors in Asian American Studies and Health Education.


Lota Gaetos

Operations Coordinator, (415)823-7193



Lota graduated with a minor in Asian American Studies and a B.S. in Biology Physiology in hopes to one day join the medical-health field. During her time in college and early high school, she worked with various nonprofit organizations in youth development in Vistiacion Valley and Excelsior-Ingleside neighborhoods . From tutoring, summer programming, Saturday programming to becoming a site coordinator, Lota enjoyed working with youth and decided to stay in the field. Lota oversees fiscal operations, communications, and assists in managing the Beacon committees.