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A new year brings new transitions.

As we close out 2020, Mission Graduates extends a heartfelt thank you to our departing board member, Amelia Martínez-Bankhead, and a warm community welcome to Trina Ramsey, our new Chief Development Officer.


Thank you, Amelia, on behalf of our students, families, and staff

With both sadness and gratitude, Mission Graduates announces that Amelia Martínez-Bankhead will be leaving our Board of Directors after seven years of service.

Amelia joined the Board of Directors in 2014 after being a coach, mentor, and program evaluator with our College Connect program.

Since then, she has passionately advocated on behalf of our students and their families, fostered important strategic partnerships, and strengthened our operations and organizational processes, among many other accomplishments.

As a native San Franciscan and daughter of both immigrants and educators, Amelia has always supported immigrant communities and communities of color. She believes in equity in education and human rights, believing that they are at the core of a strong and healthy society.

Amelia will continue to bring her championing spirit to our city. She continues to serve as the Director of Community Engagement at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, President of the Board of Directors of the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, and member of the School Renaming Advisory Committee that reviews San Francisco public school names.

Thank you, Amelia, for your many years of service!


Meet Trina Ramsey, a proven leader

Trina Ramsey is a seasoned nonprofit executive, who has spent more than 20 years in nonprofit fundraising and management.

She began her career as a marketing representative for IBM after earning a B.S. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to joining Mission Graduates, she served as the Vice President of Development & Revenue Strategy for Code 2040 in San Francisco and the Chief Development Officer for The Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.

Her background includes leading development teams as grassroots organizations like Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., and leading membership, online fundraising, major gifts, board training and development, corporate and foundation fundraising for Common Cause, League of Women Voters, and Bread for the World, among others.

Trina says, “I am thrilled to join the Mission Graduates family! As a first-generation college graduate from a disadvantaged household, I can relate to the struggles that our students face. I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, and have spent most of my life on the east coast before moving to the Bay Area in 2019. I’m looking forward to making a difference here! I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve.”

We’re unbelievably excited to have Trina as part of the Mission Graduates community and cannot wait to see how she’ll use her many talents to guide the Development team and organization at-large.

Welcome to the community, Trina!

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