Sandra Till, President and Founder
Sandy Till began teaching incarcerated youth as a service project for her Forrest Yoga teaching certification in 2009. Over the past six years, Sandy has expanded the program to provide trauma-sensitive yoga classes to all units at San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall. She is passionate about providing youth in the justice system with yoga and mindfulness as an outlet for relief of stress and chronic pain. She recently oversaw the doubling of classes at the hall and introduced weekly classes at the Log Cabin Ranch facility in La Honda, CA. Sandy is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher and has adapted much of the Forrest practice for use with the youth in the hall. When she is not teaching, Sandy can be found working magic on her clients as a massage therapist, or taking her dog, Franklin, for long walks at Ocean Beach.
Iswari Espana, Treasurer
Iswari Espana is a proud San Francisco State University alumnus. He holds a BA in Political Science and BA in Latino/Latina Studies, with emphasis on Community Relations, Policy and Law.
As a professional, he has over 20 years of experience in management and supervisory roles in non-profit and governmental programs, providing sustainable resources to transitional youth, adults and families. He is a self-starter with a background in community relations, employment, housing and Criminal Justice. He has worked for corporate sales, the State of California, a Nonprofit youth advocacy and empowerment center, and the City and County of San Francisco. As a Coordinator, Manager, Director, Educator and Facilitator, he has learned and developed strong cross-cultural sensitivity in program design and implementation.
He is solution oriented and has experience leveraging services to create innovative solutions to community issues. He has been a notable advocate for youth and adults with physical disabilities. He has published several online articles on adults and youth dealing with political systems. He served as a consultant and as youth advocate for therapeutic services for at-risk youth in San Francisco. He has served in a Board of Directors capacity for SFSU EOP scholars program, adult re-entry programs, and a task force to implement and distribute stimulus funding from President Obama’s Administration to youth programming in the San Francisco.
Sharon Adams, Secretary
Sharon Adams is a registered U.S. patent attorney with proven track record of patent prosecution and has served as General Counsel for startup companies, providing legal advice in numerous areas.
Sharon studied at University Of California, Davis and J.D. School of Law where she earned Order of the Coif (top 10% of class) was Editor, U.C. Davis Law Review and received American Jurisprudence Award in Property Law. Sharon also studied in the Forrest Yoga tradition and is a devote yogi and yoga teacher.
Sharon’s Bar Admission And Memberships included; Registered patent attorney, admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Admitted to practice before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit;, U.S. Districts Courts in the Northern District, Eastern District, Central District; and California State Courts, KPFA Local Station Board Member, 2015-present, South Berkeley Neighborhood Development Corp., Board Member, 2012-2013, National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Board Member, 2007-2013, and 2017, National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Vice-President, 2014 Intellectual Property Section-Alameda County Bar, Board Member, 2010-2012, National Association of Patent Practitioners, Executive Board, 2006-2008 and Small Firm Section-Contra Costa Bar, Executive Board, 2002-2004.
Orly Politi, Board Memebr
Orly Politi is a native to San Francisco. She is dedicated to working locally with like minded individuals on enhancing the livelihood of those around her -through healing. Her previous work in art therapy, with youth who have been incarcerated as well as in and out of the mental health system, has contributed to her desire to maintain a connection to her community. She enjoys sharing in creative forms of expression as well as wellness practices, such as yoga and nutrition; modalities which continue to be highly impactful on her own healing journey.