Director of capacity building programs
Selena Levy has dedicated her life to supporting the growth and development of children. She discovered this was her life’s passion at a young age when she had the unique opportunity to coach kindergarteners the game of soccer in the Bay Area. Although soccer for peewee players mostly consists of running around in a beehive towards the soccer ball, Selena could see that these little soccer players were growing as people and benefiting from positive role models.
Selena’s passion for youth development strengthened during her time in college at Willamette University. It was at Willamette that she made the commitment to spend her life creating a more just and equitable society. Education, specifically out-of-school time (OST) programs, was how she found she could make the greatest impact on youth who were most affected by societal inequities. As an AmeriCorps member with City Year and Playworks in Los Angeles, Selena witnessed the power of OST programs to provide much-needed support to youth outside the classroom. She learned that teachers cannot do it alone and it truly takes a village to help youth thrive. In her role as Program Manager at CalSAC, Selena continues to fulfill the commitment she made to create a more just and equitable society by empowering the adults who have dedicated their lives to working with young people.
Selena enjoys staying active though playing soccer, riding her bike and hiking. She also loves to learn and tries to find new books to read in her free time.