We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Lyle as Deputy Director and Jora Atienza Washington as Senior Director of Community Initiatives to the Alternatives in Action family. Both come to our team with a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as love and commitment to Oakland. As we continue to deepen our work with Oakland youth and families, we are excited to grow our team to continue to offer high-quality programs for and with youth.

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer and Jora!

Jennifer Lyle, Deputy Director

For over twenty years, Jennifer B. Lyle has actively worked towards the well-being of young people and their families. Her education and work have taken place in the streets, across continents, with community organizations, government, schools, and academia. Jennifer has designed and directed various community- and site-based projects that focused on economic justice, academic achievement, substance abuse prevention, health promotion, and community directed leadership development and change.

Prior to joining Alternatives in Action, Jennifer was the Executive Director for the Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative (BBK). As ED, Jennifer was primarily responsible for ensuring that internal systems and practices were aligned with the BBK Collaborative mission and principles; oversight and support of the 30-member collaborative and oversight of the BBK Collaborative staff and programs.

She received her Master of Social Work, Master of Sociology, and PhD in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Jora Atienza Washington, Senior Director of Community Initiatives

Jora joined the Alternatives in Action team in November 2017. Jora has held progressive leadership positions in youth-serving organizations in the Bay Area since 2000. Prior to coming to Alternatives in Action, Jora was the Director of Programs with Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center in San Francisco for eight years, overseeing a range of services for adolescent youth including a full-service community school, school and community-based out-of-school time services, and workforce development programs. She was also the Senior Program Director at Oakland Asian Students Educational Services, where she managed programs for elementary, middle, and high school youth and hundreds of college volunteers each year.

Jora grew up in the Philippines and Los Angeles, and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian and Linguistic Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Oakland with her spouse and children and enjoys reading, cooking with friends and family, and plays a mean game of Scrabble.