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A Conversation about Creating A Community That Protects One Another with Martha Ryan and Katie Albright

  • The Women's Building, Audre Lorde room 3543 18th St San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Women in the Bay Area - join us on July 10th for our seventh conversation of 2014, with Katie Albright and Martha Ryan. This month we'll be talking about Creating A Community That Protects One Another, and we'll be hearing from two incredibly inspiring women.

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About Martha Ryan

Martha Ryan’s journey to creating the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) began in the early ‘80s.  After a 10-year stint as an ICU nurse at San Francisco General Hospital, Ryan returned to Africa, where she had been a teacher for the Peace Corps years before.  In Somalia and the Sudan, Ryan worked in refugee camps where she created a Community Health Outreach Program, a program she would later replicate at HPP. Upon returning to the U.S., Ryan volunteered at St Anthony’s Medical Clinic in San Francisco before pursuing a Master’s of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Focusing on maternal and child health, Ryan continued her volunteer work by providing prenatal care for women at Hamilton Family Shelter while in school. The women Ryan met through this work led her to found HPP in November 1989 to provide prenatal care to at-risk pregnant women. In that first year, with a staff of 3, Ryan served 72 women. 

Ryan realized early on that the women who came to HPP experienced obstacles to personal and family stability that prenatal care alone could not address. Over the past 25 years, HPP has evolved into a nationally-recognized family resource center with an array of services. HPP has adopted a broader mission: to break the cycle of childhood poverty. The first agency in San Francisco to hire former clients as direct service staff, HPP is unique in that its development has been guided, from its earliest days, by the community it serves. With a staff of 70 (half former clients), the agency serves 3,500 families annually.  

Ryan holds an M.P.H., Maternal and Child Health, from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of San Francisco.  She has received numerous honors for her work including an honorary doctorate from University of San Francisco, a UCSF Medal, a CNN Hero Award, a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leadership Award and the San Francisco Foundation’s Community Leadership Award. 

About Katie Albright

Katie Albright is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, a community-based non-profit organization seeking to prevent child abuse and reduce its devastating impact. Ms. Albright joined the Prevention Center, named SF's favorite charity by 7x7, from the San Francisco Education Fund, where she served as Policy Director leading a public engagement campaign to improve teacher quality and increase student retention. Prior to the Ed Fund, Ms. Albright served as Co-Director of Policy & Outreach at Preschool California, a broad-based, statewide, multi-year advocacy campaign to achieve voluntary preschool for all of California’s three- and four-year olds. Ms. Albright was recently honored by the League of Women Voters San Francisco as a '2014 Woman Who Could Be President.'

Ms. Albright also served as Deputy City Attorney for the Office of the City Attorney in San Francisco for seven years. In this role, she served as Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District. She advised the San Francisco Board of Education and Superintendent on diverse legal issues, including compliance with federal and state education, election, and civil rights laws; charter school reform; curriculum development; youth health services; and board governance. She negotiated the school district’s labor union contract with its certificated and classified employees for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. She represented the school district in employment claims and litigation, including those related to its child development program.

In addition, Ms. Albright was an associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP in Los Angeles and a law clerk for the United States District Court in Maryland. She co-founded and taught in the Kayole-Gitau Nursery School and Community Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ms. Albright graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and received her Bachelor of Arts from Williams College. She is the recipient of a 2012 Ascend Fellowship from the Aspen Institute, one of a select group of 20 leaders from across the country who are pioneering two-generation approaches to move families beyond poverty. Ms. Albright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Day School. She also served as a Commissioner to the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Commission and Board of Appeals, as well as a member on the SPUR-Recreation & Parks Revenue Task Force and Public Education Enrichment Fund Community Advisory Committee. She is a former board member of NARAL Pro-Choice America, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. She is a member of the California and District of Columbia bars. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

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