Operations Team

What is the Operations Team?

Our Operations Team is our group of outside unpaid volunteers. They manage and coordinate the work of San Quentin SkunkWorks outside of San Quentin. They are the direct counterpart to, and help to realize the dreams of, the Impact Team at SkunkWorks. All of the members of the Operations Team are unpaid, including both our Directors and our program volunteers.

Team Directors

Jessie Harney

Board Chair, Volunteer Director of Public Policy



What Jessie does at San Quentin SkunkWorks:

Jessie Harney’s path to Board Chair and Director of Public Policy at San Quentin SkunkWorks is rooted in a blend of research and a drive for tangible, evidence-based reform. A graduate of UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy PhD and current Assistant Professor at Colorado State, Jessie’s expertise in public policy is not just academic, thus, her reason for joining San Quentin SkunkWorks.

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Kyle Winchell

Co-Founder, Board Member, Volunteer Executive Director


What Kyle does at San Quentin SkunkWorks:

Kyle does a lot of everything for San Quentin SkunkWorks. From web design to balancing the budget there is not much that Kyle isn’t involved in. However, some of his more important responsibilities entail overseeing the day-to-day operations of our organization, playing a critical role in ensuring that our organization is running smoothly and efficiently, and that we are meeting our goals and objectives.

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Niki Kircher

Co-Founder, Board Member


What Niki does at San Quentin SkunkWorks:

As a founding member of San Quentin SkunkWorks, Niki wears many hats- she’s stylish like that. In addition to providing leadership, oversight, and strategic direction, she assists in administrative and IT support. She also helps with marketing and graphic design. 

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Yasmine Barghouty

Volunteer Vice President of Operations


What Yasmine does for San Quentin SkunkWorks:

As Vice President of Operations, Yasmine manages SkunkWorks operations and strategic planning. She runs our programs, oversees implementation, watches our budget, and supports our staff.

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Program Volunteers

Noelle Kimiko

Program Volunteer


What makes San Quentin SkunkWorks important?

San Quentin SkunkWorks receives vital input from inside volunteers to shape campaigns and organizational goals. In this way, the organization can be assured that the priorities align with actual needs of incarcerated people. 

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Daniel Alem

Program Volunteer


Who is Daniel?

Daniel passionately champions criminal justice reform and second chances. His unique perspective, born from his transformation journey as a formerly incarcerated person at San Quentin, fuels his unwavering commitment.

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Lance Stark

Program Volunteer


Who is Lance?

A Marine combat veteran who once experienced homelessness, Lance is a relentless advocate for transformation and progress. With a steadfast commitment to criminal justice reform, he stands as a shining example of positive change within our community.

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Andrew Klein

Program Volunteer


Who is Andrew?

At the heart of Andrew’s journey is a profound dedication to understanding and addressing societal inequalities, a path that has taken him from Harvard to UCLA to San Quentin SkunkWorks.

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Derrick Gibson

Program Volunteer


What Derrick Does at San Quentin SkunkWorks?

Derrick is a dedicated and passionate Program Volunteer at San Quentin Skunk Works, where he plays a pivotal role in driving impact storytelling and development initiatives. With an unwavering commitment to transforming lives, Derrick utilizes his 32 years, three months, and 18 days of personal experience within the criminal justice system to lend insight into our reentry support programs that empower individuals to rebuild their lives.

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Contact Us: sqsw@sanquentinskunkworks.org; 1(415)275-2058

San Quentin SkunkWorks is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax ID number 88-3852173) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.