Gina M. Fromer, M.S., Chief Executive Officer
Throughout her life, Gina Fromer has devoted her career, energy and talent to serving the needs of families in San Francisco and communities across California. In April 2019, following more than four decades of leadership in youth and family services and education programs—including in some of San Francisco’s most underserved neighborhoods—Gina joined Children’s Council of San Francisco as Chief Executive Officer.
Gina manages a staff of 120 and oversees Children’s Council’s partnership with the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education and a host of other city and state agencies and organizations. Gina believes that quality child care and early education is a basic human right.
Raised in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, Gina began community service in her teens as a counselor for Young Community Developers, which provides support and training for young adults.
She began her career at Head Start, then rose through the ranks of the San Francisco YMCA to become District Vice President, overseeing three YMCA branches serving 15,000 families. She played a key role in raising over $8.5 million for the Bayview YMCA capital campaign.
Most recently, Fromer was CEO of the San Francisco Education Fund, where she directed community volunteer programs, educator grants and student scholarships designed to help public school students succeed. Prior to that, Gina served as the California State Director at The Trust for Public Land, where she created new parks in park-poor neighborhoods in Los Angeles and San Francisco, while protecting landscapes across the state.
Gina has a wealth of leadership experience and deep connections to a vast array of communities across the state. Having advocated on behalf of families and children her entire life, she says, “It is all about empowering people to advocate for themselves, to create the social justice and social change needed to change the world.”
Having earned a B.S. in Psychology Organizational Leadership from Dominican University of California, and an M.S. in Psychology/Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix, Gina is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from Ashford University. She can be reached through her Executive Assistant, Amanda Alegado at 415.343.2934 or by email.
Jennifer Brooks, Chief Program Officer
Jennifer joined Children’s Council in 2016. She has more than 15 years of managerial experience in the non-profit sector and a track record of getting initiatives off the ground, taking them to scale and developing strategic partnerships that drive toward mission impact.
Prior to Children’s Council, Jennifer spent more than a decade at Prosperity Now (then, the Corporation for Enterprise Development), a national non-profit that makes it possible for millions of people to achieve financial security and contribute to an opportunity economy—most recently as Vice President for Field Engagement. Earlier in her career, Jennifer worked in the U.S. Senate and for domestic and international organizations that work to build the economic independence of women and girls.
Jennifer serves on the board of the Episcopal Impact Fund and has served on the boards of Rural Dynamics, Inc. and Beacon Day School. She holds a master’s degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She can be reached at 415.276.2942 or by email.
Auna Harris, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Auna Harris is an experienced financial, human resources and operations professional with many years of experience in a variety of non-profit, for-profit and governmental organizations. During the last 16 years, she managed Payroll and Personnel Business Services at UC Berkeley, was Human Resources Administration Manager at the San Francisco Chronicle, spent seven years at the Marin County Sheriff’s Department as Administration and Fiscal Operations Officer, was Director of Finance & Facilities at the Alameda County courts, and spent a brief time at the California Health Care Foundation.
Auna also serves on the Board of Girls Inc. in West Contra Costa County. She is active in district education and has taken on other community service roles. Auna has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Mills College and an M.A. in Public Administration from USC. She can be reached at 415.343.3365 or by email.
Amie Latterman, Director of Advancement
Amie Latterman joined Children’s Council in 2016. She brings more than 15 years of nonprofit fundraising, marketing/outreach, event planning and communications to the team.
She most recently served as the development director for SPUR, a Bay Area urban planning and policy organization, for a decade. In that role, Amie managed a team of more than 100 executive-level volunteers and 8 staff fundraisers to raise or generate income to support a $6.1M, highly diversified annual operating budget, raising more than $27M over her last five years in the role, plus $6.1M in endowment funds.
She was responsible for the annual fund, membership, special events and earned income. Prior to joining SPUR, she worked as the outreach director for Child Family Health International, a social enterprise, non-profit organization in San Francisco. In addition, Amie spent several years in the field of Japan-U.S. relations and cross-cultural training. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College.
Amie was a founding board member of the national Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), and spent several years on the advisory board of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of YNPN. She currently is the Chair of the Board for Parents for Public Schools San Francisco. She and her partner are raising three children in San Francisco, with the support of a fantastic village that includes their neighborhood preschool and public elementary school. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her family in the Bay Area hills, traveling and exploring San Francisco neighborhoods for great places to eat. Amie can be reached at 415.276.2968 or by email.
Gwendolyn Cornwell, Director of Human Resources
Gwendolyn Cornwell received her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur. Her nonprofit career began as a job developer for a government-funded organization whose mission was to secure employment for recently incarcerated adults and youth.
Over the course of her career, Gwendolyn has worked in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Her most rewarding work has come from her experience working with adoptive and foster families in Alameda County. For the past 13 years, she has held leadership roles in human resources for various nonprofits in the Bay area. A native of Southern California, she, her husband and two children established roots in the Bay Area 20 years ago. In her free time she finds herself immersed with attending anything related to hockey, outdoor activities, and traveling back to LA to visit family whenever possible. Gwendolyn can be reached through her email.