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Andy Shin, Executive Director [bio]
Michael Duryee-Browner, Director of Curriculum and Instruction [bio]
Sasha Mungal, Director of Volunteer Programs and Community Partnerships [bio
Ana Payes, Director of Middle School Programs [bio]
Rebecca Asch, Development Officer [bio]
Dalia Barrientos, Program Assistant [bio]
Enyolli Martinez, Program Assistant and Spanish Interpreter/Translator [bio]
Melissa Canela, Spanish Interpreter/Translator [bio]
Agnes Choi, Chinese Interpreter [bio]
 
 

Andy Shin, Executive Director

Originally from New York, Andy was a Teaching Fellow at the Breakthrough sites in Long Island and Cambridge as an undergraduate and was immediately hooked. He subsequently taught sixth grade math and science in Oakland as a Teach For America corps member before returning to Breakthrough as Program Director at the Cambridge site. Andy has done short-term work for The Steppingstone Foundation, Aim High, and Summer Search, where he served as an Education Pioneers Fellow. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University and was an Urban Scholars Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, receiving an Ed.M. in School Leadership. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and two daughters.

   

Michael Duryee-Browner, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Michael was born and raised in San Francisco and attended SF Day School, where he got his start at Breakthrough (then known as Summerbridge) as an after-school tutor. Michael later served as a Teaching Fellow during the summers of 2010 and 2011, which is when he realized he wanted to be a teacher. After college, Michael spent a year teaching English in Italy. He then returned to San Francisco and taught at SF Day for six years, including two as a fourth grade teacher and four as the sixth grade History teacher. He also worked for Breakthrough as an Instructional Coach during the summers of 2016 and 2017. Michael holds a B.A. in History from Emory University and an M.A. in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. In his spare time, he enjoys Bay Area sports, playing chess, and learning about animals.

   

Sasha Mungal, Director of Volunteer Programs and Community Partnerships

A native of Boston, Sasha returned home after college to work at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and as a youth advocate and community organizer with the non-profit FAMILY, Inc. She then relocated to Miami for three years as a first and second grade teacher with Teach For America. Among other highlights, Sasha was selected as a regional finalist for the Rookie Teacher of the Year award and also launched the Leadership Academy, an after-school service learning program. Sasha received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S.Ed. in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami. Her interests include traveling, arts and crafts, watching movies, and dancing.

   

Ana Payes, Director of Middle School Programs

Born in El Salvador and raised in San Francisco's Mission District, Ana understood early on the importance of education as well as the disparities in the available options. A first generation college student, Ana graduated from Lowell High School and later earned her B.A. in Speech and Communication from San Francisco State University. Ana is committed to using her education to give back to her community. Over 10 years at KIPP Bay Area Schools, Ana gained diverse perspectives working as Business Manager, 7th grade Spanish teacher, Dean of Students and, most recently, Operations Manager at KIPP SF Bay Academy in the Western Addition. She also completed the KIPP School Leadership Program in 2010-2011. In her free time, Ana enjoys spending time with her family including her dog, Baxter, checking out concerts and craft fairs with friends, or traveling to new places with her sister.

   

Rebecca Asch, Development Officer

Originally from the Bay Area, Rebecca earned her B.A. in Political Communications from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After college, Rebecca returned to San Francisco and spent several years working in politics for Gavin Newsom before transitioning into the nonprofit world. She also obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and spent time in elementary school classrooms. Prior to joining Breakthrough in 2016, Rebecca led the Children’s Fund of San Mateo County. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, swimming and spending time outdoors with her husband, young daughters, and their dog.  

   

Dalia Barrientos, Program Assistant

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Dalia recently became a nursing student at the University of San Francisco and a member of the Breakthrough team. She previously worked as a summer camp leader and camp director for her hometown’s recreational department and was President of the Youth Advisory Board at her high school. She was drawn to Breakthrough because she was a student in a similar non-profit organization, Foundation for a College Education. Because of the tremendous amount of support and encouragement she received, she wants to give back to the community and help students in the way she was helped. Dalia loves watching movies, listening to a wide variety of music, and enjoying life with friends and family. 

   

Enyolli Martinez, Program Assistant and Spanish Interpreter/Translator

Born and raised in San Francisco, Enyolli is now a first-year student at the University of San Francisco. She recently graduated from The Urban School of San Francisco, where she led the Students of Color group, helped start the Latinx affinity space, and was part of the Multicultural Leadership association. A Breakthrough alumna, Enyolli developed her enthusiasm for service as a Volunteer Leadership Participant over the summers and as an after-school program tutor during the school year. Her passion for social justice stems from her experiences as a first-generation college student. Enyolli loves participating in conferences that relate to social justice and cultural representations, and is excited about future possibilities.

   
  

Melissa Canela, Spanish Interpreter/Translator

Melissa was born and raised in San Jose, attending her neighborhood public schools. Her Breakthrough history began in 2006, as a student at the Silicon Valley site. She returned to Breakthrough Silicon Valley as a Teaching Fellow during the summers of 2012 and 2013, and volunteers for events and activities there whenever possible. She has worked at Breakthrough San Francisco since her initial year at the University of San Francisco, where she recently earned a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in education. Melissa currently serves as a Community Liaison for the Alum Rock Union School District in San Jose. Her interests include attending baseball games and dancing folklórico.

   

Agnes Choi, Chinese Interpreter

Born and raised in San Francisco, Agnes has been a member of the Breakthrough team for the past four years. Agnes attended Alice Fong Yu, a bilingual immersion school, where she developed her love for learning languages. Her passion continued to develop when she served as an ad hoc interpreter for her parents. In college at the University of California, Berkeley, Agnes served as a translator and interpreter for multiple health care organizations, including San Francisco Hep B Free. Agnes left the Bay Area and attended the University of Rochester School of Nursing and currently works as an RN at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In her free time, Agnes loves spending quality time with friends and family, running, and traveling.