G.E.M.S is a 501(c)(3) based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our mission is to enhance the life journey of youth (grades 6-12) with enriching educational opportunities and positive expression empowerment tools.

Our vision is to educate, motivate, and inspire GEMS participants and the surrounding community through literacy, artistic expression, and life skills.


Executive Board Members

Marlo Martin, Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Carolyn Cannon, Chief Compliance & Finance Officer

Latifah Abdullah, Chief Operations Officer

Youth Advocates

Jonathan Piper
Isabella Thurmond

Advisory/Committee Board Members

Program Director
Hector Fulgencio, Kaiser Permanente

‚ÄčProgram Coordinator
Kimari Williams, Peralta/Mills College

Grants & Funding Advisors
Beverly Parayno, Parayno Consulting

Partners & Community Sponsors