Gina Fromer has spent over thirty five years devoting her energy and talent to non-profits that serve the needs of children and their families in San Francisco. A native San Franciscan, raised in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, Gina began her community social work at Young Community...Read more
Gina Fromer has spent over thirty five years devoting her energy and talent to non-profits that serve the needs of children and their families in San Francisco. A native San Franciscan, raised in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, Gina began her community social work at Young Community Developers, where she spent her teen years counseling her fellow youth and helping to develop and sustain the YCD’s Summer Youth Employment Programs.
From there, she moved to a successful three-year stint as a youth coordinator at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, balancing her career development with her pursuit of a psychology degree at S. F. State – and her raising of three sons.
Looking for an opportunity to segue into more impactful work with families, she accepted a position as Family Advocate for the San Francisco Head Start Program, where within six months she was promoted to Parent Involvement & Community Services Manager, a title she held for six years.
Her career at the Y began in 2000, and has featured a wide range of success in community building and program management. Over the past 14 years, her promotions have taken her from truancy case manager to Director of the Truancy Program, to OMI Safe Haven Director, to OMI Family Resource Center Director, to Director of Community Programming, to Associate Executive Director of Urban Services YMCA, to Executive Director of the Bayview YMCA, and to District Vice President. In the midst of these achievements, she obtained her B.A. at Dominican University in 2004, and completed a Masters of Organizational Psychology in 2011. Gina continues to run and coordinate (voluntarily) a weekly food pantry at her Hunters Point church. Gina has recently transitioned from the Y where she served as the District Vice President, overseeing 3 branches: Bayview, Buchanan, and Mission Y’s to the position with the Trust for Public Land as the new California State Director.
Gina has committed her life to the building of community, and to the inclusion of families, businesses, and community-based organizations toward that end. Gina recently won the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service in 2012, The KQED Local Heroes Award in 2013, and a host of other awards and honors. Equally at home in the boardroom, building community gardens or, the in the rec room, she has maintained a focus on the goal of “empowerment toward advocacy toward social justice toward social change,” and has inspired outpourings of community and foundational support for this crucial purpose.