Emily Gasner, Executive Director
Emily Gasner has assisted hundreds of local microenterprises and small businesses access the capital, resources and support they need to grow and succeed. She was honored with the 2008 San Francisco District Small Business Administration’s Financial Services Champion of the Year Award and the 2009 Innovation in Technical Assistance Performance and Service Award from California Resources and Training (CARAT)/California Economic Development Lending Initiative (CEDLI).
Prior to Working Solutions, Emily worked at the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women where she planned development and awards events and is currently a member of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco.
Stephen Zamarripa, Business Development Associate
Stephen joined in December of 2012. Prior to Working Solutions, he was the Program Coordinator for the Legal Services for Entrepreneurs Program at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. He is passionate about economic development in low-income communities, social entrepreneurial endeavors, and empowering small businesses. He has an everlasting love for cooking Mexican food, reading fantasy novels, and experiencing the outdoors. Stephen is fluent in Spanish and completed his studies at UC San Diego with a double major in Ethnic Studies and International Studies.
Sandy Mackovich, Director of Outreach and Business Development
Sandy Mackovich joined Working Solutions in 2008. She brings extensive commercial finance and lending experience to the organization. In her free time, Sandy is a dog trainer and previously owned her own microbusiness: a dog training, dog walking and pet sitting business in San Francisco. Sandy is active in her local community and serves on the Board of Directors for two nonprofit organizations: Pets Unlimited and the San Francisco PFLAG Chapter.
Laurie O’Hara, Business Development Officer
Laurie O’Hara recently joined Working Solutions to run the Marin County satellite office located in the new Renaissance Center in San Rafael. She brings a background in marketing and acquisitions of credit products, having worked for JPMorgan Chase and Citibank in New York. She is an entrepreneur as well, owning a consumer product business. Laurie holds an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a dual BA in International Affairs and Spanish Business from the University of Colorado. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In her free time Laurie volunteers on the Marin County Child Care Commission, the Children’s Investment Initiative, and the Canal Welcome Center board.
Agnes Cheung, Director of Business Lending
Agnes Cheung joined Working Solutions in May 2009. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis. Prior to Working Solutions, Agnes worked in the automotive financing industry for 7 years and has extensive expertise in consumer and wholesale lending and credit analysis. Agnes holds a Certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. Agnes was born in Hong Kong and she is fluent in Cantonese.
Roberto Hernandez, Business Lending Associate
Roberto Hernandez has joined Working Solutions in Marin in September 2013. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from San Francisco State University. He was born and raised in Marin County and speaks fluent Spanish. He is excited to see how he can help the community through microfinance.
Samuel Jue, Business Lending Associate
Samuel joined Working Solutions in March 2013. Prior to that he studied Economics, Mathematics, Accounting and Communications at UC San Diego. Currently he is pursuing his Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) license. Sam enjoys jogging on the weekends, playing basketball, and testing his poker abilities. He is a die-hard Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors fan.
Lorena Roman, Director of Business Services
Lorena Roman joined the Working Solutions team in September 2010. She previously worked at Women’s Initiative helping Bay Area microentrepreneurs obtain training to manage both new and existing businesses. Prior to Working Solutions, Lorena worked in the Community Planning and Development Division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Lorena is fluent in Spanish and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University.
Sara Razavi, Director of Operations
Sara joined Working Solutions in 2013. Sara brings over 10 years of experience in business development and strategy across sectors. As Director of Operations, Sara oversees day-to-day operations, as well strategic projects which support Working Solutions’ mission and increase its impact. Her responsibilities include oversight of accounts and financing services, management of contracts and vendor relations, coordinating volunteers, interns, and pro-bono services, and spearheading strategic projects. Prior to Working Solutions, Sara was Executive Director of Honoring Emancipated Youth, a subsidiary of United Way of the Bay Area. Sara holds a BA in Sociology and Theatre from UC Davis, and an MBA from University of San Francisco School of Management, where she focused on business strategy. Sara continues to remain active in the local theatre community, primarily as a board member of Golden Thread Productions.
Katie Nelson joined Working Solutions in October 2013. Prior to Working Solutions, she was an intern at Kiva and worked on a local sanitation project in Cambodia. She is excited to continue working in the microenterprise space in San Francisco and is interested in international economic development and infectious disease. She is a recent college graduate with Bachelors degrees in Human Biology and History from Stanford University, and enjoys spending her fall weekends cheering on the Cardinal football team.
Alex Chavez, Visual Media and Communications Intern
Alex Chavez joined as an intern in September of 2012. He is currently working towards his Bachelors of Science in Digital Film and Video Production while interning part-time. During his time at Working Solutions he is in charge of social media, event coordinating, and producing a series of short tutorial and inspirational films. When he’s not in the office he loves to play music, explore the city, and design handmade furniture. He also has an undying fascination for AMC’s original series, The Walking Dead.