Susun Kim, Executive Director
Susun, a 1991 graduate of New York University School of Law, is an experienced family law attorney with 15 years of legal aid experience. She enjoys creating new projects and participating in collaborative initiatives, i.e., collective impact work. She has helped put together county wide housing service collaboratives, developed the court-based housing law clinics, and convened a reentry initiative to assist the formerly incarcerated. She has been actively involved in the United Way’s SparkPoint initiative focused on self-sufficiency. She serves on the steering committee for the Contra Costa County’s Alliance to End Abuse Initiative and the Community Advisory Board of the Contra Costa County Community Corrections Partnership. Susun has extensive training and facilitation experience and previously served as faculty for national training institutes hosted by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence.
Natalie Oleas, Central Center Director
Natalie, a California native, has worked as a survivor advocate for over a decade. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2011, where her studies centered around victim advocacy, criminal procedure, and civil rights. While living in Massachusetts, she worked as a Legal Consultant for a local Rape Crisis Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara, where she double majored in English and Sociology and worked as a Speaker for the Rape Prevention Education Program. She was a Certified Rape Crisis Counselor in California and Massachusetts. She is proud to be the coordinator for the Domestic Violence Multidisciplinary Team (DV MDT), the Human Trafficking Multidisciplinary Team (HT MDT), the Domestic Violence Death Review Team, the Strangulation Task Force and the Central Center’s Director. She believes strongly in a holistic approach to justice and healing.
Oravanh Thammasen, West Center Director
Oravanh was born in Thailand and raised in the Bay Area. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (’05-’07), where she led community projects in health education, sanitation, and nutrition in the Dominican Republic. She earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Syracuse University and has worked with NGOs abroad and local nonprofit organizations in Contra Costa County. Oravanh has extensive experience working with diverse communities, transition aged youth, and fair housing initiatives. Oravanh is a native speaker of Lao and Thai and is fluent in Spanish.