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Meet Our Board of Directors!

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Patrick Gardner, J.D.

President & Board Member

Patrick Gardner, founder of Young Minds Advocacy, specializes in children’s mental health law and policy, and its impacts on youths involved with child welfare, juvenile justice, special education, health/mental health, and other systems. For more than twelve years, Patrick was a senior attorney and the deputy director at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) in Oakland, California. He presently serves on the California Child Welfare Council and is a founding board member of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. In 2014, Patrick received the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth’s “Advocate of the Year” award for his work on the Katie A. v. Bonta lawsuit in 2014. Read More.

Patrick Gardner

President & Board Member

Patrick Gardner, founder of Young Minds Advocacy Project, specializes in children’s mental health law and policy, and its impacts on youths involved with child welfare, juvenile justice, special education, health/mental health, and other systems. For more than twelve years Patrick was a senior attorney and the deputy director at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) in Oakland, California. At the Center, Patrick lead efforts to improve access to appropriate mental health care for at-risk youth in California and other states. He served as co-counsel on statewide class action lawsuits seeking improved access to mental health care for Medicaid-eligible youth in Arizona, California, and Washington. He initiated and oversaw NCYL’s work to develop and improve juvenile mental health courts, and he was the catalyst for its advocacy against sex trafficking of foster children. Patrick also worked on issues involving special education related services, children’s SSI, zero tolerance in schools, developmental disabilities, children with special health care needs, child abuse and neglect, and privacy and consent.

Prior to joining NCYL in 1999, Patrick spent 17 months directing a national campaign for Consumers Union in San Francisco to protect billions in non-profit public assets controlled by lenders in the student loan industry. Previously he was Hawaii County Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (LASH), focusing on a range of public benefit programs, domestic violence, and consumer issues. From 1995-96, he also worked for the Hawaii Justice Foundation and was instrumental in securing passage of the nation’s most liberal welfare reform legislation, according to the Washington Post. After leaving LASH, Patrick served as a member of its Board of Directors for eight years.

Patrick began his career with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a legislative and policy advocate specializing in non-point pollution. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Journal on Law and Politics, and he earned his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Virginia Tech. Patrick presently serves on the California Child Welfare Council. He is also a founding board member of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. Last year Patrick and his co-counsel received the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth’s “Advocate of the Year” award for his work on the Katie A. v. Bonta lawsuit.

Stephen Texeira

Board Member

Stephen Texeira is an Oakland-based photographer. He began taking photographs more than 30 years ago in college and has never stopped. Throughout a career that has included working as a journalist in Chicago and San Francisco; nonprofit communications and management; and running a marketing consulting firm specializing in hospitals and clinics throughout California, Stephen has focused on communicating ideas and images that move others to action. Read More.

Stephen Texeira

Board Member

Stephen Texeira is an Oakland-based photographer. He began taking photographs more than 30 years ago in college and has never stopped. Throughout a career that has included working as a journalist in Chicago and San Francisco; nonprofit communications and management; and running a marketing consulting firm specializing in hospitals and clinics throughout California, Stephen has focused on communicating ideas and images that move others to action. For 10 years, Stephen was principal of a marketing and communications consulting firm providing services to small businesses; nonprofits; and hospitals and clinics throughout California. He has expertise in a vast array of fields, including health care; transportation; animal welfare; non-profit, community-based organizations; and the legal profession. He has particular expertise in the areas of data analysis; internal and external audits; strategic planning; and media training and branding.

Alex Briscoe

Board Member

Alex Briscoe is one of the Bay Area’s leading experts in the design and delivery of adolescent health and youth development services. His recent work has focused on the intersection of public health and public education through the creation of school‐based adolescent health and youth development centers in partnership with Alameda County, The City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District, Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland and Federally Qualified community health centers. Read More.

Alex Briscoe

Board Member

Alex Briscoe is one of the Bay Area’s leading experts in the design and delivery of adolescent health and youth development services. His recent work has focused on the intersection of public health and public education through the creation of school‐based adolescent health and youth development centers in partnership with Alameda County, The City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District, Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland and Federally Qualified community health centers.

Alex previously served as the director of the Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School in West Oakland. The Chappell Hayes Health Center is a satellite outpatient center of Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland. Alex earned a B.A. from Vassar College in urban studies and a masters degree in marriage and family counseling from the University of San Francisco. He is a mental health practitioner specializing in adolescent services and youth development. Alex has worked in school reform and the charter school movement, including work with YouthBuild USA, the Corporation For National and Community Service and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He has also worked in the foundation community as a program officer for the Greater Philadelphia First Foundation and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition. He has specialized in revenue-producing social justice programming, youth voice and crisis counseling.

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