As a student at the University of California, Berkeley completing his senior thesis on the history of the Oakland Unified School District Benito Delgado-Olson attended several public events in an effort to understand how the community responded to its neediest students. He was struck by the inefficiency of the distribution of resources and realized there had to be a better way. He founded SupplyBank.org, then known as K-to-College, in 2009 to provide school supplies to low-income students. Today SupplyBank.org is the largest charitable program of its kind in California, distributing vital essential goods to under-resourced families throughout the state in partnership with a network of more than 500 organizations.
Proudest accomplishment at SupplyBank.org: every time we do something that hasn’t been done before to help people
Personal interests: traveling everywhere, Bay Area sports, exercise, a good single malt scotch.
“The goal at the end of the day is to make sure people have what they need to live with health, safety, and comfort during times of both extraordinary disaster and ongoing hardship.”
Director of Programs
Justin Van Zerber
Employed since 2018
Proudest accomplishment at SupplyBank.org: developing the partnerships that help address unmet needs across the state and our agency’s ability to adapt to the changing environment due to COVID-19.
Personal interests: Gardening, hiking, running, backpacking, bike-riding, scuba diving, and eating locally and internationally
“We as a society have a moral obligation to treat others better and work together to address community, state, national, and global inequities. We have enough resources to provide basic necessities to everyone.”
Employed since 2017
Proudest accomplishment at SupplyBank.org: detailed reporting on our financial statements
Personal interests: exploring national and state parks, ocean shores, animals, family
“I believe in supporting groups that provide basic needs assistance, job training, and support programs that help people obtain employment and personal satisfaction. All humans should work together and listen to each other to better understand the challenges we all face.”
Director of Operations
Jessica M. Hernandez
Employed since 2020
Proudest accomplishment at SupplyBank.org: tracking down all our forehead thermometers during our COVID response
Personal interests: hiking, camping, testing new recipes
“Previously I served as the Operations Manager for a school food service company in Chicago. Access to food is only one of the many social determinants of health affecting our communities. Expanding on this work led me to SupplyBank.org where I help strengthen our programs to serve all parts of California.”
Director of Regulatory and External Affairs
Proudest accomplishment at SupplyBank.org: collaborating with a team that is designing the next generation of needs based resources and the systems to deliver it.
Personal interests: spending time with my daughter, watching her grow up, and seeing the world through her eyes.
Communications and Outreach Manager
Employed 2014-2015, 2020
Proudest accomplishment at SupplyBank.org: connecting people to resources during the pandemic.
Personal interests: walking in nature, visiting regional parks, reading, rowing, time with family and friends.
“Many circumstances cause children to grow up a lot quicker than I’d hope. Some kids feel like no one is there to help them and that they or their families can’t catch a break. I love helping connect people to resources and using my relationship-building skills every day to create a better tomorrow for children and families.”
Senior Program Coordinator
Employed since 2018
Proudest accomplishment at SupplyBank.org: helping to launch and expand the statewide COVID-19 Emergency Supplies Program that’s given millions of families access to vital supplies such as PPE, diapers, and cleaning supplies during the pandemic.
Personal interests: drawing, visiting museums, listening to music
“I do this work to meet the needs of marginalized young adults, especially those in poverty, foster care, or in the justice system. These are the people who are inhibited from succeeding due to circumstances out of their control.”
Employed since 2022
Proudest accomplishment: developing the vocational program within a behavioral health company, to better serve and educate clients on how to reach their goals.
Personal interests: painting, drawing and making jewelry
“From my experience working in residential mental health, I saw firsthand how the stigma surrounding mental health and financial standing has affected vulnerable populations, and how lack of needs being met leads to further struggle with mental health symptoms. This experience has motivated me to strive to be a part of systems changes that has the opportunity to positively affect many families.”
Employed since 2019
Proudest accomplishment at SupplyBank.org: creating the donor acknowledgement system.
Personal interests: playing guitar, hiking
“I was a community childcare provider in the East Bay for seven years prior to joining SupplyBank.org. I’ve seen what having day to day diaper supplies means to California families.”
Policy and Research Assistant
Employed since 2021
Proudest accomplishment at SupplyBank.org: recognizing the importance of policy making at the state level through personal contact with California state officials.
Personal interests: reading, Marvel movies and comics, anime, the L.A. Lakers
“I grew up in downtown Los Angeles and attended a Title I school where several friends were from low-income families. I watched them struggle academically as they sought to meet their financial and basic needs. Their stories continue to inspire me to help students in similar circumstances today.”