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Gaspar Mata

Gaspar Mata
Biography

About Gaspar Mata

Gaspar Mata, recruitment and college enrollment manager at Year Up, has been instrumental in building strong relationships with community partners to help close the “Opportunity Divide” in America. Gaspar helps young adults gain college access and career paths towards self-sufficiency through programs like Year Up, Y-Achievers Program (YMCA’s Workforce Development Program), Every Kid Counts Charities, the Cesar Chavez Foundation Scholarship, Thriving Together, and many more. 

Prior to his role with Year Up, Gaspar obtained over 20 years of successful experience providing fiscal, strategic, and operations leadership to various business models including Sam’s Club, the wholesale division of Wal-Mart Inc, and the South Mountain YMCA. 

Gaspar is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. He has also partnered with the Phoenix Union School District and their Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) to advocate for more widespread knowledge of the opportunities to be found in career and technical education. Most currently he is serving on a committee with Opportunities for Youth, an initiative through Arizona State University Center for Human Capital and Youth Development. In this role, he’s implementing strategies and solutions to connect youth ages 16–24, not in school and not working, to an educational and career pathway.

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Thad McGrew

Thad McGrew
Biography

About Thad McGrew

Thad McGrew, director of Community Affairs for the Milwaukee Brewers, currently serves in his role on behalf of the team since fall 2017. His mission is to engage key stakeholders in the community of Maryvale with relationship building and participatory support in the areas of education, recreation, health/wellness, and basic needs.

Prior to starting his role in Maryvale, Thad served as senior manager of Multicultural Marketing where he developed strategy to support fan diversity growth for 11 seasons. Additionally, he supported their youth baseball initiatives and community engagement efforts.

Prior to working for the Brewers, Thad spent 15+ years working in the footwear manufacturing industry with NIKE and K-SWISS. Also, he ran a successful AAU basketball program that assisted countless participants into college-level education and sports while seeing 20+ players successfully make it to the NBA.

Thad and his wife, Tracey, reside together in Surprise. They have a daughter, Ciera, who is currently attending school at California State University, Northridge in Southern California.

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Norma Parraz

Norma Parraz
Biography

About Norma Parraz

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Rev. Sanghoon Yoo

Rev. Sanghoon Yoo, MSW, MDiv.
Founder of The Faithful City and Arizona Trauma Informed Faith Community
Biography

About Rev. Sanghoon Yoo

Pastor Sanghoon Yoo, the founder of The Faithful City (TFC), has led ministries and social services at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Phoenix metropolitan area over two decades. He holds Master’s degrees in Social Work (MSW) and in theology (MDiv). He serves the national committee of Ethnic America Network (EAN), founded by Billy Graham Center. At ASU, he is an advisory board member of ASU Recovery Rising. He also served the Council of Religious Advisors (CORA) at ASU as president in multiple campuses. He is an advisory council member of the Master’s of Family Therapy program at Fuller Seminary Phoenix campus. Besides, he has served the Board of Directors in various organizations.

Pastor Yoo launched “Arizona Trauma Informed Faith Community (AZTIFC),” collaborating with Arizona ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Consortium and many other organizations to mobilize a statewide movement for building resilient communities with trauma-informed care. He offers training and consultation on ACEs and the trauma-informed community building. As ACE Consortium board member, he has been working with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Families (GOYFF) to hold an annual statewide ACE summit. With ACE Consortium, he contributed to the authorship of training modules for opioid and substance use prevention and creating statewide standardized ACE training of trainers modules.

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