Meet Our Team
Rod is a Planning Analyst and Project Manager for the San Francisco Human Services Agency - or as his wife likes to describe him, a starry-eyed bureaucrat à la Leslie Knope of the TV show Parks and Rec. Rod also serves as the president of the board of Community Awareness and Treatment Services, one of the oldest and most central behavioral health treatment organizations in the city for homeless persons. He has a J.D. from Golden Gate University and prior to working for the City, worked in grant and contract management at UCSF, as well as at La Raza Centro Legal, where he provided legal advocacy services to low-income immigrants. He is passionate about serving the public interest, with a particular commitment for immigrant and LGBT rights.
Justin Patrick Lopez
Country Conditions Volunteer
Justin is a graduate student in bio-engineering at both the University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley. In both of these institutions, he has worked to increase the visibility of LGBT+ individuals in STEM, and is currently a member of the American Society for Engineering Education's Virtual Community of Practice for LGBT Inclusion in STEM. As the son of two political refugees, Justin has long been interested in international human rights, and is thrilled to be a part of the LGBT Asylum Project. He is also a volunteer and singer for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, and participates in its RHYTHM program, which provides outreach and anti-bullying curriculum to schools around the SF Bay Area.