A veteran and compassionate neighbor, Del Seymour has been a member of the Tenderloin community for the past 30 years. He is a leader in the neighborhood, working closely with Glide Memorial Church, St. Antony’s, and Swords to Plowshares. He is also co-chair of San Francisco's Local Homeless Coordinating Board and has an appointed position with the St.Francis TL HIP Board. This whole endeavor began eight years ago when Del founded Tenderloin Walking Tours in order to “present the Tenderloin in a favorable setting.” In 2015, he founded Code Tenderloin to address the economic inequality he saw in his beloved neighborhood.
Donna Hilliard was born in the majestic beauty of Colorado. However, not everyone there leads the same charming lifestyle. Donna began her journey surviving on the street when she was only thirteen years old. By the age of eighteen, she was facing up to thirty-two years for drug and gang related crimes. As an alternative sentence, Donna was placed in a San Francisco program that gave her a second chance.
That day, she started a new life. She has faced all the struggles associated with being an ex-felon and not getting hired because of her untraditional background. None of these barriers have kept her from succeeding.
After losing her mother to cancer, Donna needed a change of pace. Wanting to throw her whole self into the tech community, she ended up at Code Tenderloin. Originally, she wanted to learn coding skills to advance her career to a technical role. Through this process, she realized that her experience could be impactful for others and she joined Code Tenderloin as the Program Manager and committed herself to showing program participants they can succeed no matter their past and now has advanced to Director of Operations