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.
After graduating with a degree in Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Victoria moved to the Bay Area in 1990 to begin her career. A self-proclaimed data geek, she used her technical skills in technology companies and the nonprofit sector to connect with the city. However, she struggled with drug use and misuse for over 20 years which culminated in going to federal prison. Victoria was released from prison in September 2017. Shortly after, she attended Code Tenderloin and graduated in January 2018. After working as the Program Associate, she became the Director of Programs and Operations for Code Tenderloin. She also became a member of the Legislation, Policies, and Practices subcommittee for the San Francisco Reentry Council and began attending college to become a licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Known for her passion for empowerment, diversity, and inclusion, she’s a vital part to rebuilding the community and speaking from a place of experience to help guide others.
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.