Meet the Backbone staff

  James Hoyt | Executive Director   James Hoyt became the Executive Director for Opportunity for Youth in December 2017. He is a nonprofit business executive with decades of proven success in providing high-quality strategic performance and enterprise-wide leadership at both national and international levels. Being a strategic visionary and business leader, he has a natural flare for being able to create and mentor pioneering, high-performance corporate teams while building consensus among staff, Board of Directors, and community. Moreover, his hands-on experience in directing multimillion-dollar organizational budgets, fostering productive partnership, and maximizing organization-wide performance are part of the advanced skills that he brings to the table. James received his B.A. in Communications at Niles College of Loyola University of Chicago his M.A. in Community Service and Administration from Regis University in Denver.   J   amesHoyt@asu.edu    | (602) 534-8393

James Hoyt | Executive Director

James Hoyt became the Executive Director for Opportunity for Youth in December 2017. He is a nonprofit business executive with decades of proven success in providing high-quality strategic performance and enterprise-wide leadership at both national and international levels. Being a strategic visionary and business leader, he has a natural flare for being able to create and mentor pioneering, high-performance corporate teams while building consensus among staff, Board of Directors, and community. Moreover, his hands-on experience in directing multimillion-dollar organizational budgets, fostering productive partnership, and maximizing organization-wide performance are part of the advanced skills that he brings to the table. James received his B.A. in Communications at Niles College of Loyola University of Chicago his M.A. in Community Service and Administration from Regis University in Denver.

JamesHoyt@asu.edu | (602) 534-8393

  Kristin Ferguson-Colvin | Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Human Capital and Youth Development   Kristin Ferguson-Colvin served as the Interim Executive Director of Opportunities for Youth from August to December 2017. She is an Associate Professor in the ASU School of Social Work, where she teaches classes in social policy, practice-oriented research, macro practice, and community participation strategies. In 2018, she started and oversees the Center for Human Capital and Youth Development (CHCYD;  https://publicservice.asu.edu/chcyd ), which is a space for faculty, students, community partners, youth and policymakers to work together on research, practice and policy initiatives for youth to enhance their educational, employment and leadership opportunities. She continues to support Opportunities for Youth –an initiative of CHCYD—through grant writing, capacity building, and research and evaluation.    Kristin.Ferguson@asu.edu    | (602) 496-0088

Kristin Ferguson-Colvin | Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Human Capital and Youth Development

Kristin Ferguson-Colvin served as the Interim Executive Director of Opportunities for Youth from August to December 2017. She is an Associate Professor in the ASU School of Social Work, where she teaches classes in social policy, practice-oriented research, macro practice, and community participation strategies. In 2018, she started and oversees the Center for Human Capital and Youth Development (CHCYD; https://publicservice.asu.edu/chcyd), which is a space for faculty, students, community partners, youth and policymakers to work together on research, practice and policy initiatives for youth to enhance their educational, employment and leadership opportunities. She continues to support Opportunities for Youth –an initiative of CHCYD—through grant writing, capacity building, and research and evaluation.

Kristin.Ferguson@asu.edu | (602) 496-0088

  Ricky Duran | Marketing & Communications Coordinator   Ricky Duran joined Opportunities for Youth in June 2018. As the organization’s Marketing Coordinator, his goal is to grow awareness for Opportunities for Youth and the resources they make available throughout the community. Ricky graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 as a first generation college graduate, then went on to completed a 1-year AmeriCorps term as an outreach coordinator for a conversation focused collaboration between USDA National Forest Service and Sedona-based non-profit Oak Creek Watershed Council. Having experienced the importance of strategic marketing in a successful non-profit, he returned to Phoenix in 2013, and began working in the field of marketing. Over the past 7 years, has worked to develop and manage numerous campaigns and marketing efforts across a variety of industries.    Ricky.Duran@asu.edu    | (602) 534-7357

Ricky Duran | Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Ricky Duran joined Opportunities for Youth in June 2018. As the organization’s Marketing Coordinator, his goal is to grow awareness for Opportunities for Youth and the resources they make available throughout the community. Ricky graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 as a first generation college graduate, then went on to completed a 1-year AmeriCorps term as an outreach coordinator for a conversation focused collaboration between USDA National Forest Service and Sedona-based non-profit Oak Creek Watershed Council. Having experienced the importance of strategic marketing in a successful non-profit, he returned to Phoenix in 2013, and began working in the field of marketing. Over the past 7 years, has worked to develop and manage numerous campaigns and marketing efforts across a variety of industries.

Ricky.Duran@asu.edu | (602) 534-7357

 
  Kendelle Brown | Administrative Coordinator   Kendelle Brown joined Opportunities for Youth in September of 2017 through Public Allies Arizona. Kendelle is in her second year as a Program Evaluation, M.S. student at the College of Public Service & Community Solutions (Arizona State University). Kendelle hopes to expand youth outreach for Opportunities for Youth through data collection and research.    Kendelle.Brown@asu.edu    | (602) 262-4430

Kendelle Brown | Administrative Coordinator

Kendelle Brown joined Opportunities for Youth in September of 2017 through Public Allies Arizona. Kendelle is in her second year as a Program Evaluation, M.S. student at the College of Public Service & Community Solutions (Arizona State University). Kendelle hopes to expand youth outreach for Opportunities for Youth through data collection and research.

Kendelle.Brown@asu.edu | (602) 262-4430

  Felix Moran | Youth Outreach Coordinator   Felix Moran joined Opportunities for Youth on April 2, 2018. Formerly an opportunity youth himself, he aims to empower youth to find their voice, encouraging them to speak to their local/state political officials. He loves advocacy and being involved in the community. Felix plans to further his education and attend Arizona State University for political science. He would like to make Arizona a better place for all its residents.    Felix.Moran@asu.edu    | (602) 534-6838

Felix Moran | Youth Outreach Coordinator

Felix Moran joined Opportunities for Youth on April 2, 2018. Formerly an opportunity youth himself, he aims to empower youth to find their voice, encouraging them to speak to their local/state political officials. He loves advocacy and being involved in the community. Felix plans to further his education and attend Arizona State University for political science. He would like to make Arizona a better place for all its residents.

Felix.Moran@asu.edu | (602) 534-6838

  Elizabeth Hatch Mody | Research Specialist   Elizabeth joined OFY in August 2018 as the Research Specialist, supporting the team in data management and data-driven decision making. Elizabeth graduated from ASU with a master’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2018 in hopes of working alongside the community and local governments to build and support programs that are tailored to meet the needs of diverse migrant populations. As a doctoral student in the ASU School of Social Work, Elizabeth studies global social work, cultural identity formation, and equity in access to resources and opportunities for migrant people. Along with OFY’s partnering agencies, Elizabeth aims to help the diverse youth in Arizona enter gainful and meaningful education and employment pathways.    Elizabeth.Hatch@asu.edu    | (602) 935-0689

Elizabeth Hatch Mody | Research Specialist

Elizabeth joined OFY in August 2018 as the Research Specialist, supporting the team in data management and data-driven decision making. Elizabeth graduated from ASU with a master’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2018 in hopes of working alongside the community and local governments to build and support programs that are tailored to meet the needs of diverse migrant populations. As a doctoral student in the ASU School of Social Work, Elizabeth studies global social work, cultural identity formation, and equity in access to resources and opportunities for migrant people. Along with OFY’s partnering agencies, Elizabeth aims to help the diverse youth in Arizona enter gainful and meaningful education and employment pathways.

Elizabeth.Hatch@asu.edu | (602) 935-0689

 
  Carter Wang | Data Analyst   Chuyuan (Carter) Wang joined Opportunities for Youth in March 2018. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Chuyuan's work involves census data analysis, digital mapping, and spatial statistics.    chuyuanw@gmail.com    | (785) 323-7323

Carter Wang | Data Analyst

Chuyuan (Carter) Wang joined Opportunities for Youth in March 2018. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Chuyuan's work involves census data analysis, digital mapping, and spatial statistics.

chuyuanw@gmail.com | (785) 323-7323

  James Davis | Americorps: Reengagement Specialist   James Davis joined Opportunities for Youth in March of 2018 through Public Allies Arizona. James is currently a student at Phoenix College for Technical Theater. He hopes to support youth to channel their creativity and interpersonal skills to improve their lives and develop themselves as leaders within the community.    jwdavi17@asu.edu

James Davis | Americorps: Reengagement Specialist

James Davis joined Opportunities for Youth in March of 2018 through Public Allies Arizona. James is currently a student at Phoenix College for Technical Theater. He hopes to support youth to channel their creativity and interpersonal skills to improve their lives and develop themselves as leaders within the community.

jwdavi17@asu.edu

 
 

Our Office

The Opportunities for Youth office is located on the 19th floor of Phoenix City Hall in Downtown Phoenix. Meetings are typically held at Arizona State University in the UCENT building, where the College of Public Service and Community Solutions is housed. 

 

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