Mel Siltanen

Program Coordinator – Oakland

Pronouns: She/Her

Mel is a systems-impacted single mother of two who has had to navigate the system and homelessness. Mel believes deeply in the knowledge of young folks by way of their experiences. Her work is to hold space where young cis and trans women can be deliberate in hoaning in on and lifting up their strengths, being heard as a practice of healing, and organizing their thoughts as way to step into their power, get loud and claim space in this world where they have been historically positioned to have no power and remain silenced. 

Mel first came to YWFC in 2015, is a founding member of the Sister Warrior Freedom Coalition, and started employment with the Center in October 2019.