WFO Staff


Darice Jones
Executive Director
Darice Jones is a Bay Area native with a long history of public service in the region. Her passion for advancing economic equity and removing barriers to success for the people who struggle most drew her to Wardrobe for Opportunity’s dynamic mission. Alongside her work in public service, Darice has honed great skills in marketing and new media while working as a writer and director in the arts. Darice is committed to leading WFO with a unique blend of strategic vision and heart.

Mahogany Charlton
Director of Employment Programs
Mahogany joined WFO in 2010. Her background covers over 9 years of business experience in staffing and recruitment. She also has extensive experience in coaching and developing people in their professional careers. In 2007, Mahogany received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, H.R. Management from CSU, East Bay.

Mahogany’s most recent contributions to WFO include managing our Professional Image Programs that serves over 1800 clients per year. She spent significant time refining WFO’s Evaluation process and methods. Mahogany led WFO’s Relocation Project of its Concord Office. This major project allows WFO to enhance its service model for clients. With support, Mahogany was able to transform the client experience moving away from a traditional non-profit service encounter to a unique corporate experience that offers personal support for our clients. Mahogany has brought distinct perspectives to WFO that empowers clients, encourages professional development, and supports leadership of clients and peers. WFO is proud of her next step as Director of Programs, as she will oversee all programs but most importantly work with staff to help clients achieve success personally and professionally. As Director of Programs, Mahogany is dedicated to providing WFO clients the tools and resources to successfully find jobs.
Meicka Clear
OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Meicka is an AmeriCorps VISTA from Dallas, Texas who will be spending her year of service at WFO. Meicka graduated from Salem College with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has a background in nonprofit grassroots community organizing, community outreach, and volunteer coordination.

As the Outreach Coordinator, Meicka hopes to strengthen WFO’s recruitment tactics as well as build and maintain employer partnerships for WFO’s career development programs.
Emma Floyd
Development Specialist
Emma Floyd has worked with WFO for the past year in the Build a Career and volunteer programs, each with an emphasis on capacity building. With a background in both research and writing, she is excited to share the work of WFO with funders and the community through grants and outreach with the development team. Emma will also be working on short-term projects to increase organizational efficiency and improve our ability to achieve our mission in the community. An Oakland native, Emma can often be found in the mountains or at her table saw when not working.
Gary Intersimone
Finance Manager
Gary joined WFO in April of 2012 and brings with him over 25 years of experience in all aspects of accounting. He currently splits his time between WFO and MAC’s Children & Family Services, Inc. – a foster care provider in the Bay Area. When he’s not busy accounting for things, Gary can be found with his two German Shepherds, Dirk and Sapphire.
Tom Larson
Development and Marketing Coordinator
Tom is an AmeriCorps Vista from Milo, Maine doing his year of service at WFO. This is his second year of service; his first year he worked at Bridgemont Community & Technical College as Volunteer Coordinator. Tom received his Bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Maine. Tom has a background in social media, volunteer coordination, and event planning.

As Development and Marketing Coordinator, Tom will be expanding WFO’s social media, collaborating on fundraising opportunities, and strengthening long term volunteer engagement.
Debrena McEwen
Client/Volunteer Coordinator
Debbie relocated back to Oakland, CA in 2011 from Suisun City, CA. A former business owner of 7 years, she brings with her a passion for the community, an excellent customer service record, and a drive to maintain the quality of standards expressed through Wardrobe for Opportunity's mission. Debbie was drawn to the stories of Wardrobe for Opportunity's clients because they were similar to her own story. Foreclosure, unemployment, relocation, and starting new were all the things that bought Debbie back to Oakland. Debbie is currently studying counseling and coaching and hopes to complete her degree in 2017.
Hank Ramirez
Program Specialist, Community Partnerships
Hank joined WFO in October 2005 after many years of retail management and direct client service experience. Having grown up in a low-income Spanish speaking family, Hank knows firsthand the challenges that many of WFO’s clients face and the elation that comes with overcoming obstacles. His diverse background is evident in the ease with which he connects with clients. As Program Specialist, Hank ensures the successful delivery of WFO’s interview and image workshops while also managing all of WFO’s non-profit partnerships.
Whitney Ray
Professional Image Program Coordinator
Whitney is an AmeriCorps VISTA who will be serving throughout 2014. She graduated from The Evergreen State College and has experience in community outreach, volunteer support, and logistics. As Professional Image Program Coordinator, she will work with the WFO team, community partners, and our wonderful volunteers to streamline donations and merchandising. She looks forward to expanding the internship program and creating lasting relationships with the Bay Area fashion industry to boost traffic to the “I Heart WFO” boutique. In her free time, Whitney plays the harp and reads voraciously.

Staff Phone Directory

Darice Jones, (510) 463-4100 x210
Tom Larson, (510) 463-4100 x220
Mahogany Charlton, (510) 463-4100 x213
Meicka Clear, (510) 463-4100 x223
Emma Floyd, (510) 463-4100 x221
Whitney Ray (510) 463-4100 x219
Gary Intersimone, (510) 463-4100 x222
Debrena McEwen, (510) 463-4100 x211
Hank Ramirez, (510) 463-4100 x215

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