WFO Staff

Mahogany Charlton-Roland
Executive Director
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. As Executive Director, Mahogany is dedicated to providing WFO clients the tools and resources to successfully find jobs.
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.
Julia McCotter
Program Coordinator
Julia McCotter is an avid people person with a deep love of learning. While earning her MBA at Mills College, she studied socially responsible business and entrepreneurship, and worker-owned cooperatives. As Program Coordinator of the Build a Career programs, Julia is able to connect directly with the clients, volunteers, and partners that make WFO such a successful organization. In addition to her work at WFO, Julia is also a consultant with the Mills Business Alumnae Consulting Group, a consulting collective that provides strategic support to entrepreneurs and mission-based small businesses.
Belinda Mercado
Always active and ready to help, Belinda Mercado is beginning her educational path at Mills College in Oakland, California majoring in cultural anthropology. She has been living in Oakland for six years and finds importance in working with her community as a boot on the ground, a helping hand and with a listening ear. You can find her skateboarding on the streets, talking with the homeless about the effects of gentrification or at the breakfast table reading the East Bay Express feverishly discussing the current state of the world. With her cultural anthropology degree, Belinda seeks to gain perspective and understanding about why we humans do what we do. She believes that compassion and understanding are necessary forces in bringing people together and she believes that everyone has the power to be empathetic.

Staff Phone Directory

Mahogany Charlton, (510) 463-4100 x210
Belinda Mercado(510)463-4100 x216
Julia McCotter, (510) 463-4100 x214
Hank Ramirez, (510) 463-4100 x215
LeAnne Canche, (510) 463-4100 x221

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