Our Board

The IMPACT Bay Area Board of Directors is responsible for our fiscal health and programmatic quality. Our small and mighty board is made up of like-hearted community members who are passionate about IMPACT's mission to create safer communities. We are always looking for qualified individuals to join IMPACT Bay Area's Board of Directors. Please review the Job Description to learn more. Then email a short statement of interest and/or your resume to Jessica Pocalyko, Board Chair, at [email protected]

NEW! Associate Board Members. Our Associate Board Members are young professionals, usually 18-30 years of age, who build the capacity of our organization while participating in leadership development and growth opportunities through meaningful involvement within our small-but-mighty non-profit organization. Does this sounds like you? We have one more ABM spot available! Check out the Associate Board Member description & contact Jessica Pocalyko, Board Chair, at [email protected] for more info.

Jessica_P_headshot.jpegJessica Pocalyko, Board Chair

Jessica Pocalyko is a Senior Learning & Organization Development Consultant for Dignity Health, a California-based non-profit healthcare organization. She received her Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. Jessica has worked extensively with non-profit organizations in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Jessica specializes in change management, group facilitation, cultural awareness, meeting and conference design, strategic planning, and leadership and team development. As an Impact Bay Area board member, Jessica hopes to support growth and expand community partnership while staying true to IMPACT's mission and values.

Jessica Lee, Vice Chair

Jinqiao Lin, Treasurer

Rebecca Ahn, At-Large Board Member


Nav Gill, At-Large Board Member

Nav was so impressed by the IMPACT model and training when she took the 24 hr Basics class, that she joined the Board right away. The IMPACT vision of 'everyone deserves to be safe so they can live a fuller, more confident life' resonated deeply with her.

Inspired by her teacher Sensei Fukuda (the first woman to achieve 10th Dan) who broke the glass ceiling for women in martial arts, Nav had setup a grassroots organization in India to teach at-risk girls self-defense and judo. She now hopes to spread the IMPACT training model and take it to India.

She has a bachelors in Economics from Punjab University and MBA from University of Massachusetts/SF State. She has worked in Finance, Tech, AI, and is currently a Product and Tech strategy consultant. She is a PADI dive instructor, novice sailor, and volunteers all over the world to protect endangered species.

Steve Li, At-Large Board Member

Ruby Silvera, At-Large Board Member

C Thomas, At-Large Board Member


Mary-2.jpgJonathan Wang, At-Large Board Member

Jonathan Wang became a suited instructor with Impact Los Angeles back in the mid-90s after his future wife, Heather - an IMPACT graduate and instructor herself - introduced him to the program. Jonathan joined the board of Impact Bay Area in 2019. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at FACES SF which provides early childhood education and workforce development services to San Francisco families. Jonathan's career also includes time as the Director of Finance and Administration at New Door Ventures, and many years in IT, Operations, and Human Resources at the San Francisco Chronicle. He earned his BA in Political Science from UC Irvine and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Jonathan and Heather live in San Francisco and have two sons in college.