Our Staff

Tyler Macmillan, Executive Director

Tyler Macmillan became the Executive Director of the Eviction Defense Collaborative on November 1, 2011. He joined the EDC in 2007 as a Staff Attorney. His most recent former position was as a Supervising Attorney which included preparing legal papers, providing tenant counseling and representing clients at settlement conferences as well as supervising the other staff attorneys. A 2006 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, Tyler became a member of the California Bar in December 2006. Tyler, also, worked as a Staff Attorney at the Eviction Defense Center in Oakland; he has volunteered as a fair housing tester and as a mediator in landlord-tenant disputes.

Legal

Carol Bettencourt, Managing Attorney

As the EDC's first paid employee, Carol has supervised the EDC's legal services since our creation in 1996. Carol oversees Staff Attorneys, Eviction Defense Advocates, the Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteers, Interns and all the legal paperwork we help prepare. She received her bachelor's degree from Simon's Rock Early College and is a graduate of Stanford Law School. Carol is a member of the California Bar and an inactive member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. She has been practicing housing law for 20 years, at the EDC and previously at D.C. Law Students in Court.

Kristin Messer, Senior Staff Attorney

After starting as an attorney volunteer for the EDC in September 2011, Kristin was excited to officially join the team early in 2013. In August 2013, she became a permanent staff member as a Staff Attorney. Her dedication to public interest work was fostered by a stint as a Head Start teacher in rural Kentucky before she attended Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. This commitment to social justice brought her to the Children’s Law Center in Covington, Kentucky, and later to the Federal Public Defender’s office in Columbus, Ohio. Kristin is a member of the California State Bar and is thrilled to be supporting the EDC and its dedication to those facing eviction in San Francisco.

Supriya Molina Wunsh, Staff Attorney

Supriya graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center. She worked as an attorney at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development where she was a lead counsel in litigation for disability rights in housing. Prior to law school, Supriya was a social worker at Niños Latinos Unidos. Supriya has a Masters in Psychology and is fluent in Spanish.

Nathanael Player, Supervising Attorney

Nathanael previously worked at the EDC as a legal intern in 2008. He later joined us as a staff attorney. Prior to returning to the EDC as supervising attorney, Nathanael worked at the Homeless Advocacy Project where he represented tenants with mental disabilities in all aspects of eviction cases. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2009. Nathanael has studied housing as a human right and worked at the Center on Housing Rights and Evictions in Geneva, Switzerland. Nathanael is able to provide legal services in both English and Spanish.

Deepa Varma, Staff Attorney

Deepa Varma joined EDC in 2011. Deepa’s dedication to social justice in law started in 1999, as an intern for the ACLU of Georgia, and has continued through a range of issues, including women's issues, criminal justice, and civil rights. Deepa received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law and worked as a staff attorney for the West Side SRO Law Project representing low-income tenants in New York City in housing court. She most recently worked as a fellow for the Warren Institute for Law and Social Policy, focusing primarily on issues of immigration enforcement policy. She is a member of the New York and California State Bars, and speaks Spanish.

Hilda Chan, Staff Attorney

Hilda received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and is a member of the California Bar. Prior to joining EDC in June 2014, she completed a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship, challenging warrantless home searches of families applying for welfare in San Diego County. Hilda has also clerked with the East Bay Community Law Center, various workers’ rights organizations, and has volunteered extensively with a grassroots organization of very low-income families in San Diego. She speaks Cantonese and English.

Charles Oshinuga, Staff Attorney

Bio coming soon!

Rental Assistance

Diana Villanueva-Hoeckley, Rental Assistance Program Director

Diana joined the EDC team in 2012. She received her B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish from Westmont College. Diana has been working with non-profits since 2008 and was an intern for Congresswoman Lois Capps. Diana is a long-time advocate for justice and human rights and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at University of San Francisco. She is fluent is Spanish.

Amy Price, Rental Assistance Manager

Amy Price joined the EDC in 2007. She is fluent in Spanish and has a background working with low-income clients. Amy worked with Head Start, Fox Vocational Services, the Agency for Independent Mobility and Children's Specialized Services.

Shephali Ides, Rental Assistance Coordinator

Shephali has over 20 years of nonprofit experience, working with families and children in San Francisco at such places as Edgewood Center for Children and Families and Wu Yee Children's Services. She has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development and is a certified legal assistant. Shephali volunteered at the Homeless Advocacy Project, another agency that works to prevent renters from becoming homeless.

Sandy Enriquez, Rental Assistance Coordinator

Sandy joined the EDC in January 2014 after working as a Volunteer Coordinator in Peru with a non-profit supporting women's artisan cooperatives. She has previously worked at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. She holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles with a focus on cultural studies. She speaks Spanish and loves working the EDC team. Her passion for social justice stems from her roots as a first-generation immigrant and feminist Latina.

Administrative

Anna Stephens, Administrator

Anna initially joined the EDC as volunteer legal intern while attending college. In 2009, she returned to the EDC as a part-time Administrative Assistant. In 2010, she became a full-time administrative staff member. She has an Associates Degree in Paralegal/Law Studies from City College of San Francisco. Her duties include payroll, paying bills, bookkeeping, and other admin duties. Anna is a native San Franciscan and is fluent in Spanish.

Charlie Fredrick, Training Programs Manager

Charlie Fredrick oversees the volunteer program and supports EDC's staff development. Prior to joining the Eviction Defense Collaborative, he was a Program Co-coordinator with the Mission SRO Collaborative where he developed tenant leadership programming centered around anti-oppression political education training for homeless and marginally housed people living in the Mission. Charlie is proud to have been raised by a single mother and to have come from a rural working poor background where he developed a strong sense of community and commitment to economic and gender justice. He is deeply committed to building the power of poor and working class communities and is thrilled to be on staff with the EDC where our direct legal defense work compliments the broad-base tenant organizing happening across the city.

Kevin Cevasco, Jesuit Volunteer

Kevin is participating in a year of service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), a national service program similar to AmeriCorps. Hailing from Rutherford, NJ, he graduated from Loyola University Maryland in May 2014 with a double major in Economics and Global Studies and a minor in Asian Studies. Having gone through eight years of Jesuit schooling and now volunteering for JVC, he strongly identifies with EDC's mission to promote social justice in the housing market.

Caroline Starr, Jesuit Volunteer

Bio coming soon!

Stephanie Stupakis, Lutheran Volunteer

Hello, my name is Stephanie Stupakis and I am a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC). It is through my affiliation with LVC I have been given the opportunity to start working with the Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC). So far the experience has been amazing and everyday I look forward to working with such a supportive and hardworking staff! As for a little bit about myself, I am originally from Seattle, Washington where I have spent a majority of my life. In the spring of the this year I graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology as well as Law, Societies, & Justice. Prior to working with the EDC, I interned with the Seattle Municipal Court's Probation Department as an assistant case manager. While growing up in Seattle was a great experience I was very excited to venture down the coast and get to know this city!

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