Charles Mason Jr.

Executive Director

Charles is the Executive Director of City Youth Now. Charles previously founded and served as CEO of  Ubuntu Green a Sacramento-based non-profit that focused on addressing environmental and social justice, as well inspiring youth and community leadership and engagement. Charles previously worked for AARP in CA and Washington, DC as a policy advocate focusing on transportation, housing and environmental issues.

Charles has previously working on Capitol Hill in the offices of Senator Barbara Boxer, and Congressman Pete Visclosky. He has advocated for the social equity, transportation justice,  and civil rights through work with Urban Habitat, the Surface Transportation Policy Project, and the NAACP. In addition he opened and directed the government affairs office in Washington, D.C. of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, supporting funding and educational and professional opportunities for students attending historically black universities. He brings considerable development, board, community engagement, and leadership experience to our team.

Charles received B.A. in Political Science from California State University: Long Beach and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the California State University Sacramento, Graduate School of Public Policy and Administration. Charles also attended the George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management, Howard University, and University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Mason is the father of two lovely children, Miles and Yemaya. He is active in running, yoga, gardening, reading, cycling, kayaking, and writing.

Audrey Rhodes, MSW

Program Manager

Audrey is delighted to be working as Program Manager at City Youth Now. She is passionate about empowering youth and creating effective support systems to set them up for successful lives. Audrey has experience working in foster care research, providing social-emotional support for children at low-income schools, and advocating for progressive criminal justice reform. She received her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University with a concentration in Public Policy, and earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco. In her spare time, she loves to adventure out in nature with her husband, and spend quality time with her rescue dog.

Audrey can be reached at audrey(at) or (415) 753-7576.

Alyssa is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Behavioral Health at the University of San Francisco. Originally from the greater Los Angeles area, Alyssa earned her BA in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University, and brings professional experience in youth counseling, special event coordination, and social marketing. Her passion points include serving the needs of at-risk youth and issues pertaining to representation of marginalized communities in broader culture. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys volunteering with animal-based causes and visiting local coffee shops and foodie spots.

Alyssa can be reached at alyssa(at) or (415) 753-7576.

Alyssa Santos

Program Coordinator

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