Our Team

Jocelyn Graf
Jocelyn Graf

Jocelyn brings together teams of technical experts, finds funding, and facilitates people-oriented tech projects. Her international experience includes stints at HSBC Bank in Mexico and Samsung in Korea. Engineer, activist, entrepreneur, and educator, Jocelyn enjoys connecting people with resources for their success. Jocelyn earned a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Evan Ruiz
Evan Ruiz
Director of Training & Talent Development

Evan combines her background in education and program design with skills in research and project management. She leads Proficia's development of training programs for upskilling job seekers and incumbent workers through on-the-job learning. Evan has a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Matthew Drake
Ricardo Alonzo-Ugalde
Director of Engineering

Ricardo leads Proficia’s social enterprise in engineering services, specializing in embedded systems design and programming for robotics for the entertainment sector. He designed and teaches Proficia’s electronics technician training program and leads our residency for undergraduate engineering students. Ricardo has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Los Angeles.

Sebastian DeVivo
Lead Researcher

Sebastian brings a focus on social impact. He has fifteen years of experience in economic development, including business development, workforce development, youth opportunities, and veterans assistance. He earned his PhD and MA from Stanford University, and a BA magna cum laude in Liberal Studies from California State University, Los Angeles.

Matthew Drake
Matthew Drake
Mobile Developer

Matthew draws upon media and marketing expertise to design and develop for the web and mobile. His experience leading large technical teams at Yahoo and other software companies informs his ability to interview and select software developers.

Anthony Sifuentes
Mechanical Engineer

Anthony provides our engineering team with expertise in mechanical design and modeling, and teaches our Solidworks and other computer-aided drafting courses.

Eduardo Pineda
Electrical & CNC Technician

Eduardo brings experience in community college Career & Technical Education (CTE) administration with low-voltage electrical skills. He recruits trainee candidates for Proficia, teaches 3D printing and laser cutting, and performs rapid prototyping for our engineering team. He is apprenticing in CAD/CAM and project management skills.

Sebastian Roldan Gomez
Financial Analyst

Sebastian maintains Proficia’s financial records for program evaluation.

Our Advisors

Severin Leonard
Severin Leonard
Data Scientist

Sev’s expertise encompasses machine learning and data science, full-stack software development, and hardware development. His consulting is informed by his his successes at Intel and working on his own tech startup. Sev is enthusiastic about empowering people to use data for good.

Matthew Drake
Mackenzie Bristow
Educational Administration

Mackenzie has a knack for leading people, guiding them to maximize their skills and learn something new. She can grow an organization aggressively without leaving its people behind, winning her enthusiastic followers. She builds alliances across departments and helps people from diverse cultures connect and communicate through her work at Emory University.