Dr. Faye McNair-Knox, long- time resident of East Palo Alto (EPA), is the Executive Director of One East Palo Alto (OEPA) Neighborhood Improvement Initiative, a youth-focused, community-based intermediary and 501(c)(3) nonprofit which works to build resilience among and develop leadership potential of EPA youth and young adults in greatest need and their families. During nonprofit executive director assignments held since 1998, she has worked tirelessly to revitalize East Palo Alto by leading numerous collaborative ventures including Start Up, a nonprofit micro-business initiative, as well as numerous OEPA project such as the East Palo Alto Crime Reduction Task Force, East Palo Alto Digital Village, Sponsored Employment Program, East Palo Alto Behavioral Health Advisory Group, Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success collaborative of youth-serving agencies, East Palo Alto Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and more. A 1988 Fulbright Senior Scholar with four degrees from Stanford University, including a Ph.D. in Education, Dr. McNair-Knox has been the recipient of numerous honors recognizing her significant role in improving the quality of life in East Palo Alto. In addition to being named the California 21st District’s Woman of the Year in 2010, she was previously honored by Hewlett-Packard as a Bronze Level Sponsor Honoree at the 2003 National Philanthropy Day and inducted into Stanford University’s Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001. Dr. McNair-Knox was also chosen to participate in the inaugural class of the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2001 and selected to complete a year-long program as a Fellow in Class XV of the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley from 2003-2004. Through her work leading efforts to improve the social, physical, spiritual and economic health of the community, she gives hope and creates opportunity for the next generation in East Palo Alto.