DAVID KNIGHT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

David’s experience includes 15 years of non-profit management including 11 years in Community Action & Head Start management. He began his career in community action in Pikeville, KY as a business service representative under the WIA (Workforce Investment Act), then a special projects coordinator in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and then to Community Services Director under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). At the age of 29, David became the youngest executive director in Arkansas state history as the Executive Director for Pine Bluff Jefferson County EOC. David also worked with the National Association for Community Services Programs (NASCSP) out of Washington, D.C. as the Community Services Director for the entire US before becoming the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Hinds County Human Resource Agency in Jackson, Mississippi.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Social Work in August 2004 from the University of Mississippi. From there, David has completed over 300 hours of direct sales, leadership and marketing training; has over 150 hours of training in the Certified Community Action Management Program, and is a nationally certified Results Oriented Management & Accountability (ROMA) Master Trainer in which he trains Community Action Agencies all over the United States. He also holds a certificate in Public Management and Leadership from the Institute of Government at Jackson State University.

LAWRENCE HINER

TRAINING COORDINATOR

Lawrence has over 15 years of experience in Learning and Development with private and public clients. He has built leadership development programs with the California Department of Public Health, Public Utilities, Fortune 50 telecoms, large retail chains, and many others. He specializes in designing accountability-based learning experiences based on organizational goals. At CalCAPA, Lawrence coordinates the Training and Technical Assistance requirements of CSBG Eligible Entities with practical, cost-effective solutions. His primary focus is on modernizing the learning experience.

Lawrence lives with his two sons and enjoys playing co-ed soccer and experimenting in the kitchen. He travels internationally, favoring his wife’s native Columbia. He’s currently learning Spanish to better communicate at home and abroad.

ALORA MARTIN

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Alora joined the CalCAPA team in September of 2018. She is a seasoned Executive Assistant and also has a background in management and human resources. The poverty-fighting mission of CalCAPA and it’s member agencies resonates deeply with Alora and she is proud to be part of an organization that strives to better the world around it. In addition to her role as the Executive Assistant, Alora also manages the ‘Get Connected!’ grant for CalCAPA which promotes the adoption of affordable broadband service.

Outside of work, Alora volunteers with the Firefighters Burn Institute, the Honor Group, Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and many more. She also enjoys adventuring with her dog, Teddy, and is an avid country line dancer and two-stepper.

JONATHAN YANG

EVENTS & MARKETING MANAGER

Jonathan joined the CalCAPA team in October of 2019. He is excited to bring his 5 years of professional experience to our Community Action network. Previously, he was the lead organizer for HCON (Hmongmentum Convention), an annual conference aimed at empowering and building up young Hmong entrepreneurs. Before that he was the Strategy and Outcomes Analyst at Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Davis.

Jonathan is married to his lovely wife, Amy, and they have an energetic little dog named Dusty. He enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring new restaurants with his wife.