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Leadership Team

The United Effort Organization is women-founded and volunteer-run. 

Our leaders bring diverse backgrounds and experiences, united in our commitment to eliminate inequities across gender, race, ethnic and economic lines. We also strive to address technological barriers by developing self-service tools so that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Board Member, Chief Operating Officer & Founder

Claire Hubel

Claire first remembers being concerned about a homeless person at the age of 8, and this concern has persisted ever since. Before volunteering for The United Effort Organization, she volunteered for many other organizations over the years, including Hope's Corner in Mountain View.

Through her volunteer work, she has met a wonderful and diverse population of unhoused people who have enriched her life with their spirit, determination, friendship, and humor.

Board Member, President & Founder

Wei Qun E

Wei is passionate about improving the quality of life for people in need. She believes everyone should have stable housing, nutritious food, access to behavioral health services.

She is an attorney, a LifeLine phone agent, and a volunteer.

Board Member & Founder

Julie Wang

Julie applies her experience in software and database system design to develop tools for improving work efficiency. She volunteers to help people in need.

Board Member

Dave Atkins

Prior to working with The United Effort, Dave began volunteering at Hope's Corner in Mountain View in 2015, and he has since enjoyed working with interesting people from all walks of life.

He is a lifelong resident of the South Bay, a proud graduate of several local schools (Castro Elementary, Graham Junior High, Los Altos High, UC Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University School of Law) and an attorney with the Social Security Administration. He is also an intense soccer fan (YNWA!) and an avid open water swimmer.

Board Member

Tracy Jiang

Tracy Jiang is a product manager at Google with over twenty years of industry experience serving both product management and engineering roles.

Outside of work, she served as marketing lead for a non-profit microfinancing organization for five years and helped support many small businesses run by people in poverty. She is passionate in applying her skills to volunteer work and helping people lead a better life.

Board Chairman

Mike Patrick

Mike Patrick is a retired Silicon Valley corporate attorney. He worked at the firm of Fenwick & West for thirty years, representing high tech companies.

Mike is currently Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Environmental Volunteers, also a Palo Alto based non-profit. Mike was previously Co-President of Palo Alto based non-profit La Comida.

Board Member

Li Zhang

Li is a senior manager at Tesla Inc. She moved to Mountain View in 2001 after she obtained her Ph. D. in computational chemistry. And very soon she fell in love with the city for its diversity and inclusiveness. Throughout her education and career, she has focused on utilizing technology for innovative and breakthrough solutions to many societal challenges. She has been a force in bringing all parties together to create realistic and pragmatic solutions for extremely complicated problems.

Li felt deep sadness when she learnt the severity of the homeless issue during her 2022 MV city council election. She believes that nobody should be unhoused. And it needs to be a community effort to help one individual or family at a time. She wants to use her organization skills through the years in volunteering with Boy Scouts, School District to serve the homeless population. 

Chief Financial Officer

Jarad Backlund

Jarad has worked for 20 years in corporate finance holding leadership roles at large tech companies, most recently acting as a startup CFO. Jarad and his family (wife Stephanie and two young boys) have lived and served in the Mountain View community since 2016. One of Jarad's biggest passions is helping others worry less about money or get into a more permanent living situation, and he cares deeply about helping others achieve their financial goals.

Chief Marketing Officer

Shari Kipp

Shari is a versatile marketing professional with >25 years in medical technology and diagnostics companies. Shari enjoys helping others and is most proud of her involvement in 2 CMS National Coverage Decisions directly opening patient access to vital clinical monitoring devices. Shari and her family live in San Jose where she has volunteered in many organizations that build strong communities, including serving on the board of the South Valley Family YMCA.

Chief Technology Officer

Trevor Shannon

Trevor left the local tech workforce to be a full-time parent. He cares greatly about housing equity and volunteers his time to improve his community through technology.