Office: (415) 333-4922 ext. 104
Ollie joined San Francisco Hillel's professional staff in June 2014 after previously serving on its Board of Directors as governance chair. Since assuming the role of Executive Director, Ollie has spearheaded Hillel's efforts to create vibrant Jewish life at USF, UC Hastings and UCSF, while maintaining our traditionally strong base at SF State. Ollie is very active in the Bay Area Jewish community, where he recently sat on the Jewish Community Federation's Board of Directors as a board observer, served in the Federation's Fed Fellows program, and served on the Jewish Community Relations Council's metropolitan council. Professionally, Ollie worked for many years as a lawyer (primarily at the international law firm Duane Morris) representing corporate and technology clients, before founding and running a medical device company. In his free time he loves soccer, yoga and skiing.
Student Experience Architect
Office: (415) 333-4922 ext. 105
Sasha Presley's experience as a student and leader at San Francisco State University inspired her drive for creating inclusive Jewish spaces. As a part of Hillel International's Springboard Fellowship, Sasha is ready to learn and apply design thinking methodology to her mentorship of SF Hillel's graduate campuses at UC Hastings and UCSF. If you're looking to learn more about Hillel's resources in our graduate communities, Sasha is the best person to help. When she isn't with students, you can find her taking West Coast Swing dance classes, frantically applying for the daily Hamilton lottery, or enjoying a mint chocolate latte with friends at Home Cafe.
Office: (415) 333-4922 ext. 101
Sasha, a Bay Area native and local San Franciscan for the past 22 years, brings experience from a variety of non-profits to her role as the Office Manager at SF Hillel. When she's not at Hillel, she can be found teaching aqua-fit at a nearby gym, doing karaoke, or watching Star Wars with her friends and feline children Maggie and Munki. She would choose Han Solo over Luke Skywalker, any day.
Rachel Nilson Ralston
Associate Executive Director
Office: (415) 333-4922 ext. 103
Rachel Nilson Ralston first became connected with SF Hillel as a curious undergrad at SF State, where she was a passionate student leader for social justice issues. Rachel was drawn in by the opportunities at Hillel to pursue dialogue around Israel-Palestine and build welcoming campus communities for Jews from interfaith families/relationships. Rachel loved SF Hillel so much she never left, transitioning from student to staff in 2011. As the Associate Executive Director, she’s focused on empowering students and Hillel’s professional team to create fun, experimental and inclusive Jewish experiences together. When she’s not at Hillel, you can likely find Rachel hiking the California coast, wine tasting, or eating burritos with Ricky (her husband and adventure buddy.)