Board of Directors

John Burton


John Burton served in the California State Assembly from 1965 until 1974, in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1974 until 1983, in the California State Assembly again from 1988 until 1996, and in the California State Senate from 1996 until 2004. His passionate advocacy on behalf of foster youth led to the founding of the nonprofit organization that bears his name, which has helped transform the child welfare system and improved the lives of foster youth all across the State of California.

Rick Mariano


A longtime Bay Area resident, Rick Mariano is sole proprietor of a regional real estate brokerage and development firm. His work includes the acquisition and development of 30 acres of land in Oakland in partnership with Holliday Development, acquisition/asset management of industrial properties in Signal Hill and Santa Fe Springs, and renovation and operation of several hotels in San Francisco. His nonprofit experience is wide ranging, including service for many years as vice-president and exclusive pro bono real estate broker and facilities developer for the Delancey Street Foundation.

Tina Thomas

Board Member

Over Tina Thomas’ accomplished 30-year career, Tina has been recognized as one of the State’s leading environmental and land use attorneys. Although she is a renowned attorney and author, Tina’s work extends beyond the traditional role of attorney, as she regularly performs pro bono, volunteer work and serves as a board member for a number of local nonprofits such as Loaves and Fishes, Cottage Housing, Serna Village, WIND Youth Center, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and several others groups that serve foster youth and other populations in need.

Kathleen Van Osten

Board Member

Kathleen Van Osten has worked successfully at the State level for 28 years and the last 15 lobbying the Legislature, Governor’s Office and Administration and every Constitutional office. She has successfully advocated on behalf of corporate, municipal and nonprofit clients. Ms. Van Osten served 13 years in the California legislative arena prior to joining the lobbying arena in 1998. Ms. Van Osten has also served as a consultant to the Rand Corporation, providing research and writing services for Rand California, an online source of information on matters pertaining to public policy and economics in California.