Our Staff

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Dan Seaver, Executive Journalist

Dan is the Executive Director and a co-founder of ManifestWorks and has built the organization from infancy in 2013. Dan oversees organizational strategy and partnerships, fundraising and new programming initiatives. After a career in journalism and government, Dan spent a decade as a youth advocate while volunteering with kids incarcerated in Los Angeles County. ManifestWorks is a response to that experience, a solution to the problem of system-impacted people blocked from their potential. He has a B.S. in communication from Northwestern University, and is a commissioner for the Los Angeles County Probation Department, and is married and has a daughter.

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Amy Amsterdam, Chief Operating Officer

Amy Amsterdam is the Director of Operations for ManifestWorks. Amy oversees all day-to-day operations for the organization as well as the development and instruction of the computer & technology component of ManifestWorks job training program.

Amy studied production management at CalArts. She has spent most of her career working in non-profit operations and community organizing. She lives in Los Angeles with her son, her husband and their very ornery dog.

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Adam Kroeger, Program Coordinator/instructor

ManifestWorks’ Workforce Development Program Manager, Adam oversees admissions and the job training program, working directly to guide participants on their professional journey. Adam is also a Captain in the Marine Corps, teaches acting and has worked as a set grip. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Classical Acting from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter, their dog, and cat.

 

Maya DeNola

Maya is our Social Services Program Manager. She is a  Licensed Forensic Social Worker with a passion for effecting change in our legal systems and holds a Masters degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Trauma and Recovery and a Bachelor in Social Work and Criminal Justice. Maya has over 15 years of experience in both Micro and Macro settings. In addition to ManifestWorks she also serves as the Director of Residents services at The Francisco Homes and is the owner of The Art of Anchoring - a Legal Mitigation consulting firm.

Maya's practice is anchored in collaborative, trauma-sensitive, harm-reduction models. She uses Mind-Body practices to enhance psycho-social healing and promote resiliency. In addition to her human-services passion, she is a life-long animal advocate and a board member of Sparky and the Gang Animal Rescue.