Our Team

C. Phillip Powell
Chief Executive Officer
650.779.5001   |   phillip@peninsulacollegefund.org

Corbett Phillip Powell is a native of San Francisco, CA. Phillip has served the city of San Francisco in many capacities, including serving on Mayoral Advisory Committees, nonprofit Boards of Directors, as a Commissioner, and as an Arbitrator. In recognition of Phillip’s years of service and dedication to the city of San Francisco and Bay Area, he has received several honors and awards by organizations, including the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Senator Nancy Skinner, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. He is a magna cum laude honors graduate of Fisk University located in Nashville, TN where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Religion, and Philosophy. Phillip furthered his studies at the University of Memphis in Tennessee – Cecil Humphrey Law School Pre-Law Program, and abroad at Estudio Sampere in Salamanca Spain. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco with magna cum laude honors. He has over a decade of nonprofit experience as a consultant, executive, funder, and manager, working with the Emeryville Education Foundation, Meritus College Fund, Emeryville Unified School District, among others. Phillip joined the Peninsula College Fund as CEO in January of 2015.



Lon Saavedra
Development Director
650-779-5002   |   lon@peninsulacollegefund.org

Lon Saavedra moved to California from Washington, D.C. to become the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations for the Stanford Medical Center. He also served as the Director for the Western United States for Smithsonian Institutions first capital campaign to construct the National Museum of the American Indian, the 18th Museum of the Smithsonian. Lon was recruited by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to establish the independent foundation that restored a deteriorating city park and federal low income housing site to become a historic jewel of Japan here on the West Coast; Hakone Estate and Gardens. As the Founding CEO of the Hakone Foundation, he oversaw the restoration of the oldest Japanese estate, cultural retreat center and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Since that time Lon has been a Senior Philanthropy Strategist advising boards and CEOs on the full spectrum of Advancement and strategic operations. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Colorado State University, graduated from Regis Jesuit and attended Georgetown University Law Center's Federal Legislative & Administrative Law Clinic.



Denise Villamil
Director of Internship Program Services
650.727.6563   |   denise@peninsulacollegefund.org

Denise Villamil joins PCF after 15 years in program design/evaluation, relationship building, and management development within the corporate and non-profit sectors. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in developing diverse workforces’ personal and professional development, and consulting organizations in program management and strategic direction. She has a passion for helping individuals realize their career aspirations and highest personal potential. Denise graduated magna cum laude in Business Management from National University. A native Californian, Denise enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and giving back to the community through volunteering her time and talents to various non-profit organizations.



Katharine "Katie" Bettendorf
Program Coodinator
650-779-5433   |   katie@peninsulacollegefund.org

Katie Bettendorf moved to sunny California to earn a Master’s in Linguistics from UC Davis. Previously, she graduated as a Presidential Scholar of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish, with minors in International Relations and TESOL. In between her studies, Katie worked abroad teaching English where she developed a passion for understanding how language, learning, and culture are intertwined. That passion was enhanced during her time at UC Davis, where her studies and research reframed her interests with goals of social justice and equity in learning.



Yadira Antonio
Program Coodinator
650-779-5433    |   yadira@peninsulacollegefund.org

Yadira M. Antonio is a native of San Jose, CA. Prior to joining PCF, she's worked as a college adviser fellow for UC Berkeley's Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC). As a fellow, she worked assisting minority, first-generation and low-income students of color with the college application process. Yadira graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. While at USC, Yadira continued to pursue her interest in education and also discovered her passion for immigration policy. Yadira is passionate about assisting and supporting school staff, students, parents and communities in order to increase students’ academic attainment.