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Like so many Youth ALIVE! staffers, Finance Assistant Jackie Quintanilla finds motivation in her love of Oakland. She wants to do what she can to make her native city a better place. All her life, she’s been a kind of Oakland nomad. Born in West Oakland, her family soon moved to East Oakland, then eventually back to West Oakland, on Chester Street. Nowadays she lives in the Dimond. Jackie joined the team at Youth ALIVE! after several years working at Catholic Charities of the East Bay. She enjoys problem-solving, which is a good thing for a finance assistant at a nonprofit to enjoy. She says she loves Oakland for its diversity and its friendly people who treat you like family, whether you encounter them in a shop or at the flea market or walking around Lake Merritt. She’s happy to be working at a nonprofit like Youth ALIVE!, where she feels like she’s doing something for her town, for the place where her family lives, the place where she’s raising her son. “I’m all about Oakland,” she says.