Forward Steps Staff
Sabrina Huffaker, Executive Director
“It is our responsibility to help inspire youth to dream, to achieve, and to know that they have the power to create their own new experiences so they can enjoy that wonderful feeling of accomplishment and pride.”
As an active participant in the community, Sabrina Huffaker has spent the last several years working to assist Colorado and international youth in creating a better future. By educating herself about the Foster Care system, Sabrina was able to develop the idea and business plan behind Forward Steps’ youth offering. She has been instrumental in the creation of the Forward Steps mission, and is thrilled to be able to assist Foster Care alumni in her home state.
After getting a B.S. in Business and spending several years in the business world, Sabrina decided her efforts were better spent enabling the youth of the world. She began by volunteering her time to numerous organizations including Kenyan Children Foundation and Attention Homes, as well as attending a multitude of conferences including National Youth Resource Center’s Pathways to Adulthood conference and National Independent Living Association’s Growing Pains conference.
Julia Goldstein, Director of Development
Julia Goldstein joined Forward Steps in September of 2016 and oversees all of the organization’s fundraising initiatives. Julia brings a wealth of development experience accrued over 15 years in New York City’s nonprofit sector and through which has cultivated a passion for connecting people with the capacity to make a difference with meaningful causes.
Immediately prior to her move to Colorado, she served as the Director of Special Events for CancerCare where she raised over $1.5 million through the organization’s fundraising events. Previously, she served as the Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives at Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Director of Special Events for Selfhelp Community Services, Director of the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO), in addition to positions at UJA-Federation of New York, Israel Policy Forum and at the Brain & Behavioral Research Foundation.
Born in St. Petersburgh, Russia (then the Soviet Union), Julia and her family moved to the United States in 1989 after being granted political refugee status. She remains deeply indebted to the advocates and philanthropists who worked for her release from the Soviet Union and for the incredible support provided by a multitude of organizations and agencies before, during and after her three-month journey to the United States. Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts in History at Hofstra University. She lives in Boulder with her husband and very presidential pup, Jefferson.
Andrea Righi, Student Development Manager
Having grown up in the Pittsburgh area, Andrea Righi made her way out to Colorado after graduating college…just to try something new. Throughout her adolescence and into adulthood, Andrea had always been drawn to working with young people. She had incredible mentors investing their time and energy into her as well. She knew that she had the ability to make as much of an impact on other young people as what had been made on her by mentors over the years.
In 2005, Andrea accepted a position as an AmeriCorps Member to serve the youth engaged in the Chafee Program with Boulder County. Andrea quickly discovered her passion for working with young people aging of the foster care system in Colorado, and she has continued to serve this population for several years.
Andrea completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 2010 and continues to invest in the lives of as many people that cross her path.