Our Leadership Team

At Mustard Seed Project, our leadership team is composed of individuals who deeply care about combating chronic homelessness, donating their time and embodying our mission to make the organization what it is today.

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Martin K. Arceo, Project Developer

Martin started the project as a sophomore student at UC Riverside, working street outreach and holding seminars on the state of homelessness in the community. His role in the organization is to create an agenda, establish goals and performance standards, and control the affairs of and activities of the officers. Martin graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Environmental Systems from UC San Diego. Martin also currently works as Programs Director at Uplift San Diego.


Hanna began volunteering with MSP at the beginning of 2019 when they participated in San Diego County's annual PIT Count. She  joined the UC San Diego chapter's board as Design Chair in the spring of 2019, and held this position for 2 years. Currently, she is serving as MSP's Director of Operations. Hanna's role at MSP includes maintaining  meeting records, facilitating team communication, and managing administrative tasks. Hanna graduated UCSD with a degree in Physiology & Neuroscience, currently applying to medical school, and hoping to pursue a career in neurology.

Hanna Hovren

Director of Operations


Erikka first joined MSP as a regular volunteer, working her way up through dedication and passion for the organization’s mission. Her role at the MSP is to establish the overall strategy behind data collection, storage, and management. Erikka graduated UCSD with a  Bioinformatics Major (Bio Dept) and a minor in Computer Science at UC San Diego. Erikka now works as a software engineer at Illumina

Erikka Linn

Director of Data and Analysis


Hannah joined the organization as a regular volunteer, working with Martin to create the Volunteer Service Navigation program. She is responsible for managing schedules and all operations of volunteer service navigators, as well as  establishing service navigation guidelines and performance standards. Hannah is currently a 4rd year Biochemistry and Cell Biology Major at UC San Diego, with an interest in social work.

Hannah Rishik

Co-Director of Service Navigations


Antoinette’s first experience with homelessness in her community is with MSP, where she joined as a friend of Martin’s. Her role in the organization is to audit monthly and annual spending, as well as approve yearly budgets. Antoinette graduated UC Santa Barbara, where she got her B.A. in Economics and Accounting. She currently works at Ernst & Young, LLP as a Mobility Staff in Peoples Advisory Services.


Seti joined MSP as a Social Chair for the San Diego State University (SDSU) chapter, transitioning into her current alumni position. She manages MSP’s social media - website, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram - as well as writes monthly newsletter and coordinates consistent branding across all social platforms. Seti graduated SDSU with a B.S. in Public Health, and is now pursuing her Masters degree in the same field at UC Los Angeles.


Julia joined MSP as a general member for the San Diego State University (SDSU) chapter, and later would serve as their Volunteer Coordinator. Currently, she is the Co-Director of Service Navigation. She oversees all of the Volunteer Service Navigation programs at the chapters, Additionally, she is responsible for making community connections for each chapter, including connections with organizations to conduct outreach with, as well as partners for our Service Navigation program. Julia is a graduate from SDSU, and currently is the executive assistance for  Housing on Merit (HOM) and hopes to become a lawyer within the social work field.

Antoinette Nguyen

Director of Finance

Seti Akhavan

Director of Publicity

Julia George

Co-Director of  Service Navigation

Tina's first experience with homelessness in her community was with MSP, where she joined as a friend of Seti’s. Tina is responsible for creating the designs and graphics for the organization, managing the design committee, and reporting on design updates and social media outreach. Tina graduated UC Los Angeles, with a B.A. in Sociology, and is currently pursuing a career in dentistry.

Tina Lavaf

Director of Content Creation


He joined MSP as a regular volunteer at UC San Diego, working his way up to an Outreach Coordinator to his current position. Quoc is responsible for creating project-level fundraising campaigns, establishing fundraising infrastructure between chapters, as well as writing grants. Quoc graduated Uc San Diego with a B.A. in Economics. He is currently working as an Emergency Medical Technician to pursue a career in medicine.

Quoc Nguyen

Director of Fundraising

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Committee Members

Our Committee Members work alongside their respective directors. They are composed of individuals who continuously demonstrate  our values; Respect, Community, Access, Excellence, and Accountability, with a common goal to serve and support our unhoused neighbors.

Admin Committee

Fundraising Committee

Martin Arceo

Hanna Hovren

Erikka Linn

Quoc Nguyen

Chapter Operations

Esther Abraham

Martin Arceo

Julia George

Khyri Jones

Erikka Lin

Hannah Rishik

Rebecca Rodriguez

Rose Ty

Martin Arceo

Kaitlyn Ngo

Quoc Nguyen

Adele Tong

Volunteer Service Navigation Committee


Alysha Ali

Martin Arceo

C'yana Boone-Nelson

Julia George​

Hanna Hovren

Gabii LeGate

Erikka Lin

Sun Lu

Hanna Rishik

Canwin Tso

Casey Villamor

Marketing Committee

Seti Akhavan

Tina Lavaf

Ivy Kim

Realiza Rodriguez

Quoc Nguyen