Our Staff


Renato_03bRENATO PAIVA

Executive Director

Renato came to San Diego to join Access Youth Academy in May of 2007 after previously serving as Assistant Coach at Harvard University and USC. Originally from Brazil, Paiva competed as Brazilian Junior Champion and a top junior in South America. He represented his home country on the national team as its captain, and graduated from Ruy Barbosa University with a business degree.

In 2010, Paiva was named Development Coach of the Year by U.S. Squash, and was honored as 2011 Coach of the Year by the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports in Washington, DC. He has overseen the development of squash on the West Coast, serving as California Junior Squash Team Coach, winning five consecutive urban squash team titles and leading the only urban squash squad to compete in the prestigious U.S. High School Squash Nationals at Yale University, obtaining the #11th ranking in the nation (Access Youth Academy in 2011 and 2012).


Jason TuckerJason Tucker

Jason joined Access Youth Academy in May 2017 to oversee all of our fund development activities. He came to us from Ocean Discovery Institute, another local nonprofit that works with underserved students in the City Heights community. With nonprofit experience as both a manager of donor relationships and a fundraising database administrator, Jason brings a deep knowledge of grant writing and coordination, as well as data management and analysis. A lifelong San Diegan, Jason earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University with a double major in Music Education and Spanish. Before his career as a nonprofit professional, Jason spent eight years as an educator in both traditional and online charter schools, giving him a deep passion for service to at-risk students and their families.
When he’s not overseeing Access Youth Academy’s fundraising efforts or building relationships with current and potential donors, you might catch Jason around town playing flamenco guitar as an accompanist for many of San Diego’s flamenco dance studios!

Danielle PrinceDanielle Prince

Operations Director

Danielle joined Access Youth Academy in August 2016. She came to us from SeaWorld San Diego where she was a performer and show producer for SeaWorld’s animal shows including Shamu, and the Dolphin, Sea Lion, and Otter venues. She also produced for park wide events such as the Halloween Spooktacular, Viva la Musica, Summer Vibes and Christmas Celebration. In addition to these live events, Danielle created presentations for select marketing events and managed the shows operations team. She received her Bachelor Degree in Theater Arts from California State University, Long Beach.

During the early years of Access Youth Academy, Danielle mentored the first class of students that are now graduating from College. She is excited to return to Access in the new role of Operations Director. She will be overseeing programs, office needs and event coordination.


Conor Robinson

Academic Coordinator 

Conor Robinson joined Access Youth Academy in July 2017. Upon graduating from Yale with a degree in English and an unofficial minor in intramural sports, Conor joined the Teach For America Los Angeles corps. He was the founding Resource Specialist at Jose A. Castellanos Elementary School, a dual-language (English-Spanish) immersion school operated by Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in LA’s Salvadoran Corridor. After working as a classroom teacher in Los Angeles, Conor provided teacher training and other support services to schools and education nonprofits in Cambodia, Uganda, Ghana, Colombia, Ecuador, and Guatemala. Conor is passionate about empowering underserved students to help others and change the world.


yuri franca

Squash Coach 

Yuri Franca first joined Access Youth Academy in June 2013. He came to us after a successful career as a top junior and professional player in South America. Founder Yuri Squash in 2008, service provider specializing in promotion health, wellness and quality of life through exercise. He worked on developing individual training, organizing clinics/workshop and tournaments. He was able to train the best juniors and professional players in Brazil.

In 2016 he stood out as one of the best urban squash coaches after winning two consecutive urban squash team titles. He was named to work as a head coach for the Nusea Summer Squads at Stanford and Deerfield.

ERIC MALO

eric malo

Squash Coach & College Coordinator 

Before working with Access Youth Academy as our college coordinator, Eric got a first hand experience of what it was like to be a student in the program. After 6 years of programming, Eric is now in college and working hand-in-hand with the Access Team to keep a firm connection with our college students. As a national champion, Eric and his team had the opportunity to travel across the country to compete in several tournaments along the west coast, stemming out of San Diego into the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and even further to places like Boston and New York. Eric plans on practicing the sport of squash throughout his studies and hopes that more people become aware of it so the squash community continues to grow in size.


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