Franklin Hysten has over 20 years of experience developing leaders in non-profit and public sector organizations. Currently, he is the Associate Director of On The Verge which trains and coaches leaders throughout California. Franklin is also the founder of Blaze Consulting Group where he designs transformative experiences for teams and individuals who strengthen communities for youth and families. His myriad professional roles integrate expertise in program management, facilitation, training, strategy, and systems design that push clients toward excellence in program design and execution.
Franklin graduated from Oakland schools and studied Sociology at Holy Names University. His early journey of community leadership has included membership of boards and commissions of civic and philanthropic organizations in California. He recently led the redesign of the the youth commission for the City of San Pablo. He consulted on the Black Led Organizations:ASCEND initiative for East Bay Community Foundation and was part of the facilitation team of the strategic planning process for The California Endowment. He was proud to be selected as a mentor for the My Brothers Keeper initiative with East Oakland Youth Development Center. This effort brought 14 young Black men to China to study Chinese culture and language at a university in Beijing.
Franklin is married to Jenjii Hysten and is father of two sons, Isaac and William. He is an ordained minister, an accomplished choir director and plays piano and Hammond organ.
CEO & Founder
Jenjii Hysten is an advocate, teacher, student, facilitator, and a voice for the voiceless with over 20 years experience in the education and human services arenas. She provides coaching and technical assistance to build the capacity of several education and youth development organizations throughout the Bay Area. For the past 3 years, she has provided training and coaching to support resident service divisions of major public housing developers throughout the state of California. She was the founding Executive Director of Saving Our Sisters, Saving Our Selves, a youth development program that was invited to schools in four school districts and served over 400 girls. As Dean of Students at a charter school, Jenjii was responsible for designing and supervising a Care Management program to support the holistic needs of the whole child. Jenjii’s passion for community has pushed her to contribute to many efforts that aim to make communities more equitable, loving and just.
She is recognized as a “community Pastor” in one respected leader’s writing. As a coach, she can quickly assess complex organizational issues and develop creative solutions for problems. She is gifted in utilizing the power of metaphors and storytelling to connect program challenges to theoretical frameworks. Jenjii is a great cook and enjoys biking, reading, and exploring new places with her husband and two sons.
Bachelor of Art, Interdisciplinary Studies (Urban Economic Development), UC Berkeley
Compass Point Executive Director certificate
Bianca Ortiz-Pallen is a recent college graduate who attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA where she earned honors in Political Science and Philosophy. In addition to her studies, Bianca was voted Co-captain on her D1 Varsity Rugby team during their 2019-2020 season.
Growing up, Bianca spent most of her time contributing to her family’s martial arts school, Pallen’s Martial Arts. Pallen’s Martial Arts has been serving the Bay Area community for 50 years with programs in San Leandro, Dublin, and Union City. Bianca has served a pivotal role at the martial arts school and has been an instructor since she was thirteen. As an instructor, Bianca was responsible for teaching the curriculum as well as maintaining the focus and well-being of the students. This experience of working with Bay Area youth has initiated her passion to continue serving the community that has built her to be the young woman she is today.
Bachelor of Art, Political Science, Central Washington University