Who We Are

Pati Poblete | Executive Director

Pati Navalta Poblete is a longtime Bay Area journalist, serving as the Community Editor for the Vallejo Times-Herald, News Editor at the Alameda News Group, and Editorial Writer and Columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, where she was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for her editorial series on the need for foster care reform in California. She later worked as the Asia Regional Director for an international organization that works with national governments and intergovernmental agencies on shaping sustainability policies. She is the author of “The Oracles: My Filipino Grandparents of America” (2006, Heyday Books), and the author of the upcoming book, “A Better Place” (Nothing But the Truth Publishing), to be released in 2018. She is married to Cicero A. Estrella, and is the proud mother of two children, Robby and Julie.  She is committed to honoring them every day through The Robby Poblete Foundation.   

Leila G. Devine | Treasurer

  Leila G. Devine has served for 26 years with the federal government, 17 years as a Budget Analyst with the USDA Forest Service, and nine years as a Budget Analyst with the Social Security Administration.  She is an active member of the community, volunteering as a parent club member of the North Bay Athletic Gymnastic Association and the local high school athletic boosters.  As a native Vallejo resident, she brings a wealth of networking and community knowledge.  She's married to Robert J. Devine and is a mother of three children who are all products of Vallejo schools. She is committed to working with the foundation to ensure the foundation stays on track by monitoring the gun buyback program’s outputs and performance measures.  Leila looks forward to making positive changes in the community and is honored to serve and help with The Robby Poblete Foundation. “Together, we can make the change!”   

Levi Sumagaysay | Secretary

  Levi Sumagaysay, an immigrant who was raised in Vallejo, is a journalist. She has worked at the Vallejo Times-Herald, Alameda News Group and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She is now the editor of SiliconBeat, the award-winning technology news blog of the Mercury News, where she has worked in various writing and editing roles for the past two decades. She loves hiking, food, wine, books, husband Vernon Farley and daughter Eva, though not necessarily in that order.  

Mike Jory | Board Member

Mike Jory has been a resident of Solano County for almost 50 years, and has been observing life here as photojournalist, first in Fairfield and then for more than 30 years in Vallejo. He became involved with the Poblete family first as Pati Poblete’s co-worker at the Vallejo Times-Herald, and then as a family friend when everyone was growing up. Mike contributed the majority of photos on this website and is documenting the foundation's journey through his lens. People-watching is still one of his favorite pastimes.  

Sandy Navalta | Board Member

In 2000, Sandy Navalta began working at Northern California Grantmakers---a membership organization of grantmakers, foundations, and other corporate giving programs. She supported three collaborative funds: the Arts Loan Fund, the Emergency Fund Committee, and the Summer Youth Project. While managing the Summer Youth Project, she worked closely with over 60 funders and nearly 350 grantees. This gave her a unique perspective into the grant-making process, by applying for grants and approving grants. In 2004, she went on to work at the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation as the executive assistant to the president, where she stayed until 2010. She currently lives and works in San Francisco with her husband, Chris and their cat, Pepper.  

Roberto Rodriguez | Board Member

Roberto Rodriguez III proudly served in the U.S Navy as an Engineer from June 2006 to June 2012. Eager to assume his role as a father and husband, he moved to Vallejo, California from Virginia Beach, Virginia to begin his life as a civilian. Grateful for veteran benefits that provided a college education, Roberto completed a Paralegal program at Cal State University, East Bay in 2015. Currently, Roberto works as a Paralegal at Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young law firm in Napa, California.   In his free time, Roberto enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Jamelyn and two children, Jameson and Emma. Roberto also enjoys mentoring kids. He has participated in teaching kids the martial art of Judo and he loves to coach his son's basketball team as Roberto is an avid basketball player himself.     

Cicero A Estrella | Board Member

Cicero A. Estrella is a journalist who has covered news, sports and entertainment for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, and is currently an online producer for the Bay Area News Group. Cicero was raised in San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University. He was born in Manila, and has also lived in Vancouver and Honolulu. He is an avid music fan and rabid follower of the Warriors and Giants. His goal is to visit every continent and soak in as many cultures possible with his wife, Pati. 


John Burton

John Lowell Burton was Chairman of the California Democratic Party from April 2009 until May 2017. A professor of California Politics at San Francisco State University, he served in the California State Assembly (1965–74), in the U.S. House of Representatives (1974–83), in the State Assembly again (1988–96), and in the California State Senate (1996-2004) (representing the 3rd district). Burton is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is the founder of the John Burton Advocates for Youth and is serving as an advisor to RPF on its vocational program as it relates to foster youth.