BOARD MEMBERS + STAFF
JORDAN LANGER / FOUNDER
Over the last 10 years, Jordan Langer has helped shape the flourishing San Francisco event and nightlife scene. His largest and most successful company to date, Non Plus Ultra, features some of the city’s most historic and noteworthy event spaces and operates on the premise of always doing good and giving back to the community. From this daily business mindset came the idea for Project Wreckless, a youth development program targeting at-risk youth designed to have a significant, meaningful, and lasting positive impact on each participant. Originally from New York, Jordan has made San Francisco his home during this last decade. He is a husband (see below), a father of two wonderful boys, and a true gear head through and through.
LEANNE CONSTANCE LANGER / BOARD MEMBER
Leanne Langer is a Board Member for Project Wreckless. She is an experienced People Operations leader with over ten years of experience in the financial, social, and media software industries. She is the founder of a human resources software platform that delivers insightful and inspiring employee experiences. Her passion is empowering teams to deliver results that delight and engage. With her corporate background, she provides the necessary structure and discipline to ensure the effectiveness of the Project Wreckless program. She is excited to create a community experience in our workshop that inspires our youth to be the best that they can be.
RYAN AGAMIE MELCHIANO / BOARD MEMBER
Ryan Melchiano is a Board Member of Project Wreckless. He has a BFA from the California College of Arts and a minor in photography from Penn State University. He has lived in Brazil, China and Mexico, where he helped build a local health clinic in Chacala. Some of his other community work includes two years with the San Francisco Conservation Corps where he taught youth to acquire their GED. He was also a mentor with Silicon Valley Talent Partnership. He worked with immigrant minority small business owners to develop affordable marketing plans. He currently serves on the San Jose City College Advisory Board.
ALEX AQUINO / BOARD MEMBER
Alex was born and raised in San Francisco. He has been intensely involved with lifestyle and hip-hop culture in the Bay Area. He is involved with Taking It To The Streets, helping homeless youth, the Haight Ashbury Merchant Association and he’s a Board Member with the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council. He became an event and club promoter in Northern California and established a management company. He has managed various artist and turntablist. He founded the International Turntablist Federation, with chapters in 22 countries. As co-founder of hip-hop.com and a partner of Ankh Marketing. He is recognized as a Bay Area hip-hop pioneer for his early involvement and organizing many early hip-hop events. He is a partner and co-owner of Black Scale Clothing Brand and a proud father. Alex’s is passionate about classic cars, giving back to his community and excited to be a part of the Project Wreckless team. He wants to help change the lives of at-risk youth in San Francisco.
JESSICA CHAPLIN BROWNING /
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Jessica builds and sustains Project Wreckless’ individual, foundation and corporate giving in support of organizational goals. She has eight years of experience raising funds and awareness for high-growth nonprofit organizations. Prior to Project Wreckless, Jessica founded Women’s March Sacramento where she worked to close gender, racial and economic divides for all Bay Area women and grew and diversified the organization’s revenue stream. Prior to her nonprofit and activism work, Jessica worked as a user experience expert and researcher creating meaningful user insights and building award-winning consumer products and technology. Jessica is passionate about connecting donors to the transformative work of Project Wreckless and utilizing her design skills to build collaborative relationships, drive change and enhance organizational effectiveness. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and serves on the PAC committee of the SF Women’s Political Committee.
TORI FREEMAN / PROGRAM MANAGER
Tori Freeman is the Program Manager for Project Wreckless. She is a fourth generation San Franciscan who has been working with at-risk youth and adults since high school. Tori grew up in the Bayview and has a B.A. from Mills College. She volunteers on the Community Police Advisory Board for the Bayview, San Francisco Police Department. She is a volunteer mediator for Community Boards and is a panelist for the District Attorney’s Neighborhood Courts program. Tori is a former Board Member of Breast Cancer Action, the India Basin Neighborhood Association and Miraloma Cooperative Nursery School. Her favorite things about Project Wreckless are working with the amazing youth and helping with fundraising.
LUD / LEAD MECHANIC
Ludwig Dawson, is a mechanic and instructor at Project Wreckless. He grew up in Washington State. He has been involved in the automotive industry since he was a kid. At the age of five he remembers helping his dad change the breaks on an old Volkswagen bug. He was drawn to working on cars from that moment on. He loves the puzzle aspect of working on cars. A few decades ago he started specializing in transmissions. He has years of knowledge and experience and wants to share that with others. He appreciates the curiosity and desire to learn that the Project Wreckless youth bring each clinic.