The Program: Our Staff

Our Staff

The Aaron Price Fellows Program is led by Executive Director Annie Lyles with the support of Program Manager Hien Ihde and Administrative Coordinator Alejandra Cordova.  Director of Strategic Initiatives Jennette Lawrence Shay collaborates with the team on alumni and fellows programming.

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Our Staff:

Annie Lyles, MSW | Hien Tran Ihde | Jennette Lawrence Shay

Annie Lyles, MSW

Executive Director

Annie Lyles is an alumna from the Class of 1994. Annie has been creating and leading youth development programs for almost twenty years. She has a BA in Social Policy from Northwestern University and a MSW from University of Washington with a concentration on social justice models in multi-ethnic practice. Prior to joining Price Philanthropies, Annie consulted for federal agencies, private foundations and local municipalities seeking to improve the lives of adolescents and their families. She also worked as a Youth Program Specialist for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Department and as a social worker at Clark Middle School in City Heights.

Annie enjoys exploring San Diego neighborhoods with her two young daughters and husband. She loves cooking and reading and doesn’t miss a chance to try new things. Her current passion is learning to make guisados (Mexican style stews) and she continues to curate an annual book list with great books by diverse authors. Someday she is going to learn to play the bongos.


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Annie Lyles, MSW

Executive Director

Annie Lyles is an alumna from the Class of 1994. Annie has been creating and leading youth development programs for almost twenty years. She has a BA in Social Policy from Northwestern University and a MSW from University of Washington with a concentration on social justice models in multi-ethnic practice. Prior to joining Price Philanthropies, Annie consulted for federal agencies, private foundations and local municipalities seeking to improve the lives of adolescents and their families. She also worked as a Youth Program Specialist for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Department and as a social worker at Clark Middle School in City Heights.

Annie enjoys exploring San Diego neighborhoods with her two young daughters and husband. She loves cooking and reading and doesn’t miss a chance to try new things. Her current passion is learning to make guisados (Mexican style stews) and she continues to curate an annual book list with great books by diverse authors. Someday she is going to learn to play the bongos.


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Hien Tran Ihde

Program Manager

Hien Tran Ihde is an alumna from the Class of 1999 and the Program Manager. Hien previously worked for the Aaron Price Fellows Program and at the San Diego VA Hospital in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services, before rejoining the Aaron Price Fellows team in 2016.

During her time as a Fellow, Hien developed extraordinary friendships, professional resources and an understanding of how a city works. She loves using her experiences and skills to help facilitate personal growth in the next generation of exceptional Fellows.

Hien and her husband are enjoying the adventures of parenthood with their two toddlers. She is thankful to call San Diego her home and in her spare time she loves to cook for family and friends.


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Hien Tran Ihde

Program Manager

Hien Tran Ihde is an alumna from the Class of 1999 and the Program Manager. Hien previously worked for the Aaron Price Fellows Program and at the San Diego VA Hospital in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services, before rejoining the Aaron Price Fellows team in 2016.

During her time as a Fellow, Hien developed extraordinary friendships, professional resources and an understanding of how a city works. She loves using her experiences and skills to help facilitate personal growth in the next generation of exceptional Fellows.

Hien and her husband are enjoying the adventures of parenthood with their two toddlers. She is thankful to call San Diego her home and in her spare time she loves to cook for family and friends.


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Jennette Lawrence Shay

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Jennette Lawrence Shay is an alumna from the Class of 1994 who joined the Aaron Price Fellows team in 2014 to support alumni and fellows programming. She has a BA from Cornell University and worked on political campaigns and in the U.S. Congress for Representatives Jay Inslee and Susan Davis. She then spent 10 years on the senior leadership team at Family Health Centers of San Diego, where she oversaw government and community relations and development.

Jennette and her husband have two toddlers, and she spends a lot of her free time these days at playgrounds and the San Diego Zoo. She loves to travel and ski with her family, and read good books when she finds a spare moment.


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Jennette Lawrence Shay

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Jennette Lawrence Shay is an alumna from the Class of 1994 who joined the Aaron Price Fellows team in 2014 to support alumni and fellows programming. She has a BA from Cornell University and worked on political campaigns and in the U.S. Congress for Representatives Jay Inslee and Susan Davis. She then spent 10 years on the senior leadership team at Family Health Centers of San Diego, where she oversaw government and community relations and development.

Jennette and her husband have two toddlers, and she spends a lot of her free time these days at playgrounds and the San Diego Zoo. She loves to travel and ski with her family, and read good books when she finds a spare moment.


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In addition to program staff, experienced facilitators provide mentorship and supervision at program events, including all overnight trips.

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    Mark Blackshear

    Mark is a Youth Mental Health Counselor at Fred Finch Youth Center. He has worked with the Aaron Price Fellows Program since 2014.

    Kasimu Harley, MFT

    Kasimu is licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a member of the Counseling Staff at Hoover High School. He has worked with the Aaron Price Fellows Program since its founding in 1991.

    Arlene Smith

    Arlene retired from a multi-decade career at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in 2014 and currently runs Village of Promise. Her son Dorian is an Aaron Price Fellows Alumni from the Class of 1998 and she has worked with the Aaron Price Fellows Program since 2004.

    Mark Blackshear

    Mark is a Youth Mental Health Counselor at Fred Finch Youth Center. He has worked with the Aaron Price Fellows Program since 2014.

    Kasimu Harley, MFT

    Kasimu is licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a member of the Counseling Staff at Hoover High School. He has worked with the Aaron Price Fellows Program since its founding in 1991.

    Arlene Smith

    Arlene retired from a multi-decade career at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in 2014 and currently runs Village of Promise. Her son Dorian is an Aaron Price Fellows Alumni from the Class of 1998 and she has worked with the Aaron Price Fellows Program since 2004.