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Meet Our Team


Zachary Pan


Hi, I'm Zachary Pan! I am a junior at Lynbrook High School. I joined HEVI to help the environment and provide jobs for houseless volunteers as I always want to help others. In my free time, I enjoy playing violin and badminton, caring for my guinea pigs, and solving math problems.

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David Jin


Hi guys! My name is David and I’m currently a junior at Archbishop Mitty High School. In my spare time, I love to play competitive tennis and have been playing for 6+ years. I joined HEVI after noticing the severe issue of homelessness in the Bay Area.

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Benjamin Jin

Treasurer from 2023-2024

Hi - I'm Benjamin. I joined HEVI near the start of 9th grade, and I am currently a freshman at Archbishop Mitty High School. After hearing about HEVI from my brother David, who is currently a co-president, I immediately thought to join, as I always wanted to battle the unhoused crisis that we are facing in the Bay Area currently. I hope to expand this program and bring more awareness to the unhoused by providing a sense of culture and home to the unhoused through high school volunteers.

Yicheng Lu

Member from 2024-2025

Hi, I'm Yicheng Lu, but you can call me Billy. I'm a Junior at Lynbrook High School and joined the Houseless Environmental Volunteering Initiative in 10th grade.  Through our work in the city forest, we build good connection with houseless people and  contributed to the environment protection. It is fulfilling to see how our effort finally changed the society in both  humanities and environment.

Jiahua Tang

Member from 2024-2025


Winfred Lin

Vice President

Hello! I'm Winfred Lin, a high school junior at Cupertino High School that loves gardening, game dev, and rocketry. I love organizing and participating in HEVI events as I believe HEVI serves an important role in finding a solution to the climate and housing crisis, but also as a place to cultivate enduring bonds between high school students and our houseless friends, nurturing an environment of acceptance and belonging.


Hi, I'm Jiahua Tang, but you can call me Gary. I'm a Junior at Lynbrook High School and joined the Houseless Environmental Volunteering Initiative (HEVI) back in 10th grade. Through our work in the city forest, I've formed strong bonds with the community and its members, and it’s been amazing to see the positive impact we’ve made on the environment. Our efforts not only help mitigate climate change but also improve our local environment overall. I am really glad to be part of HEVI which provides me an opportunity to make a change.

Claire Guo

Website Manager from 2024-2025


Zhiwei (Lucas) Gu

Former President from 2022-23

Hello, I am Lucas, senior at Valley Christian High School. I enjoy organizing HEVI activities because it is more than providing the houseless people with materialistic aids . By bridging the gap between high school students and our houseless friends, I want to build lasting relationships  and create a sense of belonging within the community.

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Hi! I’m Claire Guo, and I’m a junior at Lynbrook High School. In my free time, I enjoy reading, doing origami, and coding. I joined HEVI because it combines my passion for environmental conservation with my desire to support the houseless community. I am excited to contribute to HEVI’s mission and make a positive impact alongside other volunteers.


Dawson Chen

Founder and Former President from 2021-2022

Hello! I'm Dawson. I founded HEVI at the beginning of 2021 in hopes of actively becoming a part of the solution to both the housing and climate crisis. When COVID hit, significantly more people on the streets and less environmental volunteers. After many iterations, my friends and I set up a solution to provide environmental stipend opportunities for the unhoused. All of us are high schoolers eager to invent solutions in our community, so please help us further our mission!

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