Senior Leadership and Staff

Marcus Strother

President and CEO

Marcus Strother is the President and CEO of MENTOR California, the California affiliate of MENTOR: The National Partnership, the unifying national champion for expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people.

A father, husband, career educator, youth and community advocate, he is a veteran in public education. Marcus spent eight years in the classroom and nine as a high school administrator, most recently as Director of Youth Development at Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). At SCUSD he oversaw the district’s Expanded Learning Programs, Summer Programming and Boys and Girls of Color initiatives, which included the coordination of the Men’s Leadership Academy (MLA) and Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA). The program focused on supporting youth in the development of their personal social justice framework through civic engagement and community building.

Nathan Houston

Director of Youth Development

Nathan Houston is the Director of Youth Development in charge of Training and Program Development for MENTOR California. Nathan has 22 years of Expanded Learning experience and is a Sacramento native. Nathan is a past recipient of the Emerging Leadership award from CDE Expanded Learning Division and has presented a variety of workshops in every Expanded Learning Region in California. Most recently, was Director of Professional Development for Center for Fathers and Families MASTERS Expanded Learning program where he supported programs in SCUSD, TRUSD, and NUSD.