Six Core Competencies

Paving Great Future’s goal is to rehabilitate the marginalized and at-risk communities of San Diego by fostering their economic, social, and political development – particularly the development of the recently incarcerated, who often struggle disproportionately to integrate into society.

By addressing all of these areas, Paving Great Future’s comprehensive work experience programs transform misguided young people into productive and empowered community leaders capable of guiding relevant and lasting changes.



Job Readiness


Financial Literacy


Responsible Life Skills


Community Service


Civic Engagement



Jay Bowser
Jay BowserCFO
Jay co-founded Paving Great Futures as a credible messenger guided by his passion to mentor and driven by a focus on social equity. He has a deep and personal understanding of the challenges faced by former gang members and other system-affected individuals.
Barry Harris
Barry HarrisCEO/President
“I love working with Paving Great Futures because I believe that everyone needs positive mentors, encouragement and support, no matter what they’ve been through in life,” Barry Harris, Jr. is a native of San Diego’s Valencia Park neighborhood and a co-founder of PGF.
Armand King
Armand KingChief Operating Officer
Fueled by his experiences in the streets, Armand co-founded Paving Great Futures and now works to guide others out of the systemic prison pipeline. His life mission now is detouring individuals from the many socio-economic pitfalls faced by the underserved communities in San Diego.

The Board

  • James Caldwell

A San Diego native and Founder/President of the youth non-profit Ball Up Foundation.  James is “honored” to serve as a Paving Great Futures board member and will continue to push the youth in the community to strive for excellence. James is a champion for Paving Great Future’s Life Skills and Civic Engagement core competencies.

  • Porchia Greeno

Porchia is a San Diego native born to Naval parents. Being exposed to a variety of ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds has cultivated the knowledge she acquired into useful life skills that she is able to share for use to combat universal everyday struggles. Porchia is a champion for Paving Great Futures’ Life Skills and Community Service core competencies.

  • Marlon Griffin

Marlon has been a professional in the accounting career for over 10 years, as well as became an established serial entrepreneur and youth leader at his church. he was able to mentor to some of the young men in his community.  Marlon is a champion for Paving Great Futures’ Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Core Competencies.

  • Nadia Susana Contreras

Nadia started her career in the nonprofit and humanitarian sector in 2009 when she founded Team Green Warming Machinez, a group located in San Diego, CA that caters to the homeless population. Nadia continues to work on local policy for SDPD as well as social justice awareness education.  Nadia is a champion for the Community Service and Civic Engagement core competencies of Paving Great Futures’.

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