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About Us

Embrace is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization rooted in mobilizing college student volunteers to serve less fortunate members of civilian and military veteran communities.

Founded in 2000 by CEO Sean Sheppard, Embrace programs are designed to connect college student leaders to San Diego’s multi-cultural community in the areas of social and physical wellness through service learning and volunteerism. The organization is built on the philosophy that serving less fortunate members of civilian and veteran communities brings people together - irrespective of their race, religion or cultural upbringing.



Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard

Shep-Ty Inc. (DBA Embrace)

Dan Levasseur – Chair (Active Duty, U.S. Marine Corps)
Commanding Officer, Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Richard Franklin – Secretary
Marketing Associate & SMO Professional, Premium Finish Care
Curator & Creator of YouTube Channel for Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

Sarah Bettencourt – Member
Retired, United States Marine Corps

Michael Files - Member (Active Duty, U.S. Navy)
Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center Battle Creek

Joshua Finkenberg – Member
Partner & Co-Founder, F2 Partners LLC

Kira Finkenberg – Member
Owner, The Kira Co


Embrace Financials

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2013 Expenses
2012 Expenses