Who We Are


Our dream is to foster a culture of excellence among youth through mobilizing resources to underserved communities.

The Best Foundation was founded in 2010 with the official relaunch occurring in 2018, to enhance the lives of children and families through hand to hand service and outreach. The Best Foundation was originally founded by Jahvid Best, sister Laurie Best, Lesley Dorton and Brandon Nicholson. The Best family and friends have always had a passion for giving back to the underserved community and youth while inspiring others to do the same.


We believe in the power of equity, empowerment, empathy, and education. We will create a culture of enterprise and service in underserved communities.

Meet The Team

Jahvid Best; CEO & Founder


Jahvid Best was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2010. He played college football at California. At Cal, Best set the record for most all-purpose yards in a season and most rushing yards in a game. He was a two-time first team All-Pac-10 selection and the 2008 Emerald Bowl Offensive MVP. Best also competed in the 100 meters at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, becoming the first former NFL player to compete in a Summer Olympics.

Laurie Best; President & Co- Founder


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Peter Best; Director of Operations


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Trell Sneed; Executive Director


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Rachel Armstrong; Development Director


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Lead Volunteer; Tayla Muise


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Andrea Sanchez; Intern


My name is Andrea Sanchez and I am a 12th grader at Pinole Valley High School in Pinole, Ca. I am the All Student Body Vice President, Founder/ Editor in Chief of Spartan Ink, associate at In N Out and team manager for the Varsity Basketball team. Some of my hobbies include reading, writing and drawing. I volunteer with the Best Foundation for a number of reasons but the main one being that through the foundation, I am able to give back to the community and make a difference through the many events that have taken place and will in the future.

Our Advisory Board

Lesley Dorton


Lesley Dorton has been a founder and member of the board since 2010. She brings a wealth of experience and is a valuable thought partner on the board.

Brandon Nicholson

An Oakland native, and Founding Executive Director at the Hidden Genius Project, Brandon Nicholson has always felt a deep sense of commitment to promoting equity in the public realm, particularly in the education space. 

Natasha Bell

Natasha Bell

CEO / Chief Creative- Clayborne Cosmetics

Hong Thach