how lava mae was born

It started with one woman, homeless in San Francisco, crying that she would never be clean.

Our founder, Doniece Sandoval heard her cries. Those words, a desire to help those experiencing homelessness, and a crazy obsession with the mobile food truck movement set in motion what eventually became Lava Mae. Started by private citizens who believe that access to showers and toilets shouldn’t be a luxury, Lava Mae seeks to serve those who lack access to what should be basic human rights – showers and sanitation.

Lava Mae launched its mobile hygiene service in June of 2014 and has since provided 14,000+ showers to 2,400 people moving through homelessness, inspired replication of our hygiene services, and dramatically raised awareness about the lack of access to showers and basic hygiene across the U.S. and around the globe.

the lava mae team

Paul Asplund

Bay Area Branch Director

Leah Filler

Impact and New Programs Director

Sanjay Gupta

Mobile Services Coordinator, LA

Priyam Joshi

Community Engagement Manager

Jasmin Mouflard-Kozowy

LA Branch Director

Jamie Rogers

Operations Manager

Doniece Sandoval

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Schneider

Marketing & Business Partnerships Director

Vanessa Wellmann

Chief Operating Officer

want to join our team?

We’re always looking for great team members to join our frontline staff.  Whether you have a Class B commercial drivers license + air brakes endorsement or not – bring your customer service skills and send us your resume!

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