Steering Committee

STEERING COMMITTEE

The Building Blocks for Kids (BBK) Steering Committee is a small, committed group of volunteers who collectively function as an advisory body to BBK. Specifically, we work in partnership with and to support the work and mission of the organization as well as the Executive Director. Steering Committee members are not board members in the traditional sense as BBK is presently fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center. However, general governance duties do fall within the scope of responsibilities for members. The BBK and Steering Committee team foster an inclusive and supportive culture

Meet our Steering Committee

Richard has had a decades long career of both public service and activism.  The majority of his work life has been in the field of Child Welfare, promoting family engagement and support. Since the 1960s, he has been involved in the movement for social justice in it’s many iterations. Richard received his Bachelor of Science from Towson State University in Baltimore and his Master of Social Work from San Francisco State University.

Gabino Arredondo, Management Analyst, City of Richmond
Gabino Arredondo is a Management Analyst for the City of Richmond, CA in the City Manager’s Health Initiatives division. In this role, Mr. Arredondo is responsible for supporting the successful implementation of Richmond’s Health in All Policies (HiAP) Strategy and Ordinance. Richmond’s HiAP implementation is a collaborative effort with City staff, institutional partners, community based organizations, and Richmond residents to achieve health equity within the City. In addition to his work in the Health Initiatives division, Mr. Arredondo supports the implementation of new public policy initiatives as directed by the Richmond City Council. Gabino has a B.A., in History and Chicana/o Studies with a Minor in Education, from UCLA and a M.A in Language & Literacy and Society & Culture, from UC Berkeley.

Nicole has dedicated her life work to participating in and promoting, the healing of marginalized populations. To this end, her focus has been divided between mental health clinical work with women, children, youth and families; working as a political aide to local and state elected officials; actively engaging in social justice work and raising a family of her own. Nicole studied at Cal State Los Angeles and John F. Kennedy Universities.

For seventeen years Yas Ahmed has worked as an organizer, trainer, program manager and grant-maker, supporting community change strategies ranging from harm reduction to youth development. Yas brings an intersectional analysis that centers the experiences of those most impacted by systemic inequities, i.e. nothing about us, without us. As a steering committee member with BBK Richmond Collaborative, Yas is honored to support work that embodies this principle, and that invests in the expertise and leadership of Black and Latina mothers.

Currently, Yas manages the institutional giving for a national nonprofit dedicated to racial, economic and reproductive justice, and is active in LGBTQ and faith-based communities. Yas pursued sociology and gender studies at Antioch College as an undergraduate student, and holds a paralegal certificate from the City University of New York.