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

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Meet our Steering Committee

Jasmine Jones is a proud native and resident of Richmond. She serves as the Executive Director at the Ed Fund West and comes to work with a passion and commitment to operationalize the concept of educational equity.  Over the years she has served in roles as a lead community organizer, program director, civic leadership trainer, public official, social impact consultant and a movement grantmaker. Jasmine has worked at the city level as the Chair of the Richmond Human Rights and Human Relations Commission and as a consultant on the North Richmond Annexation project. As a first-generation college student Jasmine received her MPA from the Goldman School of Public Policy and a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University.

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.

Payal is the Senior Director of Finance & Operations at Beyond 12. In her role, she acts as a change agent for an organization focused on dramatically increasing the number of low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented students who graduate from college. She is also a single mother to a Richmond high school student. As a life long resident of Richmond, Payal has dedicated countless hours of service to her community, particularly with youth. She currently is the Vice-Chair for the Recreation and Parks Commission with the City of Richmond.

Talia Yaffa Rubin, LCSW, is a Program Analyst III with the City of Oakland’s Human Services Department, Community Housing Services Division. Talia manages programs serving unsheltered individuals including Outreach, Encampment Management, Health and Hygiene interventions, Hunger Relief Efforts, Emergency Shelter, and Community Cabins programs. She has extensive experience in the field of social work including direct clinical practice, research, project design and implementation, and community development. She has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in Sub-Saharan Africa and earned her MSW from California State University Los Angeles with a concentration in Forensic Social Work in 2010.