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Melissa Jones, MPA, is the Executive Director of BARHII. She has over 15 years of experience in non-profit management and municipal government, including work in the Bay Area’s large and small cities. Melissa’s work focuses on the intersection of social determinants of health, social inequity, and well-being.  Melissa is an active community member in Oakland and also serves on the Association of Bay Area Government’s Regional Planning Committee, which advises on regional planning issues.

Before joining BARHII, Melissa served as Senior Program Officer at Boston Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), where she launched and ran Boston LISC’s Resilient Communities, Resilient Families (RCRF) Initiative. The initiative works to ensure that residents of Boston’s Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan neighborhoods benefit from the rising tide of transit and other public investments. During her tenure, RCRF has engaged several thousand residents and non-profits in neighborhood planning. The program has invested millions dollars to fund affordable housing, leadership development, Family Financial Opportunity Center programs, and a local entrepreneurship pipeline program to ensure residents’ financial lives are improving. She was awarded the LISC’s President’s award in 2014 for her work on comprehensive community development.

Melissa has additional experience funding and implementing programs focused on community economic development, family financial stability, education, and civic empowerment.  Specifically, she has served in youth empowerment organizations, as Program Specialist for the City of Alameda, and as Program Analyst for the City of Oakland’s Oakland Fund for Children and Youth. Early in her career, she served as Director of Professional Development for Partners in School Innovation where she trained staff to support school reform efforts in San Francisco Unified, San Jose Unified, and Oak Grove school district.

Email: MJones@BARHII.org


Will Dominie, MURP, is the Policy Manager of BARHII and the Public Health Alliance of Southern California. Will brings a decade of policy experience, helping local health departments and community based organizations create equitable, health promoting communities. His work bridges health, housing, land-use, transportation and climate change, and focuses on ensuring that working class communities and communities of color play a lead role in building the future of our cities, regions and state.   Will has particular expertise in making technical planning and policy information relevant and accessible so that those most impacted by health disparities can help shape healthier community policies.

Will has spent the last four years as a planner and policy specialist with San Mateo and Contra Costa County Health Systems, and has also been a leader in BARHII’s work on health and the built environment. Will’s research and writing has been published in Progressive Planning, The Informal American City and by the Labor Community Strategy Center, and has won a top award from the Council of University Transportation Centers. He has developed and facilitated a wide range of popular education workshops for community based organizations, and has led a number of highly successful community planning processes. He also serves as a trainer and organizational development consultant with social justice organizations around the country.

Will has a M.A. in urban planning from UCLA, where he focused on the interactions between transit investment, land use patterns and environmental justice in low-income communities of color.

Email: WDominie@BARHII.org


Krystal Robinson Justice, MSOM, is the Special Projects Coordinator at BARHII. She brings over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, teaching, and leadership development.  Her work has focused on supporting leadership development, change management, and advancing equity.  Most recently, she completed a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in an effort to explore “out of the box” approaches to healing trauma in communities of color.

Her early experiences include work with the San Francisco Children and Families Commission & San Francisco Starting Points as the Civic Engagement Project Coordinator, where she was responsible for the planning, policy, and program development of structures to meaningfully involve the public in the work of the Commission.

Krystal also was a science and environmental educator, one of the founding teachers, and then later, the Leadership and Professional Development Director of EnCompass Academy, where she led the development of a professional learning community.  This included developing strategic planning processes, leading teacher retreats, and instituting a cycle of inquiry and collaboration processes.   After her time teaching, she served as Career and Education Director at Youth UpRising, managing a department that provided a range of educational and career services including workforce development, youth led social enterprises and grant programs, and career and advanced education pipeline programs.

Email: KRobinsonJustice@BARHII.org

Melanie Newcomb serves as BARHII’s Project Specialist. Melanie provides meeting, event, and overall program support; helps produce the BARHII Newsletter; and keeps BARHII.org up to date. She also maintains general office functions and assists in other roles as necessary. Concurrent with BARHII, she works for Regional Asthma Management and Prevention in the capacity of Administrative Assistant.

Prior to joining BARHII, Melanie worked as a family law paralegal. She currently assists transgender individuals with updating their identification paperwork and speaks to nursing students about transgender issues related to healthcare. Melanie holds a B.S. Degree in Physiological Sciences from UCLA.

Email: MNewcomb@BARHII.org