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Staff

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Melissa Jones, MPA, is the Executive Director of BARHII.   She is passionate about creating the conditions that increase quality of life and makes life more fair for more people.  Her work focuses on the intersection of social determinants of health, social inequity, and well-being.

Her experience includes work in municipal government and non-profits, in the Bay Area’s large and small cities. 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 engaged several thousand residents and non-profits in neighborhood planning. The program has invested millions of 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 Unified school districts.
Email: MJones@BARHII.org

Renae Badruzzaman, MPH, is the Program Manager for Health Equity Investments at BARHII. She manages BARHII’s state legislative policy and advocacy efforts to improve the social determinants of health. To promote policy, systems, and environment change impacting inequities, Renae leads public health department internal change processes addressing social and health equity. For over a decade, Renae has worked collaboratively across academia, non-profits, and health systems to promote systems change. She received MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences Division and a BA in Psychology and Human Development from the State University of New York at Genesco.

Email: RBadruzzaman@BARHII.org

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Will Dominie, MURP, is the Policy Manager for Housing Affordability and Equitable Development of BARHII. 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

Tameeka Bennett

Tameeka Bennett serves as Policy Manager for Housing and Community Partnership. She has been organizing in communities for the past 14 years. Her organizing focuses on engaging with local residents and giving them tools create the change they see as necessary in their communities. She believes in the power of community led planning and engagement. Her passion is to lift the voices of those who are underrepresented and give tools to low-income families of color to create change at institutional levels. Tameeka has been part of campaigns ranging from education, and immigration reform, to climate change, but her focus has always been affordable housing. She has worked in Mountain View, North Fair Oaks, Belle Haven, San Mateo, South San Francisco and East Palo Alto. She has led community asset mapping processes, numerous community wide-surveys and data collection projects, including focuses on housing and sea level rise and the built environments. She has trained over 100 leaders in community organizing and facilitated a range of workshops, trainings and planning exercises. Tameeka is the former Director of Youth United for Community Action, former Planning Commissioner for the City of East Palo Alto and current board co-chair for Community Legal Services. She is currently attending school to obtain a degree in Social Human Geography.

Email: TBennett@BARHII.org

Melanie Newcomb serves as BARHII’s Senior Program Specialist. Melanie provides meeting, event, and overall program support; helps produce the BARHII Newsletter; and runs the Operations Team at BARHII. She also maintains general office functions and assists in other roles as necessary to keep things running. 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