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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


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

Andrew Seko is BARHII’s Development and Communications Associate, responsible for the organization’s grantwriting and public engagement. He has worked in the non-profit sector for over fifteen years and has a lifelong dedication to social justice, wealth equality, and racial and gender justice.

Prior to working at BARHII, Andrew was the Operations Manager for the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity, California’s statewide microenterprise association representing over two hundred microlenders and business development centers. While there, he oversaw CAMEO’s Microloan Management System, a multi-organization loan underwriting and review platform responsible for over a hundred small and microloans per year totaling over $2.3 million. He has also worked for the Arc of Whatcom County, an organization supporting people and families with developmental disabilities, and the Skagit County Community Action Agency, where he ran the teen GED program.

Andrew has a BA in Mathematics from Grinnell College.

Email: ASeko@BARHII.org

Khammany Mathavongsy, MPA, Rise Together, is the Program Specialist of BARHII. More than 20 years ago, Khammany Mathavongsy came to the US as a political refugee from war-torn Laos. His early experiences fuel his desire to reduce inequality and give back to the community. Khammany is a Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation. Previously, Khammany was a Cross Cultural Leadership Development Program Manager at Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL) and served as California Director of Programs and Policy at the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). Khammany has earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the CSU, East Bay.

Email: KMathavongsy@RiseTogetherBayArea.org

Matt Vander Sluis, is the Climate Change and Community Resilience Health Equity Impact Manager of BARHII. He is an accomplished community planning expert with a passion for fostering healthy, resilient cities for all. He brings over 15 years of experience shaping inclusive public policies and plans at the local, regional, and state level to address the causes and consequences of climate change. Matt is adept at policy analysis, advocacy strategy, network building, trainings and facilitation, public communications, and non-profit management, with a robust network of relationships with agency leaders, elected officials, NGOs, and community-based organizations across the Bay Area and statewide.

Prior to joining BARHII, Matt held multiple roles at Greenbelt Alliance, where he led the organization’s efforts to promote equitable, sustainable development patterns, ultimately serving as Deputy Director from 2017 to 2019. Matt also managed the climate policy program for the Planning and Conservation League, a statewide nonprofit in Sacramento, where he helped craft state policy and developed a statewide training program to promote climate-smart land use planning.

His work has been covered by a variety of media outlets, including the Atlantic Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and KQED’s QUEST. In 2017, he was named one of the East Bay’s “40 under 40” by Diablo Magazine. Matt graduated from Stanford University in American Studies in 2003. A Bay Area native, he and his wife live in El Cerrito.

Email: MVanderSluis@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 and lives in Oakland with her wife.

Email: MNewcomb@BARHII.org