Jim Becker, Richmond Community Foundation

TITLE:  President and CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Public Safety, Health, Jobs and Economic Development, Physical Environment, and Education

CONTACT: 510-234-1200, jbecker@richmondcf.org

PROFILE: Jim Becker is the president and CEO of the Richmond Community Foundation. He's held this title since February 2014 and previously worked as the foundation’s vice president of community investments, for nearly nine years.

Becker’s foundation bio shares:

Jim Becker attended Grinnell College for his BA and University of Minnesota for his MA in Anthropology. He served as a senior program director for the Minneapolis YMCA. He moved to California in 1990 to serve as the Executive Director of the new Delta Family YMCA in Oakley, CA.

In 1991, he joined Delta 2000 and served as its Executive Director until 1996. While at Delta 2000, he led several community initiatives including the establishment of the Village Drive Resource Center and the conversion of the old Antioch Police Station into a vibrant community services building.

As the CEO of the Center for Human Development, he led the organization to significant growth and national recognition for its work in community services. He chaired the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Task Force which wrote the first county smoke free work place ordinances in the United States. He led the Family Preservation and Support Collaborative in North Richmond, which resulted in successful integration of county and nonprofit services. At the request of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, he served on a children's services panel with First Lady Hilary Clinton, and also served on the State Advisory Board for Child Development and Home Instruction with California First Lady Sharon Davis.

He joined Housing California, the State Association for Housing and Homeless Services, to serve as its Executive Director in 2001, and joined the Richmond Community Foundation in 2005, becoming its President and CEO in 2014.

Mr. Becker serves on the Berkeley Global Campus Community Working Group and co-chairs the Ensuring Opportunity Campaign. He also serves on the Advisory Council for john F. Kennedy University’s Sanford Institute on Philanthropy. He was recognized in 2013 as a Contra Costa County Man of Merit, and in 2015 received the United Way of the Bay Area’s Dream Award for his work to end poverty in the community.