Posted by For Richmond on April 29, 2014.
For Richmond is pleased to announce the addition of Richmond Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Ruth Vasquez-Jones to its steering committee, where she’ll join a diverse group of leaders in public safety, labor, education, business and community development working to enrich the lives of Richmond residents.
A Richmond native, Vasquez-Jones graduated from De Anza High School and the University of California, Berkeley. For the last 30 years, she has played an active role in the West Contra Costa County community. Earlier in her career, Vasquez-Jones worked for former Assembly member Bob Campbell and County Supervisor John Gioia. She additionally honed her skills in community relations, grant writing, fundraising and board and program development.
More recently, Vasquez-Jones served as the community affairs director at the Brookside Community Health Center, before joining the Richmond Chamber of Commerce this year.
According to Vasquez-Jones, her passion lies, in part, in improving economic growth in Richmond—a common bond she shares with For Richmond’s leadership. “I look forward to a strong partnership working to build economic development for everyone.” She added that by “being creative with our resources” she hopes to join For Richmond in “helping businesses of all sizes build a solid foundation.”
Vasquez-Jones counts volunteerism as one of her “hobbies”; she serves as the chair of the West Contra Costa League of Women Voters, sits on the steering committee for Healthy Richmond and recently finished a board term with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts.
“We’re truly thrilled to welcome local leader Ruth Vasquez-Jones to our steering committee,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy. “Her deep Richmond roots, longstanding community involvement and strong business acumen make her an exceptional fit for our team.”
Vasquez-Jones joins another new member, Bob Lilley, on For Richmond’s steering committee.
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