Pastor Donnell Jones, Interim Executive Director –

Donnell Jones has 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry. He is the pastor and founder of New Direction Ministries in Richmond, CA. Donnell is a community organizer who is committed to reducing the gun violence & crime, and advancing local community development through collaboration from local congregations, the community members, & CBO’S (community based organizations.)  Pastor Jones believes there is power in unity and that if the faith organizations makes a positive connection with their community, it will result in Power, Peace, and necessary Provisions for the health and wealth of their community. He has a Masters of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA and a B.S in Business Administration from Miles College in Birmingham, AL.

Karetha C. Haith, Administrative Assistant –

An Administrative Assistant working with the Organizing team, Karetha has gained over 20 years of experience in legal, human resources and managerial administrative practices working for three Fortune 100 companies. She has also advanced her knowledge as Assistants to two Senior Pastors in Contra Costa County over the past four years. She is a certified Paralegal and has a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Karetha believes there is strength in unity and methodically we can provide the vehicles needed to gain justice and equality for everyday people in our communities. Together we can change the world.

Yuritzy Gomez, Lead Community Organizer –

A Lead Community Organizer committed to advancing justice for marginalized communities, Yuritzy Gomez was born in Michoacan, Mexico and raised in East Contra Costa County. Her past work includes assisting the community on legal, education and economic development issues. She works to advance local community development through collaboration from the community members, government, non-profit, and for-profit companies. She believes the power of community, relationships, and collaboration can change the world. She has a Bachelors degree in Economics with Honors from Mills College.

Tamisha Walker, Community Organizer –

Tamisha is a Richmond based community organizer and founder member of the Safe Return Project and known advocate on issues related to mass incarceration and racial disparity in the criminal justice system. Tamisha was formerly incarcerated and shares a powerful personal story about the journey to healing and successful re-entry. Tamisha holds an AA degree in Psychology from Contra Costa Community College. She has four years of community organizing experience in a city impacted by trauma, including her own personal experience with trauma. Her educational experience includes professional training in research and advocacy for the formerly incarcerated and their families.