Benny J. Barnes, Jr.
Benny is a long-time Richmond resident. He attended Contra Costa College and Stanford University. After a successful and strong college and professional football career, his education enabled him to work, manage and own various business ventures. Such a large part of who he is centers around always being willing to help to encourage and to pass on the knowledge, wisdom and strategy of achieving success in life. Benny has always had a passion for the service of helping his family, friends and community. He believes in working hard; uplifting those who may be down, but not out; encourage hidden potential; and improving circumstances of those who need it most.
Born and raised in California, Kirk is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who have worked in the mental health field since 1983. Kirk's professional experience include: Private practice since 1997; Kaiser Hospital Psychiatry Department in Vallejo, CA; Center for Behavioral Medicine in Concord, CA; Merritt Peralta Institute in Oakland, CA; Director of Sojourn Community Counseling Center in Richmond, CA; School Psychologist for Vallejo Unified School District; Therapist and Clinical Consultant for the Neighborhood House of North Richmond Substance Abuse Program. Kirk holds a Bachelor Degree from Sacramento State University, a Masters Degree from University of San Francisco, and a Doctorate Degree from Sacramento Theological Seminary.
Elihu Harris is a retired American politician and college administrator. A member of the Democratic Party, Harris served as the 46th Mayor of Oakland, California from 1991 to 1999; he previously served for 12 years (1978–1990) as a member of the California State Assembly. He was the Chancellor of Peralta Community College District from 2003 to 2010. Born in Los Angeles, Harris moved to Berkeley, California during childhood and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1965. Harris earned a B.A. in political science from California State University, Hayward, where he served as student body vice-president. Harris received a Master of Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley in 1969 and a J.D. degree from University of California, Davis School of Law in 1972.