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Cole Rainey

Cole is a PhD student in UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. His work investigates how small-scale, ecological, and community-based farming initiatives can serve as models for transforming the food system and increasing community sovereignty. He hopes that connection to ancestral foods and land-based nurturance can serve to heal trauma, reduce stress, increase self-determination, and strengthen community resistance to racial capitalism. Cole has been working with Brothers of International Faith since 2018, delivering food from urban farms for distribution and supplying interfaith gatherings with local fruits and vegetables. He is honored and humbled to be a part of this organization, and believes wholeheartedly in the ability of men to heal the wounds of patriarchy.

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Robin Redmon

Robin is a Richmond native who grew-up in south and central Richmond. She enjoys working with youth. Robin is the secretary for the Richmond Half-Steppers youth track organization. She has volunteered for Girls Inc. of Alameda County. Robin has worked for the City & County of San Francisco for 14 years. She is a member of True Fellowship Baptist Church. 

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Jonas Thompson

Jonas is a retired Senior Systems Analyst. He has a degree in English from A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2012 and 2013, Jonas worked with Mission Solano and Solano County Health and Social Services to collaborate on the Women’s Reentry Achievement Program (WRAP) Grant. For that project, he acted as the budget analyst and data collection manager. In retirement, Jonas devotes his time to exploring context intelligence. He has written a book on this subject and will publish several more this year.  


Rashad Andrews

Rashad is a philanthropist, community organizer, and entrepreneur who currently serves as Worshipful Master of Ujima Lodge #35 MWPHGL Inc. He is also President of the Travelers Club of the East Bay District 3, CEO of the  KODA Investment Group LLC, and managing partner of the Corner Investment  Group LLC.   Rashad studied Business and Behavioral Science at Cal State East Bay and has also served on Peralta Community College Trustee Board. Over the years Rashad has been active and continues to serve in the Bay Area, working to support youth as a mentor, football coach, and career and  education development consultant. He is very passionate about this and continues to make an impact in  the lives of the youth within his community. 


Fayza Ayyad

Fayza came to the United States in 1980. She was born in Jerusalem, the holy land of our father Ibraham. She came from a state called Palestine. Palestine means sailors the original place for Arabs. Her father is from Morocco and her mother is from Palestine. Fayza's father was a kind, generous, and respectful man. He raised his children to respect others. Fayza is an advocate in the district and Sacramento. She is a member of MDACC, SELPA, L Cap, ACA, and the community. She has been involved with Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), for the past 20 years. Fayza served as a GRIP Board member. She cook meals for the homeless at her home. She also collect donated furniture, clothes, and food for the needy.


Dr. Josalyn Harris

Raised in Richmond, graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Dr. Harris has a desire to give back to her home community. She retired from Santa Rita Jail, as a Rehabilitation Counselor. Dr. Harris experienced direct contact with men of color who are now apart of the judicial system. Dr. Harris holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Texas. A Masters Degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.

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