Richard Raya

Chief Strategy Officer, Mission Economic Development Agency
San Francisco, California

Richard is committed to a national racial justice strategy led by community backbone¬†agencies working in partnership with residents, CBOs, schools, philanthropy and¬†government. As Chief Strategy Officer, Richard uses Mission Promise Neighborhood’s¬†cradle-to-career, collaborative approach to help drive systems change across the city¬†of San Francisco, moving from a Promise Neighborhood to a Promise City. This¬†Promise City initiative aligns the best practices from Mission Promise Neighborhood¬†with the Mayor’s COVID recovery plan, creating holistic, cradle-to-career solutions in¬†the city’s hardest hit neighborhoods. As Richard works with the City, School District,¬†and CBOs to scale Mission Promise Neighborhood’s place-based, collaborative¬†approach, he has helped it become one of the only Promise Neighborhoods in the¬†country to successfully advocate for both city and state funding to replace its federal¬†funding. Richard is also a Board Member for SPUR, co-chair of the African American¬†Latino Action Alliance, and a member of the Executive Committee for End Child¬†Poverty in California. Prior to this, Richard was the Chief of Staff for an Oakland City¬†Councilmember, and the Director of Administration for the Alameda County Public¬†Health Department. Richard‚Äôs great-grandparents were indigenous Yaquis who came¬†to the Bay Area after fighting in the Mexican Revolution. His parents worked as¬†farmworkers in Northern California and came of age during the Chicano Movement.¬†They laid the foundation for him to earn a B.A. and Master‚Äôs in Public Policy from UC¬†Berkeley. He‚Äôs accompanied on this journey by his urban planner wife, five sons, and¬†their rescue pit bull.

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