Jim Becker, who has been working at the Richmond Community Foundation since 2005, will take over as president and CEO of the Richmond Community Foundation when Joan Davis steps down.
Becker brings a wealth of experience and expertise. After attending Grinnell College for his BA and University of Minnesota for his MA in Anthropology, he served as a senior program director for the Minneapolis YMCA.
He moved to California to work as executive director of the new Delta Family YMCA in Oakley. He was the executive director of Delta 2000 from 1991 until 1996.
Becker then joined the Center for Human Development as its CEO, and led the organization to significant growth and national recognition for its work in community health services.
He chaired the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Task Force, which wrote the first county smoke-free workplace ordinances in the United States. He led the Family Preservation and Support Collaborative in North Richmond, which resulted in successful integration of county and non-profit services.
Becker joined Housing California, the State Association for Housing and Homeless Services, to serve as its executive director in 2001.
After several years, the desire to work closer to home and to truly engage community members in neighborhood transformation brought him the Richmond Community Foundation.