Jasmine Jones has spent her entire professional career working to operationalize the concept of educational equity. Over the years she has served in roles as a lead community organizer, program director, civic leadership trainer, public official, social impact consultant, and a movement grant maker. She was a founding member and the lead organizer at the Black Organizing Project based in Oakland, CA. Working alongside of parents and students, Jasmine help pass four historic policies within Oakland Unified School District addressing school climate and role of police in schools. More recently at the San Francisco Foundation she worked to develop a fund to address the glaring achievement gap in three school districts, West Contra Costa Unified being one of them. Jasmine has also worked at the city level as a commissioner on the Richmond Human Rights and Human Relations Commission and as a consultant on the North Richmond Annexation project. She is a proud native of Richmond and a graduate of El Cerrito High School. As a first generation college student Jasmine received her MPA from the Goldman School of Public Policy and a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University.
Patricia Lara attended Richmond High School and graduated from San José State University in 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. Patricia is a previous Ed Fund Scholar, and currently working as our Program Assistant. She serves as our Spanish translator and as a liaison to our Spanish speaking families. She hopes to attend graduate school in the near future to obtain her Master’s Degree in counseling to work with underprivileged youth and their families.
Beth Wright is the Finance and HR Manager at the Ed Fund. She brings to the organization 21 years of experience working with nonprofits, through her own business, specializing in nonprofit accounting setup, maintenance, full charge bookkeeping services, budgeting, audit prep, tax preparation, and benefits management. She has served as Treasurer, lending her accounting experience to nonprofit boards, and was instrumental in starting a nonprofit to keep the music program alive in a local school district.
She is a native of Washington, where she grew up in the beautiful Northwest. Her loves are her daughter, her 12 cats, and quilting.
Robert Bunce has brought his energy and devotion to the field of education for over 20 years. As Deputy Director for the Ed Fund, Robert has grown and developed the organization’s programs, launched the Out-of-School Time and College Access initiatives, and helped transition the organization into its new backbone role. In addition to overseeing programming, Robert is often the face in the community for the Ed. Fund, working with diverse community stakeholders to identify opportunities and resources to improve educational opportunities for youth and schools through West Contra Costa. Robert attended Sonoma State University for his graduate and undergraduate studies in education and history respectively, and earned his teaching credential from Dominican University.