Jordan Silva-Benham (she/her)

Jordan Silva-Benham joined the Ed Fund in August of 2021 as the Communications and Development Associate through AmeriCorps Vista. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism, and worked as a small town reporter before joining AmeriCorps. Jordan is passionate about giving back to the community and…

Jessica Travenia (she/her/they)

Jessica Travenia joined the Ed Fund as the Program Director of the Richmond Rapid Response Fund. She is a Bay Area Native and a resident of Richmond who has dedicated her career to supporting justice by eliminating barriers. She brings her experience as a first-generation college student, organizer, survivor and advocate of peer support and…

Kimberly Stewart (she/her)

Kimberly Stewart joined the Ed Fund as the Operations Manager. Kimberly has over 20 years of experience in operations and administrative roles. A longtime Richmond resident and an active community member, she trusted West County to pour into the lives of her two now adult children through their schools and community organizations. As a concerned…

Lucía Moreno Nava (she/her)

Lucía Moreno Nava joined the Ed Fund through the AmeriCorps Vista program in 2020 and is excited to start her new role as the Development and Communications Manager. A recipient of a Questbridge Scholarship, she received her BA in Media Studies with a minor in Russian from Pomona College. Her current work has exposed her…

Sarah Camacho (she/her)

Raised in Richmond and a graduate of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Sarah joined the Ed Fund as the College Access Coordinator through the AmeriCorps VISTA program in 2020. Sarah graduated from UC Davis with Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology, Spanish, and Chicanx studies. Through her undergraduate career, she worked for the Davis Joint…

Robert Bunce (he/him)

Robert Bunce has been an innovative, passionate and results driven nonprofit administrator, public school educator, and consultant for over 25 years. Robert joined the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund in 2010, and was charged with implementing the organization’s first strategic plan. Robert helped build the Ed Fund into West Contra Costa’s primary intermediary organization.…

Bertha Romo

Bertha Romo, MA, is a proud WCCUSD graduate, who has worked in the Richmond and San Pablo community for eight years, doing direct service work to support local youth, and coordinating the City of San Pablo’s school-based grant program. Bertha has experience in data collection & analysis, program design & evaluation, budget management, and partnership…

Dr. Mara Lockowandt

Dr. Mara Lockowandt is the Director of School Partnerships at East Bay Center where she oversees the strategic development of a nationally recognized teacher professional development program, school and community youth programs, and early childhood education programs. She is dedicated to improving outcomes for diverse and marginalized youth including asylum seekers/refugees, low income, trauma-sensitive, and…

Stephanie Hochman

Stephanie Hochman, LCSW, has devoted the past 30+ years to supporting individuals and groups to improve their lives and affect change in their communities. Stephanie has been a member of the BACR team for most of this time and is a Director of the East Bay programs, leading many innovative and long-standing youth support projects…

Marcus Walton

Marcus Walton is a longtime West Contra Costa resident who graduated from WCCUSD schools and worked for the district for several years as the Communications Director, where he advocated for students and worked with community groups to support public education. He is a communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in journalism, public…