Jim Becker is Vice President of Community Investments at the Richmond Community Foundation. Jim attended 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 in 1990 to serve as the Executive Director of the new Delta Family YMCA in Oakley, CA.
In 1991, he joined Delta 2000 and served as its Executive Director until 1996. While at Delta 2000, he led several community initiatives including the establishment of the Village Drive Resource Center and the conversion of the old Antioch Police Station into a vibrant community services building.
In 1996, he 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 work place ordinances in the United States. He led the Family Preservation and Support Collaborative in North Richmond, which resulted in successful integration of county and nonprofit services. At the request of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, he served on a children’s services panel with First Lady Hilary Clinton, and also served on the State Advisory Board for Child Development and Home Instruction with California First Lady Sharon Davis.
He joined Housing California, to serve as its Executive Director in 2001. The desire to work closer to home, and to truly engage community members in neighborhood transformation brought him to the Richmond Community Foundation.