Jim Becker (pictured above in the middle), the president and CEO of the Richmond Community Foundation (RCF), recently received the United Way of Bay Area’s Believe Award honoring his longtime efforts to battle poverty in Contra Costa County.
Earlier this month, Becker was one of three Bay Area residents to receive this year’s award at a ceremony at the Terra Gallery & Event Venue in San Francisco.
Among his accomplishments, Becker was praised for raising $52 million for five neighborhood redevelopment projects in Richmond that are credited with helping to decrease violent crime by 75 percent. His strategies are being replicated internationally, according to United Way. More recently, Becker’s push with RCF to use social impact bonds to battle blight in the city has gained national recognition. RFC programs providing career-training and financial guidance for struggling residents have also been lauded.
Becker’s role with RCF is to mobilize community leaders and members to support policies and programs that address the systemic causes of poverty. He is also the co-chair of the Campaign to Cut Poverty in Contra Costa County.
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