Ricardo’s Bay Area roots run deep –he is an Oakland native and San Francisco State graduate with work experience leading him all over the Bay. After graduating with a Sociology degree in 2014, Ricardo’s first occupation post-college, pivoted to building management, servicing and maintaining a senior living home as well as a large low-income housing project in Fremont. He then worked for LAO Family Community Development Inc. in Contra Costa County, as a Case Manager for formerly incarcerated youth, and for Rubicon Programs in Richmond, doing community advocacy work for low-income and houseless individuals. From 2020 to 2022, Ricardo worked with Dream.org–a nonprofit addressing mass incarceration, climate change, and poverty—on their Empathy Campaign for criminal justice reform, which involved rewriting policy and legislation to help lower incarceration rates, nationwide.
As the new Facilities and IT Manager, Ricardo ensures the smooth functioning of Girls Inc. of Alameda County owned and rented facilities and IT operations in order to ensure staff have the resources they need to carry out the mission of inspiring girls to be Strong Smart & Bold.
“I have experience in building management and have worked with youth for many years. Seeing the impact that Girls Inc. has on the community really attracted me to this position, where I can apply all facets of my prior work experience to this mission-driven organization.”
In his spare time, Ricardo enjoys spending time with his four-year-old son, cooking, trail running, and training for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).