Bram Begonia was appointed CEO and President in Feb 2021. Prior to this, Mr. Begonia was in executive leadership in the nonprofit world working with underserved and diverse communities. He directed programs and operations for charities in East Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, and Hawaii for the last 17 years, leading teams of up to 400. Over the years, he launched and completed large company-wide strategic plans, capital campaigns, and projects, most notably The Salvation Army Silicon Valley ($150M), Kroc Center Hawaii in West Oahu ($133M), and EPACENTER in East Palo Alto ($40M). In a short time, Bram has launched a new strategic plan, helped the team complete the $6 Million capital campaign to launch the recently opened Muriel E. Mayes Center for Women and Children, and has guided the team through new program growth post-pandemic. Though he was born in Hawaii, he grew up in Southern California and Colorado and returned to Hawaii to graduate with honors from the University of Hawaii, Shidler School of Business, and studied at the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong. He is currently pursuing his MBA in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management at City Vision University. In addition, he has a beautiful wife of 27 years and three talented young adult children who are all involved in their local church. He loves seeing young people reach their potential, developing leaders, playing the piano, enjoying sports, and traveling. Most importantly, he loves the Lord and loves people!
David has have worked in various positions of non-profit experience, including, Director of Neighborhood Outreach at Rochester Youth for Christ; Program Director at Rochester Teen Challenge; Executive Director at Pivot Ministries; Pastor/Co-Founder of Emmaus Partnership; Co-Founder Pivot CDC and Director of Compassionate Care and Men's Center at The Bowery Mission, NY.
Stephanie joined BARM in 2019; she has 30 years of non-profit experience. Her experience includes the CEO of Country Manager, Principal, Children & Family Pastor, and Vice-President of Development at several prestigious organizations nationally and internationally. She and her husband, Mark, have facilitated seminars, workshops, and training sessions, and are sought after keynote speakers.
Welcome our new Vice-President of Operations
Jeffrey Wright is a native of Richmond, California and has been a resident of El Cerrito, California for 36 years. He has been licensed by the California Department of Real Estate since 1979.
Jeffrey began his real estate career working as a real estate salesperson at his late father’s real estate company, Century 21 Wright Realtors, in El Cerrito. He is a 1983 graduate of San Francisco State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Real Estate. He is the Managing Broker and owner of Wright Realtors and Wricor Realty Advisors located in El Cerrito. Over the course of his 45-year career in real estate he has helped numerous individuals and families successfully buy and sell real estate. He has handled real estate matters on behalf of attorneys, conservators, trustees, investors, banks, and government and municipal agencies. His industry service includes serving as the President of the West Contra Costa Association of Realtors, on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the California Association of Realtors. He has chaired and served on many real estate related committees and task forces. He recently completed service as a board member and past president for both the El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce and the Richmond Museum Association. His community service is currently comprised of serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Bay Area Rescue Mission, and as a County Planning Commissioner for Contra Costa County. He and his wife Tyra are the parents of two adult children, a son, Jeffrey who resides in Bangkok, Thailand and is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School in Bangkok, Thailand, and a daughter Gina, a 2021 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, who lives in Richmond, California. Jeffrey and Tyra have been attending Hilltop Community Church in Richmond since 2004 and prior to that were longtime members of Providence Baptist Church in Richmond where Jeffrey served as the Chairman of the Hospitality Committee, Co-Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, and sang in the Male Chorus.
Jeff Wright, Chairman
Andy Santamaria, Vice-Chair
Carol-Ann Laughlin, Secretary
Karl Jones, Treasurer
Bram Begonia, President/CEO