RYSE Board of Directors
A resident of Richmond, Sarita Ahuja is Director of Organizational Development at Neighborhood Funders Group. She is also an independent consultant with over 20 years of grantmaking, fundraising, and research experience. She works with organizations and projects that promote racial equity, immigrants’ rights, economic justice, and community organizing. Her professional background includes past positions with the San Francisco Foundation, Asian Law Caucus, the California Endowment, and the Ford Foundation. She has authored a number of publications aimed at educating funders about the needs of communities of color, including the recent report Widening the Lens on Boys and Men of Color: California AAPI and AMEMSA Perspectives.
In addition to serving on RYSE’s Board, Sarita is also a Trust member of the California Vipassana Center. A second generation Indian-American, she has served on the boards of Narika (a Bay Area-based domestic violence agency for South Asian women) and the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota.
As Executive Director of the Consortium, Alvaro Fuentes is responsible for ensuring that member clinics are recognized as key leaders and providers of quality health care services and resources throughout Contra Costa and Solano Counties. Alvaro has been with the Consortium since 2008 and has served as Fund Development Manager and Director of Community Affairs. Alvaro is also active in local community efforts, most notably the Healthy Richmond Initiative, which is an effort sponsored by The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative. Prior to joining the Consortium, Alvaro was employed by AltaMed Health Services Corporation in Los Angeles, one of the largest community health care organizations in the country. Over the last fifteen years, Alvaro has dedicated his career to nonprofit social service work, particularly in public housing, economic and community development, and health care.
Angela Clausen is a Hospital Services Manager at SightLife for the greater California area. She received her Master’s degree in 2006 from Capella University in Human Services and will soon earn her PHd in Public Service Leadership with a nonprofit emphasis. Prior to moving to Contra Costa County in 2011, Angela was the director of a private nonprofit foster care agency for more than eight years and fell in love working with children of all ages. When Angela is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, running, and hanging out with her dogs.
LaSaunda Tate is the Financial Education Coordinator for Brighter Beginnings/SparkPoint West Contra Costa where she is working to mitigate the “wealth-health gradient” through one-on-one coaching, community awareness, and policy work. Prior to her work at Brighter Beginnings, LaSaunda served as the Director of the Law and Justice Program for McCullum Youth Court where she worked to create Justice in Action—a youth court restorative justice program for Berkeley middle schools. Although LaSaunda is a Los Angeles County native, her advocacy for social justice began in the Bay Area more than ten years ago as a student at the University of California Berkeley, where she received her B.A. in Political Science. While LaSaunda’s resume spans law firms, political campaigns, high school college counseling, and nonprofit directorship, at the core of her professional experiences is a deep appreciation for social equality and the role it plays in providing opportunities for youth and improving the livelihood of low-income communities.