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Shiko Rugene

Shiko Rugene

Shiko Rugene

Administrative Assistant to the Chief Impact Officer
Why do you do what you do?

When I was 11, my mom and I immigrated from Kenya and settled in Richmond, CA. I remember thinking that the community and the school I joined didn’t seem to reflect the America I had been anticipating. After a few years, we moved to Albany, which is an affluent, mostly white city just a few miles from Richmond. This place looked more like the America I had envisioned. Kids played outside freely, and there were parks, supermarkets, and restaurants—the works! I saw for the first time the distinct inequities between race and class and learned at that early age that where you lived and what you looked like played a huge role in determining your access to opportunity. This realization informed the way I looked at the world from that point on, and it motivated me to do work that centered Black and Brown communities.

What drew you to the foundation?

I was drawn to the foundation’s commitment to advance racial and economic equity in the Bay Area for Black and Brown communities. Also, its clear commitment to diverse hiring really stood out to me. I’m grateful to work at a place where I can show up as my full self, at all times.

How would you describe your role?

I provide administrative support to the Chief Impact Officer and support calendaring and events for the Community Impact department.

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