Sheryl E. Lane is the Executive Director (ED) for BBK and under her leadership and vision, she works with a team to realize BBK’s mission to invest in individual transformation to promote thriving families and community change.
Sheryl, a Richmond native, is a leader who brings demonstrated experience in both social sector management and social and community change. She is passionate about engaging communities and constituents on issues that impact their lives and working with them to develop ideas and solutions that result in positive change and better opportunities for accessing financial security and prosperity, quality education and safer neighborhoods.
Sheryl holds a Master’s of Science in Urban Policy and Management from the Milano Graduate School of Management at the New School in New York City. She holds two BA degrees — one in Sociology and another in Psychology & Social Behavior, both from UC Irvine.
Jenn “JJ” Balogh (pronounced “Bay-low”) is BBK’s Director of Evaluation and Research. Jenn works with BBK’s staff and parent leaders to determine which of the BBK’s innovative programs and community organizing efforts are making a real difference. For over 25 years, Jenn has been helping nonprofits and community groups make better decisions. Since joining BBK in 2013, Jenn has worked to bring BBK’s evaluation work into alignment with our values of respect, empowerment and community engagement using creative new tools and methods. Jenn obtained her B.S. from University of California at Riverside, where she studied anthropology, sociology and psychology. Jennifer received her MPH in Behavioral Sciences, and her MSW in Planning and Mental Health, both from UC Berkeley. (Jenn is also an expert on cowboy boots. She is author of the book, Cowboy Boots: The Art & Sole. Rizzoli, 2007.)
Evelyn Santos, Administrative Coordinator
JoAnn Ford grew up in Richmond, the oldest of five children. Attending school in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, she graduated from Sierra Adult School and also attended Contra Costa Community College. JoAnn is the proud mother of six wonderful children. JoAnn began as an intern in February 2012, serving with BBK ever since, because she wants to see positive changes in the community she loves and cares about. For her dedicated service and work in the Iron Triangle, JoAnn has received several awards, including an award from the City of Richmond. JoAnn enjoys camping, swimming, walking and spending time with her family.