Answering the clarion call of the Black Lives Matter movement, BLAAC facilitates connection, dialogue, and cooperation among Black leaders, anti-racist allies, change-making organizations, and concerned individuals in Monterey County and beyond in order to build collaborative relationships that make a difference and deepen the impacts of anti-racist initiatives.
Black Leaders and Allies Collaborative
RACIAL EQUITY THROUGH DIALOGUE, UNITY & SHARED VALUES
Helping leaders & change-makers achieve racial equity through dialogue, unity, & shared values.
To create and promote healing, growth, and change that advances social equity and makes progress toward the eradication of racism.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR OUR WORK
When choosing vendors, products, and methods, we consider the environmental impact, namely:
Divestment from fossil fuels.
Friendly (organic, sustainable) to the earth.
In all business dealings and interpersonal interactions, equity is a top priority. Organizations must recruit, develop, retain, support, honor, respect, and center Black people and other BIPOC; not just in word, but in deed.
Our interactions with others are based on transparency, integrity, and the edification of all people/agencies involved.
We are a non-partisan organization supporting that which supports the community.
We do not endorse candidates for political office. membership
For all persons, any affiliation with BLAAC is not a political endorsement.
Politicians cannot use BLAAC as a platform to promote themselves or their personal political agenda.
Driven to Create Change
Our work is important and urgent, because cases like that of our own Founder typify injustices experienced by Black and Brown people across the globe. This should not be.
Board of Directors
Dirrick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Certificate of Teaching & Communication from Advantage College, Sacramento. Is a certified life coach and leadership development trainer. Dirrick formerly served corporations as Vice President of Sales & Operations, Director of Operations.
Dirrick is a licensed and ordained minister and former Director of Operations for non-profit “Imani2k.”
BOARD VICE CHAIR
Armed with her masters in youth development and service
learning, she actively combats white saviorism in volunteer
efforts. She is a member of Whites for Racial Equity, a local
chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice).
Joy for the last 20 years has become one of Monterey leading real estate agents, her team has been voted by Monterey Weekly, the #1 real estate team in Monterey for 15 consecutive years Joy’s goal is to combat racism using the guiding principles of BLAAC, connecting allies and Black leaders in our community to strengthen the message of equity.
Justin is the founding Pastor at “All Things New Church” in Monterey. Justin holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a community development certificate from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.
Clement is the Chief Operating Officer at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, in Salinas, California. Clement holds a Nurse Executive, Advanced board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and completed his MSN, in Leadership and Healthcare Systems management from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
from Pacific Union College.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature from
Dartmouth University. He served as Associate Pastor to Carmel
Presbyterian Church, and a graduate of and board member to
Breakthrough for Men. Brian has over 24 years of experience
organizing, leading, and influencing nonprofits, churches,
NGOs, and grassroots organizations nationally and
Tyller, the first African American and openly gay Monterey City Council Member, earned a bachelor’s degree from CSUMB and is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Administration program the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) of Monterey.
Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. After working as an Assistant District Attorney
for the city of Philadelphia, Jessica now practices law as a private attorney in Salinas, California.
Interested in Joining Our Team or Volunteering?
We are currently seeking creative and energetic professionals
to join our team to continue developing and building
this burgeoning organization. Reach out to us here and a member of our team will be in touch with you soon.