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Alma Burrell is Associate Director of Roots Community Health Center (Roots), a nonprofit health organization that is committed to serving the most marginalized and underserved in our communities. Ms. Burrell provides oversight and leadership for Roots South Bay location and played an integral role in Roots South Bay expansion. Ms. Burrell co-chaired the community driven research that identified the need for African-centered medical care and wrap around services in Santa Clara County.

Prior to her position with Roots, she managed a variety of maternal, child and adolescent health programs for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department for nearly 20 years. Ms. Burrell has spent her professional career advocating for families, assessing community challenges and supports; and designing and implementing programs that support health. Ms. Burrell believes collaboration and partnerships are critical to successful community engagement; and for this reason she participates with community coalitions and task forces that focus on health promotion and prevention.

Ms. Burrell received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Public Health degrees from San Jose State University. Her work has been recognized by CityMATCH, a Center for Disease Control (CDC) maternal, child health program; the state of California Public Health Department and other local organizations.



Director of Advocacy for Racial Justice at San Jose State University

Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Black student development, counseling, communication, public speaking, facilitation, mentoring, and education program development.



Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from Golden Gate University. Ashley has 10-12 years of experience working with underserved families and communities of color in education, public health, child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice and the criminal justice system.

She is a strong advocate for families fighting against systems of oppression and institutionalized racism. Ashley has served as a member of the African Ancestry Employee’s Committee of Santa Clara County Social Services, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Ashley is the current Director of Behavioral and Developmental Health for FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, overseeing developmental and behavioral health services for pregnant women and children under 5, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health Services, the Department of Family and Children’s Services and the Superior Court of Santa Clara County. Ashley currently serves as the Assistant Chair for the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet and currently resides in Alameda County, CA.




Retired Software Executive, IBM and Mainstar Software Corporation, Past Regional Vice President – Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Inc., Executive Advisory Board Member – United Negro College Fund Public Affairs Chair – March of Dimes
– South Bay Division, Member – African American Student Advocates of East Side Union High School District, Mentor Coordinator and Board Member – Oriki Theater – Rites of Passage Program Manager – Oak Grove High School After – School Mentoring Program.

Board President, Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurial Develop
Board Member and Public Policy Chair, Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce



In 1992, while working as a National Director of Sales and disheartened by the lack of other minorities in the technology field, André Chapman founded The Unity Care Group, Inc. to develop educational and social programs designed to enrich the lives of under served youth.

Having earned a BS in Business, a Masters in Organization Management and a Certificate of Completion, Harvard Business School, Strategic Perspectives on Non-Profit Management, Mr. Chapman has worked vigorously to bridge the foster care divide at local and state levels. He addresses the over representation of minorities in the foster care system. Mr. Chapman has received both local and national acclaim for his dedication and innovation programs.