This week, C. “Sequoia” Erasmus joined the City of Richmond Office of the Mayor staff, filling a vacancy left by the departure late last year of David Gray. Sequoia will assume the title of Director of Community Engagement while Christopher Whitmore will become Director of Policy and Strategy.
Sequoia is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin American and Latino Studies/Global Economics. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
A dedicated community engagement specialist, Sequoia worked most recently for the UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools where she was a Y-Plan coach and site coordinator. She has also worked for the Contra Costa Health Services Community Wellness and Prevention Program as a community health educator and Safe Routes to School area program coordinator, Girl Scouts of NORCAL as a program facilitator and community organizer and assistant camp director and East Bay Regional Parks District as a Day Camp director.
Sequoia has served on the Richmond Recreation and Parks Commission since 2015, and she serves in multiple community organizations, including Healthy Richmond HUB Steering Committee, Bike East Bay – Contra Costa Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Richmond Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee and YES community programs volunteer.