With sadness and deep gratitude, the RAMS Board of Directors is formally announcing the departure of JayVon Muhammad, President and Chief Executive Officer of RAMS. Her last day will be on August 31, 2023.
Ms. Muhammad joined RAMS at an unprecedented time, in unprecedented circumstances. She was appointed on March 8, 2021, to lead RAMS into its next phase, a year into the COVID lockdowns. Ms. Muhammad came to RAMS after serving as Chief Executive Officer of SWLA Center for Health Services in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A San Francisco native, Ms. Muhammad had already paved her path as an inspiring, equity-centered professional with more than 20 years of healthcare and community leadership experience in the Bay Area and Louisiana. In the words of former RAMS Board Chair Cynthia Huie, “Her expertise in designing and overseeing equity-based clinical programs in underrepresented communities, as well as her passion and energy for innovation and partnership, will help RAMS build upon our record of accomplishment as we continue to address the compounding COVID-19 and mental health crises in San Francisco.”
Under Ms. Muhammad’s leadership, RAMS expanded its scope of services to include new and diverse programming including EMBRACE, which provides perinatal mental health services for Black Families, in partnership with the University of California San Francisco, SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH), and Southeast Health Center. Ms. Muhammad also initiated the Unity Road Trip, a program where Chinese American and African American youth girls travel on a month-long road trip across 16 states learning critical historical and cultural information about their lineage, histories, and contributions to the United States. Through this journey, these young leaders gain knowledge, relationships, and skills to educate, build unity, and heal their communities. Other significant initiatives include creating The Living Room, a crucial welcoming piece of the Tenderloin Linkage Center which was a temporary SFDPH site to reduce overdose deaths and increase connections to supportive services, The Lotus Project, a partnership with Public Health Institute to provide training on trauma care to Asian American & Asian Immigrant communities, expanding the RAMS leadership team to include the Director of Community & Workforce Empowerment and the Director of Community Engagement & Government Affairs, and being instrumental in RAMS’ opportunity to secure $6.5 million in funding towards the acquisition of a new building for a permanent program site in the San Francisco Richmond District. Under Ms. Muhammad’s leadership, RAMS was also chosen as Nonprofit of The Year by Assemblymember Philip Ting to represent his District.
The RAMS Board of Directors was honored and humbled to work with Ms. Muhammad. Her leadership as well as her kindness, enthusiasm, and passion for social justice and equity, will be greatly missed.
Over the next few months, the Board will be working closely with Ms. Muhammad to ensure a smooth transition.
Chair, RAMS Board of Directors