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RAMS Announces Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer

To the RAMS Staff and Community,

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Tang, MSW, LCSW, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Richmond Area Multi-services (RAMS). Ms. Tang will begin her official capacity on September 1, 2023. The Board unanimously selected Ms. Tang as the candidate to lead and represent RAMS, a leading community provider of culturally competent and culturally responsive mental and behavioral health services, training, and program innovation. In making its decision, the Board considered the need for RAMS in the coming years to navigate the changes in mental health care funding and delivery. Ms. Tang is uniquely qualified not only to guide RAMS in this process but also to propose and define policy at the local, state and federal levels. In her role of elevating RAMS’s visibility and influence, Ms. Tang shall continue enabling RAMS to create, fund and implement programs that reflect our expertise and values especially as it relates to providing culturally responsive care.

During her nearly two decades of service at RAMS, Ms. Tang has proven her commitment to the Mission and Vision of the organization, and to the well-being and professional development of RAMS staff. Her experience includes being on the Leadership Team and has been creative & strategic through having fostered innovative and culturally responsive programs while building the infrastructure for operational excellence, quality improvement, sustainability, and scalability. Today, RAMS has continuously achieved outstanding external reviews by funders and is recognized as a highly reputable mental health services provider in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moreover, Ms. Tang is an inclusive and values-oriented leader and communicator that cultivates meaningful staff engagement strategies.

In serving the community, Ms. Tang draws from her personal experience of being a native San Franciscan and a daughter of Chinese immigrants who faced multiple barriers relating to race, language, and financial hardships. She has a Masters of Social Work (Administration) from Columbia University, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as certified in Healthcare Compliance and Lean Six Sigma. Since starting at RAMS as the agency’s Operations Manager in 2004, she has since been the Director of Operations, Interim Co-Leader for 14 months during the COVID Health Emergency, and more recently, the Chief Operating Officer serving as a principal strategist of the daily agency operations. Ms. Tang has extensive experience representing RAMS with funders, community leaders, and local and nationwide coalitions, as well as leading contract negotiations and the modernization of RAMS infrastructure.

The RAMS Board of Directors wishes to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to outgoing RAMS President & CEO JayVon Muhammad, who led RAMS through exciting phases and expansions over the past 2.5 years, with new and diverse programming developments, acquisition of $6.5 million in funding for a new permanent building, as well as RAMS being named as Nonprofit Of The Year by Assemblymember Ting in 2022. The RAMS Board of Directors has been 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. From Ms. Muhammad: “It has been a great privilege to serve as the CEO of RAMS, an organization that truly cares for the communities being served. In a social media post, a friend wrote the following message to me “(JayVon Muhammad) the Black Liberation Mary Poppins. Stay ready…she might be floating to a neighborhood near you”. That being said, I came to RAMS with a purpose and that purpose has come to an end. It is now time for me to float on to my next work, leaving you in the well-qualified and caring hands of Angela Tang. I cannot wait to see what comes next for RAMS.”

As RAMS continues to aspire to new heights and milestones while being the standard-bearer for excellence in culturally responsive care, please join us in welcoming Angela Tang in her new role as President & CEO. The Board looks forward to her exemplary leadership and continued years of service at RAMS.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

Patty Rodriquez, Board Chair