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The Black American Political Association of California - Fresno exists to ensure that equitable access to resources impacting education, employment, and economic development are made available for the underserved residents of Fresno, California.
Our goal is to create a robust and durable network that is has the capacity to:
Build resources and structures to assist underserved communities in their pursuit of autonomy
Leverage relationships with allies and community partners to ensure that economic and educational resources are equitably distributed.
Provide pathways to engagement for community members who desire to be involved in Fresno’s political landscape to ensure that all voices have there rightful place in the conversations that shape the city’s future.
BAPAC-Fresno understands that Fresno has a very diverse and unique make up and our vision is to ensure that the structures of power and influence reflect this diversity at every level of civic engagement.
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In our mission as advocates for equity to the African American, and other underserved communities; we are committed to expand our efforts for unity and open-ended inclusion of all persons of goodwill that are willing to partner with us.
Our Executive Board Members
Debbie J. Darden
Debbie J. Darden is a native of the City of Fresno and a longtime resident of West Fresno. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Debbie is highly active in her community, advocating for economic development and better education for all students. She is a strong supporter of quality education. Debbie has sought through her advocacy to improve the quality of life for all residents within the community.
Viva Straughter is a graduate of Fresno High School. She retired with AT&T after a successful career. She is the Legislative Ambassador for Alzheimers and Executive Product for the Miss Black Fresno & Miss Teen Black Fresno Pageant. She loves to empower others. Viva wants to be known as an Advocate who made a positive contribution in helping to make change in her community, the city of Fresno and the State of California with social justice and equality.
Kasan Nichols-Jones is a native of the city of Fresno. She holds an MBA and is Director of Medical Student Services at UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program for the past 15 years. Kasan has worked in healthcare administration for various hospitals across the valley including Saint Agnes, Madera Community and Fresno Heart Hospital. Kasan currently serves as Treasurer of BAPAC Fresno Chapter and is actively involved in community activities including serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the West Fresno Family Resource Center.
Sabrina, a long-time resident of Fresno. Sabrina, a Health Education Specialist, provides case management and conducts outreach for our local Department of Public Health and is a founding member, administrator of Common Ground Outreach; a non-profit that provides life skills and support to youth and young adults. She is a local advocate who actively lends her expertise and voice on behalf of minority women in maternal and infant health and youth and young adults. She currently serves and engages those under 40 yrs. of age.