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Ruth Barajas-Cardona

Director of Workforce and Re-Entry Programs

Ruth Barajas is the Director of BACR’s Workforce and Education Programs. As a former participant in BACR’s youth programs, she is deeply committed to promoting youth leadership and passionate about helping young people avoid violence, gain new skills, build confidence, and reach economic self-sufficiency. As someone personally impacted by poverty, gangs, and substance abuse while growing up, Ruth has a first-hand understanding of the educational and employment needs of at-risk youth. She has received awards from the San Francisco Unified School District (2008 and 2011), and Mayors Gavin Newsom (2008) and Willie Brown (1998). Ruth graduated from Mills College with a BA in Sociology and Urban Education.



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