Our Team

RDJ’s team members come from the government, business, and non-profit sectors and possess extensive knowledge on navigating complicated legislative, policy, and community imposed processes that can impede the achievement of your development project’s goals. The RDJ team possesses a diversity of experience and skills that uniquely position us to guide our clients’ capital projects to completion. Our expertise covers community relations, workforce development, communications, L/WBE recruitment and program management.


Expertise

  • Strategic Planning
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Community & Government Relations

Education

  • Anthropology, BA
    Social Science, BA
    University of California
  • Public Administration, MA
    California State University

Affiliations

  • Bayview Merchant Association
  • International Association of Public Participation
  • National Association of Workforce Development Professionals
  • San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Public Relations Association

Dwayne Jones,  Founder & President

Dwayne Jones is a well-seasoned veteran in the area of public relations and community engagement. With over twenty years of experience in community and economic development, Mr. Jones is regarded as a leader in social innovation. He has been instrumental the drafting and implementation local hiring legislation, community benefit agreements and local economic development efforts. As the Executive Director of Young Community Developers in 1998 he grew the organization to national recognition from $300,000 to $5 million in a 4 year period creating jobs 2300 jobs for residents. In 2004, Mr. Jones was appointed by Mayor Newsom as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, responsible for the implementation of San Francisco’s community development strategy. In this role he allocated over $30 million for revitalization efforts annually.

As an advocate for social justice and economic development, he positions residents as the first beneficiary of community revitalization and creates jobs through training programs and small business creation. In 2006, Mr. Jones was promoted to Mayoral Senior Advisor, Director of Community Engagement and head of the Communities of Opportunity (COO) initiative. COO is a public/private partnership between the City of San Francisco and local philanthropy to facilitate system reform and strategically leverage the city’s $7 billion in physical and economic investments. According to a community survey, over 2000 residents benefited from this innovative project acknowledging that Jones and COO exceeded expectations and established the first blueprint for positive community transformation. In 2008, he was appointed to the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission helping to develop policy to rebuild all public housing in need of repair without the displacement of current residents.

Mr. Jones holds two undergraduate degrees from UC Berkeley and a Graduate Degree from University of the Eastbay. He is nationally recognized as a social entrepreneur because of his ability to develop "Community to Business" relationships with residents, employers, and unions. His innovative theory of change is reshaping the manner which community development is delivered throughout the nation. Dwayne Jones has been recognized for his success in community/economic development by long list of civic leaders including Former Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Supervisor Malia Cohen, Former Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, and Minority Whip Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.



Expertise

  • Strategic Planning
  • Facility Master Planning
  • Program & Project Development and Management
  • Organizational Evaluation
  • Staff and Organizational Restructuring
  • Needs Assessment and Analysis

Education

  • Public Administration and Public Policy, MPA
    San Francisco State University
  • Urban Planning, B.A.
    San Francisco State University
  • Teaching Credential, Certificate
    University of California San Diego
  • Psychology, B.A.
    University of Texas at Austin

Affiliations

  • California Coalition for Adequate School Housing, Urban Policy Committee
  • Society of College and University Planners, Urban Policies
  • Bay Area Organizational Development Network

Art Taylor,  Chief of Operations

Mr. Taylor has over 20 years of experience in strategy and planning across multiple sectors, including large private corporations, philanthropic organizations, local and federal governments, civic groups, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities. He specializes in strategic and long-range master planning, facility planning and design, policy and program evaluation and analysis, operational and organizational development, staff reorganization and alignment, board/advisory committee development, and leadership and change management services.

Prior to joining RDJ Enterprises, Mr. Taylor directed a project management office of 15 professional staff and consultants and managed a portfolio of projects addressing new policy initiatives, changing demographic trends, public funding requests, project prioritization and programmatic direction, and alignment of financial and other strategies to meet current and future objectives.  He has directed projects including Oakland Unified School District’s Strategic and District Facilities Master Plan and General Obligation Bond Strategy, Stanford University at Porter Drive Change Management and Workplace Relocation and Space Planning Strategy, Emeryville Unified School District Project Team Recruitment and Planning for the Emeryville Center for Community Life, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Needs Assessment and Capacity Space Analysis, and Hawaii Department of Education Community Engagement and Donor Relations for Facility and Construction Master Planning.



Expertise

  • Design and Development of Workforce Strategies
  • Public Relations
  • Community Development
  • Community Engagement

Education

  • Political Economy of Development, BA University of California, Berkeley
  • International Trade & Globalization. BA University of California, Berkeley

Affiliations

  • African American Chamber of Commerce
  • District 10 Workforce Collaborative
  • Mayors Youth Employment Taskforce
  • National Public Relations Professionals
  • National Association of Workforce Development Professionals

Bruk Solomon

Bruk Solomon brings with him over 13 years of program development and project management experience with an emphasis on the economic development of disadvantaged communities. He has considerable experience in assembling and managing alliances to meet an array of communications and public affairs objectives. Mr. Solomon’s experience in community engagement and his ability to design and develop innovative workforce development strategies leads to fruitful partnerships for both public and private clients alike.

Bruk manages a broad range of communications and public affairs issues for public and private sector clients in many fields. His current and past clients include: state and city agencies, city and local campaigns as well as a host of private corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining the RDJ team, Bruk was an Associate with OBEE Consultancy, Special Projects manager with the Chrysler Corporation and a Program Director for San Francisco’s premier adult and youth workforce development firm.



Expertise

  • Labor Relations
  • Employment & Job Training
  • Business Diversity & Recruitment
  • Small & Minority Business Development

Education

  • Education & Administration, M.A.
    Xavier University
  • Educational Leadership, Ph.D
    Howard University

Affiliations

  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
  • Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
  • A. Phillip Randolph Institute
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • Coalition of Labor Union Women

Dr. Donna Gross McDaniel, Business Diversity & Job Training

Dr. McDaniel has over 20 years of experience in the development and administration of business diversity and job training programs.    She serves as the Assistant Director of the Minority Advancement for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). In this capacity, she assists LIUNA in identifying, promoting, and supporting issues of concern specific to their ethnic and gender diverse members. Formerly she served as Program Administrator at the Laborers’ Education and Training Fund (LETF), where she was responsible for grant development, and implementation and administration of worker education programs, including LETF’s Minority Worker Training and Brownfields Worker Training Programs. During her six year tenure with LETF, over 600 minority worker trainees and 200 Brownfields trainees completed the programs, resulting in a retention rate and employment rate of over 80%.

Dr. McDaniel is also active in the community. She serves on the board of the local Red Cross and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a public service organization.



Expertise

  • Community Relations
  • Public Outreach
  • Consensus Building
  • Community Benefits Administration

Education

  • Sales & Marketing, B.S. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Lydia Vincent, Outreach Coordinator

Ms. Vincent has extensive experience in planning and implementing community projects and facilitating grass roots outreach efforts.   Ms. Vincent previously served as a community engagement specialist for San Francisco’s Communities of Opportunities initiative. Ms. Vincent initiated outreach and informational activities for faith-based institutions and targeted resident populations within San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point and Visitation Valley communities. She also developed effective mechanisms for disseminating information to residents, organizations and businesses in those communities.

Ms. Vincent was extremely successful in assisting the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) in preparing an Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the Bayview Transportation Improvement Project. She helped to develop the overall outreach strategy for the project and advised DPW on effective ways to communicate with stakeholders to achieve maximum participation and input. Additionally, she planned workshops and gave presentations on the project to opinion leaders and other key stakeholders.

During her tenure as a project coordinator for the Bayview Koshland Fellows, Ms. Vincent performed overall management and monitoring of the organization’s community benefit programs for the Bayview Hunters Point community.




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