New Leaders. Familiar Faces.
In April, we got the chance to chat with two members of the 3rd Street family who have recently changed roles. Misty Patton, the new Director of Programs, transitioned from 3rd Street's Board of Directors where she served as Secretary. Prior to her new job on 3rd Street's leadership team, Misty worked as the Education Program Manager at Stanford School of Medicine.

Ronnishia Johnson, our new Assistant Director of Behavioral Health, has been a critical part of our agency as a therapist for nearly a decade as a therapist.

Learn more about our two new leaders, Misty and Ronnishia below.
Misty Patton
Director of Programs

What made you want to transition from one leadership role as Board Secretary to another leadership role as Director of Programs?

My children, actually. While on the board, I watched a short documentary about Bayview Hunters Point. I had my children sit and watch it so they would know the true history of the area where my husband, myself, and our families grew up.

My daughter could see the pride I always took in speaking about the board and simply said to me, "You seem so happy when talking about 3rd Street. Why don't you aim to work there, Mom?" From that moment, I began looking for a position that would allow me to make a change in the lives of our youth.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned since joining our leadership team? 

The hard work that everyone puts in. It’s one thing to hear about it as a board member, but to sit among leadership within the organization and see all that is being done daily is amazing. It’s extremely important to me as I navigate through this position. 

What do you think is the most important part of your new role? 

To create new programs for our youth and to provide guidance and oversight for the current programs onsite. I believe my knowledge of medicine and education will allow me to both grow and sustain 3rd Street’s programs. 
Ronnishia Johnson
Assistant Director of Behavioral Health

Can you describe your new role?

I support the management and development of our behavioral health clinicians and structures.

I also provide clinical therapy services and education to our youth, staff, and partnering community organizations.

What made you want to take on a leadership role in our expanding Behavioral Health Services?

I decided to take on a leadership role in this agency because I have been passionately working for 3rd Street for almost ten years.

I have had a chance to recognize the need for Mental Health Services within our agency and the populations we serve.

I believe I have the skills and vision to help grow and expand the department while continuing to provide effective services. 

What did you learn as a therapist that will help you oversee these services?

I have learned how mental health services are critical to the overall health and livelihood of our youth. Our youth are often impacted by developmental and traumatic experiences. Although this is a common experience for many of our youth, mental health services are not always available.

It’s sometimes even harder to receive services when they don’t seem connected to or reflective of their culture or experiences.

Youth have a great sense of what they need to heal and are often not given the space they need to be the experts in their own care.

My goal is to normalize and facilitate culturally sensitive care practices that center our young people as the experts of their healing!
3rd Street Celebrates the First Black Female Elevated to the Supreme Court.

Congratulations, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!
On April 7th, by a vote of 53-47, the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Brown Jackson will be the first Black female to sit on the Supreme Court.

In her remarks at the White House after her confirmation, Justice Brown Jackson pointed out, "In my family, it took just one generation to go from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States."

Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson's confirmation is a much-needed step toward a Court that reflects the diversity of the United States.

Not to mention as a symbol of possibility and progress for the youth of Bayview Hunters Point.

We applaud and admire her hard work and dedication to the United States judicial system.
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