“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
— Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Founder & Managing Director
Jasmine Leek is passionate about community development and civic leadership. Upon returning to her hometown of Stockton in 2014, Jasmine leveraged her background in communications, sales, and customer relations in the finance and telecommunications industries to shift into more fulfilling community development roles.
In 2016, she founded Third City Coalition to improve civic engagement and pride. Today, she serves as Managing Director of the organization, heading up a portfolio of projects related to urban sustainability and civic innovation, including the seven-week leadership development program Stockton Urban Revitalization Fellowship (SURF) and the Nonprofit Collaborators of San Joaquin County, and serves as a partner on the City of Stockton's Rise Stockton initiative.
Director of sustainability
Zuleima Flores-Abid is a passionate leader for the movement for gender and social justice in Stockton, California and the surrounding region. Zuleima comes to Third City Coalition from the National Alliance on Mental Illness California office where she worked as the Programs Manager, engaging and mobilizing diverse populations across California to break the stigma surrounding mental health and become advocates and teachers for their families and their local communities.
In addition to her professional work, Zuleima is a dedicated community servant. In 2016, she founded the Stockton Younger Women’s Task Force (YWTF) with the vision to empower and uplift the diverse voices of young women, providing the tools and resources needed to take action on issues that are the most relevant to them. As the Chapter Director of the organization, she has worked to focus on shifting the paradigm for women’s rights, gender equality in education, healthcare, local government, and voter participation. With a keen vision to build solidarity and unity among community members, Zuleima, YWTF, OWL Movement, and other local organizations collaborated to bring the first ever Women’s March to Stockton on January 19, 2019.
With a background in reporting on environmental issues and local government, Davis received a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Originally from Oakdale, he enjoys hiking and playing music in his free time.
community engagement intern, rise stockton
Going into her senior year at UC Santa Cruz, Mia is working towards completing her degree with concentrations in both Community Studies and Art. She is a Stockton native and, aside from her interest in volunteer work, in her spare time Mia loves to discover new music and explore nature.