Our Team

  • Tomás Alvarez III

    In 2004 as a graduate student at Smith College School for Social Work Tomás pioneered one of the country’s first ‘Hip Hop Therapy’ programs that used the process of creating rap music as a tool for promoting mental health and healing among urban youth uninterested in traditional talk therapy. Today Tomás’ Hip Hop Therapy program […]

    Title: Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Email: tomas@brl-inc.org

  • Rob Jackson

    A Hip Hop artist, educator and youth advocate, Rob Jackson is a representative of Oakland’s multicultural community. He received a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. With extensive background in the field of Education and expertise in curriculum development, Rob co-founded Beats Rhymes and Life […]

    Title: Co-Founder & Chief of Staff

    Email: rob@brl-inc.org

  • John Gill

    John is a product of Pennsylvania State University (Human Development and Family Studies Bachelors 2000) and the Smith College School of Social Work (Masters in Social Work 2007). He relocated to Oakland from the South Bronx, New York where he worked for 8 years in a clinically based CBO in the community of Hunts Point. John […]

    Title: Chief Operating Officer

    Email: john@brl-inc.org

  • Andrea Porfirio

    Andrea has been working with Beats Rhymes and Life since the spring of 2012. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she brings  years of experience working in the administrative field, as well as a passion for working to enhance the lives of Bay Area youth through the arts. She holds a B.A. in Sociology […]

    Title: Administrative Coordinator

    Email: andrea@brl-inc.org

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