Ruby’s Place
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The Ruby’s Place Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Pfeffer, PhD as our Interim Executive Director. Ruby’s Place was founded as Emergency Shelter Program in 1972, and was Alameda County’s first “battered women’s shelter.” Today Ruby’s Place continues to provide emergency shelter, and has expanded its mission to provide shelter and comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking or homelessness. Ruby’s Place is located in Hayward, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Pfeffer brings an extensive educational background, experience and passion for populations similar to those served by Ruby’s Place. Twenty-one years ago, she founded and directed the Center for Young Women’s Development (CYWD), an award winning non-profit organization that hired women from the streets or jail. CYWD has helped thousands of young women move forward to become extraordinary leaders, parents, students, academics, medical professionals, artists, writers, entrepreneurs and engaged citizens and activists. Dr. Pfeffer successfully transitioned herself out of the agency, which continues its mission today.

Dr. Pfeffer went on to co-found the Young Women’s Work Project (YWWP), a national network, research and incubation project created to reduce recidivism, develop economic solutions and social justice leaders and organizations run for and by formerly incarcerated young women of color. YWWP successfully launched two award-winning organizations led by formerly incarcerated young women: Young Women United for Oakland and Sister Outsider, Brooklyn.

For the past 9 years, Dr. Pfeffer has managed executive transitions as an interim executive director for eight different philanthropic organizations, educational institutions, social service, advocacy or youth-focused non-profits and other public sector institutions.

Prior directors who have worked with Dr. Pfeffer rave about her as an executive and as a person. They describe her as being superb with people, an excellent planner, a very hard worker, gentle yet firm with staff, and all around “just amazing.”

The Ruby’s Place Board of Directors will support Dr. Pfeffer in ensuring the clients of Ruby’s Place are well cared for on their journeys to healing and self-sustainability; that our staff are supported and empowered; and that Ruby’s Place remains fiscally strong and committed to the mission and vision of the agency. Together, the Board and Dr. Pfeffer will hire an exceptional permanent executive director who will take Ruby’s Place to the next level of our mission: providing prevention and supportive services to the community and people impacted by domestic violence, human trafficking or homelessness.

We thank you for your on-going support. Dr. Pfeffer can be reached at

Mission Statement:
The mission of Ruby’s Place is to provide prevention and supportive services to the community and people impacted by domestic violence, human trafficking or homelessness.
Vision Statement:
Safe and stable families, one person at a time.
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Please enjoy this short video from Congressman Swalwell
as he recognizes Ruby’s Place
in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
Thank you Congressman!

A special greeting from Congressman Eric Swalwell
about ESP/Ruby's Place and National Domestic Violence Month



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