History About Us

Concrete Development was first known as the Stockton Concrete Team, and is composed of formerly incarcerated, inactive gang members who are system-impacted seeking to influence positive change within their communities. We began meeting on a weekly basis in 2017 as a Local Organizing Committee within Faith in the Valley, working on Restorative Justice Issues such as Gun Violence and Police Accountability.

A year into our organizing efforts, we began working with PICO California and Faith in Action National as part of the Peacemakers Fellowship (a nine-month fellowship program for individuals engaged in gun and/or gang violence). The Stockton Concrete Team soon became the key leaders of the Peacemakers Fellowship taking on the roles of Mentor, Administrative Assistant, Trainer, and Group Facilitator.

As the size of our team grew, so did our organizing skills. The Fellowship program became the vehicle we used to onboard impacted individuals into our work. 

The Concrete Team learned to use their voice and transferable skills to educate, organize and advocate for local, state, and federal policy change. In their community listening and relational organizing they began to see that there were very few services that were actually serving at-risk communities.

This led the Concrete Team on the journey of understanding racial inequity and learning how to bridge across differences to ensure service providers connected authentically and comprehensively/deeply with communities of color. We officially launched Concrete Development Inc. in January, 2023

Our Team

The Concrete Team is our neutral “space” used to connect CDI fellowship graduates, groups, and individuals already serving their communities and provide them with tools that will further Equip, Empower, Educate, and Engage folks on the ground with what they need to promote change. The Concrete Team is the driving force to our advocacy work.

  • Some of the policy areas The Concrete Team has worked on are Prop 47, SB392, Prop 17, the defeat of Prop 20, and more.
  • CDI builds capacity within marginalized communities, with an emphasis on leadership development within the Prop 17 population which restored voting rights to 50,000 Californians on parole, including over 8,000 in San Joaquin County. 

Toni McNeil

Founder & Executive Director

Elizabeth Ng Mayberry

Administrative Director

Kevin McNeil

Concrete Lead

Jamesha Smith

Concrete Lead

Gabe Smith

Concrete Lead

Anthony Robinson Jr

Concrete Lead

Julian Balderama

Concrete Lead

Ahmad Majid

Concrete Lead