Arts Leadership Award Program

Representing Alameda County Supervisorial District Two —

Paul Ruma of Union City, is the founder and director of Mighty4 Arts Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving history, advancing artistry, and empowering youth through Hip Hop cultural arts. Since 1998, Mr. Ruma has had international impact in over 40 cities worldwide by providing education about Hip Hop culture through community-based events, classes, workshops, and documentary productions. Mr. Ruma is an accomplished “B-Boy” dancer who led his group Rock Force Crew to the Battle of the Year world championship of Breakdancing in 1998 representing the USA taking first place and continues to receive numerous international awards. He continues to educate communities and inspires young people to get involved in social action, civic service, cultural creativity, and self-education.