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Jonathan K. London

Jonathan K. London is the director of the Center for Regional Change and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Community Development. Jonathan conducts research on rural community development and environmental justice. He has extensive leadership experience in non-profit management, participatory research, and community engagement. He holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley.

Bernadette Austin

As Associate Director of the Center for Regional Change, Bernadette brings extensive experience in community development praxis and public-private partnerships. Prior to founding a consulting firm specializing in community development, she worked for a private affordable housing developer, local redevelopment agency, community development financial institution, and nonprofit community health organizations. Her projects include Sacramento’s first true transit-oriented development, West Sacramento’s first urban farm stand, and the first project in the country to implement a federal program combining housing vouchers and health services for disabled adults. Bernadette has served on the West Sacramento Planning Commission, West Sacramento Parks and Community Services Commission, and the Policy and Planning Committee of the Urban Land Institute. She holds a Master of Science in Community Development from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from St. Mary’s College of California.

Diane Godard

Diane Godard joined the CRC in 2013 as a Project Associate for the Regional Opportunity Index, and has grown into her current role as the center’s first Programs Manager. As of July 2014, she provides organizational support for the development and coordination of CRC projects, programs and events.  Diane leads in the design and implementation of project management systems with an eye to increasing their efficiency and impact. She brings over 20 years of social and behavioral research and program management experience to the CRC, both in academic and for-profit sectors, and was a Senior Research Associate at the Public Research Institute at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Diane began her work in community development conducting social, health, and economic needs assessments. She earned her M.A. in Social Psychology from SFSU, where she taught methods courses on survey research and human sexuality.

Mindy RomeroMindy S. Romero

Mindy Romero is the founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.  Romero is a political sociologist and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis.  Her scholarly work focuses on the intersection of political behavior and race/ethnicity.   Romero has been invited to speak about civic engagement and political rights in numerous venues, and has recently provided testimony to the National Commission on Voting Rights and the California Legislature.  Her research has been cited in numerous major news outlets, including the Washington P ost, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Politico and the Huffington Post. A native of California’s Central Valley, Romero is also active in community leadership.  She currently serves as President of the Board of Mutual Housing California, and is the vice-chair of the Social Service Commission for the City of Davis.

Valerie Chiappone

Valerie Chiappone joined the Center in 2014 as the Administration and Operations Manager. She provides administrative support to the Center and is the initial contact for those interested in working with the CRC. She brings a vast array of office experience to the Center from having worked in start-up, corporate and government environments. Valerie grew up in the Bay Area and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco.

Cassie Hartzog

Cassie Hartzog, a Sacramento native, is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at UC Davis. She studies immigrant health disparities, focusing on how health behaviors change as immigrants are integrated into American society. Cassie is currently on the research team for the CRC-Rabobank Rural Opportunity Index project. She was also a member of the research team on the CRC's Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions study and is participating on a project investigating the role that community-based organizations play in the educational and social outcomes of immigrant youth. Cassie studied mathematics at Pomona College, computer science at UC Berkeley, and worked as a software developer before starting graduate school, where she enjoys applying her research skills to the study of issues that impact community well-being.

Sara Watterson

Sara Watterson joined the Center in 2013 as a GIS Analyst in the Center's Mapping Lab. She conducts data analysis, creates maps, and assists the Center in web mapping development. Sara has over ten years experience working with GIS and data management, mainly in the natural resources field, and has worked for the University of Colorado-Boulder, Earthjustice, the Great Lakes Commission, and Nature Publishing. She holds a Master's degree from Oregon State University and a Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Sergio Cuellar

Sergio, a native of Patterson, California and the Central Valley, is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Center for Regional Change at UC Davis. He will be leading outreach and education efforts to share the CRC’s work with communities and assist communities in accessing CRC data through the Making Youth Data Matter Project and other CRC projects.  Sergio comes with 10 years of experience working in Youth-Led Participatory Action Research, Youth and Community Organizing, Coalition Building and Education Policy. Sergio holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in United States History with an emphasis on US-Latin American Relations from California State University, Fresno.

Stacy Shwartz Olagundoye

Stacy joined the Center as a member of the research team for the project: Chronic Absence in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Stacy brings over a decade of experience in youth and community development, ranging from direct service work with young people, to non-profit management and consulting. Stacy specializes in research, training, and co-facilitation with young people to strengthen best practices in school and after-school programs. Her past projects have included collaborations with the California School-Age Consortium, The 4-H Center for Youth Development, and the CA Department of Public Health. Stacy’s research has appeared in Relational Child and Youth Care Practice and a 4-H Center for Youth Development’s Special Report. Stacy holds a Master’s degree in Community Development from the University of California, Davis.

Jeanette Lim

Jeanette Lim joined the Center in 2015 as a Junior Specialist on the Soil Lead Testing team. Her prior experience includes several years of training as an interdisciplinary researcher in social and environmental sciences, and she has worked on a variety of projects both locally in California and internationally. Jeanette aspires to approach environmental work from justice and equity based perspectives, and is excited to grow her role at the Center. She believes that through the development of collective goals and respect for thriving individual identities, all communities can unite to prosper. Jeanette holds a B.S. in Earth Systems with a concentration in Food Systems from Stanford University. She speaks Spanish with fluency and is always happy to facilitate in multilingual settings.

Gail Lampinen

Gail Lampinen joined the Center in 2015 to support the CRC's online mapping applications.  She started working in programming and statistical analysis almost 30 years ago, and began using GIS 24 years ago.  Gail provides programming, database management, GIS support, and website development to the CRC and the Information Center for the Environment.  She received both her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in zoology at UC Davis.

Carolyn Abrams

Carolyn Abrams joined the CRC as a research analyst in 2015. Carolyn contributes community-based research experience, a regional planning perspective, and a deep commitment to social justice. She has experience working with diverse communities and conducting research in collaboration with residents, local leaders, and key stakeholders. Her research has contributed to the development of projects and reports for the Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, Los Angeles City Hall, and the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund. Carolyn's youth development background also provides relevant experience implementing youth leadership programs and directing youth participatory planning projects. Her commitment to justice and equity continues to fuel her research as she strives to more effectively address challenges faced by underserved communities. Carolyn holds a Master’s of urban and regional planning from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science in community and regional development from UC Davis.

Karen Andrade

Karen Andrade is a postdoctoral scholar working with Jonathan on the Environmental Health Science (EHS) Center’s Community, Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC). As part of the COEC she is working to help ensure that the research the EHS Center’s produces has strong and meaningful community engagement. In particular she is heading the establishment of an Environmental Health Sciences Academy for community leaders to access university knowledge in environmental health sciences. Karen is a recent UC Berkeley graduate. Her graduate work had two very different, but complementary, training emphases. Her work on microbial communities and their ecology has given her a deep and practical understanding of how to conduct research in the biophysical sciences. She used this experience when establishing the UC Berkeley Science Shop. This organization facilitated collaborations between UCB students and communities with environmental research needs. Her current work is a continuation of a professional interest to build effective and accessible bridges between institutional scientific research and the research needs of community groups. Karen holds a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley in environmental science policy and management.

Greg KeidanGreg Keidan

Greg Keidan is a Research Associate with the California Civic Engagement Project at the Center for Regional Change.  Greg worked previously with the nonprofit organizations AmericaSpeaks, The Common Knowledge Group, and the Institute for Local Government.  He studied public engagement strategies with The Institute for Sustained Dialogue & Fielding Graduate University.  His articles on civic engagement strategies have appeared in Western Cities Magazine and The National Civic Review, and he authored several research reports for the Institute for Local Government including A Local Official's Guide to Immigrant Civic Engagement.  He holds a B.S. in Biology from the College of Wooster and a Ph.D. ABD from the University of New Mexico in Neuroscience.  Greg enjoys live music, deliberative democracy, science fiction, the culinary arts, and walking his dog.

Jessica M. Jones

The CRC's Student Engagement Coordinator, Jessica M. Jones, is a candidate for a B.S. in community and regional development with a focus in environmental policy at UC Davis. From 2012-14, Jessica served as an executive board member for the Sonoma County Sierra Club Group. Jessica is a 2014 Udall Scholar, the recipient of the 2013 SRJC Bailey Award, 2013 Sonoma County Conservation Action Youth Award, 2011 Sonoma County Environmental Youth Activist Award and the Leadership in Sustainability Emerging Leader Award. She was president of the associated students at Santa Rosa Junior College for two years, the co-founder and president of the award-winning club "Students for Sustainable Communities" and 2011 graduate of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. Jessica spoke at Chico State University's 9th Higher Education Sustainability Conference titled "Out Sustainable Future" and was a speaker on the president's panel at the 10th Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

Kristen MorizonoKristen Morizono

Kristen Morizono, a design major and managerial economics minor from Danville, California, joined the Center for Regional Change in June 2016 as a designer, web manager, and student assistant.  When not working as a staff member, Kristen is the design director for Students in Volunteer and Income Tax Assistance on campus.  Kristen is graduating from UC Davis in June 2017 and is looking forward to a career in graphic design.