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Jonathan K. London

Jonathan K. London is the faculty director of the Center for Regional Change and an associate professor in the Department of Human & 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 Master of City and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in environmental science, policy and management from UC Berkeley. jklondon@ucdavis.edu


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. braustin@ucdavis.edu


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.  dmgodard@ucdavis.edu


Valerie Chiappone

Valerie Chiappone joined the CRC in 2014 as the administrative manager. She provides administrative support to the center and is the initial contact for those interested in working with the CRC. She brings with her a vast array of office experience from having worked in start-up, corporate and government environments. Valerie grew up in the Bay Area, is a writer on the side and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco. vchiappone@ucdavis.edu


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. chartzog@ucdavis.edu


Sara Watterson

Sara Watterson joined the center in 2013 as a GIS analyst in the CRC'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. swatterson@ucdavis.edu


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 Bachelor of Science in United States history with an emphasis on US-Latin American Relations from California State University, Fresno. sercuellar@ucdavis.edu


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. ssolagundoye@ucdavis.edu


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.  gslampinen@ucdavis.edu


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. cmabrams@ucdavis.edu


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. kandrade@ucdavis.edu


Brandon Louie

Brandon Louie joined the center in 2016 as a Community Engagement Coordinator. His work supports the use of data and mapping by youth and adults within the context of youth engagement strategies that foster improved nutrition and physical activity levels. Brandon brings ten years of combined expertise in youth development, community organizing, and international agricultural development. His research and work in California and Central America have focused on a number of different issues, including food sovereignty, farmworker justice, indigenous rights, affordable housing, and youth health promotion. Brandon has also served as a member of the SETA-Sacramento Works Youth Council since 2014. He holds a Master of Science in community development from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in theater and performance studies from UC Berkeley. bplouie@ucdavis.edu


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. jesjones@ucdavis.edu


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. kmmorizono@ucdavis.edu

 

Principal Investigators

Chris Benner

Dr. Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  His research examines the relationships between technological change, regional development, and the structure of economic opportunity, focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work and employment. Significant authored or co-authored books include: Equity, Growth and Community (2015), which examines diversity and dynamics of regional knowledge communities, and their relationship to social equity and economic growth;  Just Growth (2012) which helps uncover the subtle and detailed processes, policies and institutional arrangement that help explain how certain regions around the country have been able to consistently link prosperity and inclusion; This Could Be The Start of Something Big (2009) which examines new regional movements around community development, policy initiatives, and social movement organizing; and Work in the New Economy (2002), an examination of the transformation of work and employment in the information economy.  He received his Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. cbenner@ucsc.edu


Catherine Brinkley

As a veterinarian (VMD) and a city planner (PhD), Catherine approaches community health through the lens of One Health - considering health shared among humans, animals and the environment. The Urban Planning background gives her research a focus on place-based policies and interventions. The veterinary training underpins a whole systems approach. How we grow and distribute food has a profound impact on the health of the planet. Similarly, diversifying our reliance on renewable energy can help ease some of the demands we have on our resources and communities.  As such, her research is primarily focused on integrating agricultural ecosystems services with urban areas.  She has developed several lines of inquiry investigating value-added agricultural networks which create opportunities, such as local food security and peri-urban on-farm clean energy solutions. She is currently mapping local food sales and value-added farm amenities to end users, generating a rural-urban integration land-use model, which is tested nationally through multivariate spatial regression in GIS. She connects this regional work with local field work on fresh food access and cost in low-income neighborhoods.  Her research is bolstered by the Inspiration Award, the largest monetary award in the veterinary profession ($100,000); a Fulbright Fellowship; and a Watson Fellowship.  ckbrinkley@ucdavis.edu


ErbsteinNancy Erbstein

Nancy Erbstein holds a research faculty appointment in the University of California Davis, Department of Human and Community Development. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing disparities in youth well being in California by studying the impact of socio-spatial environments on their development. In addition, she explores the effects of youth civic participation on community change. This important research is connected to her background as a co-founder and co-director of Youth in Focus, a path-breaking non-profit organization that was dedicated to engaging marginalized youth populations in California’s Bay Area and Central Valley in participatory action research on pressing community issues. She earned a Ph.D. in education at the University of California, Berkeley and B.A degrees in education and South Asian studies at Brown University. nerbstein@ucdavis.edu


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. chartzog@ucdavis.edu


Jonathan K. London

Jonathan K. London is the director of the Center for Regional Change and an associate 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 Master of City and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in environmental science, policy and management from UC Berkeley. jklondon@ucdavis.edu


Michael Rios

Michael Rios is associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology and is affiliated with the Community Development, Cultural Studies, and Geography Graduate Groups at UC Davis.  His research interests focus on community engagement, placemaking, spatial governance, and the practice of planning and design.  Critical essays have appeared in Cities and the Politics of Difference (University of Toronto Press 2015), The Informal American City (MIT Press 2014), Insurgent Public Space (Rutledge 2013), Beyond Zuccotti Park (New Society Press 2013), and Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents (New Society Publishers 2013).  He has co-edited several books including Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities (Routledge 2013) and Community Development and Democratic Practice (Routledge Forthcoming). mxrios@ucdavis.edu


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. msromero@ucdavis.edu


M. Anne Visser

Anne Visser is an assistant professor of Community and Regional Development in the Department of Human Ecology. She has conducted considerable research in the areas of labor markets, economic development, and workforce development in the United States and internationally. She is the author of numerous scientific papers and other publications, and was the editor of Low Wage Workers and Organizing, published by WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society in 2015. She has managed multiple research outreach and demonstration projects as Primary Investigator related to labor markets, employment, and economic security in national and international contexts. Dr. Visser received her Ph.D. in public and urban policy from the New School University (New York, NY), a M.A. and bachelor's degrees from the California State University, Fresno. mavisser@ucdavis.edu

 

Consultants

Krystyna von Henneberg

Krystyna von Henneberg, Ph.D., serves as Creative Communications Consultant at the CRC.  Trained at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley, Krystyna is an editor, writer, translator and linguist specializing in English, French, Spanish, and Italian.  Her work aims to improve outreach and dialogue across cultural, national and institutional borders.  An academic historian and journalist, Krystyna has taught at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, and in Mexico’s national university system.  She is a former Fulbright Scholar and Mellon Fellow, and has lived and travelled in five continents. Krystyna is the founder and owner of Creative Language Works, a versatile communications consulting company based in Davis, California. kvonhen@gmail.com


Deb Marois

After Deb completed a master’s degree in community development at UC Davis in 2005, she founded Marois Consulting & Research, the precursor to Converge.  In addition to her own projects, she has a history of affiliation with the Center for Collaborative Policy at California State University Sacramento and the Public Health Institute’s Center for Collaborative Planning. Over the last 20 years, Deb has trained hundreds of government and nonprofit staff, health and human service professionals, educators, advocates, youth, faith-based and neighborhood leaders in asset-based community engagement, participatory strategic planning, collaborative leadership and group facilitation skills. deb@convergecrt.com