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, Earth House Center
Carl Anthony is the founder and for 12 years was executive director of the Urban Habitat Program, one of the oldest environmental justice organizations in the country. Until recently he was a Ford Foundation program officer in the Community and Resource Development unit. He is currently a Visiting Scholar/Ford Foundation Senior Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of California Berkeley. With a colleague, Luke Cole at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, he published and edited the Race, Poverty and Environment Journal, the only environmental justice periodical in the country. From 1991 through 1997, Anthony served as President of Earth Island Institute, an international environmental organization to protect and conserve the global biosphere. Congressman Ron Dellums appointed Carl Anthony Chair and Principal Administrative Officer of the East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission in 1993. He has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, the University of California Colleges of Environmental Design and Natural Resources. He has been an Advisor to the Stanford University Law School on issues of environmental justice. Anthony has a professional degree in architecture from Columbia University. In 1996, he was appointed Fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Andrew Altevogt, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Andrew Altevogt has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from M.I.T. and a Ph.D in hydrologic sciences from UC Davis. Prior to joining the Central Valley Regional Board, Dr. Altevogt spent 6 years managing the climate change program and guiding sustainable land use policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency. He also has research experience in theoretical fluid dynamics, groundwater modeling and aquatic chemistry. In his role as Assistant Executive Officer, Dr. Altevogt manages the land discharge, enforcement and dairy sections of the Sacramento office.
Andrew Baskin, Valley Vision and LIFT Economy
While advancing from volunteer positions with Soil Born Farms in Sacramento, to guiding collaborative projects as a senior apprentice and agri-tourism ambassador at the world renown Manresa Restaurant's Love Apple Farm in Santa Cruz, Andrew continued his travels as an independent scholar across Western Europe (England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, France, and Italy) studying community food systems for two months on a shoestring, and finally returned stateside to a vermicomposting farm in Sonoma. Inspired to invest in formal education again after waiting tables in Sacramento and Davis, Andrew has modeled engaged scholarship far beyond curricular requirements throughout his tenure as a UC student. Prior to joining forces with Valley Vision & LIFT Economy, Andrew served on the Board of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis while earning his degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, pioneering original research as a McNair Scholar with departmental honors. The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean's Circle, the UC Global Food Initiative, and USDA-NIFA have each awarded Andrew funding to speak at conferences nationwide (UC Davis/Berkeley/Santa Cruz, Harvard, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, etc.). Prioritizing solutions-focused leverage points for systemic change that elevate collective health, justice and sustainability in the dimensions of agro-ecology, food systems, and cooperative economics, Andrew cultivates a praxis of values-based systems thinking rooted in the pursuit of economic autonomy, self-determination, and cultural healing.
, CA Department of Housing and Community Development
Lisa Bates is the Deputy Executive Director for Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, a local government entity which revitalizes disadvantaged communities and finances, develops or manages most of the Sacramento County’s affordable housing. She is currently responsible for developing high level internal and external collaborative partnerships and aligning resources to create and implement new approaches to building healthy communities. Since 1991, she has directed the planning, development or financing of award winning mixed income housing developments, helped plan new homeless service delivery systems, created home ownership programs, directed the planning of infill communities, negotiated complex land and real estate transactions, and is developing regional housing policy recommendations. She works closely with the region’s elected officials, state policy makers, foundations, private sector developers and non profit service providers in policy development and investment activities to improve lower income communities. She currently sits on Sacramento State University Enterprise Inc Board, California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies, Alley Activation Alliance, and the Urban Land Institute’s Sacramento Executive Committee and National Inner City Council. She holds a B.A. degree in international relations from U.C. Davis and is a Real Estate Broker.
Naomi Cytron, Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco
Naomi Cytron is a Senior Research Associate in the Community Development department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Her research has focused on neighborhood change and regional equity, and she has authored numerous reports and articles on topics ranging from concentrated poverty to transit-oriented development. She is a senior editor of “What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities,” a volume of essays published in 2014 by the San Francisco Fed and the Urban Institute (www.whatcountsforamerica.org). Prior to joining the Fed, Naomi worked as a consultant on affordable housing finance and managed a fair housing testing program. Naomi has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Macalester College.
Stephan Daues, Regional Director of Housing Development
Stephan Daues, Regional Director of Housing Development, leads Mercy Housing’s real estate development efforts in the Sacramento region. Stephan has 18 years of experience in affordable housing soup to nuts project management for affordable workforce, family, seniors, and permanent supportive housing real estate development, as well as subdivision development for rural self-help homeownership. Born and raised in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, Stephan graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and received an MA in Comparative and Regional Studies- Latin America from American University in Washington, D.C. Stephan lives in West Sacramento with his wife, Gretchen, a special education elementary school teacher, and their two elementary school-age children.
Lisa Fischer, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Division
Lisa Fischer is the Associate Director for the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), Research and Extension Center System (REC). There are nine RECs covering rich and unique resources across the state supporting field research, education and extension activities to meet the needs of Californians. Lisa provides research and extension coordination, leadership and advocacy for the REC System, and works to improve connections between research and extension/outreach programs across department, disciplinary and Agriculture Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension boundaries. She has been in this role for three years and brings over 21 years of programmatic oversight for a national forest health program with the USDA Forest Service. She also spent six years with NASA conducting agricultural and natural resource management research, mapping and monitoring. Her bachelor and master’s degrees are from UC Santa Barbara in geography with an emphasis on environmental sciences, remote sensing and land use/land cover mapping and monitoring.
Larry Greene, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Larry F. Greene is the Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. Larry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education from NC State University, and Master’s Degrees in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology and Human Resources Education from Boston University. He is a Past-President of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and serves as a permanent member on the CAPCOA Board of Directors. He serves on the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Global Warming Committee and is a past co-president of NACAA. Larry is also the current chair of the Association of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation and past chair of the Capitol Region Climate Readiness Collaborative.
, Mt. Lassen Representative, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Julie Griffith Flatter is a Program Analyst at the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. In her position, she is responsible for outreach and partnerships and serves as the Mt. Lassen area representative.
, The Culture Co-Op
Sandy Holman is the founder of The Culture C.O.-O.P., an organization she developed to assist people and organizations working with diversity in education, business and the community. She has served as a consultant to countless organizations, locally and nationally, to help meet the needs of diverse populations. She also has committed herself to advocacy for children and education. Her experiences as an educator, program coordinator, counselor, outreach consultant, prevention coordinator, diversity specialist and author have given her a practitioner’s insight into the challenges communities and organizations are facing that goes well beyond theoretical research. A few organizations she has worked with include the National Head Start Conference and regional affiliates, The United States Navy CYP conference with early childhood educators form around the world, CAEYC, The Center for Community and Family Services, the Women’s Health Leadership Project, Friday Night Live Youth programs, CASA, various State Reading Associations, school districts all over the country, countless early childhood programs, as well as social service and reading organizations. She spends at least 50% of her time working directly with youth of all ages, around a variety of topics and issues, and has a special commitment towards children tracked as high risk for dropping out of school. Sandy received her B.A in Psychology from the University of California at Davis and her M.S in School Counseling with a focus on Education, from California State University, Sacramento. She has served on the Board of Directors of local and national agencies serving youth and adults, Including the Youth Services Task Force, The National Dropout prevention network, Progress Ranch group homes for emotionally disturbed children and Yolo Unite, an organization serving youth and the community. She is an author of award-winning children's books including "Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?"
, Institute for Local Government
Julia Lave Johnston is a Sustainability Program Manager at the Institute for Local Government leading the Land Use and Healthy Neighborhoods components of the Institute’s Sustainable Communities Program. Previously she was Director of the Land Use and Natural Resources program at UC Davis Extension. She also served as Deputy Director for Planning Policy in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) under Governor Schwarzenegger, where she coordinated the Strategic Growth Council during its first two years. Prior to her time at OPR, Julia was a Senior Policy Analyst at the California Research Bureau (CRB); Project Manager with the Local Government Commission (LGC); and Public Information Staff at the Population Council, an international non-profit organization in New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon. Julia lives in a 100 year old bungalow with her architect husband, two daughters, and a feral rescue cat named Ming-Ming.
Meea Kang is President and co-founding partner of Domus Development, an affordable housing development company with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Irvine, California. Meea and her firm are industry leaders in incorporating “green” and energy-efficient building methods and innovative technologies into affordable housing developments in order to protect the local environment, enhance quality of life, and educate residents on the benefits of sustainable practices. Her firm's focus is on sustainability and community revitalization through infill of multi-unit housing with access to public transit. She is currently working on the first LEED affordable workforce housing project in Lake Tahoe. Meea’s career has contributed to the production of over 1,600 units of affordable and market-rate housing, valued at an estimated $400 million. Meea's expertise includes real estate finance, public/private partnerships, site acquisition, community outreach, oversight of design, construction and asset management. Meea holds a Master of Architecture from University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University.
, Valley Vision
Trish Kelly is a Principal with Applied Development Economics, Inc. Her areas of expertise include: strategic planning for sustainable economic development, workforce development, and infrastructure. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 1971 and holds a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, 1976.
, Legal Services of Northern California
William Kennedy the Managing Attorney of LSNC’s Sacramento office, a position he has held since 1990. He began his career in legal services in 1974 with California Rural Legal Assistance in Modesto, California where he served as staff attorney and directing attorney. He left CRLA in 1985 to take a job with Channel Counties Legal Services in Oxnard, CA. Bill’s legal work has focused primarily on housing and civil rights. He helped to launch LSNC’s community economic development initiative and is the co director of the Race Equity Project. In addition to his management duties, he works with the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association and the Center for Legal Aid Education to develop a new curriculum to train young attorneys to fight racial inequity.
, UC Davis Extension
Jeff Loux divides his time between managing the Land Use and Natural Resources Program for UC Davis Extension, serving as an Adjunct Faculty in Landscape Architecture and serving as a Mediator for the Sacramento Regional Water Forum under the auspices of the Center for Collaborative Policy. Jeff has over 20 years of experience and expertise in the public, private and university sectors in Urban and Environmental Planning/Design, Water Resources Policy and Community Participation. In addition, Jeff has worked as a practicing environmental and urban planner and designer in the private sector and for the public sector, and has managed over 200 planning and resource management projects and authored over 100 community plans. Jeff has received over 20 peer-reviewed awards and honors for his professional planning and resource management work, as well as for teaching and academic work. He was past Vice President for Policy and Legislation for the California Chapter of the APA, and helped author several State statutes including AB 857 addressing "Smart Growth" principles in California. This past year, Jeff was elected to the prestigious California Planner's Roundtable, and is a past board member of Urban Ecology. Jeff is a frequent speaker or moderator at statewide, national or international conferences and workshops.
Neil Maizlish, Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Neil Maizlish, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist with over 25 years of experience in quantitative research methods, statistics, and health informatics in local and state government, academia, community clinics, unions, and the private sector. He's currently a senior Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Change and Health and the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, projects of the Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA. He previously served as a research scientist at the California Department of Public Health, where his focus was the public health impacts of climate change and the built environment, modeling the health co-benefits of active transport, climate and health adaptation, and the development of healthy community indicators. His previous posts also include research manager for the California Division of Workers' Compensation, community epidemiologist for the City of Berkeley Public Health Division, Fulbright scholar in Latin America, consultant to the World Health Organization, and adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
Deb Marois offers more than 15 years experience as a project manager, educator, group facilitator, and community researcher. Her areas of expertise include collaboration, asset-based community development, participatory strategic planning, qualitative research and leadership development. As an independent consultant, she supports nonprofit organizations and government agencies in areas related to creating healthy communities, civic engagement, planning and organizational development. As a graduate student of community development at UC Davis, Deb master’s thesisexplored how collaborative groups handle conflict when the membership is comprised of both grassroots and agency representatives. While at UCD, she designed and taught a graduate seminar in asset based community development, served as a teaching assistant, and interned with the Collaborative Governance Initiative, a project of the League of CA Cities' Institute for Local Government. Deb worked with Public Health Institute's Center for Collaborative Planning for nearly seven years, providing training and consultation to health departments, school districts, First 5 commissions, nonprofits, and grassroots community groups. She played a key role in creating a statewide workshop series and regional train-the-trainer program. After training with the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute founders, she led dozens of these workshops throughout California. Deb also coordinated several countywide planning efforts that included visioning processes and community health assessments. Additionally, Deb provided technical assistance for two long-term projects: the Community Partnerships for Healthy Children initiative, a 10-year effort to improve young children’s health and Women’s Health Leadership, a statewide capacity-building program for emerging leaders. She also authored Making the Path: A Guidebook to Collaboration for School Readiness, published in partnership with UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities for First 5 California.
, Valley Vision
Bill came to Valley Vision in 2005 and became CEO in 2008. During his tenure he’s helped manage different parts of the organization and facilitated the Hmong Health Collaborative, the 2007 Community Health Needs Assessment, and the creation of “CareerGPS.com,” a powerful new economic development tool that links a new regional jobs forecast with training and education providers in six counties. He brings 20 years of experience in strategic planning, process design, group facilitation, public policy development, media relations, project management, finance, and business operations. Prior to Valley Vision, Bill was a global business manager with Intel Corporation, the V.P. of Public Policy for the Sacramento Metro Chamber, and served in local government roles for six years. He is a Sacramento State graduate, a Class XII graduate of the American Leadership Forum, and serves on the board of the Metro Chamber. In addition to overseeing the organization, Bill is responsible for managing the Cleaner Air Partnership and the new Regional Food Collaborative.
, Visiting Scholar
Officially retired, William Myers continues to follow two long-standing separate careers and sets of interests. One is in international development, where he has worked with various United Nations agencies, non-profits, and academic institutions on child protection issues. The other is rural development, these days with particular interest in urban-rural interface issues in California. He is actively engaged as both researcher and practitioner in both lines of interest, and has connected through both with the UC Davis Department of Human and Community Development, where he is affiliated as a Visiting Scholar.
, American Farmland Trust
Daniel O’Connell is the San Joaquin Valley Program Manager for American Farmland Trust. Before starting with AFT, he worked at Sequoia Riverlands Trust where he negotiated the first agricultural conservation easements with farmers in Kern, Kings and Tulare counties, launched that organization’s farmland conservation program, and facilitated its growth into a regional land trust.Daniel has a Master of Science in International Agricultural Development from U.C. Davis and a Doctoral degree in Adult and Extension Education from Cornell University. The focus of his graduate scholarship was on San Joaquin Valley with particular emphasis on community development practice, the region’s socio-economic structure and the role of scholars working with its marginalized communities. Currently, his professional work is centered upon land use planning policy, practice and advocacy.
, Earth House Center
Dr. Margaret Paloma Pavel works in the Bay Area and internationally consulting to individuals, communities, and organizations in areas such as strategic visioning, communication, diversity, and leadership development. Dr. Pavel's organizational clients reflect a core values commitment in areas of health, justice, education, and sustainable development. Her academic background includes graduate study at the London School of Economics and Harvard University. Her dissertation (Organizational Culture and Career Development: Gender and Leadership) was part of a five-year study of the workplace in America sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation, which culminated in the publication GOOD WORK. Dr. Pavel is a keynote presenter at national and international conferences, and her current research focuses on the shift from mechanistic models (pyramids) to biological models (webs) for organizational development and the restoring of sustainable communities. Earth House was founded in 1990 by Dr. Pavel and currently conducts local, national and international projects in a variety of print and visual media.
, UC Davis
University-community engagement and outreach have been the main focus of Dennis Pendleton's work over the past 35 years. He is currently Dean Emeritus of UC Davis Extension, having served as dean for 14 years and retiring in December 2014. University Extension plays a key role in the educational outreach of UC Davis, presenting educational and professional development programs with annual student enrollments of more than 50,000—from northern California and throughout the world. At the end of his tenure as dean, Dennis served as Executive Advisor to the Provost, chairing a representative campus advisory committee in developing a report and recommendations for. He continues to work with colleagues in developing the recommendations of this report and is a continuing member of the Community Development Graduate Group. Dennis's interests include the integration of scientific research and public policy; environmental policy and planning; and ecological simulation modeling. He has a B.A. in economics from Colorado College, an M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology and regional resource planning from Colorado State University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.
jesikah maria ross, Capital Public Radio
jesikah maria ross is an artist, activist, academic and media producer. She is out to make a difference and believes that wit, grit and imagination can take us where we need to go. jesikah's craft is community engagement and creating relationships is her art. She believes public media can inspire change and has devoted her career to prove it. jesikah mobilizes people around a shared interest, and creates spaces and processes that use media to catalyze individual and social transformation. She's done it with large institutions, community organizations and independent media makers. jesikah currently leads the community engagement initiative at Capital Public Radio; the NPR affiliate serving California's Central Valley and Sierra Nevada mountains. Previously, she was the founding director of the UC Davis Art of Regional Change; a community documentary program that brought students and scholars together with non-profits to produce civic storytelling projects. jesikah has built a career of consulting, training and project management for participatory documentary projects around the globe, creating a path and a plan that changes how we collect, tell and share the stories of our communities. jesikah makes media work. For change, for social justice, for art. For everyone.
Jennifer Ruffolo, Delta Protection Commission
Jennifer Ruffolo has more than 25 years of experience in California state government, having served as a specialist with significant policy responsibilities at the Delta Protection Commission, the California Research Bureau, California State Parks, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission. As a Program Manager at the Delta Protection Commission, Jennifer currently serves as lead planner and is managing a beneficiary-based feasibility study of paying for Delta levee improvements. She is also managing the update of the Commission’s Land Use and Resource Management Plan. At other state agencies, Jennifer has worked on land use planning issues, agency partnerships with non-profit organizations, as well as wetlands, water quality, and historic preservation policy. Jennifer has a B.A. in political science from Reed College, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.
Darryl Rutherford, Sacramento Housing Alliance
Darryl Rutherford was born and raised in Springville, CA, a foothill community known as a gateway to the Sequoia Mountains and the Golden Trout Wilderness. Darryl earned a B.A. in social and behavioral sciences from CSU Monterey Bay and a M.S. in community development from the University of California at Davis. Since his time at UC Davis, he has worked as a Senior Research & GIS Analyst with Community Services Planning Council in Sacramento and as an affordable housing advocate with the California Coalition for Rural Housing, providing public policy research and analysis, on-site training and technical assistance to both local governments and grassroots community-based organizations focused on issues related to affordable housing. In September of 2008, Darryl joined the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as the Regional Manager for the San Joaquin Valley in Central California where he is charged with acting as a catalyst in a variety of community & economic development processes. In 2014 Darryl joined the Sacramento Housing Alliance as Executive Director.
, UC Davis Office of Research
Ryan Sharp has extensive experience in the private and non-profit sectors as a regional economist and economic developer. Within UC Davis Venture Catalyst, he is responsible for economic engagement, collaborating with university units and external industry and economic development representatives to support campus faculty, researchers, and startup companies and enhance the regional innovation ecosystem. Ryan's previous work includes senior leadership roles at a regional economic development organization in Northern California and a consulting group with a focus on regional economics, real estate and land use, and economic development. He has a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis and a master's degree in international affairs from the California State University, Sacramento and holds the designations of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council. Ryan is also an active participant, volunteer leader, and regular speaker in the California Association for Local Economic Development and International Economic Development Council.
, California Bank and Trust, Micro Credit Enterprises
Sanjay Sinha is a Relationship Manager within the Commercial Banking Group in San Francisco. The group is focused on developing relationships with middle market companies in California. Sanjay’s professional experience also includes working for Yasuda Trust & Banking Company, Rabobank International, start-ups in Silicon Valley and The Coca-Cola Company. Since 2007, Sanjay has been the pro-bono Deputy CFO at . Relying upon innovating funding model that leverages private capital and a primarily pro-bono staff, this organization has made $20 million in loans to the poor in 15 countries. Since 2007, Sanjay has also been a pro bono Business Advisor with , an organization helps companies in traditionally overlooked areas to gain access to capital, business advice, and critical business resources that will accelerate their growth. Sanjay has spoken about Microfinance and poverty related topics at Triple Bottom Line Investing Conference in Amsterdam, The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Monterey Bay International Trade Association in Monterey Bay, and at several universities such as St. Mary’s College, San Francisco State University, University of Southern California, University of California - Berkeley and University of California - Davis. Since 2007, Sanjay has been a board member at CityCar Share ), a Bay Area non-profit car sharing company that provides convenient & affordable access to cars and is guided by the belief that reduction in car ownership would bring about reductions in auto emissions. Sanjay holds a Bachelor of Science in management from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Georgia State University.
Prior to serving on the Council, Vice-Mayor Terry represented Rancho Cordova on the Sacramento City Unified School District Board from 2008-2012 where he worked with the community to stop the closure of A.M. Winn Elementary school. In 2014, Terry led the campaign to support the passage of Measure H, a half-cent local sales tax measure that raised an additional $7 million for the city in its first year. Terry is a dedicated community volunteer and has donated his time, talent, and expertise to support various organizations in the region and has a particular interest in mentoring youth. He was a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Greater Sacramento area for eight years and served as a Board Member for BBBS and Board Chair in 2010. Terry camped out on the IMAX marquee in downtown Sacramento and vowed not to come down until 100 men signed up to be big brothers; it took over 24 hours to accomplish the goal. When not serving the constituents of Rancho Cordova, Terry serves as the Director of Real Estate Development for NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region where he oversees single-family for sale affordable housing development in an eleven county region in Northern California. In addition, he manages the organization’s in-house realty services team and the Community Housing Services Department that contracts with multiple cities and counties to administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, and CalHome programs. He earned a B.A. degree from UC Davis where he majored in political science with a minor in communications. Donald married his wife Angela in 2009, and they have two sons, Keaton, five-years-old, and Holden, one-year-old.
Sarah Treuhalft is director of equitable growth initiatives at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economical and social equity. She leads the organization's work on demographic change and the economy, collaborating with local and national partners on research and action projects to foster inclusive growth. She manages the development of the National Equity Atlas, a web-based data and policy tool produced in partnership with the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Sarah as been interviewed and cited for her research in local and national media outlets including the Washington Post, the National Journal, Next City, and the Sacramento Bee. She holds a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
, California Coalition for Rural Housing
Since 1993, I have been a lecturer in the UC Davis Department of Human and Community Development, where I teach housing and social policy. In 2004, I was recognized as a "Distinguished Educator" by the UCD student government. In the summer of 2006, I first led a group of students to Barcelona for an intensive course on housing and neighborhood revitalization strategies in Spain. I also lecture on poverty issues at small liberal arts colleges as a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Fellow and have published books and articles on various housing justice issues, including a book on Housing in Rural America in 1999. Besides my academic work, I am the Executive Director of the California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH), one of the oldest state low-income housing coalitions in the county. Under my leadership, CCRH has played a major role in federal and state housing policy and program efforts in rural housing, farm labor housing, housing preservation, and other housing areas for over 28 years, most recently gaining voter approval of more than $5 billion for affordable housing. In 2006, I was honored as the "Inspirational Nonprofit Housing Leader of the Year" by the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California and as a "Housing Hero" by the Cabrillo Economic Development Association. I completed my doctoral work in 1992 at UCLA. Additionally, I have traveled extensively to about 50 countries throughout Europe, South and Central America, and Asia, and lived in Israel for four years.
David Zehnder has a Master of City Planning (concentration: Regional Economics), from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Dual Bachelor of Arts in economics and geography, San Francisco State University.