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|Eddie Ahn (nominated by the A. Philip Randolph Institute) serves as Policy Counsel for Brightline Defense Project, where he advocates on behalf of
low-income communities of color for environmental and economic justice.
He played a key role in the development of San Francisco's
groundbreaking local hiring law, passed in December 2010. Eddie is a
2011 Fellow of New Leaders Council and previously worked as an Afterschool
Programmer for Oakland Asian Students Educational Services. He lives in
|Gloria Bruce (nominated by East Bay Housing Organizations) is Deputy Director at East Bay Housing Organizations, where she leads advocacy and education campaigns on affordable rental housing, equitable land use, and foreclosures at the local and regional levels. She is a former Program Associate at the San Francisco Foundation and serves as Board Chair of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. Currently, Gloria sits on the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Authority. She lives in Oakland.|
|Jessica Buendia (nominated by the San Francisco Foundation) is the
Environment Program Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation. She formerly
worked as an Urban Sustainability Consultant to Newark, New Jersey's
Mayor Cory Booker and as Legislative Field Representative to California
State Senator Loni Hancock. She currently serves on the San Francisco
Public Utilities Commission Community Advisory Committee, the Rose
Foundation's Grassroots Funding Board, and the Greenlining Academy
Alumni Board. She lives in San Francisco. |
|Larisa Casillas (nominated by East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy) is a Program Officer at the Common Counsel Foundation. She previously served as a commissioner for the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission and has a history of working for immigrants at the regional and state levels, with a focus on preserving and protecting services for low-income immigrants. Larisa is also a board member of People Organized to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER). She lives in Oakland.|
|Deland Chan (nominated by Chinatown Community Development Center) is a Senior Planner at Chinatown Community Development Center, where she focuses on transportation, land use advocacy, and youth leadership development in service to San Francisco's working-class families, very low-income seniors, and the formerly homeless. She currently serves on the San Francisco Transportation Plan Community Advisory Committee. She lives in San Francisco.|
|Ben Choi (nominated by Sheryl Lane, Class of 2009) is an active member of the Panhandle Annex Neighborhood Council, on which he represents in the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council. He also serves on the Richmond Planning Commission. He lives in Richmond.|
|Ed Donaldson (nominated by Sustainable Intequity) is the Business Development Manager at APD Solutions, LLC and the founder of Maat Community Partners. His work focuses on bridging the gap between community based groups and private equity to do community stabilization work in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. Ed is a founding member of the Osiris Coalition and serves on the San Francisco District Attorney's African American Public Safety Steering Committee. He lives in San Francisco.|
|Jenny Lam (nominated by Brightline Defense Project) is the Director of Community Initiatives at Chinese for Affirmative Action, where she provides leadership on civil rights issues impacting Asian Pacific Islanders in San Francisco. She is also a board member of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and played a key role in the development of San Francisco's 2010 local hiring law. Jenny serves on San Francisco's Redistricting Task Force. She lives in San Francisco.|
|Macio Lyons (nominated by Renaissance Parents of Success) is the founder of San Francisco's Southeast Community Development Corporation. He serves as a case manager for the San Francisco Family Services Agency, and formerly served as a Family Advocate for the Economic Opportunity Council/Potrero Hill Family Resource Center. He played a critical role in the development of San Francisco's 2010 local hiring law. He is also a member of the Osiris Coalition. Macio currently serves as the Reentry Council representative on the San Francisco Workforce Investment Community Advisory Committee. He lives in San Francisco.|
|Victor Nelson (nominated by Dolores Street Community Services) is a housing advocate for low-income and no-income San Francisco residents. Through his work at the Mission SRO Collaborative of Dolores Street Community Services, he organizes and educates tenants. He volunteers with the office of San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim as a constituent issue investigator, working on issues of land-use planning on behalf of low-income people and people of color. Victor also serves on the SRO Task Force. He lives in San Francisco.|
|Maxine Oliver-Benson (nominated by Communities for a Better Environment) is a member of Communities for a Better Environment, where she leads work in East Oakland addressing cumulative health impacts. She previously served on the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women, the Oakland Community Development Block Grant Board, and the Alameda County Mental Health Board. She currently seves on the Alameda County Housing and Community Advisory. She lives in Oakland.|
|Sandra Padilla (nominated by TransForm) is the Land Use Program Director at TransForm, where she coordinates various aspects of the Great Communities Collaborative and manages the Safe Routes to Transit program. Previously, she served as a Research Specialist for Public Health Law and Policy. Currently, she serves as the regional transit representative on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizens Advisory Committee. Sandra lives in Oakland.|
|Katrina Vizinau (nominated by Community Housing Development Corporation) is a Senior Housing Counselor at Community Housing Development Corporation, providing foreclosure intervention counseling to homeowners in jeopardy of losing their homes. She currently serves on the Contra Costa Anti-Predatory Lending Task Force and serves on the board of the California Reinvestment Coalition, where she works with the Foreclosure Working Group. She lives in Richmond.|
|Ryan Young (nominated by Greenlining Institute) is a Legal Fellow at the Greenlining Institute, where he has served as lead counsel in several high-profile regulatory legal proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Formerly, he served as an intern for CPUC Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon, and as a law clerk for the United States Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section. Ryan is a board member of The Ecology Center in Berkeley. He lives in Berkeley.|