Group of major partners who coalesced and are early investors in the All Home vision and mission
Brett Andrews brings more than 30 years of executive nonprofit leadership experience to All Home, where he stepped in as Interim Chief Executive after Tomiquia Moss was appointed to serve as BCSH Secretary. Brett’s award-winning leadership has focused on convening leaders around solutions to complex problems, providing high-quality direct service, mentorship, and strategic vision.
From 2003-2022, Brett led PRC, a large nonprofit that provides services for San Franciscans affected by poverty, HIV/AIDS, substance use, and mental illness to reclaim their lives and realize their full potential. In 2019 Brett founded and currently convenes the statewide Black Leadership Council, a cross-sector coalition of Black leaders set on improving outcomes for Black Californians across systems of health, wealth, housing, and education. Prior to his work with PRC, Brett served as the executive director for two youth-serving nonprofits, Los Angeles Team Mentoring, Inc. and Kids n’ U, Inc. in New York
Brett has also been a co-chair of the San Francisco Human Services Network and an active leader within the San Francisco HIV/AIDS Provider Network, and the San Francisco Economic Recovery Taskforce. He is a former San Francisco Ethics Commissioner and also served on the board of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives. In 2017, Brett received the Heritage of Pride Grand Marshal Award for providing more than 10 years of service to the LGBTQ community. In 2022, Brett received the Community Impact Award from the San Francisco Community Health Center, and the Outstanding Voices Award from the San Francisco Business Times.
Brett serves on the board of the Catalight Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in industrial/organizational psychology from George Washington University. Brett lives in Healdsburg with his adorable dog, Mad Max.
As a public sector consultant and program manager, Adrian has spent over 12 years advising 50+ public sector agencies, including cities, counties, special districts, and nonprofits on how to be more efficient and effective through empirically based program evaluation. Prior to All Home, he served Destination: Home as the Program Manager administering the regional Emergency Rental Assistance Program created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Administering this program on behalf of the City of San José and County of Santa Clara, Adrian oversaw the distribution of over $46 million in rental assistance to almost 4,300 households.
Prior to doing program management, Adrian served as a local government consultant specializing in performance management and performance auditing. In this capacity, he analyzed and studied a varied portfolio of public programs and policies including housing, social services, and public safety.
Outside of work, Adrian serves as a board member for multiple organizations including the City of San Jose’s Board of Fair Campaign and Political Practices, and Only in San José, a civic education nonprofit. You can also find him at street fairs and community events representing the Burning Man Project as a Regional Contact, evangelizing the importance of activating public spaces through public art and intentional placemaking.
Aliece Lee is an administrative professional with over 12 years of relevant experience across multiple industries. She provides vital administrative, operational, and finance support to the entire All Home team.
In her most recent role prior to joining All Home, Aliece served as Office Manager for Partners in School Innovation, where she supported the CEO and leadership team in their process improvement efforts and organized field, provision, and support teams across five offices in three states.
In her free time, Aliece enjoys taking trips out of the country with her husband and son.
Anthony comes to All Home with over 12 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. He previously worked as a consultant for Dolores Street Community Services, supporting their development and fundraising efforts after serving as Director of Housing and Shelter Programs. Before that, Anthony lived in New York, where he held leadership roles at local community-based organizations, including The LGBT Community Center and the Alliance for Positive Change. He started his career as a case manager for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS who were experiencing homelessness.
Anthony received a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Dickinson College. He was born and raised in New Jersey and makes a pretty mean bolognese. In his free time, Anthony enjoys backpacking, cycling, drinking coffee, and dancing to live music.
As Program Manager in Implementation, Colleen supports communities in developing and implementing plans to end homelessness. She draws upon a broad range of experience, including street outreach with the chronically homeless, anti-displacement research at UC Berkeley, and leading the Racial Equity team for California’s Project Homekey. In her time at the California Department of Housing and Community Development, she led the reform of Homekey to create Homekey Tribal, a parallel funding program co-created with California Tribal Nations. Colleen served in the US Peace Corps in Paraguay where she developed public health projects in partnership with local Guarani leaders. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Rights from the Evergreen State College and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from UC Berkeley.
Colleen’s professional efforts are informed by her ongoing work facilitating restorative justice circles in California prisons and in the re-entry community. She facilitates yoga and meditation practices with Transition-Aged Youth and is committed to ensuring that healing and liberatory practices are available to all who seek them. She is an avid alpine rock-climber, knitter, and peruser of used bookstores.
As Senior Research Analyst, David draws on a background in mission-driven social science research and policy analysis to support All Home’s advocacy and programmatic efforts. He previously served as a policy analyst on homelessness for the California Department of Housing and Community Development where he supported implementation of Project Homekey. Before that, he conducted research for the Blum Center on Poverty at UC Santa Cruz, contributing to a community-engaged evaluation of food insecurity and assistance efforts in California’s central coast. He is experienced in an array of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, has taught undergraduate courses in American politics and public policy, and has had his work published in the Urban Affairs Review.
David earned a PhD in politics from UC Santa Cruz, where his research focussed on the local politics of homelessness governance. In a past life, he worked in theater as a writer, director, and arts educator in Chicago. He lives in Richmond with his family with whom he enjoys cooking, gardening, and exploring the neighborhoods and nature of the Bay Area.
Diana helps manage implementation of the Regional Action Plan (RAP) across the Bay Area, the development of workforce development models, and the operations of the Regional Impact Council. She joined All Home after working with the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality on a national research project to listen to people across the country about how they’re making ends meet. In her various roles with that project, she managed field operations and protocol implementation and supported the data collection phase of the project. Diana has also worked for Juma Ventures, a nonprofit social enterprise providing job training for opportunity youth, where she supported financial capability initiatives and services for all youth.
Diana holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Ford School at the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley. Diana grew up in the Bay Area and loves all the food and culture the region has to offer.
Edie brings more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit communications to All Home. She spent the previous five years as Communications Director for TransForm, another regionalist Bay Area advocacy organization, working at the intersection of housing, transportation, climate, and racial justice.
Edie has run communications efforts on a wide range of issues for nonprofits, small businesses, political campaigns, a government agency, and as a consultant. She managed communications for the Social Transformation Project, a leadership development organization working to improve collaboration among national progressive leaders and organizations. Prior to that she promoted energy efficiency and Alameda County’s Reusable Bag Ordinance at StopWaste. As the Communications Director for the Institute for College Access & Success, Edie was an expert on student debt and student loan repayment policy. Alongside her professional career, Edie has been active in local politics in the East Bay since 2004 and was twice elected to (minor) public office.
Edie is a Bay Area native, a proud Oakland resident, and an avid gardener, singer, cook, and cyclist. She has a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College
As Director of Regional Engagement, Irving builds relationships with key stakeholders across the Bay Area region in support of All Home’s mission and supports the Community Advisory Council. Born in San Francisco and raised in San Mateo County, Irving Torres joined All Home after serving as the Director of Government and Community Affairs for KIPP NorCal, where he helped build partnerships and connected families and students to resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
For almost a decade, Irving has focused on building relationships and advancing policy solutions to improve and empower the lives of youth and communities of color throughout the country. Prior to working at KIPP NorCal, Irving was the California Regional Organizing Director for Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign. He also served as Senior Legislative Aide to San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, where he oversaw housing, immigration, and economic issues. Irving previously served as the Southside of Milwaukee Field Organizer for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign.
Irving earned his undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Utah and holds a Master’s of Public Administration from San Francisco State University.
Jay Banfield is a social entrepreneur with experience in the private, public, nonprofit, and educational sectors. The Chief Economic Mobility Officer role was created in recognition of the fact that homelessness is not solely a housing issue – it is also one of poverty. In this role, Jay leads the development of regional policies and initiatives designed to provide economic stability, drive economic mobility and ultimately create wealth for those with extremely low incomes and those with multiple barriers to employment in the Bay Area.
Prior to joining All Home, Jay spent 12 years at Year Up, leading its expansion to the San Francisco Bay Area and ultimately serving as its Chief Officer of Innovation & Scale and Managing Director, California. A nationally recognized youth and workforce development program, Year Up partners with firms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Salesforce to develop technical talent from within urban communities. In 2014, Year Up received the Tipping Point Award from Tipping Point Community.
Jay graduated with honors from Stanford University and earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. He began his career at Oracle before moving into politics and public service. Since then, Jay has worked on local, state and national political campaigns and has served in both the legislative and executive branches of government. He served as the Chief Assistant Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco and the Assistant General Manager, Business Services for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. For several years, Jay also taught a graduate-level course as an adjunct faculty member at Golden Gate University.
An active community member, he led the San Francisco Parks Trust (now Parks Alliance) and has served on the boards of Workday Foundation, San Francisco University High School, Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Stanford Athletics Buck/Cardinal Club, San Francisco Friends School, and San Francisco Little League.
With over 20 years of leadership and management experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, Jeff Hobson joined All Home to lead its finance and operations functions.
Jeff joins All Home after having helped build the nonprofit TransForm into a leading voice for transportation and land use reform in the Bay Area and across California. He joined the organization as its second employee in 1998, served as Policy Director and Deputy Director until 2016, and returned as Interim Executive Director during 2020.
Between his stints at TransForm, Jeff served as Deputy Director for Planning at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Along the way, Jeff developed extensive experience in finance, operations, team-building, fundraising, strategy, and communications, as well as program and advocacy efforts, and he has also consulted to multiple Bay Area-based nonprofits.
Through this work, he became convinced that inequality and lack of enough places to live are the key problems facing the Bay Area, and he wants to use his experience to help address them. Jeff also has prior experience on energy efficiency, environmental justice, and solar energy in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He earned a master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group and a bachelor’s in physics from Harvard University.
Jeff’s partner Kim Seashore is a math professor at San Francisco State University. Together they’ve enjoyed living in a cohousing community and raising two young men in Berkeley.
Joanne Karchmer has worked at the intersection of human services and public policy for more than two decades. Most recently, she served as Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Deputy Chief of Staff, where she directed local, state, and federal legislative affairs and was the Mayor’s senior policy advisor focused on Oakland’s response to homelessness and on immigrants’ rights issues. Prior to that she worked for the Port of Oakland in intergovernmental affairs and in Oakland city government as a policy aide and advisor to former Councilmember Pat Kernighan.
Joanne began her career as an attorney in Boston working to assist low income and working families to secure benefits and compensation to stabilize their incomes. Shortly after relocating to the Bay Area, she served as a staff attorney at HomeBase, a non-profit, public policy law firm that works with communities to develop effective responses to homelessness through research, policy development, planning, and advocacy. Joanne then moved to the East Bay and became a public interest law counselor at UC-Berkeley School of Law School, where she began the school’s public interest mentorship program. She was quickly elevated to the role of Executive Director of Career Development, where she oversaw counseling, recruiting and all programming for students and alumni. As Executive Director, she launched the law school’s first post-graduate public interest law fellowship program, which financially supports recent graduates who are pursuing public interest careers. Joanne earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and her J.D. at Boston College Law School. She also serves on the Board of Directors for East Bay Agency for Children. In addition, she has worked on numerous political and ballot initiative campaigns in Massachusetts and locally. She lives with her husband and three children in Oakland.
As the Project Coordinator for the Emerging Leaders Program, Katie advocates for the voices of people with lived experience to play central, decision-making roles in our region’s homelessness response systems. Before joining All Home, Katie helped create the Emerging Leaders Program at EveryOne Home, Alameda County’s Continuum of Care. Having experienced homelessness herself, Katie was also elected to the CoC’s Leadership Board and helped shape the committee’s governance restructuring process, which now designates 30% of the voting seats on its committees to people with lived experience.
As Katie transitioned Emerging Leaders from EveryOne Home to All Home, she has focused on outreach, developing training content, and co-facilitating the training for five cohorts of leaders in Alameda County, and is excited to expand this work throughout the Bay Area.
Katie is currently working on her undergraduate degree from Portland State University, which she expects to complete in January 2024.
Ken has more than 30 years of experience related to housing, land use, and transportation planning. Ken Kirkey leads the Regional Impact Council, All Home’s regional roundtable of leaders and stakeholders tackling housing insecurity and homelessness.
Prior to joining All Home, Ken was the Director of Planning for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). Ken was lead staff for Plan Bay Area, the region’s long range plan that guides land use, transportation investments, and housing production and oversaw a staff of 45 people while advancing planning and implementation for a broad range of topics. He also devised and led MTC/ABAG’s Committee to House the Bay Area, better known as CASA.
Prior to joining MTC, Ken served as the Director of Planning and Research for ABAG, where he led a variety of programs including the consensus-based process for developing FOCUS, the Bay Area’s regional blueprint plan encompassing over 150 Priority Development Areas and 100 Priority Conservation Areas nominated by local governments.
He previously worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors on regional growth management policy, general plans, specific plans, and development agreements in Northern California and New England
As a Project Manager, Laura draws on her programmatic and analytical experience to help manage the implementation of the Bay Area High Road Transition Collaborative and the design of innovative workforce development frameworks. She joined All Home after working at Code for America to drive systemic change in the criminal legal space and social safety net. During her three years there, she enabled cross-functional collaboration and drew insights from qualitative and quantitative data in a human-centered manner with a diversity, equity and inclusion lens. Prior to that, Laura worked at a consulting firm building processes and systems to help scale the organization’s impact. She has also worked in community development, focusing on program management and evaluation, local partnerships, and operations at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County.
Laura holds a B.A. in American Studies from UC Berkeley and loves to spend time with her family and read inspiring non-fiction books.
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Mary Kate is a homeless policy professional with nearly a decade of nonprofit leadership experience. She comes to All Home from Compass Family Services, where she served as the director of external affairs and policy.
Mary Kate spent the last several years building partnerships and leading coalition efforts to improve systems and increase resources for extremely low-income people, youth, and families, as well as secure equitable wages for frontline workers in the homeless response system. While at Compass, she co-chaired San Francisco’s Homeless Emergency Service Providers Association, a coalition of more than 30 nonprofit agencies on the front lines of the homelessness crisis. She also served as the director of public funding at Larkin Street Youth Services, where she raised the publicly funded portion of the agency’s operating budget and led other strategic initiatives. She started her nonprofit career facilitating strategic plans to prevent and end homelessness as a staff attorney at HomeBase.
Mary Kate co-chairs the Board of Directors of the SF LGBT Center. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Her writing has appeared in the SF Standard, Shelterforce, The Nation, and CityLab. She lives with her family in Glen Park.
Mussett comes to All Home with over 15 years of experience in the administrative field. The majority of that work took place in the private sector and spanned a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, refractory construction, and geomatic surveying. It was her most recent role as Executive Assistant to the CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay that cultivated her passion and desire to make positive change and serve the community in her everyday work.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Mussett has witnessed the social inequities, racial disparities, and antiquated systems that plague the Bay Area and its most vulnerable inhabitants. She’s passionate about All Home’s mission because she understands the struggle to stay housed when vital resources and support systems are inadequate. Mussett is a San Francisco enthusiast who can often be found exploring the City with her children. Outside of family adventures, she loves reading, writing, all things related to health & fitness, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
A native of Oakland, CA, Robin has over 20 years of experience working for nonprofits, primarily within the Black community. Her background includes positions at the Oakland Private Industry Council as the Workforce Services Director and interim CEO, as well as the Assistant Ombudsperson for Students at UC Berkeley.
She holds a Community Coaching certification from the City of Oakland, and a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Robin is currently attending grad school, pursing an MA degree as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She’s done considerable work with formerly incarcerated people, including serving as the Women’s Reentry Coordinator in the San Francisco County Jail System, co-facilitator of a Strength Circle for men released from prison after serving 30 years or more, and as a volunteer re-entry coordinator at San Quentin Prison.
Robin is married, with a 29-year old daughter, and a grandbaby puppy, Honey! She enjoys cooking, reading, writing and loving the people that she loves.
As Director of Policy and Legislation, Susannah works with staff, the Regional Impact Council, and other partners to advance policies that support the housing and economic security of ELI households in the Bay Area and across the state. Before joining All Home, Susannah worked as Senior Policy Associate at SPUR, leading research and advocacy campaigns across the organization’s policy program areas.
Most recently, she studied the disparate impacts of local sales taxes on low-income households in the Bay Area and the effect of Proposition 13 on neighborhoods in Oakland. Susannah studied political science and environmental policy at Smith College and the University of Vermont.
When not working, you’ll find her cruising on her 1983 steel-framed Giant Kashmir, or making incredibly slow progress at the ukulele.
Veronica manages All Home’s social media presence and communications for the Bay Area High Road Transition Collaborative, and provides strategic communications expertise for the organization. She comes to All Home with over four years of experience in the nonprofit field. Previously, Veronica worked at Working Partnerships USA where she leveraged communications strategy to help win supportive policies for essential workers during the pandemic, stronger protections for renters in the region, and a more representative democracy in the city of San José. Prior to that, Veronica worked at the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley where she coordinated educational programs aimed at increasing the number of Latinos in STEM.
Veronica holds a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and Communication from Santa Clara University. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Veronica is now a proud resident of San Francisco. In her free time, you can find her experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, enjoying live music, or playing with her two cats.
Zoe’s experience includes working with a number of nonprofits and a lobbying firm as an advocate and community organizer, with a focus on voting rights and reproductive healthcare. After unexpectedly losing her housing during COVID-19, she saw the impact of housing insecurity on her neighbors, and is passionate about creating upstream solutions to homelessness.
Prior to joining the team at All Home, Zoe studied Justice Studies at Arizona State University, and law at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. In her free time, Zoe is a cat enthusiast, avid reader and occasional pie maker.
Tomiquia Moss was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as the Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency in November 2023 and will be sworn in on February 13, 2024.
With more than 20 years of leadership and management experience, Tomiquia is locally and nationally recognized as a dynamic nonprofit and public sector leader with expertise in housing and homelessness, public policy, and community development.
Before founding All Home, Tomiquia served as the CEO of Hamilton Families, which offers emergency, transitional, and permanent housing services for families experiencing homelessness. From 2014 to 2017, she served directly under the mayors of both San Francisco and Oakland, most recently as Chief of Staff for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the HOPE SF Initiative, a public housing and neighborhood revitalization effort with the late San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee’s Office. Known for innovating in the public sector, Tomiquia served as the founding project director of the San Francisco Community Justice Center of the Superior Court of California.
In 2022, Tomiquia was appointed to serve as a member of the California Interagency Council on Homelessness alongside state department heads. She is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California and serves on the boards of Oakland Promise and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. Tomiquia holds a Masters’ in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. She and her family are proud to call Oakland home.
Fred Blackwell is the CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country. The San Francisco Foundation works hand-in-hand with donors, community leaders, and both public and private partners to create thriving communities throughout the Bay Area. Since joining the foundation in 2014, Blackwell has led it in a renewed commitment to social justice through an equity agenda focused on racial and economic inclusion.
Fred, an Oakland native, is a nationally recognized community leader with a longstanding career in the Bay Area. Prior to joining SFF in 2014, he served as interim city administrator for the city of Oakland, where he previously served as the assistant city administrator. He was the executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development in San Francisco; he served as the director of the Making Connections Initiative for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the Lower San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland; he was a Multicultural Fellow in Neighborhood and Community Development at The San Francisco Foundation; and he subsequently managed a multiyear comprehensive community initiative for the San Francisco Foundation in West Oakland.
Fred serves on the board of the Independent Sector, Northern California Grantmakers, the Bridgespan Group, the dean’s advisory council for UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and the community advisory council of the San Francisco Federal Reserve. He previously served on the boards of the California Redevelopment Association, Urban Habitat Program, LeaderSpring and Leadership Excellence. He was Co-Chair of CASA — The Committee to House the Bay Area. Fred holds a master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Morehouse College.
Amie joined NPH as the Executive Director in 2015 after more than 20 years in affordable housing and community development. Amie has led NPH’s strategic growth into new, groundbreaking electoral strategy; campaigns to grow public support and drive public will for affordable housing; and programs to strengthen the affordable housing industry and movement. Under Amie’s direction, NPH has grown capacity building programs for the industry and movement, including new affordable housing resident voter programs, launching the Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP,) and the development of an industry-wide Racial Equity Action Plan. Prior to NPH, Amie served as the Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations She also worked as the Director of Supportive Housing at Mission Housing Development Corporation for 10 years, directing supportive housing programs and community organizing collaborations for homeless and formerly homeless adults and families.
Amie serves on the Board of Directors of Housing California, Silicon Valley at Home, and on the Advisory Board of the Partnership for the Bay’s Future. She holds an MPA in public policy analysis with a focus on affordable housing and community development from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU.
Jennifer serves as the CEO of Destination: Home. She has spent her career spearheading efforts to better serve the needs of homeless individuals and families in Silicon Valley. Jennifer has developed and collaborated on numerous innovative models including the Santa Clara County’s first Housing First program for homeless families and the Housing 1000 Campaign. A leader in systems change, she’s overseen the development and implementation of the 2015 Community Plan to End Homelessness and the production of Home Not Found, the most comprehensive cost of homelessness study completed in the United States. In 2016, she facilitated the release of The Silicon Valley Triage Tool, an open source predictive forecasting tool for Supportive Housing.
Jennifer is a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum and is on the board of Silicon Valley at Home. She was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara and appointed by the California State Senate to serve as a member of the State of California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council in 2016. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in non profit Management program.
Growing up in Richmond, CA, Brandy Jenkins-League was exposed to violence and abuse from a young age. Although she was always a bright student, a dysfunctional home life made it much harder for her to engage in school. Despite this, she graduated high school with honors and obtained a college degree in criminal justice. As she entered the professional world, she translated her personal experience to working with systematically disenfranchised people within her community. Currently, she works as a Program Manager for the Housing Resource Center in Berkeley with Bay Area Community Services (BACS), working with people experiencing homelessness in the City of Berkeley.
In her spare time, she advocates for members of the community. She is a wife and a loving mother of three kids. She is excited to join the All Home Advisory Board to make an impact on a regional level, connecting large-scale policy with the situation she sees in her communities daily.
Libby Schaaf served as the 50th Mayor of her hometown of Oakland, California from 2015-2023. During her tenure, Oakland experienced its greatest housing building boom this century, paved the most roads, and had its lowest 5-year period of gun violence on record. She created The Oakland Promise, described by experts as the most comprehensive cradle-to-career initiative in the country to get low-income children through college.
Her “17K/17K Housing Plan” doubled Oakland’s affordable housing production, increased tenant protections for more than 36,000 low-income Oaklanders, and created nearly 20,000 new homes. Her innovative public-private partnerships, “Keep Oakland Housed” homelessness prevention partnership, and “Cabin Communities” have been widely replicated and nationally recognized. In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Mayor Schaaf to California’s first Council of Regional Homelessness Advisors. She also was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority Oversight Committee and Co-Chair of the national bipartisan organization, Mayors & CEOs for US Housing Investment.
Mayor Schaaf served in the US Delegation to the United Nations’ Habitat III, which developed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to the COP27 Climate Summit. She was named 2020’s Housing Hero by the Bay Area Housing Action Coalition and to the 2018 Politico 50 List as one of the most politically influential voices in the nation.
She currently teaches at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and is HUD’s appointee to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA). She holds Senior Fellowships with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Nikki A. Beasley is the Executive Director of Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. She joined the organization in 2016 after retiring from a 25 year career in banking and financial services. Although new to housing, she had a strong affinity to community and service. Because of her leadership, RNHS has doubled it’s property management rental portfolio for low to moderate income families through multifamily acquisition; established the organization’s Changing the Narrative of Homeownership Initiative; started the Lender Ready program in 2017, assisting over 100 new first time home buyers secure ownership; established the RNHS Money Matters Series; established Restoring Neighborhoods, supporting the production of affordable housing opportunities for first time homebuyers; and became small site infill developers in 2018, informing the creation of the Emerging Developers Program established in 2021.
RNHS has also become a staple in the housing conversation throughout the Bay Area and Region, advocating for tenant and landlord rights, consumer affairs, fair housing, working with municipalities to address zoning, and creating equitable programs for residents. Work done through RNHS’ mission and focus to uplift homeownership as a tool to address housing need(s) started the organization’s conversation and advocacy around uncoupling race and income related to the lack of subsidy for production of homeownership projects targeting 80-120 % AMI (Area median income aka Missing Middle, Workforce Housing), addressing the wealth gap and disparity in communities of color.
Nikki sits on a number of boards and working groups: California Housing Partnership – Governor appointed; RISE Economy; Community Vision; FHLB Affordable Housing Council; Black Cultural Zone (BCZ); Black Developers forum; BARHII- Black Hat; BMO Community Advisory Council, Housing Action team and the ULI -San Francisco board.
Preston Prince joined the Santa Clara County Housing Authority in 2021. As Executive Director, Prince runs one of the largest public housing authorities in the nation. He came to SCCHA following 14 years as CEO and Executive Director of the Fresno Housing Authority, that county’s largest affordable housing developer and landlord. In that role, he oversaw a diverse housing portfolio serving 50,000 low-income residents through 13,000 housing choice vouchers and 5,000 public and affordable units, of which 2,400 new units were added during his tenure.
Prior to Fresno Housing, Preston was Executive Director of the Aurora Housing Authority in Aurora, Colorado. His early professional career focused on the creation and financing of affordable housing for both nonprofits and public housing agencies throughout Washington state, where he developed thousands of housing units for people with special needs, families, seniors, and homeowners. Preston has long been involved in creating affordable housing policy at the national level as well as local and statewide efforts to prevent homelessness and improve economic mobility for low-income families.
Preston serves on the boards of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), California Housing Finance Agency, and National Public Housing Museum. He is a past board member of the National Organization of African-Americans in Housing. Prince holds a master’s degree in urban affairs and policy analysis and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from New School University in New York City.
Leaders from around the region helping to shape the All Home strategic and programmatic agenda, and evaluate All Home’s investment strategies and grant making. Each member of the council has had first-hand life experience with homelessness and/or housing and economic insecurity, and have had diverse life experiences (e.g. former foster care youth, parents with children, people with disabilities, people who have been incarcerated). Each council member brings unique insights and perspectives about different cities and counties, highlighting where systems have worked well and where there are gaps. They extend All Home's ability to directly engage with local communities around the region, and also sit on other committees that are integral to our work, such as the Regional Impact Council and our Advisory Board.
Ann Mahina (better known as Ana or Anna) is a descendant of Tongan parents who moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and made San Francisco home. After becoming homeless and living in poverty while pregnant with her son, she found it difficult to find support and resources.
In the years since then, Anna has been an advocate for the Pacific Islander community, helping them connect to resources and services. She works as a case manager for a supported living facility for adults with special needs. Anna is the founder of SF Tongans Rise Up, the Chair of San Francisco Unified School District’s Parent Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Matua (Parent) Advisory Council. She loves to help and support where she can be of assistance. Her hobbies include taking road trips with her family or traveling to visit friends and family.
Anthony’s decade-long experience with homelessness drives his passion for finding evidence-based solutions to homelessness. As a child, his family lived in a one room motel, his grandmother caring for Anthony and his siblings while his parents worked to make ends meet before moving to affordable rural housing in Northern California.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ashley grew up in a low to moderate income family where her parents worked hard to provide for her. While attending college in Long Beach, Ashley’s father unexpectedly passed away and the coping mechanism Ashley turned to was drugs and alcohol. After finding herself in the grips of her addiction and facing criminal charges, she made the decision to go to treatment and do something different. After working to put her life back together and gain custody of her children back, Ashley had found her gift for life, the gift of living a clean and sober life while navigating through the systems and resources available to build a stable and self-sufficient life. She returned to the homeless shelter she had lived at began working and is now the Executive Director and works to advocate for others like her. Ashley joins All Home to continue advocating for those like her who have struggled in poverty, in housing insecurity, raising kids and trying to navigate the systems.
Growing up in Richmond, CA, Brandy Jenkins-League was exposed to violence and abuse from a young age. Although she was always a bright student, a dysfunctional home life made it much harder for her to engage in school. Despite this, she ended up graduating high school with honors, and obtained a college degree in criminal justice. As she entered the professional world, she translated her personal experience to working with people who are systematically disenfranchised. Currently, she works as a program manager for the Housing Resource Center in Berkeley with BACS, working with people experiencing homelessness in the City of Berkeley.
In her spare time, she advocates for foster youth with the Contra Costa County through the Independent Living Skills Program ILSP, she is a wife and loving mother of three kids, and is an avid braider. She is excited to join the Community Advisory Council to make an impact on a regional level, connecting large-scale policy with the situation she sees in her communities every day.
Cathy has been a resident of Oakland for over seventeen years. She was elected to serve as Vice Chair to the MCPD for 2022. At the age of 40 she became disabled and was homeless for eighteen months, living in transitional housing and homeless shelters. Her personal experiences helped her understand the biases against persons with disabilities and she was inspired to become a leader in her community.
She serves on the East Bay Asian Local Development (EBALDC) Chinatown Resident Leadership Council (RLC), is an advocate and volunteer on local neighborhood coalitions, worked to launch an Emergency Preparedness community project, and took action to improve pedestrian safety by reaching out to the California Highway Patrol and having an officer make a presentation to Chinatown residents. As an advocate for affordable housing through the East Bay Housing Organization (EBHO) for over 3 years, she has lobbied legislators in Sacramento and spoken before the Oakland City Council. Her leadership skills were recognized and in 2018 she graduated from the East Bay Housing Organization Leadership Academy and Urban Habitat Civic Leadership Committee.
In 2019, she attended the Resident United Network (RUN), the NeighborWorks of America Community Leadership Institute in Chicago and was recommended to the Urban Habitat’s Boards and Commission Leadership Institute (BCLI) and attended the six month program in 2020.
Jennifer Artz is a lifelong resident of Solano County and a passionate advocate for underserved populations. Some of the strongest advocates are born from tragic lived experience, and that is certainly the case with Jennifer. Childhood trauma and lack of a supportive network led Jennifer towards drugs and alcohol at a young age. As a result, she experienced homelessness and struggled to find a meaningful path for her life, but ultimately found recovery and began working to help other women who had experienced trauma get connected to supportive services.
Through women’s ministry in prisons and throughout the county, Jennifer found a passion for helping others help themselves. Over the years, she has opened six sober living homes for women, worked with previously incarcerated individuals who struggled with substance use disorders, facilitated women’s trauma groups, case managed homeless adults and youth. Most recently Jennifer helped launch new programs for homeless youth in Solano County, including a robust outreach program and a new youth shelter program.
Outside of her work life, Jennifer’s life revolves around her three daughters and two grandchildren, who light up her life and keep her motivated to continue changing the world.
Rabia joins All Home’s Community Advisory Council as a dedicated advocate for the homeless, who has spent the last ten years working with various groups and people to help. As an affordable housing tenant Rabia has first-hand experience with the issues people face when living in this type of housing. Rabia spent thirty years as a RN, achieved a master’s degree from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in Religious leadership, and Islamic studies and Black Church studies. She has worked with EBHO on the Faith and Justice committee for five years.
A San Jose native, Sketch is a third-generation Mexican-American. Sketch is a full time student and active community member in San Jose advocating for the unhoused and other underrepresented communities. She is currently pursuing a double major of psychology and communications. Her passion for helping people experiencing homelessness started in childhood and was further inspired by a period of being unhoused herself, after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Pulling from her personal experience, Sketch is also a fierce advocate for those in recovery from substance abuse, traveling domestically to speak at recovery conferences and conventions.
Sketch volunteers on several advisory boards, committees, and coalitions, including the Community Housing Fund, Supervisor Cindy Chavez’s Fentanyl Working Group, and the newly formed California Department of Health Lived Experience Advisory Board, and the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council’s National Consumer Advisory Board. In 2022 she was appointed by the Mayor of San Jose to serve on the Housing and Community Development Commission as a commissioner with lived experience of homelessness. Her seat on that commission is the first of its kind.
Recently Sketch received an award from CatalyzeSV for the work she does with underrepresented communities. She exudes positivity and resilience. Sketch believes that people sharing their lived experience will and should be the driving force for pragmatic and progressive systems change. People directly impacted by systems can have a unique impact that ignites inspiration towards innovation and improvement. Sketch enjoys spending time with her dogs Etch and Doodle in her limited free time, in addition to taking long drives, catching a beach sunset, and exploring her creativity through writing, painting, and sketching.
Zak Franet is a Bay Area native and public affairs professional. During his youth, experiences with trauma, instability, and loss led to him turning to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism, eventually leading him into homelessness for several years. Upon completing treatment and permanently exiting homelessness, Zak has been a dedicated advocate for youth experiencing homelessness, serving as the chair of Larkin Street’s Youth Advisory Board, on the Executive Committee of the Youth Policy and Advisory Committee where he helped acquire a $3 million dollar HUD grant to support young people experiencing homelessness, and was appointed by former Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco Youth Commission, in addition to numerous other philanthropic and community-facing roles. Zak continues to be active in his community on issues he is passionate about such as homelessness, substance use, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ+, and youth development.