Led by Ron Gonzales, former Mayor of the Cities of San Jose and Sunnyvale and the current President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, SV@Home’s Leadership Board includes a broad membership of nonprofit and for-profit developers, labor, business, and community leaders.
Ron Gonzales, SV@Home Board Chair, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley President and CEO
Ron Gonzales is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Gonzales has over 35 years of technology and public policy experience. Prior to leading the Hispanic Foundation, he was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Presencia, LLC. Presencia, LLC provides marketing and sales consulting services in the government, education, enterprise and SMB markets.
From 1999-2006, Gonzales served as Mayor of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley and the nation’s 10th largest city. His achievements included nationally recognized initiatives that strengthened neighborhoods, improved public education, and ensured the economic vitality of the city with high quality public services and effective solutions to affordable housing and regional transportation projects. Before his election as Mayor, Gonzales worked as an executive with the Hewlett-Packard Company, in the areas of marketing, human resources, and corporate philanthropy.
Gonzales served for eight years (1989-1996) on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. As a two-time mayor and member of the Sunnyvale City Council (1979-87), Gonzales helped initiate governmental efficiency measures that were recognized in the best-selling book Reinventing Government. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Notre Dame de Namur University, KIPP Bay Area Schools, and Save The Bay. He is married to Guisselle Nuñez and they live in downtown San Jose.
Janice Jensen, SV@Home Vice Chair, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley President & CEO
Janice Jensen has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management. Janice provides functional expertise in operations, fund development, marketing communications, and strategic planning, as well as a wealth of leadership experience. She has worked closely with Board members, corporate executives, elected leaders and government officials, community leaders and volunteers in a variety of capacities.
In addition to her leadership role with Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley, Janice also serves on the Board of Directors for GRID Alternatives, is the vice chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s US Council, chairs the US Policy Committee for Habitat, and serves as the chair of Habitat California.
Janice joined the staff of Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley in 2005. Since then she has led her team to more than quintuple home production and families served. Janice led two successful mergers between Habitat affiliates; the first in 2007 and the second in 2012. Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley now serves three large counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara – which includes 52 cities and unincorporated regions and a population of more than 4 million.
Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley continues on a growth path to serve more families by constructing, renovating and repairing homes using environmentally sustainable methodologies, growing a strong community building program, and by broadening community engagement with Habitat so that poverty housing will become socially, politically and morally unacceptable to the community at large, and more low income families will have an opportunity to own their own home.
Kathy Thibodeaux, SV@Home Secretary, KM Thibodeaux Consulting LLC President
Kathy Thibodeaux is the founder of KM Thibodeaux Consulting LLC, a San Francisco Bay Area-based government affairs and strategic leadership company launched in 2006. She has extensive experience working with local government and public policy.
Thibodeaux consults with real estate developers, corporations, and schools on public affairs strategies in support of approval of high quality housing and commercial building in local communities. She also provides strategic consulting to community-based organizations, including her role as lead consultant to the team that founded SV@Home.
Kevin Zwick, SV@Home Treasurer, Housing Trust Silicon Valley CEO
Kevin has served as Chief Executive Officer of Housing Trust Silicon Valley since October 2008. In this role, Kevin leads the overall direction, strategy, and impact of the Housing Trust and works to increase awareness of affordable housing issues in our region. During this time the Housing Trust has invested over $100 million into affordable housing in Santa Clara County and the surrounding community and the Housing Trust became the first nonprofit CDFI in the country to receive an S&P rating (AA-).
Kevin has also helped lead key local and state affordable housing policy efforts, such as the passage of AB 532, securing Boomerang Funds, and adopting Housing Impact Fees in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Cupertino. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Homeless Task Force, San Jose Rotary Club, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley’s Class XXV, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits Leadership Team and a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Silicon Valley.
Kevin has worked in the field of affordable housing and community development since 1999. Kevin received a Master’s Degree in nonprofit administration (MNA) from the University of San Francisco, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Sociology. He lives in Willow Glen with his wife Helen and two kids, Noralee and Daniel.
Shiloh Ballard, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Executive Director
Shiloh Ballard comes to the Bike Coalition after over 14 years at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group as Senior Vice President of Housing and Community Development. In her role with the Leadership Group, Shiloh helped direct the organization’s housing, transportation and land use policy portfolio working with industry, civic, and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to the region’s growth challenges. She was at the center of several significant policy wins including the adoption of uniform green building policies in Santa Clara County, the passage of strong affordable housing policies in Silicon Valley Cities, and the passage of the State’s last affordable housing bond, Proposition 1C. She was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a 2010 “40 under 40” as well as a YWCA “Woman in Leadership” in 2012. Most recently, she was awarded the 2015 Housing Hero by the leading Statewide Housing organization, California Housing Consortium.
Shiloh is a proud slug, having earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz. She previously worked for the State Senate and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and currently serves on the board of the Santa Clara County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters; the Housing Trust, Silicon Valley; and a new organization that she helped to found, SV@Home. A glutton for punishment, Shiloh is also an appointed member of the San José Planning Commission.
In her spare time, Shiloh enjoys reading, cooking, growing vegetables and mountain biking. She lives with her long-time partner, Dan King, and their cat Gracie.
Bob Brownstein, Working Partnerships USA Director of Policy and Research
Bob Brownstein joined Working Partnerships USA in February 1999. He currently works on health policy issues and is the designer of our signature health care achievement — the Children’s Health Initiative — which made Santa Clara County the first of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties to ensure health coverage to virtually every child. Has directed research culminating in strategic issue briefs that provide timely analysis of problems and present a range of possible and serious solutions. With his support, many of these policies have been adopted and enacted by the South Bay Labor Council, the San Jose City Council, the County Board of Supervisors, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Previously, Brownstein served as the Budget and Policy Director of the City of San Jose for eight years under Mayor Susan Hammer. He was instrumental in developing the Living Wage ordinance, Greenline policies, and crafting the annual city budget. He previously served as the Chief of Staff to Santa Clara County Supervisor Suzanne Wilson. He has an undergraduate degree from Princeton, a Masters in Political Science from Stanford, and a Masters in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University.
Christine Carr; Silicon Valley Bank, Community Development Finance Group Founder
Christine Carr is the Founder of the Community Development Finance Group at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). She founded the group in 2002, and since then SVB has done over $700 million in construction lending for affordable housing and $250 million in the purchase of low income housing tax credits. Christine was the Manager of the group until 2014 and was responsible for both debt and equity to ensure that the Bank’s CRA obligations were met. As Founder, she is an Ambassador for SVB, working on special projects in community development and affordable housing.
Christine started her career in Washington, DC, as an Urban Intern at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While there, she worked on the Senate Housing Subcommittee during the period that legislation that included the Community Reinvestment Act was passed. She worked at HUD for a total of 5 years in both DC and San Francisco and then went on to work for numerous organizations, doing, for the most part, affordable housing lending.
She serves on a number of Boards and Committees in the Affordable housing arena, including the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Merritt Community Capital, Enterprise (Bay Area) Advisory Council, the Salvation Army Kroc Advisory Council, SF Turk St. project, EBALDC, and the Mid-Market (San Francisco) Business Association.
Ms. Carr attended St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa. and received a BA in History. She received a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in City Management from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her husband raised their 3 daughters in Berkeley, California and she continues to live there.
Rahul Chandhok, San Francisco 49ers Director of External Affairs
Rahul oversees external affairs for the 49ers, working with local, regional, Statewide, and federal issues for the team. Prior to joining the 49ers, Rahul served as General Counsel for the Freedom Writers Foundation, worked as an aide to Mayor Kevin Johnson (Sacramento), was a law clerk for the Oakland Raiders, and was recently appointed to the board of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Rahul has experience with a wide variety of legal issues, including those relating to 501c3 nonprofits.
Rahul received his law degree from UC Davis School of Law, and his undergraduate degree in Criminology- Law and Society from UC Irvine.
Katie Ferrick, LinkedIn Senior Manager, Community Relations
Katie Ferrick manages Community Affairs at LinkedIn Corporation where she works at the intersection of Social Impact, Public Policy, and Land use. Katie moved to San Francisco in 1992 after earning a degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon. She began her career in sales and management roles before transitioning to public service and advocacy work. In 2001, she earned her Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from San Francisco State, followed by several years of civic commissions and volunteer roles in public schools. As a caseworker then Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Jackie Speier, she connected with a broad range of community needs and partnership models. In 2014 she joined LinkedIn, where she develops community partnerships and programs that are aligned with LinkedIn’s vision of creating economic opportunity in order to make a positive impact locally.
Amie Fishman, the Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) has over 20 years of experience in the affordable housing and community development field. Prior to NPH, she was the Executive Director of EBHO from 2006 to 2014. During her tenure there, she initiated major affordable housing advocacy campaigns with broad based community coalitions, initiated a resident organizing program, deepened EBHO’s work throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to advance local and regional policies for affordable housing and equitable transit‐oriented development, and grew EBHO’s membership by 300% to nearly 400 organizations and community leaders.
From 1994 to 2004, Amie worked at Mission Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) in San Francisco as the Director of Supportive Housing. In this capacity, she directed MHDC’s programs and community organizing collaborations for homeless and formerly homeless adults and families, and spearheaded policy and electoral initiatives.
Immediately prior to her tenure at EBHO, she was a Dean’s Scholar at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and received her MPA in public policy analysis with a focus on affordable housing and community development. Her Master’s thesis was on grassroots anti‐displacement strategies and the potential of non‐profit community development corporations to strengthen neighborhood movements.
Javier Gonzalez, Government Relations and Public Policy Manager, Google
Javier leads Google’s government relations and public affairs efforts for Silicon Valley. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in government, campaigns, and legislation in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley and Sacramento regions. Previously, Javier served on the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ California State Advisory Committee. Last year, Governor Brown recommended Javier to serve as a member of the Selective Service System local board.
A native of Santa Clara Valley, Javier attended local schools including Santa Clara University. On weekends, Javier enjoys volunteering, Crossfit, running and spending time with family and friends.
Poncho Guevara, Sacred Heart Community Service Executive Director
Poncho Guevara is the Executive Director of Sacred Heart Community Service.
Jan joined MidPen in February 2009 with nearly twenty years of experience in community development and affordable housing. Prior to MidPen, Jan served as Vice President of Development and Construction at South County Housing where she oversaw the production of more than 1,600 affordable housing units at nearly 30 properties, several of which won national awards of excellence. Prior to this, Jan held key roles at the Santa Clara County Housing Authority and the Central New York Planning and Development Board. Jan has a bachelor’s from Hamilton College and a master’s from Tufts University Center for Public Service.
Jennifer Loving, Destination: Home Executive Director
Jennifer Loving has spent 15 years spearheading efforts that better serve the needs of homeless youth, families and adults in America. Working in a variety of shelter, street and permanent housing programs, Jennifer’s developed numerous innovative models including the County’s first Housing First program for homeless families. Since joining Destination: Home in 2010, she has brought together public officials, government agencies, private sector leaders and nonprofit executives to collectively pursue permanent solutions in preventing and ending chronic homelessness.
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 Nonprofit Management.
Jennifer is also a recipient of the 2004 Tribute to Women in Industry Award and was listed in 2011’s 100 Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley.
Mary Murtagh, EAH Housing President and CEO
Mary Murtagh joined EAH Housing in 1986. Under her leadership EAH has grown to a staff of 475, expanded to Hawaii, has developed more than 7,250 units at 92 properties, and serves more than 20,000 residents every day in over 100 properties through EAH’s property management.
Mary is a passionate advocate for social justice through affordable housing and ways to help low income families and seniors improve their lives. She created the first computer learning center in HUD’s western region and the EAH Resident Scholarship program. Her leadership includes the acquisition and preservation of over 1,300 units in HUD-subsidized properties on the verge of losing their affordability; EAH’s recognition by the White House as one of the national leaders in sustainable energy in affordable housing; and involvement in the creation of the Residents United Network (RUN). She holds a Master of Architecture degree from MIT.
The recipient of numerous awards and commendations, Mary serves on the Board of the California Housing Consortium (CHC), and is a member of the Housing Partnership Network (HPN).
Chris Neale, The CORE Companies Vice President
As Vice President of The Core Companies, Chris has specialized in development and construction of for-sale homes, affordable rental housing and workforce housing throughout the South Bay Area. Over the last decade, Chris has led the team to successfully entitle, finance, construct and lease over 1200 affordable rental homes for Low, Very Low and Extremely Low Income Households in the Bay Area, as well as developed more than 400 single family homes, townhomes and condominiums. Through the creative application of local, state and federal housing programs and with strict compliance to Fair Housing practices; he has provided affordable rental homes targeting artists, teachers, educators, seniors, those with special needs and the formerly homeless.
In the pursuit of developing affordable housing, Chris have accumulated a range of skills and expertise including but not limited to site acquisition, feasibility analysis, complex financing, entitlements, design development, construction management, asset management and customer service. He has established key partnerships with some of affordable housing’s leading contributors including institutional debt and equity providers such as PNC, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase as well as some of California’s leading agencies such as CDLAC, TCAC, CalHFA, FHLB, ABAG, CSCDA and HUD. Chris is active in local and regional associations, serving as President Board of the San Jose Downtown Association and Reach Institute for School Leadership. Chris has earned a Bachelors’ degree in Physics from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Business from UC Berkeley.
Andrea Osgood, Eden Housing Director of Real Estate Development
Ms. Osgood joined the Eden Housing Development team in 2008 and currently leads Eden’s new construction and acquisition efforts. Since joining Eden, Ms. Osgood has developed over 300 new units and overseen the acquisition of over 1,000 existing units in six California counties – from Sonoma to San Diego County.
Before her career in affordable housing, Ms. Osgood worked as a construction management consultant for Capital Projects of UC Berkeley and was involved in nearly every phase of large rehab and new construction projects – from planning and development through funding and construction. She also gained experience in construction litigation and public contracting as a lead paralegal in the construction group of the San Francisco law firm, Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & Rudy.
Andrea has served on the Board of Directors of the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County since 2013 and is an inaugural member of the Board of Directors of SV@Home, a newly formed advocacy organization in Santa Clara County.
Kelly Snider, Kelly Snider Consulting Principal
Kelly Snider began her housing career in 1994, and worked in architecture and capital projects including overseeing the installation of bullet-proof glass for Chelsea Clinton’s Stanford dorm room. After receiving her master’s degree in City Planning, she began the hard work of entitling and developing over 2,000 private residential units in Silicon Valley, from large townhomes in San Jose to studio apartments in Walnut Creek. In addition to her work on high-density TOD housing, Kelly has helped to produce significant San Jose icons including the downtown Adobe Systems corporate headquarters and the blockbuster retail neighborhood of Santana Row.
Today, Kelly advises private clients on housing and mixed-use development projects throughout Santa Clara County, helping to shepherd them through the CEQA and NIMBY-riddled approval process in the hopes of making our valley communities slightly denser and more transit- and bike-friendly. She lives in an 80-year-old home in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose with her husband and three sons.
Jennifer Van Every, The Van Every Group Principal
Jennifer Van Every founded The Van Every Group in 2011, a Silicon Valley-based consulting company providing strategic communications and marketing to corporations, non-profits, and political candidates. She has more than 20 years of experience in a wide-range of communications and marketing activities and has worked with some of the leading corporations and non-profits in the valley, including Altera, Gardner Health Services, Home First (formally EHC LifeBuilders), Kids in Common, Intel, The Health Trust and Xilinx.
Jennifer is actively engaged in many philanthropic activities, particularly those aimed at ending homelessness and building affordable housing. In her work and volunteer efforts, Jennifer leverages her relationships across a wide-range of sectors to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to build a more just and vibrant community for all. She lives in the Willow Glen area of San Jose with her husband and son.