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Envision San Jose 2040 Task Force Members
The Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan establishes a four year review cycle, providing opportunity to evaluate the City’s achievement of key goals and mid-course adjustments to the General Plan. This work will be done through open, public meetings of the Envision San Jose 2040 Task Force and City Council.

Envision San Jose 2040 Task Force Members List
The composition of the task force represents a combination of experienced prior members and newer appointees who can contribute to the diversity of thought and perspective, and includes:

Shirley Lewis, Co-Chair
Shirley is the Assistant Vice President for Old Republic Title Company, Commercial Department, Santa Clara County. She is a native of San José and a graduate of Notre Dame High School and San José State University. She served as a San José City Councilmember for twelve years from 1981 through 1992, including two years as Vice Mayor and four years as Vice Chair of the Redevelopment Agency; six and half years as the Executive Director of the San José Symphony and the San José Youth Symphony; and three years as the Vice President of Development for the Mobedshahi Hotel Group where she oversaw renovation and development projects for two and half years. Besides her active career, Shirley is involved in many community organizations including the Rotary Club of San José, the Friends of the Guadalupe Park & Gardens, First Community Housing and the COMPAC Board of the Chamber of Commerce.

David Pandori, Co-Chair
David has been a Deputy District Attorney for the past 16 years, and is currently assigned to the Homicide Team. Previously, he prosecuted gang and career criminal cases. David was a member of the San José City Council from 1991 through 1998, representing the Downtown district. David also previously served as Vice Chair for the Envision San José 2040 Task Force from 2007 through 2011. He graduated from San José State University with a degree in Environmental Studies and an emphasis in Urban Planning, from UC Berkeley with a Masters Degree in City Planning, and from UC Hastings with a Juris Doctor degree. 

Teresa Alvarado, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Teresa Alvarado is Deputy Administrative Officer at the Santa Clara Valley Water District. She leads both the office of Communications and Community Engagement and the Office of CEO Support. Ms. Alvarado is an active member of the civic leadership in Silicon Valley. Her current board service includes Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, San Jose Jazz, SPUR, Greenbelt Alliance and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality. She is a former board or advisory board member of the International Association for Public Participation-USA affiliate, Rotary Club of San Jose, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and others. She is co-founder of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley. Ms. Alvarado served as an appointed member of the City of San José’s Envision San José 2040 General Plan Update Task Force from 2007-2011 and was the first community member invited to participate as a member of the San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board. She holds a M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, a B.S. degree in Environmental Technology & Management with a Minor degree in Technical Writing from San Jose State University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program and is an American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley senior fellow.

Enrique Arguello, Local 270
Enrique Arguello is currently working as a Business Manager of LIUNA Local 270 which covers Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties, and represents over five thousand members out of the 28,000 members in Northern California. Enrique also serves as a Trustee of the Building & Construction Trades in Santa Clara & San Benito Counties, Executive Board Member of the South Central Labor Council, Delegate and Officer of the Northern California District Council of Laborers, Delegate to the LIUNA National Convention 2011-2016, and Delegate of the Democratic Party District Ad 27. He graduated with a degree in Natural Science from Michoacán University in 1984.

Shiloh Ballard, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
Shiloh Ballard is the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Prior to this role, she served 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. 

Terry Christensen, District 3 Representative 
Terry Christensen is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at San Jose State University.  He was the Founding Executive Director of CommUniverCity San Jose, which worked with the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace neighborhoods to develop San Jose’s first Urban Village plans.  He is Director of Communications for BART Alum Rock Transit Village Advocates (BARTVA) and Executive Director of Friends of Five Wounds Trail (FFWT).  A 45-year resident of Council District 3, he served on San Jose’s 1975-1976 General Plan Review, the Downtown Working Review Committee (1980-1983), the Mayor’s Redevelopment Advisory Task Force (1999) and the Downtown Strategy Task Force (2000-2001).

Pat Colombe, Preservation Action Council of San Jose
Patricia has lived in San José for 40 years, in a Historic Conservation Area neighborhood and has become an active supporter of historic preservation. She is a PAC-SJ board member and also sits on the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Environmental and Water Resources Advisory Committee. Previously, Patricia worked for the City of San José as a Planner and had experience with both project/urban design review and long-range planning efforts, including managing the San José 2020 General Plan update and the annual General Plan amendment process. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Master of Urban Planning in 1989 and a B.A. in Architecture in 1971.

Yolanda Cruz, City Labor Alliance
Yolanda is a City Employee, working in the Library Department for 29.5 years.  She also serves as President for the AFSCME MEF Union, the largest bargaining group of City Employees in San José. She lived most of her life in San José.  She graduated from Silver Creek High School in East San José.  She is looking forward to participating on the Envision San José 2040 Task Force to see how San José has grown and continues to improve on services and the environment for San José residents to enjoy.

Pastor Oscar Dace, Bible Way Christian Center

Harvey Darnell, Neighborhood Organizations
Harvey has been a Resident North Willow Glen since 1983. He retired as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with 25 years at Kaiser San José, with 15 years on the KP National Sourcing and Standards Team for Wound and Ostomy Care.  Since 2001, he has been on the board of the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association, currently Vice President. Since 2001 has been on the board of Greater Gardner SNI NAC last serving as Chairperson.  He is a former, Board Member Willow Glen Neighborhood Association.  He was a Member, SNI PAC 2002-2008. He was appointed by Mayor Gonzales to represent the Community on Counter to Council in 2005.  He was a Member for the Community on the Task Force which wrote Council Policy 6-30.  As President of Citizens for a Livable San Jose (CalSJ) he worked with Assistant Director Prevetti and Akoni Danielson 2008-2009 on a possible Riparian Corridor Policy Handbook.

Andrea Flores-Shelton, District 5 United Steering Committee
Andrea Flores Shelton is a native of East San Jose and current resident of Alum Rock where she lives with her husband and their two boys. Currently, Andrea is the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Violence Prevention Manager overseeing program development and strategic collaborative efforts to advance health equity in communities most affected by violence. She served two members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors where she coordinated systems change initiatives to improve outcomes for youth of color in the juvenile justice system and guided the adult reentry system plan in preparation for the passage of AB109.  Andrea’s past community leadership roles include the Alum Rock Union School Board, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and City of San Jose’s 2011 Redistricting Committee. She is currently involved on the District 5 United Steering Committee representing the St. John Vianney neighborhood. She is also involved at St. John Vianney Parish and School. 

Josue Garcia, Santa Clara/San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
Mr. Garcia is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Santa Clara & San Benito County Building & Construction Trades Council, an organization representing 26 construction unions with about 30,000 members. He is the first Latino to hold the position. Mar. Garcia has also served as the Chief of Staff for Councilmember Xavier Campos – City of San José, District 5 from July 2011 to September 2012. Mr. Garcia currently serves as a Board Member to Lincoln Law School, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, NOVA Workforce Board, State Building & Construction Trades Council, and SIREN, and as a Co-Chair of Mayor Liccardo on the San José Works Program. 

John Glover, District 5 Representative
John Glover is an experienced teacher and administrator who founded Alpha Public Schools in 2010, based on a vision for putting traditionally underserved students from East San José on the path to college success. He developed this vision in collaboration with local parents and community members. As CEO, John has worked with the board of directors and other supporters to develop and implement the organization’s strategy, including creating and refining a cutting-edge blended learning model that uses technology to empower great teachers and inspire active learning, raising philanthropic funding to support the organization’s early growth, and spearheading negotiations with technology vendors and district officials. John also served as Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School’s founding principal during its inaugural school year, where he created the foundation for a strong student culture and recruited the school’s first teachers. John received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College in English and Theology and his teaching credential from the Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University.

Leslee Hamilton, Guadalupe River Park and Gardens
Leslee Hamilton is Executive Director of Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and a resident of the St. Leo’s neighborhood in District 6. A SF Bay Area native, she earned a degree in business economics from UC Santa Barbara. Her employment history includes work for nonprofit environmental organizations and campaign consulting. Leslee has served on the San Jose Parks & Recreation Commission, Diridon Station Good Neighbor Committee, and Envision 2040 Task Force. She recently joined the San José Arena Authority board.

Robert Hencken, District 9 Representative
Robert P. Hencken is a Senior Vice President/Managing Director with SummerHill Homes, a privately held homebuilding company providing “Communities of Distinction” for over 35 years in the greater Bay Area.  In his 16 year tenure with SummerHill Homes, Mr. Hencken has provided the lead role in the development of over 15 communities within San José totaling over 2000 homes. He has and continues to be involved in a number of community organizations, activities and projects benefitting the local community. Prior to joining SummerHill, Mr. Hencken was a principal in a Development Consulting firm which provided overall project administration and management for the approvals and implementation of the Evergreen Specific Plan phases 1 and 2. Following his graduation from Santa Clara University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1981, Mr. Hencken held various positions within the City of San José Public Works Department.

Rose Herrera, Vice Mayor
Vice Mayor Rose Herrera began her second four-year term as a San José City Councilmember in January 2013, representing District 8. A native of East San José, Vice Mayor Herrera attended Overfelt High School and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Santa Clara University. Vice Mayor Herrera served her country in the United States Air Force and is a Founding Member of the Bay Area Military Women’s Collaborative, and Founder and Past President of the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus. Vice Mayor Herrera has focused on saving the funding for the Lightrail project to Eastridge, secured funding for the 101/Tully Road highway project and the 101/Capitol Expressway/Yerba Buena interchange and saved Municipal Water from being privatized. Vice Mayor Herrera serves on multiple city and county-wide committees focusing on Economic Development, Environmental Issues and Regional Transportation.

Sam Ho, San Jose Evergreen Community College District
Sam Ho is currently the Director of Communications, Community Relations and Diversity at the San José-Evergreen Community College District, Office of the Chancellor. Sam has served on many Boards of Directors including Center for Employment Training (CET), Human Agenda, and Berryessa Alliance Church. He participated for over a year in food supply distribution to low income residents in the Santee Neighborhood, and for the past several years distributed clothing to farmworker families in Watsonville. He is currently a member of community organizations including LaRaza Roundtable and Multi-Ethnic Coalition for Justice and Accountability. Previously, Sam was the director of operations for the largest Vietnamese American-run and operated non-profit community-based organization located in Southern California, developing and managing programs for seniors, youth and families. He worked at the Catholic Community Services in Miami, Florida under the Refugee Resettlement Program, coordinating the relocation and reunification of many families from Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and Central America.  He earned his MBA in Management and Bachelor’s in Psychology. His favorite quote is by Fannie Lou Hamer: “There are two things we should never forget: First, always remember where we came from; and second, never forget the bridges that brought us over.”    

Jeremy Jones, District 7 Representative
Jeremy Jones is an Executive Leader at Bank of America, responsible for driving sales performance for 100 Financial Centers and 350 Bank Employees across the Bay Area. Jeremy was born and raised in San Jose. Jeremy graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Jose State University in 2001. He serves as President of the Tuscany Hills Homeowners Association on Communications Hill, where he has lived for the past 10 years. Jeremy also serves on the Board of Directors for Health Donor, a web based social networking fundraising company based in San Jose which helps individuals and organizations raise money for medical bills. 

Lea King, District 2 Representative

Steve Landau, District 1 Representative
Steve Landau is a marketing consultant with more than 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley technology companies and a community leader and resident in District 1. Steve is the past chair of the District 1 Leadership Group and the Winchester Neighborhood Action Coalition and is presently co-chair of the Winchester Advisory Group that is focused on the creation of urban village plans in the Winchester-Stevens Creek area. 

Charisse Lebron, Working Partnerships USA
Charisse Ma Lebron leads Working Partnerships USA’s campaigns to expand access to high-quality public transportation, increase affordable housing and ensure equity as our communities grow. Lebron brings over 12 years of public policy experience in both government and nonprofit sectors. She served as the District Director for the California State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore as well as Chief of Staff for San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson. Prior to her service to elected officials, Charisse was the Director of Advocacy and Corporate Responsibility at Marin Institute, advocating for public health, youth, and people of color. At the California Reinvestment Coalition, she partnered with stakeholders to engage Fortune 500 banks and military leadership to end predatory lending. She sits on the Santa Clara County Housing and Community Development Advisory Commission, County Health Care Reform Implementation Stakeholder Work Group, and the District 8 Community Roundtable Steering Committee. Lebron holds a B.A. in political science and international relations from the University of Rochester.

Karl Lee, Chinese American Real Estate Association

Karl Lee is Broker/Owner of Realty World Results Pros. Karl is a Director for the California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.) since 2006 and the National Association of REALTORS since 2013. He served on the Executive Committee of the California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.) in 2012. Past leadership positions at C.A.R. include 2015 Vice Chair of Investment Housing Committee, 2013 Vice Chair of Homeownership Housing, 2011 Vice Chair of Taxation Committee. Karl is also the Key Contact to Assemblywoman Nora Campos’ office for C.A.R. He chaired the C.A.R. Delegates from Region 19/Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS (SCCAOR), where he was the 2010 President. SCCAOR awarded Karl "REALTOR of the Year" in 2006. Past NAR Committees include Research (2015) and Land Use/Property Rights and Environmental (2012 to 2013). Karl is currently serving his third-term as Treasurer of MLS Listings, Inc. where he has been on the Board of Directors since 2011. He is a Past President of the Chinese-American Real Estate Association. Karl was involved in the Foreclosure Prevention Coalition organized by the City of San José and San José Envision San José 2040 Task Force. Karl has thirteen years Corporate Finance experience in the banking industry, most recently with Bank of America, prior to becoming a REALTOR in 1999.  He graduated from Boston College in 1987 with a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting.


Linda LeZotte, Law Offices of Linda LeZotte
Linda LeZotte was first elected to the Board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District in November, 2010 and served as chair in 2012.  She was re-elected in 2014. Linda serves on the District’s Recycled Water; Environmental and Water Resources; and Water Conservation Committees; as well as the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan Joint Powers Authority and the County Recycled Waste and Reduction Committee among others. She represents the City of Campbell, portions of Willow Glen and the Cambrian, North Almaden and Blossom Hill areas of San José. For 30 years Linda practiced law in San José specializing in the areas of land use, environmental and municipal law. She advised clients on environmental issues including Green Building policies and ordinances and compliance with CEQA and local environmental policies and procedures. For eight years, Linda served as a distinguished member of the San José City Council leading the green building/sustainability policy discussion. Linda chaired the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Sustainable Buildings Initiative, and serves on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Silicon Valley. 

Don Little, Trammell Crow Company
Don Little serves as Senior Vice President of Development for TCC’s Northern California Business Unit. Don joined the firm to build their portfolio of new developments as well as guiding pipeline projects through the approval, construction and marketing phases to stabilized operations. Don has developed and originated over twenty eight million square feet of office, industrial, retail, apartment, and condo projects in multiple markets. Little brings over 30 years of industry and market experience to TCC. Most recently, he is responsible for the acquisition of the former Adobe Systems property near the SAP Arena and is the project lead for the 1,000,000 SF tech office, retail and 325 unit luxury apartment tower / mixed use development. It will also include the restoration of the historic San Jose Water Company building.

Bonnie Mace, District 8 Representative
Bonnie is currently the President Pro-Tem of the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees and also the Executive Director of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association. She has held jobs with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, California Forward, and Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and she is also a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. Bonnie was the District 8 representative on the San Jose Redistricting Commission, and she served six years on San Jose's Housing and Community Development Commission. She is past President of the District 8 Community Round Table and has served on several Bond Oversight Committees in the Evergreen School District and East Side Union High School District.

Amanda Montez, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Amanda Montez currently serves as the Senior Director for Housing and Community Development with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, where she works with member companies and partners to impact regional policies related to housing and land use. She previously worked on the implementation of Santa Clara County’s Community Plan to End Homelessness with Destination: Home. Before joining Destination: Home, Amanda served as the Community Outreach Specialist for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. She also previously served as a Policy Analyst with the City of San Jose. Amanda came to Santa Clara County after living and working in Washington, DC, where she served as Legislative Analyst for the National Council of La Raza, a PAC Manager with the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and as a Business Development Specialist with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Amanda is a member of the Board of Directors of California’s oldest nonprofit land trust, the Sempervirens Fund and a Board Member of the Housing Trust Silicon Valley. She also serves as a Board Member for Santa Clara County’s League of Conservation Voters.


Manh Nguyen, Councilmember
Manh Nguyen and his wife escaped Vietnam in April 1975 and sought safe haven in the United States. He and his family moved to San José in 1977. As a law student, he created a Vietnamese publication to help inform and provide the Vietnamese community with a better understanding of the American judicial system. It was through this work that Manh found his true calling. Journalism allowed him to explore and raise awareness of issues affecting the community. Manh started the first daily Vietnamese news program in the United States. Since that time, he has expanded his media corporation to include a daily Vietnamese language newspaper, magazine, and radio program. Through these outlets, he has assisted numerous nonprofit organizations to deliver vital information and resources pertaining to affordable housing, job placement services, social services, and legal aid. After 28 years in the media business, Manh Nguyen felt compelled to serve the community at a higher level and decided to run for city council. He was elected to the San José City Council on June 23, 2015. 


Pierluigi Oliverio, Councilmember
Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio was elected to the San José City Council in 2007, 2008, and for a third time in 2012.  Pierluigi is the son of immigrant parents, Italo and Matilde, who are both retired teachers.  Pierluigi attended Booksin Elementary, Hoover Middle School, and Willow Glen High in the San José Unified School District.  He then went on to obtain his BA and Teaching Credential from San José State University.  Raised on Willow Street, he is a homeowner on Cherry Avenue where he is a parishioner of St. Christopher’s church.  In addition, Pierluigi has over 20 years of high tech work experience in the semiconductor and software industries.  Councilmember Oliverio served on the original General Plan 2040 Task Force from 2007 to 2011. 

Tim Orozco, District 4 Representative
Tim Orozco is a San Jose native who grew up in Berryessa and graduated from Piedmont Hills High School. Tim is an active member of neighborhood groups, including the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council and the Berryessa Business Association.  Currently, Tim serves as a legislative aide to State Senator Bob Wieckowski, representing the communities of Berryessa, North San Jose, and Alviso. Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of San Francisco and a Masters in Public Administration at San Diego State University. He lives in the Noble Neighborhood of Berryessa.

Nick Pham, Planning Commission
A San José resident of 30+ years. Nick began his professional career as an engineer, and later a Marketing/Product Manager at 3COM where he managed and launched the very first WiFi products to the market.  Nick helped started several start-ups. He founded his own real estate & mortgage company.  He serves as a Board of Director and Advisor for professional trade organization including the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), the California Association of Realtors (CAR), the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR), and a former Advisory Chair for the Evergreen School District.

Garrett Rajkovich, District 10 Representative
Garrett is a third generation San José resident and life-long resident of District 10, where he still resides. He attended Bellarmine College Prep and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Garrett started developing and investing in real estate in 1983 around the San José area. He’s attended many general plan update meetings regarding the South Almaden Urban Reserve and Coyote Valley Urban Reserves. 

Stephanie Reyes, Greenbelt Alliance
Stephanie Reyes is Greenbelt Alliance's Deputy CEO. Greenbelt Alliance shapes the rules that govern growth to protect the Bay Area’s open spaces and to ensure neighborhoods within the region’s cities and towns are amazing places for everyone. Stephanie has over a decade of experience in land-use planning and sustainable, equitable development.  At Greenbelt Alliance, she guides the organization’s advocacy, organizing, and research work and also leads foundation fundraising efforts. She previously held positions in communications and advocacy at HomeFirst, an affordable housing and homeless services nonprofit.

John Ristow, Valley Transportation Authority
As Director, John Ristow is responsible for VTA’s Congestion Management Agency responsibilities which include both long range and project planning, project design development, environmental review, programming of federal, state and local grant funds and express lane operations. John graduated from the University of Colorado with Bachelors in Geology and Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.  

George Rix, District 6 Representative
George has been a resident of San José since 1993. For the first 5 years, George lived in the Cambrian Park area and then moved to the Willow Glen Community where he currently lives with his family.  George was married in San José and his three kids attends(ed) schools in San José. His first career was in finance for about a dozen years, while his current career is in education. He is a Junior High math teacher working at St. Lucy. Prior to this position, he spent 12 years working at Willow Glen Middle School.  Previously, George served on School Parent Groups and Foundations, a Credit Union Board and was on the Happy Hollow Foundation Board for about 6 years. 

Pat Sausedo, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks
Patricia Sausedo, a 30+ year resident of San José, established Sausedo Company in 1993 following notable record of public service including 12 years as Vice Mayor and Council Member for the City of San José representing the District 8/Evergreen area, 4 years’ service on the San José Planning Commission and 4 years’ service on the Santa Clara County Planning Commission.  Over the years. Pat has chaired and/or served on numerous policy committees and task forces, community and non-profit boards, and most recently engaged, 2009-2012, as the Vice President Public Policy for the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Currently Pat Serves as the Executive Director of Commercial Real Estate Industry’s NAIOP Silicon Valley Chapter. Additionally Pat provides legislative and public affairs consultant services to BIA Bay Area and various bay area private development interests.

Erik Schoennauer, Land Use Consultant
Since 2000, Erik has worked with his business partner and father, former San José Planning Director Gary Schoennauer, as a land use consultant assisting developers and property owners in securing City approval for numerous office, retail, residential, medical, church and school projects throughout the Santa Clara Valley. Prior to his work as a land use consultant, he worked for Congressman Norm Mineta, Mayor Tom McEnery, the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, and as Chief of Staff for City Councilmember Pat Dando.  He was a staff member of the campaign team to pass the 2000 Measure A Initiative to extend the BART to Downtown San José. He served on the finance committee for the 2008 Measure B to fund BART operations. He served on the Envision 2040 General Plan Update Task Force, the 2011 San José Redistricting Commission, the Happy Hollow Foundation Board, and the Project Advisory Group for the new Santa Clara County Family Justice Center. 

Derrick Seaver, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Derrick Seaver was appointed as the Vice President of Public Policy at the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce in January 2015. In this role, Seaver is directly responsible for managing the chamber's day-to-day public policy, advocacy, political action, and economic development strategies and initiatives.  Previously, Seaver served in the role of director of public policy for the SJSV Chamber.  Seaver has wide public policy, advocacy and government experience. In his native state of Ohio, Seaver served three terms as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, 2001-2006. Following his tenure there, he owned and operated his own political consulting firm on the Central Coast of California, managing the campaigns of dozens of successful candidates. Since 2010, Seaver has worked in policy advocacy, first for the Advocacy Group, Inc. in Washington D.C. and then at the Chamber.  Seaver holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations, both from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Leah Toenisketter, SPUR San Jose

Leah is responsible for leading SPUR’s San José office. A California native, she has seven years of experience in real estate development in the South Bay and parts of Northern California with Toeniskoetter Development, Inc. Prior to this role, Leah worked as: a financial analyst at Comerica Bank in Detroit and San Jose; a project associate with the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City; a translator of the Portuguese language in Sao Paolo, Brazil; and a micro-enterprise development volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Bolivia, South America. She received her Bachelor of Science in science-business from the University of Notre Dame.


Michael Van Every, Republic Urban Properties

Michael Van Every is the President/CEO and Managing Partner of Republic Urban Properties, the Bay Area flagships of the Republic Family of Companies. Mr. Van Every works with Federal, State and Local governments on the creation and development of ‘smart growth’ projects. In his 20 years of working experience representing major institutional and private real estate developers in the greater Bay Area, Michael Van Every has earned the reputation as a man with the knowledge, skills, experience, and tenacity to see complicated land-use projects through from land acquisition to completion. Prior to joining the Republic Family of Companies, Van Every served as Director of Land Acquisition for Summer Hill Homes and Centex Homes, where he was responsible for overseeing the acquisition of residential and mixed-use projects in San Francisco, San José and San Mateo. A third generation San José native, Van Every holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from California State University at Fresno. He currently serves on the board of directors of Catholic Charities Santa Clara County, and is an active member of Downtown San José Rotary.


Geri Wong, San Jose Downtown Association
Geri Wong currently serves as Senior Managing Director at Newmark Cornish & Carey Commercial Real Estate. In addition to this experience, Geri serves as an Executive Board member and Past President of the San José Downtown Association, Board member of SPUR, Board Member of San José Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Member of the San José Downtown Club. 

Dori Yob, Planning Commission
Dori Yob Kilmer is a shareholder of Hopkins & Carley and Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department.  She represents a wide range of clients in complex real estate, land use, and business litigation matters, and regularly litigates in both state and federal courts.  From 2011 through 2015, Dori has been named as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyer Magazine. Dori earned her B.A. in Political Science (magna cum laude) and B.A. in Justice Studies (magna cum laude) from Arizona State University in 2000.  She earned her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University in 2003.  Dori is an active and engaged leader in the community.  She was recently selected as a 2015 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.   Dori currently serves as Chair of the San José Planning Commission since 2011.  She is on the Board of Directors of Notre Dame High School in San José; and is also a member of Thirty One Women.  Dori also serves on the Board of Directors of Junior League of San José, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community. 

Jim Zito, Evergreen School District
Jim Zito currently serves as Trustee of the Governing Board for the Evergreen Elementary School District, where he also served as President in 2013. Jim also serves as the Founding Member and Past President for the District 8 Community Road Table and on the Measure A Oversight Committee. Past experience includes serving on the Envision San José 2040 General Plan Task Force (2007-2011), the San José Planning Commission (2002-2010), the Evergreen Elementary School District Boundary Change Task Force (2007-2008), and the Evergreen Visioning Task Force/Evergreen-East Hills Vision Strategy Committee (2003-2007). Jim received his B.S. in Computer Science with a Minor in Ergonomic Engineering from State University NY at Stony Brook, and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

Kevin Zwick, Housing Trust Silicon Valley
Kevin Zwick has been the CEO of Housing Trust Silicon Valley since 2008 and leads the overall direction, strategy, and impact of the Housing Trust and works to increase awareness of affordable housing issues in our region. Recently, Kevin was a founding member of SV@Home, a new advocacy organization focused on affordable housing policy in Santa Clara County. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Housing Task Force, a Senior Fellow in ALF-Silicon Valley’s Class XXV, San Jose Rotary Club, and a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Silicon Valley. Prior to joining HTSV, Kevin was Deputy Executive Director of Affordable Housing Associates, and oversaw the development of affordable housing communities throughout Alameda and Sonoma Counties. Kevin received a Master’s Degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from UC Berkeley.