aManda is a Brazilian-American multi-media artist. She has been involved in various arts and environmental educational programs in Santa Fé, Oakland, Bahia Brazil and Southern India for over 10 years. She recently completed an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise (Green MBA) driven by the belief that the current paradigm of ‘development’ can be transformed into one that is valued based on ecological stability and social equity. She is the Co-Founder & Co-Director of Youth SEED (Social Entrepreneurship for Equitable Development) based in Oakland Ca.
Currently, Brent is responsible for current, and long range planning, implementing the general plan, and providing housing services. He also supports the City’s Senior Advisory Committee and Planning Commission. Prior to joining the City of East Palo Alto in 2009, Brent served concurrently as a City Planner for Bainbridge Island and an elected Councilmember in Port Townsend, Washington. He began working in the public sector as a researcher with the University of Washington and as a US Department of Transportation Fellow with Seattle’s Interim Community Development Corporation. He received professional accreditation as a certified planner, and floodplain manager after being conferred a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Washington, and a Master in Design Studies from the Graduate School of Design. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College.
Cal Broomhead is the Climate and Energy Programs Manager at the Department of Environment, City and County of San Francisco. He has 30 years in the energy field, where he started as a home weatherization installer, salesman, and instructor, providing barn-raising style solar and home energy workshops with non-profits including the California Conservation Corps. In 1989 he came to the City and County of San Francisco as a researcher for the Sustainable Energy project. This quickly developed into a full project manager position, and then designed energy efficiency improvements for dozens of City renovation projects. He started the City’s Green Building program, helped develop and then manage the City’s green business program, and designed and developed the first-in-California government-operated private sector energy efficiency program reducing over 6 MW in small business lighting. He has started and managed over $25 million in efficiency programs including participating in the Bay Regional Energy Network program development. He also started the renewable energy and climate action programs and is managing the department’s climate adaptation work. The Climate team performs the carbon accounting for the City, coordinates climate action planning in all City departments, coordinates regionally, participates in developing community indexing, and operates the Carbon Fund – a grant program for local carbon reduction projects. The Renewables team initiates innovative marketing strategies and is currently promoting solar water heating, PV, battery storage and microgrid development as part of the City’s resilience activities. Cal was primary author of the City’s first Sustainable Energy Plan and has helped author all of the City’s energy, climate, and sustainability plans. He has guest lectured at local universities, and presented at numerous local, state, national, and international events.
Dr. Baca has been an active community member throughout her life. At a very early stage in her career, while volunteering at a high-risk clinic in a gang area in Albuquerque, she developed a great appreciation for how social, environmental and economic issues affect health. After college, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, she started her master’s work in health policy in Venezuela and had the opportunity to work with the United Nations. Upon returning to the U.S., she completed her Master in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baca completed her pediatric training in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program at University of California, San Francisco in 2008. Given her interest in international affairs she has worked in Nigeria, Venezuela, Mozambique, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Honduras. She is passionate about reducing health disparities and working to improve the environment to build healthy communities. Dr. Baca’s clinical work has reinforced that much of health happens outside of clinics and hospitals. It is actually much broader than that. Job creation, housing support, access to quality education, affordable transportation, and support networks are really the foundation not only for health, but also for society to thrive. In addition to clinical care and teaching, she is working on environmental health policy
Maeve works as a Community Health Planner for the San Mateo County Health System. She is trained as an urban planner and is responsible for land use planning, built environment, and transportation work. She works with cities and regional bodies across San Mateo County to integrate a health perspective into land use and transportation planning and policies and is passionate about health equity and creating healthy places for all.
Gordon co-founded and co-directs the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (EIP), an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) headquartered on 14th Street, across I-880 from the Port of Oakland. EIP works with neighborhood organizations, physicians, researchers, and public officials to ensure West Oakland residents have a clean environment, safe neighborhoods, and access to economic opportunity. Many local, state, and national entities have recognized Gordon for her efforts to improve Oakland’s quality of life. In 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized EIP for its “work to improve local air quality.” In 2007, Gordon was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership on behalf of West Oakland’s residents. Do to Gordon knowledge of the Port of Oakland Maritime operation, she has been nominated by Mayor Ron Dellums and selected Oakland City Council to Port of Oakland Boardof Commission in 2008. Margaret Gordon is life-time resident of the Bay Area, mother three adult sons and grandmother of eleven.
Meg Wall Shui, MPH
Meg Wall Shui is an Epidemiologist and Lead for Land Use Planning and Health with the Environmental Health Branch at the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). Prior to joining SFDPH, Meg worked at both the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she conducted research on youth physical activity habits and developed evaluation and surveillance plans for place-based nutrition and physical activity interventions. Meg now manages and maintains San Francisco Indicator Project, a neighborhood-level data system that measures how San Francisco performs in eight dimensions of a healthy, equitable community. The goal of this Project is to support collaboration, planning, decision making, and advocacy for social and physical environments that meet the needs of all citizens. She earned her Master of Public Health in Global Health from Emory University and her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from UC Berkeley.
Mike Andrews works as a technical writer for a networking company in San Francisco. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in English from UC Davis, Mike spent a year teaching and travelling in the People’s Republic of China, then returned home to teach in the California public school system for several years. A native of the Bay Area, Mike enjoys spending time in the woods, the ocean, and the city. He is proud to be a life partner to a wonderful, magical woman (Kirsten Schwind) and hopes to be a father some day.
Zephyr Frank is currently Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis and the Program on Urban Studies. Educated at Santa Barbara, UCLA, and Illinois, he has spent many years studying the social and economic history of Latin America and questions of urban experience and inequality, with a primary focus on Brazil, where he was a Fulbright scholar in the 1990s. His recent work has included a turn toward the use of literary materials for historical research. A first volume based on this research and focused on Rio de Janeiro in the 1800s is planned for publication in 2016. He is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research, including the Deans Award for Distinguished Achievements in Teaching (2008), and a large, multiyear grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the study of crowdsourcing in the humanities (2012-15).