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Annual Policy Convening

Breakout Session Topics and Speakers

May 3, 2024 | 

12:30 pm |

 Mountain View Community Center

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May 3, 2024
Mountain View Community Center
201 S. Rengstorff Avenue
Mountain View, CA
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Opening Plenary
Anne Im
Senior Director, Community Partnerships
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)Find out more about Anne on her SVCF Staff Spotlight.

Breakout 1: 

Wayne Chen

Housing Director, City of Mountain View

Wayne has over 15 years of experience in the public sector working on complex affordable housing developments, policies, and strategies. Wayne collaborates with internal and external colleagues to identify and advance innovative approaches to address a wide range of housing needs. He is the City of Mountain View’s first Housing Director.

Jan Lindenthal-Cox

Chief Investment Officer, San Francisco Housing Accelerator

Jan Lindenthal-Cox (she/her) has dedicated her career to addressing economic and social inequity by creating affordable housing opportunities for low income community members across the Bay Area. During her more than 30 years in the SF Bay Area, Jan has overseen the development of more than 5,000 affordable homes across dozens of properties many of which have won national and global awards of excellence.

Nadia Mora

MV Solidarity Fund | Fondo de Solidaridad de Mountain View

Nadia Mora is originally from Nicaragua and immigrated to the United States in 2007. Of Mestizo origin (Afro-Caribbean, Sutiaba, white), she is the first college woman in her family. She graduated with a Business Administration, Specialist in Research Methodology Degree and holds a Postgraduate in Marketing and Finance. Nadia is a former university professor at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and Co-founder of APRODE, a non-profit organization.

She has developed training programs for the development of communities, companies and service institutions. She has more than 30 years of experience in training, as a speaker in development, education, leadership, family life. She helps others to develop concepts, skills, attitudes, which lead to capacities that transform their lives and help them to social transformation. She received the distinction of Dilecta Citizen in her hometown.

In 2008, she moved to California, where she has worked as part of the Planning team strategic in the Community Development Program aimed at the Hispanic community in northern and central California, working on the release of the power of building society. Increasing the capacity and qualities of the individuals, the local community and institutions. By strengthening their dynamic relationships with each other to manifest the potential of each of the three members in the process of building community based on the qualities of cooperation and mutual aid.

Sandy Perry

Vice President, South Bay Community Land Trust

Sandy Perry was raised as a Quaker in Massachusetts, attended Stanford University from 1967-70, and moved to San Jose in 1990 with his wife Andrea and daughter Christina. He has been an active volunteer in the Affordable Housing Network and what is now known as CHAM Deliverance Ministry ever since.

From 1997 to 2009, Sandy collaborated with CHAM and First Christian Church to shelter unhoused families at the church, overcoming City efforts to shut it down. In 2001, he helped organize to pressure San Jose to allocate 30% of its affordable housing funds to extremely low-income families for the first time.

He joined the 2015-18 campaign to strengthen rent control in San Jose, and was part of the Serve the People San Jose campaign to stop the Google expansion into the City.

Sandy was a commercial roofer for 20 years and helped manage the CHAM-First Christian Church shelter from 2000-09.

Breakout 2

Mental Wellness: Supporting Vulnerable Populations

Joanna Carson-Young
Evergreen Collective
Dr. Elna Tymes
Brenda Taussig

Breakout 3

Workforce Development Strategies To Empower Underserved Communities

MODERATOR: Joel Valencia
Evergreen CollectiveJoel Valencia grew up in Menlo Park, CA. His family is from Mexico. Joel is passionate about ensuring that all people are presented with the accessible opportunities and guidance they need to be successful. He has worked on a range of issues including foreclosure and homelessness prevention, anti-predatory lending, small business development, financial literacy, youth mentorship, and tech education. Joel currently runs Evergreen Collective, a nonprofit dedicated to helping grassroots BIPOC-led & serving nonprofits establish long-term financial stability.
Malia Pires
Marlena Sessions
Marlena Sessions began serving The City of Sunnyvale as Director of NOVAWorks in November 2021. Marlena has also served as Senior Vice President for Grant Associates, and as Chief Executive Officer for the Workforce Development Council of Seattle­ King County from 2009-2017.

Marlena currently serves on the California Workforce Association’s Executive Committee.  She also serves on the John J. Heidrich School of Workforce Development National Advisory Committee at Rutgers University.

She has long advocated for career pathways and self-sufficiency for all and strategic talent pipeline development for all industries. She has testified in front of the U.S. Senate and House multiple times on these issues.

Marlena holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Whitworth University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She is married to Paul Ringo and they have two children, Isabel and Isak.

Quency Philipps
Lighthouse Silicon ValleyRenowned author, visionary and speaker, Quency Phillips has been building brands and cultivating communities for nearly 25 years; his brand is in a league of its own. Strong relationships and recognition for brand innovation in sports, philanthropy and not-for-profits have shaped his career. As Founder and Executive Director for Lighthouse Silicon Valley, Phillips oversees a network of over 150 organizations united to bring justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion to the region.Prior to this, he worked as part of Google Development Ventures’ $15B development, LISC Bay Area, and helped establish the $500M Bay’s Future Fund. Over his dynamic career he has established relationships across business, entertainment, and sports – including the NBA, WNBA and the NFL. As a marketer, he founded Fuzion Marketing Group and Fuzion Artist and Athlete Management, where he helped lead and manage the careers of professional athletes, Broadway stars, and members of the music and entertainment community.A proud Northwestern University graduate, he holds two engineering degrees, and numerous credentials and accolades across industries. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Foundation of California and other organizations, as well as being an Association of Black Foundation Executives California Trustee. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, he credits his strong foundation as a Preacher’s Kid, and forever a #ChicagoKid. He is the proud father of a 3-year old princess who goes by “ZYP”.
Louise Auerbahn
Working Partnerships USA
Louise Auerhahn is Director of Economic and Workforce Policy at Working Partnerships USA. Her current focus is on Silicon Valley’s changing economy, including efforts to create quality, sustainable jobs and place working people, women and communities of color at the center of economic policy. She is a lead author of “Life in the Valley Economy,” “Tech’s Invisible Workforce,” and “Innovating Inequality?” reports, and leads the Construction Careers Initiative. She also serves on the Board of Directors of work2future.

Breakout 4

Pat Showalter
Major, City of Mountain View
Christine Luong
City of Palo Alto

Closing Plenary

Raj Mehta
Atlas of Care