MEHC Board

Katie Crecelius has worked in the affordable housing field for many years. She has completed 30 small low-income rental housing and other developments for non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. Most of these developments house persons with disabilities.   In addition to her professional work, Ms. Crecelius has volunteered in various capacities. She is past Chair of the Novato Housing Coalition. She is also a past Novato Housing and Services Commissioner and a former Chair of the Marin Economic Commission. She is the recipient of the 2004 Beryl H. Buck Award for individual achievement from the Marin Community Foundation, the 2007 Hannah Creighton Award for Environmental Justice from the Sierra Club Marin Group, the 2010 North Bay Leadership Council Community Building Award, and a 2014 Certificate of Recognition from the Marin County Human Rights Commission.
Linda Jackson has over 30 years of experience in strategic planning and communications working for Austin and San Rafael, the Transportation Authority of Marin, and non-profit agencies. She is a trustee with the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education, and serves on the boards of the San Rafael Public Library Foundation, League of Women Voters and Sustainable San Rafael. Linda holds an M.S., Community and Regional Planning and an M.A., Latin American Studies from U.T./Austin, and a B.A., Urban Studies from Wellesley College. After college, Linda served two years with the Peace Corps in the Andes. She and her husband live in San Rafael.
Shiraz Kaderali has been a 42-year resident of Marin County. During this period he has worked for a major utility (PG&E), has been a consultant to several utilities in the US as well as Canada, and he and his wife currently own and manage a natural supplements company in San Rafael.

For PG&E, Shiraz developed a comprehensive environmental program. He represented the company on the California Land Use Task Force as well as the BCDC Advisory Committee. He was a member of the American Planning Association and served on the Board of the California chapter for several years. While at PG&E he held various other positions including being the Director of Business Planning.

He has been on the Board of “Xmas in April” for North Bay and was a Board member and President of the Harvard Club of San Francisco. He also was a Big Brother for the “Big Brothers Big Sisters” of North Bay mentoring a child for several years. Shiraz graduated from the Edinburgh University School of architecture and has a Master in City Planning from Harvard.

Larry Kennings is an environmental planning consultant with 48 years of experience, of which 41 years have been in Marin County.  He has a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.   He currently is serving Marin County as a member of the Parks and Open Space Commission. Larry is also a member of the Measure A Oversight Committee.  He was a Founding Director of the International Association of Public Participation.  Larry also was a Founding Director and President of the Alumni Association for the University of California’s College of Environmental Design.  He is a former member and Chair of the Architectural Advisory Committee for Mill Valley.  Larry also served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Art Center.
Cesar is a Filipino-American activist, educator and a culturally competent bilingual (Tagalog) psychotherapist. He has been conducting and providing lectures, presentations, speaking engagements and workshops on multicultural issues and subjects at international, national and regional levels since 1989. He is also a community organizer, providing leadership and strategic development to various initiatives, campaigns and community building efforts. Cesar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters Degree from San Francisco State University. He has been a Mental Health Practitioner for the County of Marin’s Health and Human Services Department since 1999, specializing in working with youth and their families who are involved in the criminal justice system.
Stacey Laumann is an urban planner, with deep experience in both housing policy and housing development. She served for seven years with the Marin County Community Development Agency where she helped to write the 2014 Housing Element. She was project manager on Habitat for Humanity’s Mt. Burdell Place project in Novato. Currently, she is a planner in private practice. Stacey is on the San Rafael Park and Recreation Commission. She holds a BA in Sociology from U.C. Santa Cruz and a MS in Urban Planning from the University of London.
Douglas received his degree in Non-Profit Administration from the University of San Francisco and has experience in program management, leadership and community outreach. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Canal Welcome Center, and he is a Co-Director of Shore Up Marin. The Canal Welcome Center serves Canal Community residents, immigrants and low-income families of Marin County in advancing their social, cultural, and economic well being and participating fully in the broader civic life of U.S. society. Shore Up Marin is a multi-racial environmental coalition advocating for equitable inclusion of low-income communities around planning and community preparedness. Douglas is a member of the Cultural Competence Advisory Board which advises the Marin Department of Health and Human Services.  Douglas received the 2004 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from the Marin County Human Rights Commission, the 2008 Grassroots Organizer Award from the Social Justice Center of Marin and the 2011 Spirit of Marin Award.
Bob is Board Chair for the Marin Workforce Housing Trust, and is a former member of the Board of Directors for Fair Housing of Marin. He has forty years’ experience in public sector planning, having been Director of Environmental Management for Solano County, and Planning Director for the City of San Rafael and the Town of Corte Madera. He also served as Interim Planning Director for the Town of Fairfax and the City of Sausalito. Bob has a Master in City Planning from California State University, San Diego.
Rev. Scott Quinn, M.Div., MA, was ordained a Lutheran minister and served for five years as an associate pastor of a congregation in Dallas, Texas. His career includes working seven years in Austin, Texas as an educator and spiritual director at an interfaith spirituality center, which is affiliated with a large Catholic hospital system. After moving to California and starting a spiritual direction practice, he became the Director of Community for The Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary and community in Berkeley. He also has been ordained as an interfaith minister and has served on the boards of both Marin Interfaith Council and Interfaith Center at the Presidio. He is currently the Acting Executive Director for the Marin Interfaith Council. He and his partner reside in San Rafael, where they care for a large garden, bee hives, and several pets.
Now retired, Steven Saxe was a partner in the law firm now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and finished his career as a partner in the law firm of Boyden, Cooluris & Saxe, specializing in the law of banking and related financial matters, and, in particular, the laws applicable to the consumer financial products offered by banks. He is a founding member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and was active on the American Bar Association Consumer Finance Committee.

Mr. Saxe has had a long-time interest in housing, having been raised by a prominent San Francisco realtor, and has actively advocated for the availability – on a non-discriminatory basis – of housing in our community affordable at all economic levels. He has served as a board member of affordable housing developer EAH, and for many years presided over the board of Fair Housing of Marin.

Chantel L. Walker works with the County of Marin to further Fair Housing and social equity policies and programs. She is a member of the Community Development Agency Team and works in close partnership with community-based organizations as well as government agencies in Marin County.

During her 25 years of experience in philanthropy and the broader nonprofit sector, Chantel has worked as a policy advocate and analyst, consultant/trainer, grant maker and direct service provider throughout the country.  The substance of her work has been organizational development and community development. She is an experience organizational development consultant and facilitator.  She has published and presented on issues of strategic planning; coalition and collaborative development; human services reform and community development; community organizing and the role of philanthropy; organizational development as community infrastructure development, and; nonprofit housing finance.

Chantel began her Marin County work in 1998 as technical assistance provider/consultant focused on community and organizational development with the Marin Community Foundation (MCF) and its grantee partners. She later became the MCF’s Community Development and Housing Program Officer and continues to be an active volunteer in Marin County.

In 1978 Joe became a board member (and three-time president) of the San Geronimo Valley Housing Association, which has built one low-income senior facility and is now planning an affordable family housing project. He was a founding member and first chairman of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Affordable Housing Committee, which has now become the Marin County Consortium for Workforce Housing. He also served as President of the Board of Directors of the Chamber, and served six years on the Board. Joe is on the Marin League of Women Voters Transportation, Land Use and Housing Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors of EAH, a non-profit developer of affordable housing.

Advisory Board

Ron Albert is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s law school engaged in a private law practice since 1983. Ron has been a resident of Marin County since 1989. He is the former President and current Board Member of the Rotary Housing Corporation, which owns and manages 32 units of affordable senior housing in Sausalito. Ron is a former Mayor of Sausalito, former Chair of the Sausalito’s Planning Commission and former member of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club’s Marin Group and Board member of the Marin Conservation League. Ron is involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations.
Margot Biehle is an attorney who currently serves as Marin County Planning Commissioner. She is also on the Board of Directors of Cool the Earth, an environmental education non-profit. Previously Margot was General Counsel for Project Frog, Inc., a firm that designs and installs high pre-engineered green buildings. Margot’s legal practice has also included roles as outside general counsel for early-stage start-ups, mergers and acquisitions and securities litigation attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in San Francisco, and contract attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council in the area of water law and policy. She is a founding board member and past President of the Board of Emerge California, a Democratic women’s political training program, and served for several years as a member of the Sierra Club Marin Group Executive Committee.
Greg Brockbank has been a 45-year Marin resident, and a 26-year attorney (currently as the owner and operator of Marin Law Center) and civic and political activist. He’s served on the boards of several dozen organizations, and chaired more than a dozen, including the Marin Democratic Party, the Social Justice Center or Marin, the Marin Chapter of the ACLU, and most recently, in 2011, the statewide chapter of Health Care for All, which advocates for a single-payer health care system. Greg has long been both a housing advocate and an environmental activist, having served as the Chair of the San Rafael Housing Corporation in the late 80’s, which advocated for affordable housing, and wherehe founded Affordable Housing Week, for which he obtained resolutions from the Board of Supervisors and various city councils, and arranged tours for councilmembers and planning commissioners of affordable housing sites in order to dispel the myth that affordable housing reduces nearby property values. He has also served on the boards of several environmental organizations as well, including the Environmental Forum of Marin and the North Bay Sustainability Center, and recently joined the Board of Sustainable San Rafael.

Greg graduated in 2011 from the San Rafael Planning Academy, and also has recently completed his coursework for Dominican University’s Sustainable Practices Certificate. Greg served 18 years as a College of Marin Trustee, and four years as a San Rafael City councilman, with his term ending in December 2011.

John Eller is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Architecture. John became a California licensed architect in 1980, eventually holding licenses in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Hawaii. John joined the San Francisco and Miami based firm of Sandy & Babcock in 1977, became a partner of the firm in 1997 and became President and primary owner in 2001. John transitioned the brand of the firm to SB Architects, as it is known today.

John’s professional career was dedicated to planning and design of multi-family housing, mixed use and hospitality projects around the Bay Area, the country and the world. John was one the primary architects for the mixed use developments at Santana Row in San Jose and Bay Street in Emeryville. John’s multi-family projects ranged from affordable housing to market rate and to ultra high end. Having retired from active practice in 2011 John continues his advocacy of excellent planning and design as a Marin County Planning Commissioner.

A former Mill Valley Planning Commissioner and City Councilwoman, Kathleen Foote served as mayor of Mill Valley in 1986-87 and in 1990-91. She chaired the Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers for two years, and served as a BCDC Commissioner from 1988 to ’92. She was a Trustee of the Marin Community Foundation from 1994 to 2002, and its chair for two years. In her day job, Ms. Foote is the Antitrust Chief for the California Attorney General’s Office. Before joining the State in 1988 Ms. Foote was Associate Dean at University of San Francisco School of Law, where she taught Land Use and Environmental Law for seven years.
Mayme has been a community volunteer for 30 years. She has been a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and is a past Chair of the Marin County Human Rights Commission. She was the coordinator of Geology Day for the Environmental Forum of Marin from 1999-2004. She has been a member the Democratic Central Committee of Marin, the State Platform Committee, and is the Executive Board Representative from the 6th the California Democratic Party and has been active in the Take Back Red California project, a partnership between Democratic leaders in “red” and “blue” counties. Now it’s the 10th AD (redistricting) and I’m still a delegate and the E-board member.
Kiki La Porta’s communications agency, Descom Studios (1995), provides strategy, branding, and design for corporations, small businesses, nonprofits and public agencies.

Kiki is past president and excom member of Sustainable Marin, co-founder and director of Sustainable San Rafael, and founding member of Coalition for a Livable Marin (CALM). She served 5 years on the board of The Cedars of Marin, and on numerous other boards and committees including the Environmental Forum of Marin, City of San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan, and MMWD’s Water Rates Advisory Committee. She currently serves on the Town of Fairfax’s Climate Action Committee and Chamber of Commerce Board.

Kiki’s personal and professional focus is promoting environmental, economic, and social sustainability, and addressing social problems through wise public policy, socially responsible business, and conscious everyday decision-making. Current work includes promulgating climate action strategies “commensurate with the scale of the problem.”

Stephanie has worked in the economic development and redevelopment field for the past twenty years. She is currently the Economic Development Manager for the City of San Rafael. Prior to joining the City of San Rafael, she worked as a financial consultant and investment banker to California public agencies. Her undergraduate education includes Fellowship with the Coro Foundation, a public affairs postgraduate program, in New York City.
Ms. Rodriguez was formerly the Principal Planner managing the Community Planning Division at Marin County. She completed a number of projects including the national award winning Marin Countywide Plan, the Green Building Program, the Green Business Program, the Energy Efficiency Program, and Renewable Energy Program, the Climate Action Plan, and the initial studies for the Community Choice Aggregation Program. Under the leadership of the Marin Economic Commission she completed the Targeted Industries Study, Business Retention Report, Business Survey, the Marin Profile, their annual business awardluncheon, and the launch of the Marin Economic Forum Steering Committee. Michele recently completed the development and launch of Energy Upgrade California, a market transformation whole building approach to energy efficiency. Michele was formerly the President of the Association of Environmental Professionals, and is currently a member of the American Planning Association. Michele is a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Economics, and a Leader in Energy and Environmental Design.
Retired from twelve years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors following four years on the Sausalito City Council, Annette Rose is currently the President of the Sausalito Foundation, Chair of the Southern Marin Land Trust, President of the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy and a member of the Marin County Cultural and Visitor Services Commission. She is also a board member of Antenna Theater and the Bay Model Association. Annette was endorsed by the Sierra Club in each of her five elections. She now consults on waterfront and affordable housing projects.
Colin Russell is a Managing and Design Principal with Russell Architects, with offices in San Rafael, CA.  He has over 40 years of experience in Architecture, Planning, and Interior Design, including single and multi-family/workforce housing, commercial, industrial, and institutional projects. Drake’s Way, a 23 unit workforce housing project designed by his firm, is the first such project in the county to have received a LEED certification.  He has also directed the design effort for over 3 million square feet of Interior Design projects.  He has been an active participant in civic and business affairs, most recently as Board Chairman for the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Advocates for Housing and Economic Development (AHED) Committee.
Mary Kay Sweeney is Executive Director of Homeward Bound of Marin, chief provider of residential and support services to homeless individuals and families in Marin County. Dr. Sweeney received the “Excellence in Leadership” Award at the 2004 Heart of Marin Awards. Homeward Bound also received the award for non-profit excellence and the 2006 Marin Economic Commission’s Community Leadership and Service Award. Mary Kay has worked in the non-profit field in Marin for 25 years, serving as founding Assistant Executive Director at Canal Community Alliance (now Canal Alliance) and at Seva Foundation. She currently serves on the Workforce Investment Board for Marin County.
Patsy White is a long-time member of the League of Women Voters having been on the CA State League board and president of both the Sacramento and Marin Leagues. She is a former housing representative on the Marin Economic Commission; an active member of the Novato Chamber of Commerce and on its Government Affairs Committee; a board member for Northbay Family Homes; and on the Board of the YMCA where she is currently Chair. Patsy was honored as the Y’s Volunteer of the Year in 2005. In the past she was an elected board member for the Marinwood Community Services District. The Novato Chamber of Commerce chose Patsy as City of Novato’s Citizen of the Year for 2008.
Stephen is a consultant, executive coach, and facilitator for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and non-profits. His work building collaboration and resolving conflict has been funded by foundations such as Packard Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, and Pante Rhea Foundation. Stephen’s career includes: Instructor for Harvard University; CEO of AIB Business Consulting, Inc; and psychologist with the Veteran’s Administration. He earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Purdue University, a B.S. in Mathematics from Manhattan College, and trained in Facilitation and Group Dynamics at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Steve is a member of the Society of Consulting Psychology and the American Psychological Association. Stephen is the author of “Power through Collaboration: When to Collaborate, Negotiate, or Dominate!” and “Power through Collaboration: The Formula for Success in Challenging Situations.” For more information see www.willisllc.com.
Sallyanne Wilson, a communications and grant making professional, was on the staff of the Marin Community Foundation for 17 years, serving as both communications officer and program officer for the environment. Her previous professional experience included public education activities for the Marin Conservation League, coordinating political campaigns, and writing for various publications. She served on the Marin County Planning Commission and the Larkspur Park and Recreation Commission and is currently the president of the board of Strategic Energy Innovations and serves on the Larkspur Heritage Preservation Board. Sallyanne has lived in Larkspur for 43 years.
Tom Wilson has been executive director of the Canal Alliance since 1992 and executive director of Canal Housing Alliance since 2002. He has served on the boards of the Legal Self-Help Center, and the Justice Center of Marin. He was founding president of the board of Ecology House, Inc., president of the boards of the Coordinated Youth Council, Marin Nexus (CVNL), and Marin Homes for Independent Living. Tom received both the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award and the Benjamin Dreyfus Civil Liberties Award for advocacy for social justice and human rights issues. Canal Alliance received the Heart of Marin Award for excellence in 2007 and the North Bay Council Leadership Award in 2013 for building Latino leadership.