2021 Indicators Report Focuses on Equitable Housing
At the launch of our 25th annual Indicators Report on October 19, speakers outlined the challenges facing the need for more affordable, equitable housing as well as some proven solutions that are making it happen.
Rick Bonilla joined the San Mateo City Council in 2015 after serving on city commissions since 2001. He served as Mayor in 2018 and is currently Deputy Mayor. Rick was instrumental in forming Peninsula Clean Energy so that San Mateo County residents could purchase clean, renewable energy. He has devoted much of professional life to being a housing advocate, most notably as a leader on the Association of Bay Area Governments committee that generated the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) methodology. His collaborative spirit and dedication to social justice are evident in his service as a leader with the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust, the League of California Cities, the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance and the South Bayside Waste Management Authority.
Diana Reddy was elected to the Redwood City Council in 2018. She is a longtime advocate of social justice issues, including affordable housing, protection of renters, and access to health care, education and immigration. She was instrumental in establishing a safe parking lot in Redwood City for those facing housing insecurity, and she supported negotiations for a property exchange between Redwood City and San Mateo County that paves the way for the county’s first Navigation Center. She served twice as Co-Chair of Faith in Action (formerly Peninsula Interfaith Action), and she currently serves on the San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission, the Congestion Management and Environmental Quality Committee, HOPE Interagency Council, and One Redwood City.
Matt Franklin is a nationally recognized leader in the field of affordable housing. He joined MidPen Housing in 2008 and over the years he’s served as Chief Executive, MidPen’s annual housing production has more than doubled, staff has grown from 350 to nearly 500, and the organization is poised for new growth, impact and partnerships. With a unique combination of public and private sector experience, Matt has held senior positions at the federal, state and local levels, including Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Clinton, Director of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and Director for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing.
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