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Kevin Mullin, California State Assemblymember, 22nd District

Kevin Mullin, California State Assemblymember, 22nd District, was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. On December 1, 2014 Assemblymember Mullin was sworn in as the Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly. His legislative priorities focus on a balanced budget with a healthy rainy day fund, election reform, clean energy and strengthening our innovation economy. Mr. Mullin served on the South San Francisco City Council and was Mayor in 2011. He was District Director for then-State Senator Jackie Speier (now Congresswoman) and was Political Director for his father, former State Assemblymember Gene Mullin. Kevin was born and raised in San Mateo County and is a 4th generation Californian. He lives in South San Francisco with his wife, Jessica Stanfill Mullin, and their Kerry Beagle, Sunshine.

Affordable Higher Education — How do we prepare people for the workforce without a mountain of debt?
Moderator and Panelist Bios:

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President, Skyline College; Moderator

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President, Skyline College, is highly regarded at local, regional, state, and national levels for her knowledge, background and perspective on Student Equity and Diversity, education/industry collaboratives, economic empowerment and anti-poverty strategies, community workforce and economic development and regional and state system policy implications for successful programs and services. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans to make recommendations on strategies and policies that help improve the financial well-being of young people. Her experience in state policy includes a serving as the President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.

Regina Stanback Stroud holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership (Mills College), a Bachelors Degree in Nursing Sciences (Howard University), a Masters Degree in Human Relations (Golden Gate University) and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership (Mills College).

Melinda Dart, President of AFT 3267; Panelist

Melinda Dart has taught and advocated for quality public education in Jefferson Elementary School District for 30 years. She is president of AFT 3267, the union of preschool through grade 8 teachers of Daly City. She currently serves as president of the San Mateo County Labor Council, and she is one of the vice-presidents of the California Federation of Teachers.

Ron Galatolo, Chancellor, San Mateo County Community College District; Panelist

Ron Galatolo has served as Chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District since his appointment in May 2001. He joined the District in 1999 as Executive Vice Chancellor (Chief Financial and Operating Officer) following eleven years as Controller for the Foothill-DeAnza Community College. Mr. Galatolo also served as a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick in San Jose. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, concentration in Accounting, from San Jose State University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Chancellor Galatolo serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community College League of California.

A San Carlos native and lifelong resident of the Bay Area, Mr. Galatolo and his family reside in Menlo Park.

Dave Mandelkern, President, Board of Trustees, San Mateo County Community College District; Panelist

Dave Mandelkern Current Board President, SMCCCD Board of Trustees. (Elected November, 2003; Board President in 2006, 2012.) Currently serving on the President’s Council for Innovation at Skyline College, a Chair of the Board of the California State Parks Foundation, Board member Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation and Charge Across Town. Has previously been a Board member of the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (awarded 2001 Silicon Valley Man of the Year), the Volunteer Center of San Mateo County, and the Symphonix League of the San Francisco Symphony. Dave was a member of the 1997 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury and served on the SMC Office of Education Internet Access Task Force. A retired Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, Dave was president and co-founder of Maverix Bionics, Inc., a “big data” software company for analyzing genomic sequence data; founder and CEO of QuickHealth, Inc., a provider of primary care medical services; co-founder, EVP/CTO of Docent, Inc., a pioneer in online learning software. He has more than 35 years of experience with Silicon Valley startup companies, creating two publicly-held companies with a market cap at one time in excess of $1 billion. Graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree (with distinction) and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Resident of Hillsborough. Term expires 2019.

Kalimah Salahuddin, Clerk, Board of Trustees, Jefferson Union High School District; Panelist

Kalimah Salahuddin currently serves as a Board Trustee for the Jefferson Union High School District and is in the fourth year of her first term. In April 2014 Kalimah was elected as a member of the California School Boards Association’s (CSBA) Delegate Assembly to represent her board and region, serves as the Secretary for the San Mateo County School Boards Association and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Big Lift of San Mateo County. Last year she was appointed to the Board of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco where she has been a regular volunteer for the past eleven years.

Kalimah was the Campaign Manager for Yes on L, the successful renewal of the local funding measure for the Pacifica School District and Yes on Y and Yes on E, the successful local funding measure and recent renewal for the Jefferson Union High School District. She has also served on the Board of Educate Our State and as President of Saving Pacifica Schools in advocacy of public school systems at the local and state levels. She is currently employed as an executive assistant at Exelixis Pharmaceutical and is a single mother to three wonderful young adults who are all in college.

Housing & Transportation — Getting to “Yes” – Working together to address the barriers to housing.
Moderator and Panelist Bios:

Michelle Vilchez, Executive Director, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center; Moderator

Michelle Vilchez is Executive Director of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, a communication and conflict resolution agency focused on bringing diverse communities together to work on society’s most complex issues. Throughout her 16 years at PCRC her passion for community engagement has guided her work and helped PCRC become recognized as an organization that empowers people and builds relationships. She brings to this role extensive community engagement experience, from her work helping First 5 complete its strategic plan guided by community priorities, to co-authoring PCRC’s Community Engagement Resource Guide and helping to launch a violence prevention network and the Fatherhood Collaborative in San Mateo County.

As Executive Director of PCRC, Michelle prides herself on her non-traditional non-profit leadership model, employing a leadership team to strategize and direct the course of the agency. Under her tenure as ED, she has doubled the budget and staffing of the organization. Her focus on bringing together community members, law enforcement, faith based groups and local government to build a stronger, more vibrant San Mateo County guides her work at PCRC.

Michelle was born and raised in Southern California and has a BA in Psychology and Cross Cultural Education.

Isabella Chu, Founder, Redwood City Forward; Panelist

Isabella Chu was born in Berkeley but grew up in rural Washington State. She returned to the Bay Area in her mid-20s after three years in Japan. Her interest in housing started in Tokyo where she learned other ways of thinking about space. The great cities of Asia and Europe have been crowded for a long time and people who live in these places get an amazing amount of use out of small spaces. This interest deepened during graduate school studying public health. As a boss once said, “all policy is health policy.” One of the most important determinants of health, economic success and a host of other outcomes is where we live. Therefore she sees making room in our prosperous cities as a matter of social justice.

She founded Redwood City Forward to broaden the discussion around land use policy and to find solutions for our housing and transportation challenges. The Bay Area is unique but its problems are not. Cities around the world are facing similar challenges and finding solutions. There are good policies and things that have been shown to work. Isabella wants to find out what they are and encourage their implementation in the Bay Area.

Don Horsley, Supervisor, San Mateo County, District 4; Panelist

Don Horsley, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 3 Supervisor, is in his second term as a Supervisor. A former San Mateo County Sheriff with 37 years in career law enforcement, Don also served as a board member of the Sequoia Healthcare District after his retirement. He was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010 and again in 2014. He has focused his time in office on health, agricultural and transportation issues. His leadership created a repair project this year on Highway 1 at Surfer’s Beach that kept that crucial road from being washed out. Don also takes pride in the creation of the Devil’s Slide Trail County Park, which he spearheaded. From championing a new Cordilleras Mental Health Facility to creating innovative programs to assist farm labor housing and the county’s agricultural economy, Don has focused his political energy on helping the people of the Third District in San Mateo County. A San Francisco native who went to Westmoor High School and then San Francisco State University, Don began his professional life as an elementary school teacher before choosing law enforcement as a career. He lives in Emerald Hills with his wife Elaine. When possible, he loves to golf.

Steven McDonald, Vice President, Property Management, HIP Housing; Panelist

Steven M. McDonald, CPM®, Vice President – Property Management, joined HIP Housing Inc. in July 2016. Mr. McDonald has more than 31 years’ experience in managing multifamily residential housing, including high-rise, garden and walk-up conventional market-rate and affordable & subsidized housing programs. Prior to joining HIP Housing, Mr. McDonald was with Westlake Realty Group, Inc. where he managed over 40 multifamily properties, including market rate and affordable housing for low-income households.

He has worked extensively with both for-profit and non-profit owners, overseeing government rental programs such as: project based HUD Section 8, housing choice vouchers, Section 202, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, MHP, CalHFA, and Bay Area City’s HOME programs. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Tax Credit Management Insider and has written numerous articles for Tax Credit Management Insider, Assisted Housing Management Insider, Apartment Owners Association, Multi-Housing News & the California Apartment Association.

Mr. McDonald holds a BA from San Jose State University, a California real estate license, and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) through the Institute of Real Estate Management. Mr. McDonald is a member of the Rotary Club of San Mateo where he served as Treasurer of the Club for three years. He enjoys working around his home, gardening, reading and playing golf.

Patrick Nielsen, Pat Nielsen Management Consulting (former employee of Genentech, Cisco Systems and Google); Panelist

Patrick Nielsen is recently retired from Google, Inc. as Sr. Director of Real Estate and Workplace Services for Northern California (which encompassed the corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California and the YouTube facility in San Bruno, California). In his career, he has held several management positions with Genentech, Inc. for 10 years, Cisco Systems, Inc. for 10 years as well as his most recent role within Google for 8.5 years being responsible for operations of large scale facilities. He is a veteran of the US Navy having spent 6 years active duty as a trained and certified Nuclear Reactor Plant Operator and Power Plant Supervisor.

Economic Development Roundtable.
Moderator and Panelist Bios:

Ben Cohn, District Representative, California State Assembly Office of Kevin Mullin; Moderator

Ben Cohn is a District Representative for Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. Ben works on matters related to housing and transportation, as well as taxation, biotechnology, and elections. He also focuses time and attention on north county cities in Assembly District 22, including San Bruno, South San Francisco, Pacifica, and Brisbane. Ben’s formal education is in the field of psychology and his professional training is in the practice of organizational development. He has taught college courses in psychology and social science. Ben lives in San Bruno with his wife Sara and their children Charlotte and Atticus (and until recently, Charlotte’s fish, Alexa).

Susan Barnes, Interim Economic Development Manager, City of San Mateo; Panelist

Susan Barnes has held a variety of leadership positions in economic development. She is currently the Interim Economic Development Manager, City of San Mateo. As a Development Consultant she was responsible for the start-up of the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center hosted by Skyline College. As Manager of Economic Development and Redevelopment, City of Palo Alto, she implemented the formation of the Palo Alto Business Improvement District. She developed an innovative plan to retain and grow auto dealers; participated in the creation of Destination Palo Alto, a successful effort to increase hotel night stays and marketing of businesses in the City and worked on the attraction and retention of Tesla, Space Systems Loral and Facebook. She has been an active member of the Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Board and past president of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance and California Association of Enterprise Zones.

Prior to Palo Alto, Susan worked as the Manager of Employment and Small Business Programs, City of San Jose. In 2009, the Silicon Valley Business Journal named her one of 100 Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley.

Although born and raised in the Bay Area, Susan spent several years in South Dakota working for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mitch Bull, Economic Development Director, City of Brisbane; Panelist

Mitch Bull was named Director of Economic Development for the City of Brisbane in June 2015. His involvement in business on the peninsula goes much further back. In 1982, he was relocated from the east coast to San Bruno as a Facilities and Retail planner for The Gap. In 1990, he moved to Brisbane, joining Hitachi America in their Sierra Point HQ. His role included corporate relations manager for the west coast, working with local governments and nonprofits on donations and community based projects. During his tenure he served as a Board Member for the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce and the American Lung Association.

After stints at both Adecco, Inc., and United Systems Integrators Corporation as Vice President, he returned to Hitachi America. In 2008 he took over the post of President and CEO of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce. He continues in this position, in addition to his work with the City of Brisbane. His long history of service to the communities on the Peninsula and his long-tenured business involvement in Brisbane makes him a go-to person for North Peninsula business opportunities.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and a resident of Pacifica.

Alex Greenwood, Director, Economic and Community Development, City of South San Francisco; Panelist

Alex Greenwood, is Director of Community & Economic Development for the City of South San Francisco. His department handles planning, building, and economic development for South San Francisco – which is the largest industrial center on the SF Peninsula, and the largest biotechnology cluster in the world. His current projects include: 6.3 million sq. ft. of new biotech development, redevelopment of Downtown, and several major mixed-use housing and retail projects.

During the past 20 years, Alex has managed projects that have brought 9,400 new jobs and $1.5 billion in new construction to diverse urban areas. His projects have won top awards from the SF Business Times, California Local Economic Development Association, California Downtown Association, Rudy Bruner Foundation, and other organizations.

Previously, Alex held similar positions with the cities of Oakland, San Diego, Concord, and Brentwood. In Oakland, he helped manage Downtown Redevelopment, and he managed development of the Oakland Army Base. Alex has held leadership positions with several regional partnerships, such as the East Bay EDA, and he also worked in private industry and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He holds degrees from Duke University and UC Berkeley.


Hon. Adrienne J. Tissier, San Mateo County Supervisor for District 5

Hon. Adrienne J. Tissier took office January 2005 as the San Mateo County Supervisor for District 5. In her first two terms, she was elected twice as President of the Board of Supervisors.

Adrienne represents the Board of Supervisors on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), where she served two terms as Chair of the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, serves on the Board of Directors for the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain).

Supervisor Tissier is also a member of the San Mateo Medical Center Board of Directors, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), and the Board of Supervisors liaison to the Commission on Aging, the Children’s Fund and Jobs for Youth.

During her time on the Board Adrienne’s interest in Criminal Justice, Transportation, Senior Issues and Emergency Preparedness have helped to guide her service to the County.

She has spearheaded Disaster Preparedness Day for the last twelve years, organized and staged Older Driver Traffic Safety Seminars for more than 5,000 seniors, and has been instrumental in securing funding for the upcoming electrification of Caltrain. Her deep concern over the conditions and lack of programming at the former women’s jail was the catalyst for a new county facility where incarcerated women can now get the programming they need to become contributing members of our society upon their release back in to our community.

A lifelong San Mateo County resident, Supervisor Tissier holds a degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, is an avid golfer and a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan.